Interviews

I went to the housing office at The New School and spoke with Alisa, the director of housing.

  1. What are the measurements of each type of room at the New School?
  • single: 96–115 sq ft, the most common single is 96
  • double: average is 225 sq ft
  • triple: average is 350 sq ft or the same size as a double if there are bunk beds in the room
  • quad: 475 sq ft or the same size as a triple if there are bunk beds in the room

2. Is there a storage unit for students while they go home for summer?

  • No, the New School does not offer storage for students’ items. We do offer summer housing for students that are either taking summer classes, working, or have a summer internship. The two residence halls that house summer students are Stuyvesant Park and Kerrey Hall.

3. Are the dorm buildings sorted by grade?

  • Although the dorms are usually mostly made up of freshman and sophomores due to upper classmen moving off campus, the buildings are not sorted by anything. Stuy and 13th street are primarily freshman, but it’s really first come first serve to whoever wants to live there.

4. She said she did not know the average price per day to live on campus, and would not be allowed to say even if she did…

5. Can anyone use the gyms that are located in some of the dorm buildings?

  • Yes, i know many students think that you can only use a gym that belongs to your dorm but any student of the New School can use any of the gyms on campus, you just have to show your i.d and normally sign in. If you are looking to rent out gym space or music/dance practice space in Kerrey Hall, you will have to register for that online.

6. What does the New School do to help students who are looking to move off campus?

  • On our website, there is an off campus housing section, which provides a list of links students can go to if they are looking to rent apartments or move off campus.

7. Do you have to get the meal plan if you are living in one of the dorms?

  • Yes, the meal plan is automatic with your dorm room tuition. In Loeb and Stuy there is a $750 amount per semester and for 13th street and Kerrey its the meal card with $1,595.

Part 2:

A couple of days after I got this interview, we decided we had a few more questions that Alisa really didn’t elaborate on or even answer. I called and was able to speak to Rob, who works in the same office.

  1. What would be the average price per day to dorm at The New School?
  • Unfortunately, we do not have those types of numbers here in this office. It would probably be a significant amount because, I’m sure as you know, residing here is quite pricy.

2. What type of help do you offer to financial aid students regarding housing?

  • Well we do have the work study and student employment program, which allows students to work on campus. Students can also be applicable to financial aid covering the housing cost.

3. Do you think you are doing all that you can to help students and improve the housing experience? Is there something you would change?

  • I think that living on campus at The New School is a wonderful opportunity for students, I think they should stay as long as they can. If you think about it, everything they need is included and it gives people an opportunity to make friends and meet new people all over campus. Something I would change though… would have to be the way that information about this kind of stuff gets out there to students. We have a lot of you coming into the office not knowing what’s going on or when a deadline is, stuff like that. I think information is spread poorly here, so we could probably work on that.

Student Interview:

  1. Why did you choose to commute?
  2. Do you think being unable to live on campus has affected your first year in a negative way? (your social life?)
  3. If you could live on campus, would you?

Veronica Darbas, Commuter

“(I ended up answering all three questions in a little mini essay)
Well, I live about 30 minutes from the New School in Park Slope, Brooklyn. I really wanted to dorm, but the unrelenting echoes of “Am i really going to make my parents pay an extra $17,000 a year?” overwhelmed me with guilt, and I figured I could save that money to study abroad, which I am actually doing instead! It was a really hard decision, as I really wanted to have that sense of community, living with people in Lang, and immersing myself in college life. It made being social a bit harder, as people seemed to have built in bonds living in the same building. I think in some ways, it has hurt my social life, as I can easily leave once my classes are over and there goes any chance of hanging out with “Langsters.” I mean, in recent weeks I’ve found that the warmer weather has benefited my social life with the fellow housing residents, but there was definitely a point where i felt very excluded, which is hard in your first year of college. While I would like to dorm, they are just too expensive. I think it’s hard to generate a college community feeling with such an Urban Campus like the new school, and dorming I think plays a tiny role in bringing people together. They are just so expensive, it’s impractical.”

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