No unfortunately not, and you can’t really take the bunked bed down either.
Yes, both kitchens have both a microwave and a fridge.
Yes. In BARH forced triples, there are three beds, two are bunk beds and one is lofted (bunk beds without the bottom bed). I don’t think you can order lofts in forced triples since they are already lofted.
Yes, I believe you can fit it under beds.
In forced triples, the beds are already bunked or lofted.
No, you may decide on which bed you want with your roommate(s). The number is only for indicating you as a member of the room.
White. I believe all dorms are painted white.
If you have your room number, you can check out the your room size on this website: http://reslife.rpi.edu/update.do?artcenterkey=659 and a single might not be as big as a double but it’s still big comparing to singles in other buildings.
I would actually not rank Sharp as number one. I personally would rank the Freshman 5 as top. Everyone has a different opinion. That being said, if I were to give mine, it would be the following:
- Freshman Five
This site is run by students, not Residence Life. I encourage you or your son to reach out to Residence Life about any complaints.
The following freshman halls have kitchens with a stove top:
- Freshman Five (Bray, Hall, Cary, Crocket, Nugent)
- Davison & Nugent
- Quad (each stack has a kitchen on the first floor with a stove and oven)
In previous years each residence hall only has one entrance. I know for BARH they were considering multiple entrances due to size, but I do not know the status of that decision. I would call Residence Life and ask.
Barton Hall is all triples. BARH sometimes has forced triples as well.
It depends on who you ask. I know people that don’t mind the extra 3-5 minute walk, and I know people that find it annoying and wish they didn’t live there. In general, I would say it isn’t a big deal.
Yes BARH triples have wardrobes for each student.
Please look at our BARH Picture Page. That has the most up to date pictures we have.
All of the pictures we have are posted. Starting in the fall we will be able to obtain more pictures. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Please use the search function of our website to see if your question has already been answered.
There are pros and cons to each freshman hall. If you talk to current students you will hear each of them say a different hall. If you want to see pros and cons for some of the halls check out the list on the official RPI Class of 20XX Facebook Group, you should be added to that soon. In regards to athletes and rooming, as far as we know you are not required to room with teammates, though highly recommend and most of the time athletic team members room together.
Singles are available for freshman, though they are limited. The chances of getting a single depend on the number of students in the incoming freshman class. For instance in each Freshman 5 there are 2 singles available as well as in BARH, but the singles in BARH may become forced doubles if the rooms are needed.
Beds in the Freshman Five & BARH are adjustable. You just need to pop out the bar and place it in the selected height. A hammer is beneficial, but you don’t need it to adjust the bed. Risers are not recommended for the Freshman Five & BARH as the beds are heavy. You can also choose to loft the beds.
For beds in Nason and Davison, these are not adjustable. You should get risers to raise the bed or choose to loft it.
For Barton, the beds are already lofted and you do not have to do anything.
Yes you can request they are lofted through the company RPI offers. I believe it is $150-200
No, rooms in BARH are not air conditioned.
I believe so. Contact Res Life (518) 276-6284 and they can give you more information.
Hi. I personally have not lived in BARH before but I did ask a friend who has. According to her, “In the C wing, the first floor rooms all had no carpet but the second and third floors did. In the A wing, the first floor rooms had carpet and so did the floor above it.”
Hope this helps!
1. Leave on time to walk to class.
2. Use an alarm clock.
3. Really, this is a silly question… you need to be responsible for yourself in college. Make sure you’re up in time to get ready for your day, eat, and go to class. Whether you live in BARH or on Freshman Hill, you just need to figure out how long it takes you to get to class and leave with plenty of time.
Yes, BARH is within the RPI campus. You can see this by looking at a map. You will be surrounded by the athletic facilities as well as quite close to a few fraternities, residential homes, and RPI’s apartment style housing options: RAHPs and STACwyck. It’s as safe as any other residence hall.
All of the freshman residence halls have some amount of lounge/kitchen space, but it does vary.
- Quad – two double rooms share a suite bath. Rooms are irregularly shaped. VERY close to class. No long hallways – often quieter. Upperclassmen on the third floor. Close to Sage Dining Hall. A/C.
- Freshman Five (Bray, Cary, Nason, Crockett, Hall) – all very similar. Kind of plain-Jane rooms. Long hallways, lots of social-ness. Part of some of these halls is devoted to: Wellness Housing (Bray), Vasudha Housing (Nason), Leadership Housing (Hall), Design and the Arts Housing (Cary). Close to Commons Dining Hall. Community/floor style bathrooms.
