SVA’s residence halls allows students to live safely in Manhattan among other artists, while expanding their horizons and furthering their artistic education. SVA’s BFA Illustration first-year students Kaitlin Brito and Katrina Catacutan take advantage of this opportunity while they dorm together in the 23rd Street Residence. In a such a prime location, they are a short distance from any number of conveniences and attractions, such as Trader Joe’s, Madison Square Park and DaVinci Artist Supply. “It’s the spot to be in for freshman year,” Brito said, with an enthusiastic clap for emphasis.
With all the culture and amenities one might want nearby, it’s clear that the 23rd Street Residence has become a true home for these two roommates. “Living here definitely made me a new person,” Catacutan said. “It’s my second home at this point.” Brito agreed, but also stressed that being part of the residential student community means working alongside others to achieve common goals. “It’s become a dreamland but also a reality, a reality that I really like,” she said. “Because it does sort of force you to say, ‘I do have to learn, and become independent and become ready for that adult life.’ I feel myself growing just being here.”
The 23rd Street Residence is next door to the campus′ central 209 East 23rd Street building, within walking distance of most other campus buildings and on the SVA Shuttle route. This apartment-style residence, with two- and three-bedroom options, is for freshmen only. It’s also connected to the SVA Student Center, where many gather for special events, club meetings and to do homework. Each apartment has a full kitchen with a gas stove, a microwave, a refrigerator and a dishwasher, as well as a full bath with a shower and a tub. A community room features a TV lounge, ping-pong and foosball tables, as well as easels.
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