The Honors Quad – Andrews, Blanton, Carothers, and Littlefield Residence Halls
>Welcome to the Honors Quad. Consisting on Andrews, Blanton, Carothers, and Littlefield, the Quad is located on the North end of campus, in the Whitis Area Community. These four halls serves as home to nearly 700 residents. Let’s check them out! The 24-hour helpdesk for all 4 buildings is located in Carothers. Here you can check out movies, kitchen equipment cleaning supplies, and get your mail. Carothers is also home to the Honors Center offices, as well as the Joynes Reading Room. In Joynes you can study, access the collection of books and movies, or even attend classes in the small seminar rooms. Joynes also hosts a visiting writer every month. We’ve gotten to hear Pulitzer Prize winners and other authors from around the world. I’m sure what you’re really interest in, though, are the rooms. So let’s check out mine! The Quad is made up of single and shared rooms, both with community bath. My room is in Blanton. Every room comes with a bed, dresser, bookshelf, desk, and chair, as well as a closet for each person. Not to mention our own microfridge! And each of us has our own lockable drawer to keep our valuables safe. No matter where you’re assigned, you guaranteed all of these awesome things. Blanton has recently been renovated, while Andrews, Carothers, and Littlefield still don their classical collegiate feel with rich woods and unique room constructions. Both Andrews and Cartothers come with moveable furniture so you can design it to fit your style. Littlefield is especially interesting. As the oldest hall on campus most rooms are completely unique with some having built in bookshelves or a walk in closet. Littlefield also has many unique traditions like the “running of the L’s” and is home to only freshman women. We have community baths here in the Quad. Each bathroom is cleaned twice a day, saving me time and money. We also have laundry rooms for each building, where you can use quarters, or just swipe your ID to use Bevo Bucks. Just across the block is Guadalupe St, or “the Drag”, we call it, where lots of shops and vendors take Bevo Bucks. And, adjacent is the University Union where there are plenty of study spaces and fun events all the time. If you’re looking for a great place to study, each hall has its own beautiful study areas where groups often gather for study sessions, or residence hall events. And, each residence hall has its own piano for rehearsal and recreational use. Between Andrews and Blanton, there is a recreational space called “the Q”, where you can watch TV, play foosball, and much more. Or just step outside into our beautiful courtyard where the ResStaff hosts all sorts of events, from picnics to ultimate Frisbee tournaments. When you start feeling hungry, check out Littlefield Patio Café on the side of Littlefield. It’s a great place to study and enjoy Austin’s beautiful weather. Or mix it up across the street in Kinsolving, where there is an all-you-care-to-eat-buffet, as well as in Kins Market, which has everything you could need on the go. The online menu is updated every day so that you can see what is cooking. The Honors Quad is a really special experience that I would recommend to any who qualify. The atmosphere is beautiful and it provides all the necessities to balance work and play. Here, you get to be a part of a smaller community on what is a very large campus, leading to friendships that could last a lifetime. I hope I’ll see you around soon, and welcome to UT!