<p>madbean: Last Sunday we had the opportunity to look at both A/H and IRC rooms. (The buildings are beside each other). My D put her priority down for IRC a long time ago. She has changed it to A/H now (though still very much likes IRC too)
The suites in A/H have an extra small space on entering, enough to fit a table and chairs...sort of a little common lounge within the suite. But what my D really liked was the feeling of the corridors, they have a floor to ceiling window at the end which brings in light and gives a nice aspect to corridors, and the carpeting is attractive. Each suite has a sort of indented entanceway for the door, which further breaks up the length of the corridor. Rooms are very nice, the middle ones/one (depending on # rooms, have two windows, and the end ones are designed perpendicularly and have one window. Rooms are furnished with light color furnishings. Two baths, with bathtub/shower.</p>
<p>As well, the common study area downstairs was very nice, furnished again in attractive light colored furniture (like birch maybe), giving an atmosphere of "lightness". A/H also has a sort of common room where they show films or have communal activities. Lobby area also attractive. It was all very clean and still appeared very new.</p>
<p>IRC is similar in everything but does not have those "extras", yet still also very nice.
IRC has a nice plaza area with brick paving, and tables. In front of A/H there's a grassy area where students were sunbathing.
My D will be happy at either building.</p>
<p>Distance, we have walked it a few times, and really it's not far to rest of campus at all, maybe 10 mins to just about everywhere.
Viterbi is nearby (for those in engineering).</p>