Francis P. Gaines Hall
Gaines Hall is currently being renovated. First-year students will reside in one-half of the building while the other portion is being renovated. Students will move to the newly renovated section toward the end of fall term/beginning of winter term. Gaines is the only first-year hall with central air conditioning. It is located between the BDG (Baker-Davis-Gilliam) the Quad, Lenfest Center/Wilson Hall and the gym, at the corner of Nelson and Washington Streets.
With four floors, it is the only suite-style residence hall on campus; however, the renovation project 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. Each suite has between 2 and 4 bedrooms, housing a maximum of five students, a shared common room (in three- and four-bedroom suites) and a bathroom inside the suite. The entire building has both ethernet and wireless connections to the Internet.
Each suite contains:
- Two, three or four single or double bedrooms
- One common room with couch and chairs (a few suites don’t have a common room)
- One bathroom with separate areas for sinks, showers and toilet (shower curtain provided)
- One large walk-in closet (some suites don't have one)
- One cable TV jack
- Wireless internet
Each bedroom contains:
- One extra-long twin bed with a mattress per resident
- One desk per resident
- One desk chair per resident
- One four-drawer dresser per resident
- One wardrobe per resident
- One Ethernet jack per resident
- Wireless internet
- Carpet (tight, industrial, very low pile)
In each common room you will find a couple of chairs and a couch as well as a wall outlet for the cable TV service. The common rooms are also carpeted.
Each bathroom contains a large wall mirror in the bathroom, along with sinks, a shower and a toilet. Since Gaines is a suite-style hall for fall term, residents must clean their bathrooms with their own cleaning supplies. A vacuum is also a good idea, since all of the rooms are carpeted. Toilet paper is provided in the storage closet of your suite.
There are a couple of communal kitchens in Gaines as well as a computer lab on the second floor which has a printer that can be used by any student. The laundry room is located in Gilliam Hall due to the Gaines renovation project.
Please see the Auxiliary Services website for information on laundry services.