Palladium

Residency: Graduate, Upperclassmen, Freshmen
Estimated yearly cost: $15,884 – $21,112
Low-cost rooms available: No
Commute to class: 15 minutes
Nearby subways: N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6, L
Shuttle: Yes

Palladium is often considered one of, if not the, best dorms on campus. It’s been renovated fairly recently and contains one of the best dining halls, a gym, multiple study lounges and an exceptionally large laundry room. The convenience of having high quality food and exercise commodities in one building makes Palladium feel less like a dorm and more like a hotel.

If Palladium dining becomes tiring, the dorm is conveniently located next to a Trader Joe’s, the food options at University Hall — including a Dunkin’ Donuts that accepts meal swipes — and is within a short walking distance from a Walgreens and other food and shopping stores. In terms of distance from campus, it’s about a 15-minute walk to Washington Square Park and has a bus a stop on the Shuttle Route.

Being located right by Union Square is helpful as well, given its centrality with subway lines and frequent markets, particularly the one during Christmas time. Rooms are smaller, comprised of two two-person bedrooms connected by a common area, though there’s plenty of space and large enough closets to accommodate four people comfortably. Kitchens are quite small, and there is limited storage space for appliances. Floor life will differ, though given the large size of the building and numerous rooms on each floor there isn’t much of a community. No low cost housing is available.

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