Housing at a Glance: Picking the Perfect Housing

With housing selection for freshmen fast approaching, there are lots of things to consider. Besides trying to find someone you are willing to live with for an entire year, you also have to consider which housing option to select. While everyone dreams of living in a Georgetown townhouse and leaving behind the days of awkward towel-covered and  flip-flop walks to/from the bathroom, there is something standing in the way: housing lottery numbers. Since there is no way to know what housing number will arrive in the inbox, it’s best to get your hopes up too high. Freshmen lucky enough to get relatively low numbers have decent chances of avoiding a communal bathrooms; with the majority of first-years, dorm life continues. For those confused about their options, take a look at our compilation of Hilltop housing.

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Village A ★★★★

As an underclassmen, there is no chance of getting a townhouse. However, if you are lucky enough to get a very low number (i.e. under 20), you just might be able to snag an available Village A. Located between Lau and New South, the apartment complex’s location is convenient for its short proximity to many classroom buildings. Each Village A houses four people, with two bedrooms and one bathroom. It also includes a full kitchen, complete with a double sink, oven and lots of cabinet storage. Because of their spectacular views of the Potomac and open patios, the complex’s rooftop apartments are usually gone within minutes of upperclassmen housing selection, so underclassmen will have to continue crashing parties to enjoy the scenes.

Village B ★★★

Located outside the front gates, Village B , aka Alumni square, is not the most convenient housing option, but it is one of the more spacious. With a kitchen and dining/living space, the apartments comfortably sleep four people. Unfortunately, the kitchens are somewhat smaller and are only equipped with mini fridge and freezer units. Another downside is the permanent bunk beds in the bedrooms. For those who have a strong fear of the top bunk, be sure to be the first roommate to move in. Although Village B is a farther walk to Leo’s, its closeness to Wisey’s and Saxby’s makes up for it.

Henle Village ★★★

Considering how much everyone mocks Darnall for its isolation, Henle, surprisingly, receives little criticism. The Henle complex consists of four-and-five person apartments. Layouts vary depending on the number of bedrooms, but all apartments contain a living space and a full kitchen, which makes it easier to justify skipping the hike to Leo’s for meals. Students can decide whether or not they want to keep beds bunked, and they enjoy the pleasure of their own bathroom with double sinks. Location-wise, it is close enough to ICC, Reiss and Leavey, but the distance to Yates and Car Barn sometimes seem daunting. Even if it isn’t as nice as the other apartments, for those freshmen who secure a Henle at least they can say they have an apartment when most of their friends don’t.

Copley Hall ★★★★

Although not an apartment complex, Copley Hall is one of the best spots for a underclassman to live. Copley suites on the first through forth floor consist of two bedrooms connected together by a bathroom. Rooms on the fifth floor are double occupancy, and residents share the floor’s communal bathroom. Whether you go in as a group of four or two, Copley is a good choice for housing because of its centrality on campus. The suites allow students the convenience of their own bathroom, and the ability to avoid living with too many people at a time. Since they lack their own kitchens, students can only channel their inner Martha Stewart by using the floor common rooms. Even so, its gothic beauty and arched doorways make Copley one of the more eye-pleasing buildings to live in on campus.

Southwest Quad ★★

Southwest Quad is where the majority of the Class of 2015 will find themselves next year. Opened in 2003, the Kennedy, McCarthy and Reynolds buildings are the “newest” residencies on campus. Depending on housing numbers, students can choose between single, double and triple rooms. Residents share a bathroom with their floor neighbors and have access to the kitchen and living space in their common rooms. Location-wise, it is close enough to Leo’s and Yates, and houses Hoya Snaxa for those too lazy to trek to Vittles in Leavey. Unfortunately for those with classes in Walsh or the Car Barn, Southwest Quad can make getting out of bed every morning a constant fight.

LXR 

If you end up with a high lottery number, there’s a fairly good chance that you will wind up in LXR. Rooms are double and triple-occupancy, and share communal floor bathrooms. Check out the sizes of different rooms before you make your choice, there’s a lot of variation between square footage in LXR rooms. While it’s not our favorite, living in LXR isn’t all bad! It’s connected to Walsh, and only a short walk to Car Barn and Lau. You might want to get a reduced meal plan – chances are, you’ll be spending a lot of time at Wisey’s.

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