Eph Advice: Life in the Quad

Living in the Quad (Sage Hall & Williams Hall)?

You can expect the convenience of campus centrality, vertical entries, more opportunities to have a roommate, and lots of common rooms. Keep reading this page for more from those who have lived it before you.


“Not only is Frosh Quad pretty much the most central area on campus, but the vertical nature of entries means that you can become as close to the people in neighboring entries as with your own entry. As an added perk, living on the fourth floor gave me and my roommate our OWN common room. I’m a FQ die hard!” – Erica Chang ’18
“Everything is so close!  I loved every minute of being in Frosh Quad because it felt really easy to get to anything on campus.  I relished those extra 5 minutes of sleep that I would have before I had to get to class.” – Cassidy Charles ’17
“Frosh Quad is close to everything. When I walk really fast, I can make it to Science Quad in about three minutes. Also, the brick buildings are beautiful in any season.” – Emily Harris ’19
“One of my favorite things about living in Frosh Quad is that I enter in the Sage A door, and then I can walk through all the other entries common rooms until I get to my room in Sage E. It is a great way to see people you already know, meet people, and become familiar with others.” – Elowyn Pfeiffer ’18
“We are so lucky to have dorming situations as phenomenal as the Quad.  The vertical situation allows you to be as close to your entry as you are to other entries.  I loved being able to walk right into the first floor and see my entry mates.  I may or may not have camped out there in order to avoid the stairs.  Also, COMMON ROOMS.  Everywhere!” – Mariama Ndiaye ’17 
“Before coming here, all my expectations of college life were based on movies like Pitch Perfect or Legally Blonde. While I soon faced harsh reality, Frosh Quad remains one aspect of the college experience that movies get right. Every day I’ll see groups playing frisbee and tossing footballs, hanging out on the picnic tables, or studying in the grass. You get to know all your neighbors, and it’s such a friendly environment. Word of warning, squirrels will throw acorns at you in the fall. Either buy an umbrella or get really good at dodging them. Learn from my mistakes – don’t try to pet the squirrels. They’re only cute from afar.” – Erikka Olson ’19
“Life in frosh quad is amazing.  You are located in the hub of campus, which allows for easy access to essentially everything else on campus.  Additionally, both buildings – Sage and Williams Halls – have gorgeous exteriors, and possess significant historical value.  I have no regrets from living in frosh quad last year with my amazing entry.” – Charley Wyser ’17
“The only bad thing is that sometimes I have to go to Mission because they have awesome food.” – Ziqi Lu ’18
“Everyone always says how cool it is Mission has their own dining hall, but there’s something really special about looking out your window and feeling like you are right in the middle of everything.” – Caitie Benell ’17
“Living in the Quad means everything is nearby! You live in basically the most central place on campus, which comes in super handy when the weather gets cold. Or if you’re at the library and forgot your physics notebook, you can quickly get it and be back in five minutes. Convenience is everything, right?” – Krushi Maisuria ’19
“Frosh Quad is probably the best place on campus to live. We’re right next to Paresky student center (I never put on a jacket in the morning because the walk to breakfast from my room takes 18 seconds, max. I’ve counted). I also love that many of the Frosh Quad rooms have common rooms to be shared between a group of 2-3 students. Suite-style living is the best! Finally, Frosh Quad has charm; it’s beautiful, self-contained, and quirky in its own right.” – Daniel Brandes ’18
“Honestly, nothing beats the beautiful brick Frosh Quad buildings. It’s the most picturesque spot on campus, with the best location! You might have to share a room, but the fact that you have your own common rooms gives you the option to decorate so much more space! It’s really nice having semi-private common rooms because it allows you to branch outside your entry while also making it really easy to bond with your suite mates. The vertical entry system is really nice because it means you can have space to study and work quietly while still feeling surrounded by friends! Besides, going up stairs does wonders for your butt.” – Miranda Weinland ’19
“Living in Frosh Quad is so convenient. In all likelihood you’ll have your own common room in addition to your main common room which operates as your own private social space outside of your room. As for location on campus, it couldn’t be better. Frosh Quad is right next to Paresky and basically right in the center of everything so it’s very easy and convenient to get to classes and events.” – Dorothy Gaby ’18
“I loved living in Frosh Quad.  While all the Mission kids would boast about how they could go downstairs in their PJs to Mission Dining Hall, we the Frosh Quad kids never got jealous because of our awesome central location.  Paresky was only a few steps away, going to class in Hollander, Hopkins, or Griffin was never a hassle, and our dorm’s architecture was always beautiful to see.” – Lily Hyerin Lee ’17
“Some people say that because of the vertical entries in Frosh Quad it is not as easy to get close to your entry, but I loved it! I became really close with my entry mates who lived on the same floor as me, while still bonding with my entry as a whole. I also was able to meet people from other entries because our common rooms were connected, something not available in Mission! (Plus no matter where you’re headed on campus, you ALWAYS have a shorter walk.)” – Stephanie Boulger ’18
“The location is great, and it’s nice to have a common room in every suite!” – Nina Pande ’17