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Francis P. Gaines Hall

Location: Behind BDG Quad
Floors: 4
Coed: by room
Room Types: Singles and Doubles
Residents:  251
Air-Conditioning: Yes

Gaines is the only first-year hall with central air conditioning. It is located between the BDG (Baker-Davis-Gilliam) Quad, Lenfest Center/Wilson Hall and the gym, at the corner of Nelson and Washington Streets.

The renovation project which began in the Fall, 2013 is scheduled for completion by Summer, 2014.  The renovated Gaines Hall will provide for traditional single and double rooms in a series of alcoves/pods creating further opportunities for students to get acquainted.  Each hall has a resident adviser (RA) and peer counselor. The entire building has both ethernet and wireless internet connections.

Each bedroom contains:

  • One extra-long twin bed with a mattress per resident
  • One desk per resident
  • One desk chair per resident
  • One dresser per resident
  • One wardrobe per resident (or closet space)
  • One Ethernet jack per resident
  • Wireless internet

Coordinate with your roommate (if you have one) concerning a MicroFridge, stereo, game console, or anything else it might be better to share.

Laundry facilities are located on each hall of each floor of the building. The machines take quarters ($1.25 for the washers and $1 for the dryers), or you can put money on your student ID and swipe the card in the machines. 

There are a limited number of lofts available for bunking beds and University Facilities must handle assembly/disassembly. If you want your bed(s) lofted or delofted, you can sign up with University Facilities on move-in day.

Communal bathrooms for men and women are located on each hall of each floor.  Each hall has a lounge space with a large screen television.  In addition to study rooms throughout the building, the rotunda is an elegant room available for studying or gatherings.  A community kitchen is near the rotunda on the first floor.  A game room is available on the first floor with multiple large televisions, billiards and foosball.  A basement bike room is available for secure storage of bikes.