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Bethany Sattur

Goddard Residence Hall

Address: 79 Washington Square E., New York, NY 10003

Cost per semester: $7,125

Low cost: Available

Rooms available: Singles, Doubles, Triples

Nearby subways: A, C, E, F, D, M, N, R

NYU Shuttles: None

Closest dining hall: Kimmel Marketplace

Walk to campus: 2 minute to Washington Square Park

Exploration floors: Residential college


On a campus notorious for its lack of community, this small dorm where everyone knows each other is a specialty. Living Goddard is the only way freshmen can participate in the Residential College program, which divides residents in Goddard and its upperclassman counterpart — Broome Street Hall — into groups called streams based on common interests. Students are then enrolled in a zero credit course and must attend a certain number of events to pass.

Although CAS senior Morgan Sperry initially chose to live in Goddard because of its location on the southeast corner of Washington Square Park, it was the dorm’s environment that made her stay in the Residential College for four years.

“I liked the idea of living amongst a a self-selected population and participating in issue-oriented programming,” Sperry said. “All of the events are really interesting, valuable and worthwhile.”

CAS senior Heather Little was also attracted to Goddard because of its community.

“I met a lot of my closest friends in Goddard,” Little said. “We’d sit out in the hall during our first year doing homework together and getting to know one another.”

Both Little and CAS freshman and current Goddard resident Carolina Rios agree that though the building itself is nothing special with its small rooms and unreliable washing machines, the experience of living in Goddard is comparable to the bells and whistles of other dorms.

“Going to a big school, in a big city, [you] feel like you’re getting lost in the cracks,” Rios said. “I chose to live in Goddard because I knew that I wanted a community coming into college.”

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