Freshman Housing: Birnkrant Residential College

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Hi everyone!

This week I’m going to tell you about one of the best decisions I made when I was getting ready for college (aside from picking USC of course).  That decision was to live in Birnkrant Residential College!

Birnkrant

Birnkrant is a dorm on the North end of campus, right in the middle of where most of the freshman dorms are.  It’s a really convenient location for so many reasons.  It’s right next to EVK, the closest dining hall, and it even has a Starbucks with some other snack options on the ground floor of the building.  Birnkrant is also right next to Leavey Library, which is open 24 hours, and across the quad from Doheny Library, which is a really quiet, pretty place to study.

A view from Leavey Library with Doheny Library across the way and Birnkrant just out of sight on the right.

A view from Leavey Library with Doheny Library across the way and Birnkrant just out of sight on the right.

The dorm itself is geared towards students with scholarships, so everyone who lives there understands what it’s like to study hard and focus on school.  Even so, my experience in Birnkrant was definitely really social.  It’s a traditional dorm, so for the most part there are about 4o students living on each floor, two students to a room.  The floors are co-ed, but separating into girls and guys wings.  Within the first couple days of being at school, everyone on my floor got to know each other really well.  I’ll have lived with the same people from my floor at Birnkrant for all four years of college!

My roommates and me at a tailgate.

My roommates and me at a tailgate.

As far as the room itself goes – it’s pretty much what you’d expect.  You get a bed, a desk, a chair, a closet, a dresser, and a microwave/mini-fridge.  There’s lots of room to make it your own!

My bed and the decorations I put up.

My bed and the decorations I put up.

The view of my closet from my bed, shortly after I moved in.

The view of my closet from my bed, shortly after I moved in.

Overall, I really recommend living in Birnkrant if you have the chance.  It’s the best mix of both worlds of having a place to study and meet great friends!

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