The On Campus Housing Guide
Published: Monday, February 28, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 19:01
Affectionately and better known as the Mods, the modulars are what many BC students consider to be the crown jewel of senior housing. Before even getting the chance to live in one, a great number of undergraduates have already made plenty of memories in these "miniature houses" that have been around longer than they were originally planned to be, first sneaking into Mod parties in the innocent follies of their freshman year, and then, as they acquired upperclassmen friends, being personally invited into the gatherings
On the surface, living in the Mods doesn't look all that appealing. They're not the most spacious of places—while the living room is nice, the rooms leave a lot of space to be desired. Like most senior dorms, the Mods leaves you without a meal plan, so for those who aren't skilled in the kitchen, you might find yourself fighting off hunger pangs unlike you're sharing a room with an Iron Chef. And, in the aftermath of the massive amounts of partying that takes place in the gated community on weekends, they can look terribly unkempt at times. But that's just on the surface.
If you look deeper, you'll see that the true appeal of the Mods lies in the communal spirit that the cluster of little barn red houses creates. Tailgating, holding mixing with neighbors, and engaging in innovative backyard games on the grass in the springtime make the Mods one of the top choices for those luckily enough to score a good pick time.
Ignacio and Rubenstein
Ignacio and Rubenstein both are strikingly similar to Edmonds Hall, except they have a few more advantages. The hill you have to climb to get to them, however, is not one of them. But as physically fit and health conscious as BC has the reputation of being, this is merely an inconvenience rather than a nuisance (except when there's snow and ice on the ground and falling and slipping down the hill becomes a possibility rather than an irrational fear). Since these two dorms are primarily for seniors, with a few lucky underclassmen exceptions, parties here are rampant on the weekends. In fact, you can often hear the loud music blaring out of the windows on a walk past the Robsham Theater bus stop. When it gets hot, air conditioners keep the rooms cool.
Like Edmonds, the interior is fairly plain, but the stairways sometimes provide a nice visual with the somewhat weird contrast of colors. The brick walls of the rooms are a favorite and can sometimes lead to some visually appeasing, though banned by ResLife, illustrations from creative artists. It may prove fairly easy for those not familiar with the inside of the dorms to get lost, or at least mildly confused, when making their way around and the numbering of the rooms certainly takes some getting used to, but after that's out of the way, Ignacio and Rubenstein become surprisingly homely. While not Voute, the Gate, or Gabelli, Ignacio and Rubenstein provide solid living accommodations.
Most students know Walsh Hall as the only dorm with a check-in desk, but there is much more to this large residence than the aforementioned new addition. Once residents clear the ever-pleasant Securitas employees, they enter a space inhabited by eight floors of sophomores, arranged in suite-style living. Composed of either quads or the much sought after eight-mans, the communal floor bathroom disappears and common rooms take its place. Though the quads only boast a small entryway, the eight-mans include a common room as well as a kitchenette, complete with a countertop, a sink, and a kitchen table. Since the rooms do not have a refrigerator or appliances with which students can cook, Walsh residents have the same meal plan as they did freshman year.
Each eight-man also comes with one large storage room, which is perfect for housing winter gear, various holiday decorations, or your friend who prefers your room to their own on College Rd.
Offering up close and personal window views of the Mods, including the biannual Strip Mod, Walsh is in close proximity to the "nightlife" of Boston College. The fact that Walsh is on the edge of campus, close to the BC T stop, also means that its residents have one of the farthest treks to class, ranging between 10 and 15 minutes, depending on the speed of the walker and the amount of time spent in line at Hillside Cafe while picking up a beverage for class.
Since residents live in such large groups to begin with, many students do not see the need to get to know their neighbors, which can result in minimal floor bonding. Although the amount of floor bonding varies, most residents would probably agree that nothing beats ending a long day by hanging out with seven of your best friends in a Walsh common room.
66 and 90
As opposed to going by the name of reputable benefactors, these dorms are known by the numbers on their respective roads. 90 St. Thomas More Rd., colloquially known as 90, and 66 Commonwealth Ave., referred to as 66, are both home to mainly sophomores, with a decent portion of juniors. Directly across the road from Corcoran Commons, 90 is an air-conditioned haven in the humid months, composed of six-mans and eight-mans. If, for some reason, residents are distressed upon not finding a snack that suits their fancy in the not two, but four, vending machines, they can relax in the piano room on the second floor.
Tucked away from the chaos that surrounds Corcoran Commons, but still easily accessible, is 66, whose residents view it as a hidden gem, though a non-air conditioned one. Divided into singles, doubles, and triples, 66 is one of the quieter dorms, in comparison to other Lower Campus residences with partying reputations. What it lacks in noise it makes up for in beauty and hominess, not to mention the serene-looking grassy courtyard in the front of the building. Adding to its uniqueness, the fourth floor of the building replaces bedrooms with a massive study lounge, divided into smaller rooms, one of which contains a large flat screen television. As if neighboring St. Ignatius were not sufficient, there is also a small chapel connected to the dorm, adding to the peacefulness exuded by 66.