Well, I imagine that everyone else has pretty much the same to say about the Pond Road Residence – what a disappointment for the money we paid!
Most of us probably ended up with “single” rooms, which we paid $93 and a change a night for – that got us a bed with a mattress that would probably make anything in Kingston Penitentiary seem like the Ritz by comparison, two towels, a face cloth, one WAFER of soap and a plastic glass! The bedding consisted of a paper-thin sheet with a terry cloth “blanket” on top, and a small pillow that was basically fluff. Like many others, I FROZE on the first night – it felt like the beddspread was taking OUT the heat, rather than keeping it IN! I was so cold that I wrapped myself in my raincoat, and the two puny towels, and didn’t get to sleep until well after 2am! I managed to request a second blanket, which did make Thursday night more bearable, but I was up by 5:24 this morning – freezing again! (And I have one of the 8:45 presentations to give!)
I went out to our lovely underground parking lot/cold war bunker-feel hallway around 6:50am and it smelled like diesel exhaust, as though the whole place was being vented by the air uptake from a bus garage!
The only “convenience” was not having to fret about transporation to Schulich, other than that, the accomodation is a rip-off! I just could not see myself being the poor first-year student who has to live in Pond Road for 8 months straight – especially in the November-March bleak period!