The freshman dorm is the 55th Street Residence Hall located in Midtown East Manhattan. The state-of-the-art building houses 500 students in 32 floors. The 55th Street hall is in the heart of Manhattan—10 blocks from Central Park, five blocks from Bloomingdale's, and with tons of restaurants surrounding the area. Each room is equipped with a full bathroom and kitchen (but no oven—just a stove top). There is no Wi-Fi, so students use Ethernet cords, but there is cable! Overall, the dorms are beautiful, and students feel spoiled.
A few things to be aware of: the lounges are normally occupied by acting majors working on their scenes, so it's best to study in your room. There is a very strong alcohol and drug policy, and room searches are conducted periodically. If you are caught twice, you are out. Also, it is impossible to have a one-night stand. To have an overnight guest, you must have all of your roommates sign an agreement and have it turned in to Residence Life by 11 p.m. that night. Residents are only permitted to have guests six times a month and cannot have a guest for more than three consecutive nights.