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Residence Hall Ideal for Freshmen

Residence Hall @ Brooklyn College

For freshmen and transfers, security and community at Residence Hall make it worth the price

The view from the glass enclosed lobby of 1 Kenilworth Place, which opened its doors in 2010, is serene and calm.

With sprawling amenities, wifi, and top-notch security, students say that despite the high price tag and small rooms, Residence Hall is an ideal living situation for freshman students and transfers who are not familiar with the city.

“We were planning on getting a legitimate apartment and it ended up being easier, the application and the perceived cheapness at the time,” said Kyle Vanicek, a journalism major who transferred from New Jersey.

Being around college students brings a secure, familiar environment for the 300 students that reside in the furnished dormitory.

“Its a good transition if you’ve never really lived alone before,” said Brielle Wilchinsky, an art major who transferred with Vanicek. “And you can meet your roommates– you can meet people here.”

Much like the Brooklyn College campus itself with its get it done and get out atmosphere, Residence Hall showed a stream of residents too busy to stop and talk.

“Eat, sleep, and leave,” said Khristina, a Queens native, of the atmosphere. “But there is a kind of a family vibe.”

Allison Selkowitz, the Director of Student Affairs, explained that “everyone knows everyone”.

The family vibe of the hall starts at the very top with Selkowitz who, aside from managing the dorms, acts as a supportive figure for students ensuring an ideal living experience, and ultimately a positive college experience.

The Residence Hall was nothing like the craziness and chaos of college dorms presented in films and television. Parents of students at Kenilworth have the ease of knowing that their children are safe and well taken care of.

Yes,  the rates are a bit steep: with costs of $5,125 for a double occupancy bedroom per semester and $8,025 for the studio, and the rates are expected to rise. The market-rate for a one bedroom near Brooklyn College hovers around $1150 per month, which is close to what residents of Residence Hall pay to share a dorm room.

“The rates are actually going down for Double Occupancy and are going up slightly for a Studio, currently priced at $8,025,” said Selkowitz.

Many students feel that they are being over charged midway through the semester. As a result, most students stay only a semester or two until their contracts are up.

“I had no idea what is going on here. I couldn’t rent an apartment from 3000 miles away,” said Thomas, a20-year-old business major from Hungary, and a freshman at BMCC. “It was worth it, because I didn’t know anyone here, so you have to pay the price, but I think it’s different for New Yorkers.”

Like many students at Residence Hall, Thomas plans to rent his own apartment next year.

The meticulous safety procedures found at Residence Hall also make it ideal for students living on their own for the first time.

For instance, the Residence Hall required students to present their ID as well as their school ID.

All guests must sign in and leave their ID at the front desk. Visitors also had to be approved by the staff of the hall. The main door to the building was locked promptly at 4 p.m. and the building is equipped with 96 cameras.

Recently, two police officers came to the Residence Hall to discuss safety tips, especially when on the train. This meeting came soon after a female professor at Brooklyn College was mugged for her iPhone on the subway.

Among the safety tips offered at the meeting, the officers announced the “Etching Program”, an initiative to combat electronic theft on the subways.

A policed-issued serial number was attached to an electronic device (cell phone, tablet, game consoles, etc.). If the item was lost or stolen, the owner reported it to the police. The police would then track the serial number. Should the item be found, the person will be charged with possession of stolen property.

The Residence Hall makes up in many ways for its steep pricing. Peace of mind that safety is a priority, and the supportive family atmosphere will likely continue to draw freshmen and transfer students in for semesters to come.

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5 Comments for “Residence Hall Ideal for Freshmen”

  1. john stamford

    This is complete and utter BS. as a student living at Residence hall, I couldn’t believe my eyes when reading this.

    Let me begin by saying that apartments in areas MUCH nicer than this one are cheaper. By that I mean NO SHOOTINGS. East Flatbush is particularly dangerous, especially for college kids who don’t blend in.

    The reason why the two police officers came and frequently come during the semesters is to teach the students how to be more aware, since at least 4 of my friends have been mugged within a two block radius so far. Plain and simple, the locals don’t like privileged college kids and it IS NOT SAFE.

    Not to mention, at least 2 shootings have happened within a 4 block radius this past semester. One was very close and in broad daylight.

    The rooms are very small and have bugs. It’s hard to fit more than 5 people in any single room, and the point of college is not to be confined, but to branch out and meet new people. Any sort of loud music or partying is frowned upon.

    Allison doesn’t answer calls or respond to personal problems. In fact, when Hurricane Irene (?) hit this past year, she was nowhere to be found. When I personally needed help with an issue she didn’t answer any calls.

    The building was built in a hurry and cheaply. In fact, one security guard informed students that this very building failed its first couple of fire inspections. EVERY SUPPORT BEAM IN THE BASEMENT HAS THICK CRACKS IN IT. And the “tight security” is BS. Anyone can walk in here with a proper id, and half of the time they never even check. One of the RA’s had a group of frat brothers over which resulted in them getting into a PHYSICAL FIGHT with members living here.

