I, Lawyer wrote:Is there any real differences between the different buildings/floors in Gropius? I have a pretty early selection window, so I think I should be able to grab a room where I want. Just thought I was see if it there any differences that would influence my decision.
Yes. The gender of the bathroom, the access to a kitchen, and the proximity to a lounge are the most important things. (Oh, and room size, I suppose.) I did an excessively elaborate description of everything that I could think of in the part of Gropius that I know (Holmes/Ames/Dane) back on page 69 of this topic. Here's the relevant bit (edited):
If you’re female and want to be near a lounge, you probably want Ames 3 (kitchen) or possibly Ames 1 (no kitchen). If you’re female and don’t want to be near a lounge, you probably want Holmes 2 (kitchen) or Dane 2 (kitchen).
If you’re male and want to be near a lounge, you probably want Ames 2 (access to Holmes 2's kitchen), or maybe Dane 3 (no kitchen, smaller/less active lounge) or Ames 4 (no kitchen). If you’re male and don’t want to be near a lounge, you want Dane 1 (kitchen) or maybe Holmes 3 (access to Ames 3's kitchen).
As far as lounges, Ames 1 tends to be pretty active every year; the other lounges vary. If you’re living right next to the lounge, you can hear everything that goes on in it. If you’re living down the hall a ways, you hear it if it gets loud, but not otherwise. If you’re around the turn (e.g. Holmes 2, around the turn from Ames 2), you don’t hear anything.
Also, if you care about how much traffic goes through your bathroom or kitchen, then you probably want Dane. Because Dane is locked off from the other two, it tends to get less use for its facilities. Dane 1 and Ames 1 also have nice, large shower stalls intended for handicapped students but available for anyone’s use.
Other random things: Ames and Dane have some normal rooms and some larger rooms. Ames tends to have busier bathrooms and kitchens. The laundry room is underneath Dane 1. Being right at the end of Ames closest to Holmes or the end of Holmes closest to Ames is basically equivalent, because there's an open door between them on the second and third floors.