The prototypical college dorm experience, right above Milano.
Location: 562 W 113th Street
Nearby dorms: Watt, Nuss, frat row, Broadway, and Carman
Nearby stores & restaurants: Junzi, Wu and Nussbaum, Milano, Tom’s, and everything else on Broadway.
Cost: All upperclass housing is $4,738/semester.
- Bathrooms: Each floor has a large public bathroom that may or may not be disgusting; supposedly they are cleaned every weekday. There are also seven spacious private bathrooms on each floor.
- AC/Heating: Every room has a radiator. Shaft rooms also have A/C, as a preemptive apology for the Vitamin D deficiency.
- Kitchen: Each floor’s lounge has a kitchen with a stove, oven, and microwave. Again, supposedly cleaned five times a week.
- Lounge: Each floor has a large lounge that is a pretty good space to hang out.
- Laundry: There are 12 washers and dryers on the first floor, and they reportedly work pretty well.
- Computers/Printing: First floor has a small computer lounge and printing.
- Fire Escapes: Nah.
- Gym: There is a meager workout room on the fourth floor.
- Bike storage: What?
- Transportation: Two elevators that are only marginally faster than climbing the scaffolding and going in your window.
- Flooring: hardwood in the rooms, carpet in the hallways.
- 175 Doubles ranging from 182 to 268 square feet. Everything 230 and larger is on the bottom 3 floors, and they tend to go fast.
- 41 Singles ranging from 117 to 178 square feet. The big rooms are rare and almost always given to RAs, so don’t expect anything larger than 130 square feet.
- Rooms on the air shaft get very little natural light, especially on the lower floors, and are uncomfortably close to their window neighbors on the opposite side. They do have A/C though, so that’s nice.
- Doubles: The cutoff was 10/2941 in 2019 and 10/2998 in 2018. If you want a double here, you’ll get it.
- Singles: The cutoff was 10/1385 in 2018.
McBain is a dorm. If you think of the prototypical college dorm, that’s pretty much McBain. The shared spaces range in condition from nearly biohazardous to actually pretty decent, the rooms are a decent size, and people are in such abundance that you can have a social life without really trying that much. The elevators are only half-a-tier below dumbwaiters in terms of efficiency and speed. The main concern is the shaft, where the rooms will deny you sunlight and privacy.
“They have a cool lobby.”
“It’s chill, just buy plenty of Febreeze and use the bathroom elsewhere when you can.”
“If you live here, please don’t puke in the showers.”