Reeder Street House filled with only one third its max capacity

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The Reeder Street House, which can house anywhere from 12-15 students, currently only has 5 residents. (Photo by Elle Cox ’21)

Katie Frost

The Reeder Street House, located about a 10-minute walk from campus, has long served as an alternate, off-campus residence for upperclassmen. This year, however, only four residents and a resident advisor are currently living in the house.

While only a total of five students live there now, the house is large enough to house anywhere from twelve to fifteen students. Located at 225 Reeder Street, the house once served as a fraternity house for Phi Kappa Tau in 1963, and for Theta Chi in both 1930 and 1996.

Reeder Street House was also used for various living groups outside of Greek life. Most recently, it was the home of a sustainability-focused living-learning community.

According to Director of Residence Life Grace Reynolds, “using Reeder for anything except student housing is not being contemplated.”

Reynolds noted that Reeder Street House was fully assigned before the start of the school year. She then acknowledged that changes to housing rosters, including withdrawals, transfers and room changes, resulted in a high number of vacancies in the building. The remaining rooms, however, may be used later in the year for room change assignments, she said.

“Whether used for a living group or as an individually assigned residence, students have indicated that they like the building, especially the large first floor common space and outdoor space, and its proximity to McKelvy House,” Reynolds said.

Resident advisor Rahul Padmasola ’20 said that there are several perks of living in Reeder Street House.

“It’s a quaint house that includes a variety of amenities, from a laundry room to a kitchen stocked with crockery and cookware,” Padmasola said.

The house also includes several sofas, a large dining table and even a piano.

“It’s definitely a nice environment to spend time in,” Padmasola added.

Seth Marumoto ’21, one of the four residents of the Reeder Street House, said that there are ups and downs to living at the house.

“I really enjoy the fact that it’s a very independent living space, but the walk back and forth to campus can be a lot, so I actually find myself driving occasionally,” Marumoto said.

Marumoto added that living in Reeder Street House is essentially like living off-campus.

“I’m sure [it] would be appealing to a lot of people if they don’t mind the walk,” he said.