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Opened in 2004, AP (Alice Paul) is named after the Swarthmore Alum and suffragette activist, Alice Stokes Paul. AP sits at the foot of campus between its brother dorm, DK (David Kemp), and the Septa train station. Like most dorms on campus, AP is a co-ed dorm and home to students from all four classes. The dorm rooms themselves are vinyl tile complete with large windows and the hallways are carpeted. AP is most known on campus for its six loft style dorm rooms, which are found on the fourth floor and house two students each. Residents of the Alice Paul have convenient access to the Swarthmore "ville" as well as all of the campus amenities. David Kemp and AP share a courtyard complete with a grill that has been used for barbecues. Alice Paul itself has a large main lounge which is generally used for small performances and social gatherings. Due to the nature of the paint on the walls, please plan to purchase adhesives from the College Bookstore for affixing posters/pictures to the walls.
"Danawell" is a pair of modern, identical buildings (Dana and Hallowell) that stand adjacent to each other near the Crum woods. They share a joint lounge in a trailer where activities from TV watching to parties and meetings take place. First-year students' doubles are spacious, but can be dim due to being in a wooded setting. Bring extra lighting!!!! Rooms have dressers that are built into the closets. Walls are white cement block. Most rooms are carpeted, with the exception Danawell rooms ending in 13, 14, 15, 16. The large bay windows tend to admit some cold air in the winter, so a few blankets or an electric blanket are a must. There are picture rails in the room for hanging pictures (except in LL rooms) -- bring S hooks. In Dana there is no smoking in the entire building, even in student rooms.
The College's newest residence hall (David Kemp Hall) opened in the Fall 2009. David Kemp Hall is comprised of single and double rooms. Each hall has 2 wings -- one wing (closer to Sharples Dining Hall) comprised primarily of double rooms, and one wing (closer to Chester Road) comprised primarily of single rooms. David Kemp shares a courtyard with its sister residence hall -- Alice Paul Hall.
See above description for "Danawell."
Kyle is a cozy home for 8 students, next to the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility -- on Whittier Place. There are 4 singles and 2 doubles, all of which are available as blocks. Kyle has hardwood floors.
The Lodges are 4 individual cottage rowhomes, located between Worth residence hall and Bond Memorial Hall. Each Lodge is comprised of a 1st floor triple, and a 2nd floor double. All five residents share one bathroom on the 2nd floor. Each Lodge is available as a block. Use of the basement level is not permitted.
ML has the charm of an older building. Because the dorm is a 10-15 minute walk from the center of campus, many ML residents use bicycles. There is a large indoor storage room for bicycles in the building. At night and in the early morning, the college operates a limited van shuttle service that makes frequent runs between campus and the residence hall. There is also a breakfast room with the best cooked breakfast at the college, for residents who'd rather not make the walk to the dining hall on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Just off Chester Road near the train station, Mertz holds students from all four classes. There are three floors in the building, each containing a lounge/kitchenette area. First-year student doubles can be fairly large, with walk-in closets. Most rooms are carpeted, walls are painted cinder block and there are shades on the windows. Mertz is the one residence hall open during the winter break in January, so expect that someone will use your room during this time (don't worry...you do not have to move all of your stuff out,though).
Swarthmore's original building, Parrish is located at the center of campus. The first and second floors are used for administrative offices. The halls are single sex with men living in the west wing and women in the east. Parrish contains a large number of singles for upper-class students. Rooms for incoming students are primarily triples, with a few doubles. High ceilings and large windows make third floor rooms quite airy. Most rooms are uncarpeted and windows have shades. Closet space is limited. The basement laundry room has bike storage as well.
Palmer and Pittenger are the first two in a trio of small dorms (PPR) that bridge the campus and the town of Swarthmore. Just a quick walk away from the athletic center, the shops in the Ville and the train station, Palmer and Pittenger provide a quiet and "homey" environment. The dorms have a mix of doubles and singles. Palmer holds a a spacious kitchen and lounge that is shared with the connected dorm, Pittenger. Most residents use hall bathrooms, which are gender neutral. All rooms have tile floors. PPR is also serviced by the campus shuttle, even though the walk to classes is manageable (about 10 minutes walk). PPR is an especially enjoyable and comfortable space if friends are able to block and/or live together.
See Palmer description (above).
Roberts is the third in the PPR trio of dorms, though it differs significantly from its neighbors in layout and atmosphere. Roberts consists of singles, doubles, and/or triples arranged in suites accommodating up to five people sharing a semi-private bathroom. Most rooms are awarded in blocks, making this a nice place to live with close friends. A spacious and complete kitchen flows into a very large common area, which promotes hall life -- in light of the private nature of the suites. Each room has its own unique character. Rooms are generally spacious with plenty of windows and high ceilings.
Floor plans: Second, Third, Fourth
Strath Haven rooms are condo units, located on 3 floors of a large condominium complex. There are doubles with kitchen access; singles do not have kitchens in their rooms. Students may purchase cable tv service, and have access to free laundry. Rooms are air-conditioned. The Strath Haven Condo Association has rules and regulations, with which students must be compliant. To see a copy of the rules, please contact the current Strath Haven RA. Neighbors are often more sensitive to noise and other disruptions than fellow students might be in another dorm. The condos are approximately a 10-15 minute walk from classes and are served by the campus shuttle. Students living in Strath Haven are allowed to decline the College meal plan.
Wharton has three sections, two of which house first-year students. Many of the remaining rooms are singles for upper-class students. Incoming students live in doubles or two or three-room quads. The doubles may be large. Floors are carpeted (except rooms 101-104) and windows have shades. Closet space can be limited. Some rooms have very few electrical outlets, so UL approved extension cords are a must. There are picture rails in the rooms for hanging pictures so bring S hooks for hanging. There are many small lounges scattered around the building, and a main lounge in the central section.
Willets houses mostly first-year students and sophomores, with a sprinkling of juniors. It contains a quarter of the entering class and can be an excellent place to meet fellow incoming students. Almost all rooms are doubles with carpets and white curtains. Rooms have large windows and adequate closet space. Particularly extensive lounge space makes for attractive study areas and social spaces.
Worth is home to mostly upperclassmen in singles, two-room doubles, and the occasional triple. The building is split into six separate sections with interconnected passageways indoors. Bathrooms are semi-private and co-ed. Residents enjoy the view of a scenic courtyard, which is often used for evening social gatherings (during warmer weather). In the words of several Worth RAs: "Worth: where the Willets kids go when they grow up. "