There’s no A/C in Nason. However, there is heating for the winter season but using an additional heater is not allowed in any dorms at RPI.
No, unfortunately not.
It depends on how much rug space you want. The rooms in Hall Hall are in genera 188 square feet big. You can find floor plan of Hall Hall here: http://reslife.rpi.edu/update.do?artcenterkey=86
No, there’s no cork strips on the walls. You can hang things using sticky adhesive hooks. For photo frames, you can hang them as long as you are not using nails.
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
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)
Suite bathrooms: Davison, Nugent, Barton
Hall bathrooms: Freshman Five (Bray, Cary, Hall, Nason, Crocket), Barton
Individual room/suite bathrooms: Warren, Sharp
I believe you still apply for this through the ResLife housing portal. Your roommate would also be apart of this special interest housing if you select it as something you would like.
It can be raised about 4-5 feet high without bunking.
We do have some pictures of this. The wardrobes are next to each other. You do not need to loft the beds to still have room!
You can orient your furniture in your room any way you want.
Typically in the freshman five the first floor is all male and the second and third floor one wing is male and one wing female.
There are washing machines in the basement of each Freshman Five dorm.
At this time the themed housing for D Arts is only for freshman. I am sure you can contact the program to still do things with them, but I am not totally positive.
While all Freshman dorms are pretty close to the Mueller Center, the closest dorm is Hall Hall.
All dorms that house freshmen are close to classes.
I personally brought my own desk chair and was incredibly glad I did. I was one of the few people that was able to study in my room because it was comfortable. That being some some people do not want to bring their own chair because they still have to keep the school chair with them in the room (or else you will be charged for it). Also some people will just buy a cushion to put on the school chair to make it more comfortable.
The food at RPI is similar to most colleges, not terrible but not fantastic. You will learn to appreciate home cooked food after your first semester here. What meal plan depends on how much you normally eat and how much flex you want. I personally got 15 meals a week when I was a freshman and never even hit that. That being said, I know people that got higher plans and took advantage of them. It honestly just depends on how much you believe you will eat at college. Remember you can always increase your meal plan, but you can only decrease it the first week.
We just added some pictures of the Freshman Five Bathrooms! Check them out here.
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.
About 20-22 people share the bathroom in one of the Freshman 5 dorms
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.
On the first floor this is a kitchen. In the kitchen you have a fridge, a stove, and a sink. There is a staircase that leads to the second floor lounge. You then have to go to the main staircases to get to the third floor study rooms that are above the 2nd floor lounge (i.e. the first and second floors connect but the third does not). Personally, I recommend if you are going to be warming things up a decent amount of times to get a microwave. I was on the third floor and didn’t want to walk down 2 flights of stairs, warm up my food, and walk back up 2 flights of stairs when I could just warm up my food in my room.
The freshman five beds are adjustable beds. They can go up to about 5 feet off the ground. These are the standard bed given for the freshman five and you do not have to specially order or request it.
A few things:
1. For the 2015-2016 school year freshman are not being offered a place to live in Quad, so the comparison is a moot point if only comparing to the Freshman Five.
2. Please check out the RPI Class of 201X Facebook group that has a pro and con list.
3. Please search on this website or use the tags to find previous pros and cons.
This would be a question you can ask Admissions and / or Res Life. If you visit you can ask for a residence hall tour of the Freshman Five, but it may not be Hall Hall. Keep in mind the Freshman Five are all identical except for the suites on the first floor, which does not apply to you. Furthermore, you can check out the pictures of the Freshman Five on our website to get a good idea of what the room can look like.
They are the same sized bathrooms as all of the other Freshman Five. Between the toilets, sinks and showers, they take up the size of two dorm rooms. When you first walk into the room you will have stalls (for women there are 5, this may be different than men), then you walk through a doorway and you have 5 sinks and 5 showers.
Wardrobe (tall, 2 doors, rod and 2 large drawers on bottom) 6′ tall x 3′ wide x 2′ deep
The window openings are smaller than the wall but I do not know the exact measurements. That wall is 14’ 8” long so width of the window is a little less. Many students get what is called a Tower Fan. These are tall, rotating fans that take up very little room but are very effective. They can be found at major retailers, Bed Bath and Beyond, Target and Walmart. In addition many tower fans come with remote controls for easy access to switching speed, position, etc.
