February 20, 2014
Estimated cost: $14,900-$17,300
Low-cost rooms available: Yes
Commute to campus: 10 minutes
Nearby subways: 6, B, D, F, M
If you are passionate about living a sustainable, earth-friendly lifestyle or being part of a tight-knit community of students who care about the same issues as you do, the Green House at Seventh Street residence hall, located between Second and Third avenues, might be the perfect fit for you.
“It’s a much smaller dorm than where I lived last year, so it’s nice to know almost all the people, not only on your floor but also in your building,” CAS sophomore Sarah Sisk said. “I’ve definitely had a wonderful experience living here so far.”
Though Green House may be small — housing only 90 residents and two RAs — this building makes a big impact.
Dedicated to fostering a community of eco-friendly students, the residence hall is designed to reduce its environmental footprint. As a paperless residence hall, Green House does not use paper for flyers or public announcements around the building. It also hosts events such as communal dinners to foster community in the dorm. With bike racks in the lobby and stairs as the only way to get to your room, you will not forget you are living in a building with a mission.
Though the strong sense of community and opportunities for outreach are pros of living in Green House, residents must keep in mind the cons of not having air-conditioning or an elevator. There is also no low-cost option at Green House.
However, Green House is just 10 minutes away from campus and mere blocks away from both the Astor Place and Eighth Street subway stations. With restaurants such as Pommes Frites, Veselka and Mamoun’s Falafel as its neighbors, Green House residents have access to delicious fare around the clock.
The building primarily consists of spacious, apartment-style quads, with the tradeoff of having a small kitchen. However, the building is also home to a full-sized communal kitchen, along with a game room, TV room and study areas.