Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Housing Review: 620

Rooms
620 W 116th St.
3 Singles, 1 Double: 2
2 Singles, 2 Doubles: 7
3 Singles, 2 Doubles: 3
4 Singles: 12
5 Singles: 12

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General Description
The suites in 620 are very variable. The top suites (from the 5th to 10th floor) are all singles, and generally sought after by seniors. The suites are characterized by narrow hallways and small common rooms, but storage is usually not a problem due to ample cabinets and closet space. Laundry machines are located in the basement. There's a TV lounge with a piano on the 1st floor, as well as a shared computer lab on the first floor of 616.

Bathrooms
One bathroom per suite. Due to how old the building is, expect variable water pressure and drain problems.

Kitchen
Comes equipped with sink, a gas stove/oven, and a refrigerator. Some can be comfortable, others are quite small.

Price
Single: $9,480 for the academic year/ $4,740 for one semester
Double: $8,240 for the academic year/$4,120 for one semester
Minimal Meal Plan: $300 per semester

Pros
  • Two shared closets
  • Upper floors have great views
  • Quieter, further from Broadway
  • Close to campus
  • Wireless internet access

Cons
  • Building is really old -- mis-matched paint, noisy heaters, etc.
  • Expect to need repairs, and often
  • Most views on lower floors are of an air-shaft
  • Farthest of the 600s from campus
  • No AC
  • Thin walls
  • Overactive fire-alarms and smoke detectors
  • Occasional pest problems.
  • Nearest computer lab is on the 1st floor of 616
  • Closed for winter break

Recommendations
  • The doubles in the D suites tend to be mislabeled on the floor plans in that the D1 room is actually a great deal larger than the D2 room
  • C suites have the largest kitchens, but no common room

Image courtesy of Barnard Residential Life.

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