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Housing Questions

Bossf51Bossf51 Registered User Posts: 2,608 Senior Member
edited July 2011 in Smith College
I noticed on the official Smith web site, they are dropping some hints for incoming Smithies.

i.e. Don't bring a fridge, there's plenty of refrigerators in the houses.

Don't bring a printer, there's plenty of printer options.


I'm wondering what current Smithies or alums think about this?

Also, I'm thinking they're trying to save room for a bunch of triples in light of the big class size. Hmm.

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Replies to: Housing Questions

  • SmithieandProudSmithieandProud Registered User Posts: 3,038 Senior Member
    I think a lot of that has to do with Smith wanting to save on energy costs. Energy is/was about 25% of the schools budget, just keeping the buildings heated and cooled, lights on, running the wi-fi and internet, the fire safety systems and kitchens is hugely expensive. Add to that thousands of computers, hundreds of printers, multimedia equipment. And then add personal refridgerators. It costs a lot.

    I don't think a printer and a fridge are absolutely necessary. They are nice to have, but not really required. My first semester I had neither, though my roommate brought a fridge. Even when I got a printer a few months later (bought it for about $20 from another student), I still primarily used the laser printers in the library, they were faster and more reliable. It was nice to have the option to print at home though, when I wanted to. But there are plenty of refridgerators and printing options on campus, that is true. Most houses have at least one fridge on every floor for students to use.

    The only instance in which I think having a fridge would be really essential is if you needed it to store medecine.
  • Bossf51Bossf51 Registered User Posts: 2,608 Senior Member
    You're probably right...looking at it again there are a number of "tips" relating to sustainability.
  • upstatemomupstatemom Registered User Posts: 520 Member
    Has anyone heard anything definitely about when housing decisions will be out?
  • Bossf51Bossf51 Registered User Posts: 2,608 Senior Member
    "Sometime AFTER July 15," which was the original date I had been led to believe. This is from the 2015 Facebook page.
  • mustangmommustangmom Registered User Posts: 65 Junior Member
    Our housing forms, filed on line, were "lost." And no one is returning phone calls or emails. I don't get why no one is helping us sort out the problem. Advice?
    Tally 4 phone calls
    3 emails.

    It's only a little worrisome now that they've announced they have something like sixty extra beds to house this year. . . .
  • phanaticphanatic Registered User Posts: 849 Member
    The online forms were lost?

    Now, I've dealt with the housing office being slow. I've dealt with them being inefficient. I've dealt with them being sassy.

    But this... I have no words.


    On another note, I had both a printer and a refrigerator last year. The refrigerator was a great convenience, but I could have used the one in the kitchenette easily (the two houses I lived in only had one refrigerator for the house to share). The printer was beyond useful and I would highly, highly recommend one. It doesn't have to be fancy; it just has to get the job done.
  • Bossf51Bossf51 Registered User Posts: 2,608 Senior Member
    You might want to post a question on the FB site. Some other people mentioned a similar problem on there.

    [url=http://www.****/pages/Smith-College-Class-of-2015/174620342569361]Smith College Class of 2015 | Facebook[/url]

    @mustangmom that is...
  • McPucks1357McPucks1357 Registered User Posts: 388 Member
    When did they announce they had 60 extra beds to house? It seems like there are always some students in temporary housing, but are they looking at significantly greater numbers this year?
  • Bossf51Bossf51 Registered User Posts: 2,608 Senior Member
    There are 708 first years plus 86 transfers and ADAs.
  • Bossf51Bossf51 Registered User Posts: 2,608 Senior Member
    @Mustang Mom, from the FB page:

    email Elizabeth Hait at [email protected]
  • miss_murd3rmiss_murd3r Registered User Posts: 804 Member
    Re: printers and refrigerators;

    Neither are necessary, really. I did not have either my first year and I survived! Printing at Smith costs $0.05 a page, and it just seemed more cost effective (and practical) to just run to Neilson or Seelye to print papers out, as opposed to running into potential problems with a personal printer (ink, breaking down and whatnot). I had multiple papers due every week, and this system worked out great for me.

    I didn't have a fridge either, and found that one was not of the utmost necessity. Something to consider is the additional noise that comes from having a fridge in a dorm room. My hallmate hated waking up in the middle of the night to the sound of her refrigerator making noises and would often complain about that (ditto to my brother when his roomie had a fridge in the dorm).

    @Mustang Mom;

    +1 to what Bossf51 said! Elizabeth Hait is absolutely wonderful. I would recommend reaching out to her over the phone, but she is just as quickly responsive to emails. Good luck!
  • mustangmommustangmom Registered User Posts: 65 Junior Member
    Thanks for all your help--yes, Ms. Hait is great. And I know having this many extra beds to find must be an incredible nightmare.
    Hopefully, this will work out. You wonder about how the bounty of students will manifest itself in terms of registering for classes, too. But not worrying about that yet. . .
  • upstatemomupstatemom Registered User Posts: 520 Member
    It's probably going to be a mad house! I don't understand why they over admitted this year! I guess they think the "summer melt" will help ease the overcrowding.
  • TheDadTheDad Registered User, ! Posts: 10,225 Senior Member
    It's not that they "over admitted." It's that based on past experience, more students accepted their offers from Smith than they anticipated. All admissions departments use formulas...and sometimes circumstances make the formulas inaccurate.
  • McPucks1357McPucks1357 Registered User Posts: 388 Member
    It's also not significantly more than the past two years. In 2009, 787 came in total and last year there were 753. The ones digit may be a bit off on those, but the tens is correct.
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