3-drawer chest 38″ tall x 32″ wide x 19″ deep
Davison is on freshman hill, just like the freshman five and Barton, so it’s not far away at all. Davison is split so you do have your own private space which is just different than other freshman buildings. This doesn’t prevent you from getting to know your roommate, but put effort into hanging out in the common rooms, outside, and other spots on campus.
Yes, the beds are adjustable in height. No need to buy those bed lifts, unless you want the bed super super high.
They will not unless you specifically request lofted beds. Those request will go to a third party company who will set up lofted beds before you move in.
Yes, a desk will fit underneath a lofted bed.
You were assigned the Crockett apartment which is suite style. Bathrooms are cleaned once a week by the RPI staff.
I believe you can ask to switch rooms after you have moved in and lived in your assigned room for a week or two. Then you have to give a logical and justifiable reason why you want to switch. I suggest you give the room a chance and see if the lack of the additional 20 sq. ft. really is an issue. I know people who have lived in rooms similar to yours and never had a problem.
For the freshmen five dorms (Cary, Crockett, Hall, Nason, and Bray), the beds will not be lofted. You can have them lofted if you choose, and can find the form to fill out on the ResLife website. As for Barton, all rooms are triples. One bed will be lofted, while the other two beds will be setup in a bunk bed style.
As for orientation, you will get a key to stay in a dorm for the night. You will most likely also have a roommate, so your parents will need to make arrangements to stay in a hotel.
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.
I was in the same position as an incoming freshman – in fact, that is the reason that I created this page.
Unfortunately, I can’t answer your question specifically. It just changes too much from year to year. Each hall creates a personality as the residents get to know each other – wherever you live, you will have no problem making friends. I know this answer may frustrate you, but there is no way for me to know what personality the Class of 2017 will bring to the different halls.
There is themed housing, that you may know about. This includes Wellness Housing (Bray), Vasudha Housing (Nason), Leadership Housing (Hall), Design and the Arts Housing (Cary). This just means that part of the hall (typically 1/6-1/3) is interested in having some focused programs about these topics.
1. Keep in mind that there are minor changes in the housing availability from year to year.
2. Historically, the 5 buildings of STACwyck and the 3 apartments in Crockett, Cary, and Bray are the options allocated to sophomores that have a kitchen in each apartment. STACwyck includes Thompson, Wiltisie, Rousseau, Williams, and McGiffert (Alpha Phi) with 12 apartments each.
I understand that you were being proper, but it might be difficult for one to bunk the beds. I imagine it would take at least two people. :p
Yes, you can do it. The beds are made to do this – they are not simply resting on one another. That’s all I know.
The furniture along the walls where you enter (the same wall as the door) is not movable at all. It’s built into the room. You will be able to move your bed, your desk, and of course the shelf on the desk.
Sorry, bud. Good luck arranging it in a desirable way!
Great question, mostly because it’s you’ll be at a loss if you don’t have the right answer.
NONE of the residence hall beds on campus come with bedding. Every bed comes with a mattress (size is twin extra long: 38” x 80”), but nothing more than the mattress. You will need to bring (or purchase when you arrive to Troy) sheets, pillow(s), quilts/comforter, and a mattress pad.
The hall doesn’t matter much.
- More space in the room
- You can put your desk and other stuff under your bed
- You have to literally climb into bed. Easy for some. Hard for others.
- You’re sleeping higher… it can be warmer/hot in the winter.
- Yes, it’s possible to fall out of bed. If you don’t follow out of your bed on a normal frame, you probably won’t fall out of a lofted bed. I think it comes with a rail.
- It costs about $150.
Yes. The shelves above the desks on campus are a separate piece and can be removed.
Yes, Bray does have an indoor bike room.
I have never talked to anyone about how they feel about this. I know this setup is quite rare, but the room is larger. It’s another person to get to know and connect with on campus. It can be more fun to have two roommates – do you have specific reservations about this living situation?
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.
No, Crockett Hall does not have elevators. You probably found this out today, but hopefully some of the fraternity brothers and other volunteers were able to help you get your things inside and upstairs.
You probably also learned that Crockett does not have air conditioning.
To find out the books that you need for your classes, go to bookstore.rpi.edu and click “BOOK INFO” at the top or go straight to: https://login.rpi.edu/cas/login?service=http://bookstore.rpi.edu/cas/index.php. If you search for your courses here, you will get book information specific to your professor and section. Before you buy through the campus bookstore, though, check out the APO book exchange on the third floor of the Student Union, and look at websites like half.com and amazon.com.