- Barton – newest residence hall. A/C. Mostly triples. Close to Commons Dining Hall. Two triples share a suite bath in some cases. In other cases, there is a community/floor bathroom.
- BARH – very close to ECAV/athletic facilities. Similar plain-Jane as Freshman Five. I believe two doubles share a suite bathroom. Has BARH dining hall within. Farthest from classes. Lots of lounge space.
It depends from year to year, but maybe Quad and BARH… there definitely aren’t a lot of opportunities. None on Freshman Hill, though. ResLife will have more information out soon, if you haven’t already received it.
You may look into an apartment style, where you would get a random 4th roommate.
What does a triple in BARH look like? I honestly don’t know, and they are quite rare. I’m confident that it would, in fact, be one set of bunked beds and one single bed. For a more certain answer, you can contact the Office of Residential Education.
Have people ever complained about being cramped? Ever…? in the history of BARH triples? It’s probably happened, yes… but you’re not living in a closet. You’ll make the space work – that’s part of what college is about.
Is there a cleaning service for the bathrooms? Yes. RPI has a department called Environmental and Site Services. Each building has at least one cleaning person assigned to it. This staff person will clean the bathrooms (usually once a week) and maintain the common living spaces, like hallways, lounges, kitchens, etc. You are still responsible for keeping things tidy and not making huge messes – it’s not a maid service. [Some people prefer to clean their own bathroom. If this is the case, you can just ask your cleaning person not to clean your bathroom, but you do need to do it. If you don’t, you can be fined.]
It’s impossible to quantify the ease of room-switching. You and your roommate should call ResLife/ResEd ASAP to find out if you can switch before you move in. Otherwise, you have to wait 2 full weeks after classes start.
Regardless, you might not be allowed to switch halls “just because.” The staff goes through a lot of effort to place all of the students and allowing switches on a whim would be very time-consuming. Best of luck – call and ask as soon as you can.
All dorms are mixed gender.
The Quad is closest to classes. Hall, Cary, Barton, Bray, Crockett, and Nason follow closely in that order (they’re all within about 100 yards of one another). BARH would be the farthest.
Quad and Barton are the only ones for freshmen that have non-communal bathrooms.
So, it sounds like you want to live in Quad… but do some of your own research. I’m not a match-making service.
Burdett Avenue Residence Hall (commonly referred to as BARH) is not new. I mean, it’s not old like the Quad, but it’s not brand new. I will look for information on when it was constructed. For now, look to ResLife’s page about BARH: http://reslife.rpi.edu/update.do?artcenterkey=73
Yes, all beds in Residence Halls are extra long.
I wouldn’t say each residence hall has its own personality, no. Student athletes are only slightly more likely to live in BARH. From year to year, the hobbies and interests of the residents of any given hall vary on a huge scale. It could be that, by chance, all of your neighbors will be into the same tv show and like the same bands or activities. In the same way, you could be a very diverse group of students but still get along. Even if a residence hall had a given personality (say they all like camping) this year, next year it could be entirely different.
Calling any residence hall “the best” is an impossible choice to make. Depending on your lifestyle, you may prefer one hall over another. For starters, athletes tend to live in BARH, as it’s close to ECAV and the dining hall is open until 8:30pm. That being said, if you want to live in BARH and you’re not athletic, you can still fit in.
The Quad is often considered quieter because there are no hallways. This is where I live, and there is still plenty of social life. Also, BARH and the Quad hves upperclassmen living on the third floor; it can be nice to know older students. Quad is also really close to classes, especially compared to BARH. Quad residents typically eat at Sage.
Barton and the Freshmen Five are essentially equal in distance to ECAV, Commons, and the academic part of campus. Barton is just nicer and sometimes called “Hotel Barton.” These dorms overall are the most social because of their hallways and openness. Really though, everyone makes friends.
The laptop situation: RPI offers a Lenovo laptop for about $1800. The laptop comes ‘imaged’ with most of the software you need for classes and a four year service plan. This year, we got W500s. Some students complain about the quality of the laptop, but I’ve found them to be pretty high speed and the service plan is nice. Laptops with any problems can be taken to the Help Desk at the VCC and they will try to fix the problem or lend you a loaner laptop while they work on yours, if need be. If you don’t have the RPI laptop, the Help Desk can help you, but you won’t get full replacement parts and you have to chase down (and sometimes pay for) the software. You can find more information here: http://www.rpi.edu/laptops/