The oldest (and most quaint, as I like to call it) dorm on campus. Brooks is generally the least desirable but does have some redeeming qualities.
Location: 116th St & Broadway.
Nearby dorms: The rest of the dorms in the Quad (Sulz, Reid, and Hewitt), Elliott, the 600s, Schapiro, Carman, Furnald, 47 Claremont.
Stores and restaurants: Morton Williams, Pret A Manger, Shake Shack, Sweetgreen, Starbucks, UPS, Ivy League Stationers.
Cost: $10,826 per year.
Bathrooms: One per floor, with two showers, two sinks, and two toilets each. (The 8th-floor bathroom has 3 sinks.) Most floors have both women-only and gender-inclusive bathrooms. All bathrooms are cleaned daily by Facilities. People come from across the quad for these bathrooms, so be prepared to wait for a shower.
AC/Heating: No AC, and radiator heating is turned on around October. You aren’t allowed a window AC unit, but each room comes with a box fan.
Kitchen/Lounge: There aren’t any kitchen spaces in Brooks, but you can use the Sulz lounge, where people often gather to cook with friends or watch TV. In the lobby of Brooks, there are two additional lounges: one is very quiet and a favorite study spot and the other has a piano and is often used for club meetings.
Laundry: One washing machine and 2 dryers between Brooks and Reid (but they are turned off and don’t work as of earlier this year). Around the corner on Sulz, there are two washing machines and two dryers (but more on the eighth floor). The cost of these machines is covered in what you already pay for housing.
Fire Escapes: None.
Gym: No gym, but the Barnard Fitness Center, which will reopen in Spring 2024) is just across the Quad in the basement of Barnard Hall.
Bike Storage: No bike storage, but there’s a Citibike rack just outside the building on 116th Street.
Intra-transportation: Two elevators that are surprisingly fast, for an old dorm.
Hardwood/Carpet: Linoleum tiles in rooms, and carpeted hallways.
Corridor-style double, triple, and quads. There’s one triple on the 8th floor, with doubles and quads on the rest of the floors.
Floors 3 through 7 are pretty consistent in layout and size of rooms, with 3 quads, 4 doubles, and 1 RA single on each floor. The best Brooks room is the walk-through double, affectionately known as the “dingle”. (It’s two rooms connected by a door, and it’s like living in a single, in a double.) All of the quads have 3 rooms: two bedrooms and a common space with all the desks. Each room in the quad has its own door that leads out to the hall. On floor 8 the rooms used to be lounge spaces, so the layout is very different. These quads don’t have a common room, so beds and desks are all in one room.
“My room was basically the width of a hallway and long enough to fit two beds. I lived in a walk-through quad and we had only one closet in the room. Fine if your roommate is considerate with sharing space and generally nice. No space to exist peacefully if they are not.”
“Heating changes a lot, either too hot or too cold. Walk-through quad is great if you like your other roommates and separation of desk and bedroom is nice. Best showers.”
“Take advantage of Brooks lounge, it has a good vibe for doing homework and is open for late-night study sessions.”