Sylvan Residential Area, located in the upper northeast section of campus, features three residence halls: Cashin, Brown and McNamara. Sylvan isn't always the most talked about or the most sought-after residential area on campus, but after spending a decent amount of time there this semester, I have come to appreciate what it has to offer!
For one, Sylvan offers the cheapest suite-style living on campus. The Commonwealth Honors College features suites as well, but Sylvan is significantly cheaper. Being in a suite means that you don't have to walk nearly as far to get water, shower, or brush your teeth. Coming from someone who has to walk from one end of a very long hallway to the other simply to get to the bathroom, this is a major convenience! Suites also come with a personal common room to share with just your suitemates.
Secondly, Sylvan is very quiet. Without the chaos of having a dining hall inside or directly next to the residential area, Sylvan is tucked away from the main part of campus, which makes it a great option for those who like a calmer living environment. One of my favorite things is that Sylvan is located on top of a hill, which means that you get some amazing sunset views if you're leaving your residence hall at the right time. The sunsets are especially enjoyable in such a peaceful area of campus!
Lastly, Sylvan is also home to the oldest student-run business on campus: the Sylvan Snack Bar! It is located in the basement of McNamara Hall and is open Thursday-Sunday from 6 p.m. - 11:45 p.m. What makes the Sylvan Snack Bar particularly special is that they offer delivery services to Cashin, Brown, and the North Apartments from 7 p.m. - 10:45 p.m. so that you don't even need to leave your dorm building to order a meal or tasty treat!