What is the safety/security level like around and in the BARH residence halls? Because it is farther away from the other freshmen dorms, is it still within the RPI campus?

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.


I’m a rising sophomore hoping to live in the WNDS portion of campus, though I no longer have anyone to room with. I have a number between 450 and 500. Do you think there is a chance I can get into a room in that area?

Yes, there is a very good chance. There are more than 300 people who live in WNDS. Many sophomores prefer to live elsewhere on campus (Blitman, STACwyck, etc.) so the first 450-500 won’t all want WNDS.

Also, if someone else takes only half of a double in either of Nugent, Davison, or Warren, you will be one of few people interested in taking the other half.

Would you recommend living in the “B” RAHPS (as those are the only ones that are available through group commons)?

“B” RAHPS must be a new name for the ones below Bryckwyck; these are the ones that I live in. I would highly recommend it. I prefer RAHPs to STACwyck because you don’t have strangers living above/below you, so you can sleep when you want. The neighbors are either quiet (in our case) or the walls are more soundproof. It’s the farthest housing from campus (maybe second to Colonie). These RAHPs have all been renovated this past summer or will be this coming summer; this includes all new furniture, full painting, new flooring throughout. Really (despite their age and general low build quality) it’s a good place for a college student to live.

Also… you should go on the housing tour when they offer them. You would be able to walk through RAHPs and see it for yourself.

Where can sophomores live that has a shared kitchen in each apartment?

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 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.

In your 2 years at RPI, which dorms have you roomed in, and what were your likes/dislikes about them? If you could have picked differently, which dorms would you rather have had?

I lived in the Quad (a double in Church I) my freshman year.

Last fall, I lived in the Quad (a single in Hunt III).

This spring, I live in an on-campus apartment at STACWYCK.

I chose to live in Quad again because I liked the atmosphere and proximity to campus. As a freshman in Quad, you still have friends who live nearby, but it is a little quieter (I’ve heard) than living in the long and connected hallways of a hall on Freshman Hill. Another neat thing about living in the Quad is having upper classmen nearby. I definitely feel like I knew a few more older students because I lived in Quad my freshman year. On the contrary, Freshman Hill halls do tend to be a little more social. Just think physically: the long hallways are very inviting to people wandering (or running) around and chatting. But, you are a little bit further from academic campus, and older students are in other buildings.

After a third semester in Quad, I decided I wanted to be try out apartment style living. I enjoyed Quad still, but some friends had a spot open in their apartment and none of my good friends lived nearby. I found myself spending a lot of wasted time sitting around in my single room. I think that, as a sophomore, I enjoy the apartment style more. There are always people around, but I still have privacy when I need to sleep or do work. Plus, we have our own kitchen and living room.