On-Campus Housing Debate

The north side of campus is generally thought of by students as being closer to places such as MJ, the Union, academic buildings and the gym. For those who live in Ontario and Genesee, the furthest suite-style buildings, the extensive uphill walk to the library and academic buildings is a downside.

"I like Allegany because it's the closest suite building to everything," said sophomore Elle Bryan, a current resident. However, the interior of Allegany is the least renovated of all the suite-style buildings on Northside. Recently-opened Erie boasts the newest furniture, laundry and kitchen equipment.

After freshman year, many students opt to live with friends in suites. The buildings on Northside offer six- and eight-person suites, each with a common room and bathroom. Kitchen facilities are generally located in the center of a four-suite quad.

Those who choose to live in a corridor-style building have several options on Northside. Putnam, the newest of these buildings, offers common and kitchen areas on each floor. Bathrooms in this building are shared between two double rooms. As a result of these amenities, Putnam is considered a suite-style living area in housing selection, despite the corridor set-up. Monroe and Livingston, though older than Putnam, offer a more convenient location.

Steuben, a corridor-style building in the shape of a square, is situated halfway up the hill, cutting the walk to classes significantly.

"I also like the courtyard in the middle of Steuben," said sophomore Andrew Fisher, a current resident.

Sophomore Steuben resident Dara Aber-Ferri, however, is dissatisfied with her living situation.

"I don't like it because no one talks to each other," she said.

Southside is famous for being separated from the majority of campus. Though the walk to classes may seem longer from Nassau, Suffolk, Wayne, Onondaga and Niagara Halls, many students prefer the heightened sense of community that comes with the isolation.

Another positive aspect of living on the south side of campus is the preferable parking situation. Lots are close to the residence halls and generally have a large amount of spots open for students to park.

"Wayne is really far from everything and pretty quiet," noted freshman Cathy Bijur, a current resident. "But you get to know everyone in the dorm." Wayne and Niagara are the only corridor-style halls open to students of all years.

Suite-style life on Southside is somewhat different, according to students.

"You don't get to see a lot of people outside of their dorms because everyone closes their doors," said sophomore Alyson Childers, a resident of Nassau Hall. However, Childers also noted that living on Southside was nice "because of all the inter-building events that are offered."

Sophomore Charlotte Abram, also a resident of Nassau Hall, enjoys the setup of the suite-style buildings on Southside. Suites in Nassau and Suffolk hold four, five or six people and are arranged along a hallway, instead of a quad as in the buildings on north side.

"You get the privacy of a suite, but the community of a corridor-style hall," said Abram.