Huntington Residents ContentBy Trudy Liu
Sixty of the 68 rooms available at Huntington Hall have been filled so far. And students living in the Boston dormitory, which MIT leased from the Massachusetts College of Art to relieve undergraduate dormitory overcrowding, are generally happy with their new arrangements.
For students living at Huntington, one major advantage is the low cost of the rooms. Many said that despite poor furnishings, they like having large singles.
"The rooms here are definitely not as well-maintained as MIT dorms, but they're huge for singles and I only have to pay $750 per term," said Raj Chakraborty '92.
Ashish Sharma '96 agreed, "It's a very reasonable price for such a large room."
"Some of the rooms don't have very good furniture," said Brian Y. Vanden Bosch '95. "But people are creative, and they're making the best of it."
Resident Director Paul Irish said, "The rooms are probably different from what [the MIT students] were used to, but many students are happy because financially it's a good deal."
Some students chose to live at Huntington for the opportunity to experience life off campus and in the city. Rick Mejia '95 said, "It's nice to get out [of MIT] and get a chance to live in the city," he said.
Chakraborty said, "I like Boston, and being away from campus is good for me."
Vanden Bosch said he also likes living off campus. "Huntington is the only dorm that's remote," he said.
"MIT is really helping out with all of this," Vanden Bosch said, referring to the bonuses MIT has provided for Huntington residents. "We can use the facilities at the [Massachusetts] College of Art across the street, and we even got discounts on T passes," he added.
A Safe Ride has also added a stop at Huntington Hall to make it easier and safer for students to commute to and from campus. In addition, MIT has recently installed phone lines in individual rooms, and an Athena cluster is being set up.
"MIT is giving us enough incentives to live here," Chakraborty said.
However, living far from campus remains a major concern with Huntington residents. "Even though living [at Huntington] lets you get off campus, you have to be willing to give up a lot of conveniences of being on campus," Mejia said.
"Because I live here, I don't get to participate in campus activities as much. I want to be a part of campus life," Sharma said. "Also, once winter starts, it won't be so nice to commute all of the time."
In addition to MIT students, Huntington Hall also houses students from MCA, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and the Museum of Fine Arts School.
"I think the other students are concerned that the MIT students aren't as social," said Ruth Lim '95. "That's a valid concern, since many of us spend most of our time on campus."
Others agree that the atmosphere at Huntington is very quiet so far. "It'll take a while before people get used to each other," Vanden Bosch said.
But Sharma is optimistic. "[Living here] is not as bad as most people think," he said. "I'm beginning to like this place a lot more now."