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Freshpeople Housing Reviews 2019: Carman Single

This summer’s renovations blessed Carman with some single dorms (on the lower floors), providing the perfect balance between a social scene and privacy.  Staff writer Reyna Choi reports on her fabulously good luck.

Location: Broadway & 114th
Nearby Dorms: Furnald & Nuss. John Jay & Wallach & Hartley are right past Butler Library.
Cost: Same as other first-year housing options!

  • Basics: If you’re in a single, it’s a 6-person suite with two doubles & two singles.
    • Most suites are quads with two doubles and one bathroom.
    • Floors 3-5 have 6-person suites (singles!), floors 6-13 have 10-person suites.
    • Poor floor 2 is still unrenovated :(
  • Bathrooms: 2!!!! Giving you a 3-to-1 bathroom to person ratio. (Carman quads are 4-to-1, and the 10-person suites are 5-to-1).
  • AC/Heating: Blessings that you should cherish.
  • Kitchen: Full one in the basement, floor lounges have microwaves. Most people buy fridges from their room from the EcoReps sale or rent a fridge/microwave unit from school.
  • Lounge: Floor lounges have a TV, couches, and a table where people chill/study. The basement lounge is also a nice social spot.
  • Laundry: Free in the basement for washing and drying! Don’t go on Sundays and always set a timer!
  • Computers/Printing: Available on the first floor. You get a printing quota for the semester which you probably won’t go over.
  • Gym: Four treadmills and two ellipticals in the basement. If cardio is your thing, go nuts.
  • Elevators: Two elevators in the lobby. One was broken on move-in day and will periodically be unavailable. If you go to the opposite side of the building, you can take the less-crowded service elevator!
    • It is unethical (and some say illegal) to take the elevator if you live below floor 7. But if it’s not a crowded time or you’re just tired, just do it anyways :)
    • People will puke in the elevators.
  • Floors: Hardwood!
  • Views: If you have a single you’re definitely on a lower floor, so you won’t get an *amazing* view (mine is the side of Butler & some of Frat Row, and our lounge view is a brick wall). You can go up to the 13th floor and stare out their lounge view to see what it’s like to be blessed that hard.

Room Sizes: 

  • Singles are 105 sq. ft., doubles are around 210 sq. ft. with some exceptions
  • Your single can have a huge window like mine (which makes the room feel bigger) or a smaller window (which makes the room feel cozier)

Single Specialties! 

  • Want the privacy of John Jay but the social aspect of Carman? A Carman single is the dorm for you!
  • You can study!! In your room!! Because you don’t have a roommate to distract you!!
  • You won’t have to accommodate a roommate’s sleep schedule!!
  • Headphones?? What are they?? Don’t need em!
  • On a low enough floor that you can get some cardio from the stairs without being too winded!!
  • You’re living in your own filth/cleanliness, not someone else’s!
  • You still have suitemates and floormates to be social with when you want!
  • Seriously 10/10 biggest flex people will come to your room just to marvel at the glory of a Carman single

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