There’s no catchy song about John Jay, but it doesn’t mean you should sleep on sleeping here.
An astonishingly alliterate housing hall, John Jay provides hotel-style living with desirable amenities like two whole food places inside, also sort of like a hotel.
Location: 511 W. 114th Street, New York, NY 10027 (Right next to Butler!)
Nearby dorms: Hartley & Wallach & Butler, where students actually sleep sometimes.
Stores and restaurants: Hamilton Deli, John Jay (the dining hall), JJ’s Place, Arts and Crafts.
Cost: $8,412 (Standardized for freshpeople)
Amenities: Nice piano lounge on the first floor, pajama access to two dining halls, vending machines, health center on the 4th floor, printers in the lobby
Bathrooms: Shared single-use bathrooms on each floor.
AC/Heating: No AC, but there’s heat
Kitchen/Lounge: Each floor has a lounge with a counter and a microwave. There’s also a giant whiteboard but unfortunately it’s BYOMarkers.
Laundry: Free laundry in the basement, though it’s nearly always nearly full.
Fire Escapes/Bike Storage: Nope
Computers/printers: Two Paw Print stations on your way out the door, which will come in clutch for the assignments you will write the morning before class. There is also a computer lounge in Hartley.
Intra-transportation: Two slow elevators. One goes to 13 and the other goes to 14, so you will be walking that last flight if you are placed on the 15th floor.
Hardwood/carpet: Hardwood in rooms, carpet in halls.
WiFi: Yes; it’s fast!
Room variety: Singles are about 100 sqft. with the exception of the giant penthouse suites on the 15th floor. There are also a couple of doubles on each floor.
John Jay is a great compromise choice between the extroverted party animals of Carman and the introverted homebodies of Wallach and Hartley. The single-use bathrooms are great because no one will ever kick you out if you take forever in the shower, and the privacy of a single can be great if you like making your space your own. However, while the walk-through doubles are a great option, the traditional double on each floor is cramped and dark, so think carefully before you sign up for a double.
Having pajama-access to two dining halls, one of which is open 22 hours a day, is an unrivaled privilege. Having printers in the lobby and being steps away from Butler can also come in handy more often than you’d expect.
While elevator politics can get out of hand, John Jay folk are generally kind and outgoing, though they value their privacy as well.
“I don’t understand why both elevators can’t go to my floor.” (A floor 14-er)
“The personal space in John Jay is great, especially how it can be communal when you want it to be.”
“Every friend I have who doesn’t live in John Jay wishes they did.”
“It’s alright. I feel like that sums it up pretty good.”
“Lock the bathroom door because people don’t always knock.”
There’s several of these single-use bathrooms on every floor. All have a sink, toilet, and shower, but zero counter space.
The entrance to that Magical Place of JJ’s.
Snazzy piano lounge
The microwave and chairs in the lounge, AKA the Ramen & Easy Mac station.
Beautiful views of campus from the lounge.
Decent TV with HDMI cables lookin’ like a snack.
American Horror Story: Hallway
Lounges have A/C!
The lobby outside John Jay looking uncharacteristically empty.
Another beautiful single! Not pictured: my double, because it’s GROSS.
i basically live in jj's so the proximity is convenient
i hate my double but my friends love their walk-through so think hard before taking the risk!
the best song wasn't the single but the best room may be
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