February 20, 2014
Estimated cost: $10,400-$17,300
Low-cost rooms available: Yes
Commute to campus: 10 minutes
Nearby subways: N, Q, R,6, J, Z, A, C, E, 1
Since Lafayette residence hall is a 20 to 25 minute walk from campus, living there during the school year may be a struggle for those who want to get out of bed five minutes before class. However, the nearby Canal Street Station subway, just two and a half blocks away, is easily accessible for students — keeping in mind that taking the subway still requires being at the station about 15 minutes ahead of time to make it to your class.
Another disadvantage to Lafayette’s location is the lack of nearby supermarkets. There aren’t many groceries available and the closest dining hall is Kimmel Market Place.
However, if you like partying, a major benefit of Lafayette is its reputation of having a vibrant social life, with the large presence of Greek life in the university. Besides Greek life, the dorm has Rainbow Roster exploration floors fostering an LGBTQ community.
However, Lafayette may not be the best option for those who want their room to be a study space. The dorm’s walls are half-walls — walls that don’t go all the way up to the ceiling, so there is limited privacy and it can be hard to tune out noise from suitemates.
For its room arrangements, Lafayette is known for its high ceilings and for having some of the best views on campus if you manage to get a north-facing window. The cost of a double room in a suite per year is around $14,800. Additionally, for students on a budget regarding housing options, Lafayette offers low-cost suites and low-cost triples.