Dorm Life: 13th Street!

My first dorming experience was at 13th Street Residence hall during a Parsons Pre-College program in 2009. I was 17 and I remember being so excited to be living in the heart of Greenwich Village. Although I never lived at 13th Street during the academic year, I have fond memories of its warm and inviting atmosphere. The community is so close knit that you get to know just about everyone – from the students on other floors to the security guards (you’ll be on a first name basis). For students looking for more of a traditional dorming experience with a cafeteria right in the building, look no further than 13th Street! I chatted with former 13th Street resident Ashley Bass and rising Integrated Design junior about her time there!

RA’s posing outside of 13th Street during move-in!

Lauren Davis: So first things first, out of all the freshman dorms why did you decide to live at 13th Street?
Ashley Bass: The location was a huge factor for me, and 13th Street is the closest dorm to school. Also, like you, I had lived there previously for a summer program and I loved it! The area is also really great because you wouldn’t even know a dorm is actually there – it’s in the middle of this really cute street in the village.

Welcome Night pizza social in the 13th street garden.

LD: 13th Street is super small in comparison to the other dorms at The New School, how would you describe the community there?
AB: Even though it is so small it is definitely an eclectic group of people from all different walks of life. It’s also very tight knit and everyone knows each other, which is something you don’t really see as much at any of the other dorms.

Mardi Gras celebration in the 13th Street lounge!

LD: While you lived at 13th Street what kinds of programs were offered for the students in the building?
AB: There were a lot of food, movie and video game nights. There were also homework study nights during finals. Usually about 10-15 people would come to these programs, and it’s great because you get to interact with new people or connect with others you may have already known.

Residents keeping warm with hot chocolate in the lounge!

LD: Any other helpful tips for incoming students looking to pick the right dorm?
AB: I would definitely recommend 13th Street. It’s very quiet, and there are so many great amenities to the building as well. The art room in the basement and the lounge all provide a great space to get work done or just hang out. Also, the dinning hall is convenient with the meal plan because you also don’t have to worry about cooking!

Thanks to Ashley for chatting about her dorming experience at 13th Street! 

About Lauren

Hey all! I am currently a junior at Parsons in the Integrated Design fashion program. You can usually find me creating or making things, I love a great D.I.Y. Other favorite activities of mine include thrifting, consuming frozen yogurt, dancing and discovering new music!

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