February 23, 2017
Estimated yearly cost: $7,922 – $14,040
Low-cost rooms available: Yes
Commute to class: 10 minute walk to WSP, 25-30 minute subway ride to Tandon
Nearby subways: A, C, F, N, R, 4
Nestled on the corner of Fifth Avenue and East 10th Street, Rubin Hall is surrounded by a bustling area reflecting its residents’ friendly, engaging natures. Rubin’s checkered-tile floors and slow, creaky elevators offer a glimpse of its history — dating back to the 1920s — as soon as you step into the lobby.
The 16-floor building houses 680 first year students, and is comprised of spacious studio and suite-style rooms. Two-person and three-person studios and four-person suites are the most common types of rooms, with less than one percent of residents — often Resident Assistants — living in private rooms. Though studios offer little privacy, residents have enough space to personalize their sides of the room.
Students don’t have to venture too far to grab their meals, with Weinstein Hall’s four dining options only a five minute walk away. And if you’re not up for dining hall food, University Place — lined with a variety of Mexican, Italian and Japanese restaurants — is a short walk away.
Don’t let Rubin’s lack of air conditioning units scare you away — the air-conditioned second-floor lounge, complete with a black box theatre, dance and piano practice rooms and a silent study room offer residents a perfect place to mingle, hone their artistic crafts or do homework. Known as the friendliest residence hall, Rubin is lively late into the night, with students hanging out in the lounge, watching television or lamenting over the amount of homework they have due.