Can both beds in quad be lofted? How would I loft the second?

Straight from Residence Life’s Website:

Homemade bed lofts are not permitted in Residence Halls on campus.

Renssealer is partnering with to offer lofts to increase floor space in residence halls. Students living in Blitman, Bray, Cary, Crockett, Davison, E-Complex, Hall, Nason, North, Nugent, RAHP, Stacwyck, Sharp, and Warren, can order a loft at You will receive in room delivery and assembly of their loft prior to arrival on campus.


So my room will officially be in the quad, White IV. I like cooking, so I looked at the floor plan so that I could find the kitchen, but it didn’t seem to exist on there. Is there not actually a kitchen located on the first floor as RPI’s website says there should be, or am I just confused? Also, what is the laundry situation? Thanks!

I would just look at the floor plans listed on RPI’s website They will have the most information. I should be noted that some lounges may included kitchens.

All laundry for Quad is in the archway. There are about 20 dryers and washers there.

On August 2016, I will start my exchange program at The Lally School of Management and I would like to know which is the best residence taking into consideration: – I will only stay for the Fall Semester – I would prefer to stay in a single room (are there private baths for single rooms?) – Distance from the Lally School of MGMT – New/Modern furniture Thanks!

One thing should be noted about RPI: most of our residence halls have not been updated in a while.

If the distance from the Lally School building (Pittsburgh) is the most important to you, then room in Blitman Residence Halls. It is the closest to the Lally School building (Pittsburgh) but it does not have singles, there are only doubles.

If having a single room is the most important to you, then consider rooming in Quad. It is the second closet to Pittsburgh and has singles.

Private bathrooms for single rooms are scarce in Quad. If you want that you will have to go much further away from the Lally School building.

I’m an incoming freshman, and was wondering which freshmen hall is the best/most popular? Also wondering what the situation is with incoming athletes and rooming. I know some schools make you dorm with teammates

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.

I would like to live in quad next year, in a triple. The location is fantastic and I don’t really want to live on freshman hill anymore. But I keep hearing conflicting opinions on the quality of the quad rooms. Some people seem to think quad is fine, while others pretty much describe it as a slum. Could I please get a straight answer on what the triples in quad are really like? Thanks!

Quad is often quieter than other housing options. The rooms are irregularly shaped but you are very close to class. There are also no long hallways and upperclassmen live on the third floor. In addition, you have AC. It really depends on what the person is looking for if they are interested in Quad.

I will be living in Church VI and wanted to know if there is a big difference in the rooms compared to the rest of quad since it’s kind of by itself. I looked at the quad pictures but I’m not sure if those pictures go for Church as well. Could you also tell me if there are laundry machines in the building? Thanks!

I have looked back in our records and those pictures are not from Church VI. The laundry machines are the same as for the rest of Quad, under the archway between Hunt I and Hunt III.

Where in Quad is the laundry? Are there machines in the Pardee stack or in Roebling? I’m assigned to Pardee and in looking at floor plans on the housing site, it looks like the only connected stack to Pardee is Roebling and that’s it. Is this accurate and if so and there are not laundry facilities in either of these stacks, will I need to actually carry my laundry outside to get to a laundry room?

Each two sets of stacks, except for Church VI – which is by itself, are connected on the third level. Laundry is under the archway between Hunt I and Hunt III – about four stacks down from Pardee. It’s a little annoying but not too much of an inconvenience.

If you had to choose your freshman dorm today, which would you pick?

Interesting & excellent question! I, personally, really enjoyed living in the Quad as a freshman. I liked the historic nature, the proximity to classes and Sage Dining Hall, and the presence of some upperclassmen. I would choose to live in the Quad (again), as a freshman. My second choice would probably be Blitman because I know that a lot of people that I am friends with today lived there, though, in truth my friends were in residence halls all over.

Then what would the major differences amongst the dorms be? How do people choose their preferences?

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 curious to know about floor-baths on 3rd floor in Quad. In each stack, how many sink(s), toilet(s), and bath stalls available? Thx.

If you don’t know: two stacks are connected on the third floor. (i.e. Caldwell is connected to Church I). There is a bathroom at each end of this short “hall” Each bathroom has one or two sinks, a toilet, and a shower. There are only about 8-10 people who live up there, so I found it to work quite nicely.

Any idea how many singles are in quad and maybe a guess at how quickly they will go? I know singles are popular and go quickly but it’d be nice to know /how/ quickly.

I think there are more than 100 singles in Quad. Almost all of the third floors are occupied by singles exclusively. There are 19 stacks (I think) and each has 5+ singles. So… math = ~ 100.

How quickly they’ll go? You can probably get one. I wouldn’t exactly call the Quad singles “popular”… Some people really prefer them, but a lot of older students enjoy apartment-style living and/or being off campus. I recall many singles being available when I wanted one in 2010-2011 and I didn’t have a great number.

I was just wondering if juniors and seniors could live in quad and what junior and senior on campus housing options were.

Housing shifts slightly from year to year, depending on class sizes and other decisions. This year (2012-2013), only freshmen and sophomores are living in the Quad.

Juniors and seniors have options to live in RAHPs (Rensselaer Apartment Housing Projects), Stacwyck (Apartments on Sunset Terrace), Blitman, Colonie, Polytechnic, North Hall, E-Complex, and Bryckwyck.

What is the probability of a freshman getting a Quad Triple with a shared bathroom vs a floor bathroom?

I really don’t know how to answer this because the question is kind of uninformed (which isn’t really your fault). In the Quad, you can end up in a variety of setups:

  • Double room with a floor bath
  • Triple room with a floor bath
  • Double room with a shared bath
  • Triple room with a shared bath

By far, the most common is the double room with a shared bath. There is a rare chance that you will get any other setup, but it is possible.

Hi, do you know if all of the beds in the Quadrangle are like the ones in your photos (attached to a closet), or are there movable/debunkable ones too?

Yes, I do know. In the Quad, there are some beds that are bunked in a permanent way, while some beds are on frames that are low to the ground. Double rooms often have one of each; one bed is bunked (attached to the closet) and the other is free and low to the ground.

Aside from making a visit to the room that you are assigned, there’s really no telling which beds are attached when it comes to the Quad.