We reviewed Sulz and Brooks, but those two dorms aren’t quite enough to house all the Barnard first-years – pushed in between them is Reid, a tiny dorm with surprisingly big rooms. (And, less surprisingly, no AC.)
Bathrooms: A gender-neutral or women’s-only restroom for each floor (decided by residents). Cleaned daily. Sulz residents on the Sulz-Reid will likely also use your bathroom, leading to the occasional shower line.
AC/Heating: No AC. Some heating. Basically, get ready to sweat during the warmer months.
Kitchen/Lounge: One on every floor of the quad, a short walk (to Sulz) away. Features a stove, an oven, a sink, and a microwave, all of which get very disgusting very quickly. There are a couple of couches and tables as well – beware of mystery stains/sticky areas. TV, with an HDMI cable for your movie-watching needs. A nice hangout spot, despite the questionable smells.
Laundry: Each floor has a small laundry room between Reid and Brooks (one washer, two dryers) and a larger one in Sulz (two washers, two dryers – or more, if you’re on the eighth floor.) The machines take laundry cards, which can be refilled (with cash) at machines on the first floor.
Computers/printers: Same as the rest of the quad – two computer labs in the basement, with two printers (usually functional, but be wary of low paper warnings.)
Intra-transportation: Two elevators in lobby. Slower and smaller than the Sulz elevators, but every floor has signs showing which floor the elevator is currently on, which is a plus.
Hardwood/carpet: Carpet in hallways, grey linoleum in rooms, tile in bathroom. Same as the rest of the quad.
WiFi: Yeah, but beware of Barnard Secure – it’s liable to cut out in the middle of your Netflix session.
Bonus: Easy access to the basement practice rooms (and vending machines!) as well as Brooks Lounge (on the first floor); water bottle filling machines; houses Well Woman and a lounge named after Zora Neale Hurston (the room itself isn’t particularly special, but what a cool lady, am I right?)
Floor plan (the same as on every other floor)
It’s all doubles! Corridor-style, and of slightly varying sizes (ranging from 15′ by 12’6″ to 15′ by 13″6′.)
Reid is the smallest dorm in the quad, and is often overlooked because it doesn’t have the historical pride of Brooks or the AC of Sulz, but it does have a few perks. The rooms are big, and you get both extra storage and extra floor space.
The lack of AC is annoying, but it’s only a real issue for a few weeks at the beginning of the year – once you get through that, you’ll be fine. (Just bring a fan and take advantage of friends who live in Sulz. Especially those in the Sulz-Reid halls.)
Remember that the whole quad has easy access to the same rooms and resources, and take advantage of them.
“The rooms are bigger and the built-in closets are the best – so much closet space!”
“It’s hotter than a car baking out in the sun in July, so you have to bring a fan. Leave your door open for circulation.”
“The first three or four weeks we just sweat.”
“Basically it’s the dorm that lacks the aesthetic of Brooks but doesn’t have the perks of Sulz to make up for it.”
Look at all these drawers!
Not only do you get a full closet, you get a cabinet on top of it
Your typical bathroom
Shower (not pictured: the hair in the drain)
A mini laundry room
Window at the end of the hall – the ledge is a nice place to sit and read