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28+30+32 = BCG 90

Alissa Anderson on Wednesday, 28 January 2009. Posted in Residence Life

This week in admissions we are hosting Chat Power, which is a fun night where all the student ambassadors get to call accepted students and chat with them about how cool RIT is.  One of the most common topics popping up on the pone lines was about dorm life and what the residence halls are really like.  So in honor of those phone calls here is the down low on campus living:

Where can you live?

If you’re a first-year you are REQUIRED to live in the residence halls. Which is super fun because the majority of the halls are occupied by first years, just like you!  Because of this, everyone gets to experience the awkward move-in and first quarter jitters together.   In addition, because everyone is new to campus and new to college, everyone is taking the same classes… so if you have a problem you can just holler down the hall way and someone will come to the rescue and help out with your calculus predicaments.

The Res. Halls:
There are like 13 different halls you can live in when you move to campus in the fall.  When you fill out our housing contract you can choose “no preference” and cross your fingers for a good one, which is what I did, or you can choose a living style.  Living styles include living on a floor that’s single-sex, a wellness floor, smoke free floor, special interest houses (like photo house or engineering house)… There a bunch of different ways to live, and where ever you end up you will fall in love with!  All the building in on campus has different attitudes, which makes for a sense of competition between the houses.  The students who live in fish bond over the fact that there is no elevator, so those kids have to hike up three flights of stair every day (including when they moved in with all their stuff!)! But they think the stairs make them stronger so they are ready to challenge anyone living in the high rises – where the elevator is a way of life when you live on the 9th floor of Gleason!  I myself live in BCG90, which represents the three buildings that have no names: building 28, 39, and 32 (which adds to 90….).   The population who lives in this building have the best access to the quarter mile and we take pride in the fact our buildings have no names… maybe in four years when I graduate they will name it after me…

Anyway, another common question was regarding the exact dimensions of the dorms… and here it is:

    *  Rectangular, measuring approximately 18' long by 10' wide. These rooms are generally located in the high-rise sections of the residence halls.
    * Square, approximately 12' long by 14' wide. These rooms are generally located in the low-rise sections.
So, that’s about all I have for now, here is a link to a resident hall site where you can take a virtual tour of the dorms! http://finweb.rit.edu/housing/residence/yourroom.html

There is more to come about off campus living, and where you can live after your first year, but that will be another blog for another night.

So for now,  the rest of the week looks like 8am, Little Shop of Horrors on Friday, the 7 Confessions Fashion Show on Saturday, and Brunch with my Zeta girls on Sunday!   I LOVE the weekend!

See you in the dorms!
Ali