    Clearly, this was written by a highly subjective, highly influenced source without proper knowledge of anything. This person spent one day here and tries to sum up all of my experiences in a year inaccurately. If the moderator chooses to hide this comment, then they choose to hide the truth from future students whose money could be better spent elsewhere. On top of that, if the moderator decides to hide this comment, they may be endangering lives. This is NOT THE PLACE TO LIVE

  2. Hey John,

    Please send the Kingsman an email. We want to hear about your experience!

    kingsman.editor@gmail.com

  3. Shaunie

    After reading the reply by John Stamford, I was disgusted and disappointed! Everything he said was not true as well as unacceptable. I lived in the Residence Hall when it opened. After living in the residence hall for a year I never heard of a resident’s name “John Stamford”. As a resident I was very pleased with the Residence Hall. It gave me a sense of independence as well as responsibility. The Residence Hall gave me a peace of mind to know that the building was secure with 24/7 security, all around surveillance cameras, RAs and a Residence Director who lives in the building. The Residence Hall had everything to make me feel at home from Wi-Fi, Cable, central heating and air conditioning, laundry room, quiet study room, gym, lounge and a court yard. Everyone in the hall was very nice and friendly. There were hardly any issues and I was always informed about what was going in the residence hall. I find the Residence Hall very convenient, it’s only located two blocks from Brooklyn College, and it makes it easier to get to school on time. What I love is the free access to the Brooklyn College shuttle bus that allows students to be able to travel between areas easily and comfortably.

    I transferred from a private university a couple years ago, and when I use to live there; there were hardly any privacy, our rooms were one big square with three people and we had to share a community bathroom. When Christmas/New Years break came around we had to leave and come back after the break. With the Residence Hall you have apartment style rooms equipped with a kitchenette and a bathroom and complete privacy, also during the break your are allowed to stay. What I love the most about the Residence Hall that allows the students as well as me to get the complete independence and responsibility as an adult is that they don’t have a meal plan. This allows students to do their own food shopping and cooking. The supermarket is located only one block away from the Residence Hall, students never have to go out there way to get food. If students want to go out and go shopping there are stores only two blocks away, everything is so convenient. I absolutely love the Residence Hall. I like to think as the Residence Hall as home away from home.

    There are a few things that John motioned that I feel that I need to point out:

    When he stated, “East Flatbush is particularly dangerous, especially for college kids who don’t blend in.” That is not true! I grew up on Nostrand Ave two blocks from Flatbush Junction and all the years I lived there I had no problems with that area. Of course there are incidents but that’s expected in all neighbors. There are cops all over the Flatbush area. As for students “who don’t blend in” I feel that is discriminating and disrespectful to say. Yes there are students who are not familiar with the Brooklyn area but that doesn’t mean that they are a target; these type of situations can happened to anybody. The Residence Hall recommends that all the students travel with a friend and also be aware of their surroundings rather they live in New York or not. When it comes to certain incidents happening the residence hall has no control over that. But they do try to help in every which way they can.

    “… 4 of my friends have been mugged within a two block radius so far. Plain and simple, the locals don’t like privileged college kids and it IS NOT SAFE… Not to mention, at least 2 shootings have happened within a 4 block radius this past semester. One was very close and in broad daylight.” Again when this happened it wasn’t on the property they had no control over it plus that can happen to anyone anywhere. After the situation happened they did comforted the resident and contacted the police as soon as it happened. The Residence Hall always goes out their way for their residents to insure their safety.
    “The rooms are very small and have bugs. It’s hard to fit more than 5 people in any single room, and the point of college is not to be confined, but to branch out and meet new people.” The Residence Hall is a new building everything the building is brand new. They have exterminators that come every month and make sure the building is bug free. They also have maintenance here every day to make sure that the building is clean and make sure that the student rooms are in good condition. They know that the rooms are small; this is a college dorm… The whole purpose is for students to get the college experience and to be independent and to live comfortable, not live a lavish life style. They do have lounges to support larger groups of people.
    “Any sort of loud music or partying is frowned upon.” From when I lived here students are allowed to play music but again they have to be considerate of other residents in the building. As for parties, this is a college dorm and there are rules that have to be followed.
    “Allison doesn’t answer calls or respond to personal problems. In fact, when Hurricane Irene hit this past year, she was nowhere to be found. When I personally needed help with an issue she didn’t answer any calls. “This is completely false! Allison is on call 24/7 and she lives in the building as well. She always responds to her students. As for the time during Hurricane Irene, she can only do so much as one person but I know that she works very hard for her students and will go the extra mile to please them. I do not believe that “John Stamford’s” [obviously a fake name] allegations are true! Allison loves her residents and is she always there for them.

  4. Thank for your input, feel free to shoot an email to kingsman.editor@gmail.com

  5. Dave

    “One of the RA’s had a group of frat brothers over which resulted in them getting into a PHYSICAL FIGHT with members living here.”

    That wouldn’t shock me. That RA brings his friends in & they are complete TRASH! Always cursing. They broke the ping pong table. That RA & his friends need to go

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