UVM cribs: Redstone Apartment edition
Cynic gets up close and personal, takes peek inside student housing
Published: Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 22:09
With UVM’s newest housing addition, the Redstone Lofts, it might be easy to overlook what has been lying on the edge of campus for years — the Redstone Apartments.
The Cynic decided to take a tour of the complex and see what the interior was like.
“The Redstone Lofts are so nice, and because of that, I believe they’ve been taking away some of the [Redstone Apartments’] business,” Tyler Conway, senior and former resident of the apartments, said. “What people should remember is that the apartments do feel roomier and all expenses are included.”
All costs including water, heat, electricity and Internet are included in the rent for the apartments, which is often cheaper than the average off-campus option without these amenities.
The complex is also serviced by the UVM Shuttle, which cycles through the campus every 10 minutes.
“The biggest perk for me living here is that all the buildings I need to get to are so close, especially for technically being off campus,” senior Sarah Pietryka said.
Pietryka lives in a flat at the end of the Redstone Apartments complex, which is defined as a one-story double with a living room, kitchen, dining room and full bath.
Walking through the front door of Pietryka’s apartment, one can see a mahogany four-person table decorated with placemats and candles, which convey a domestic atmosphere, as well as a kitchen set off to the right of the hallway.
All kitchens in the Redstone Apartments standardly come with a stove, oven and full refrigerator.
Past Pietryka’s kitchen is the living room, furnished with couches, a coffee table and a 50-inch flatscreen TV.
Across the living room there is a sliding glass door, which leads to a lush lawn shared by the whole complex.
Two bedrooms and a full bath are found off the living room.
Pietryka’s bedroom lets in plenty of natural light with three windows, a full wall closet and a desk on the left side.
Although the flats are the ideal setup for a double, there are benefits of having a two-story apartment as well.
“All two-story apartments come with two bathrooms split between four people — much cleaner than sharing a communal bathroom with 20 people on campus,” Conway said. “The coolest part though are the balconies in every quad apartment, which are perfect for relaxing outside in the springtime.”
Although alcohol is permitted on the premises, and most students living in the apartments are of age, they are still under the jurisdiction of campus police.
“The apartments are still owned by UVM, so the campus cops do still have the ability to come write you up,” Conway said.
Conway said that residents should be aware of who their neighbors are and keep the noise to a reasonable level.
“If I had to tell students considering living in the apartments one important thing, it would be to keep in mind how many expenses add up living off-campus after rent itself,” Conway said.