Laundry Room: Howard has a laundry room located on the first floor. Each wash load costs $1.75 and each dryer load costs $1.25 (But, they are $.25 cheaper if you use your Domer Dollars!). There is a change machine on the first floor that can change $1, $5 and $10 dollar bills. Ironing boards and irons are also available in the laundry room. There is also a laundry service provided by St. Michael's which you should receive information about during the summer.
Lounge/Study Areas: Howard has two lounges on the first floor - the pink lounge, more of a study room, and the green lounge, more of a social room. The green lounge is equipped with couches, coffee tables, and a big screen TV, DVD, and VCR. It is also one of the 24-hour lounges, so you can socialize or study with male friends past parietals. The pink lounge has study tables and chairs, as well as couches and is also 24-hour space. Additionally, the second and third floors each have a room that have been designated as study areas. These upstairs rooms, however, are not 24-hour spaces. There is a study room in the basement which is equipped with desks and chairs. The other side of the basement has couches, a table, TV, VCR, and DVD and all of our workout equipment. Howard is equipped with an elliptical, a stationary bike, free weights, yoga mats and balls, and with a little Irish luck our treadmill will arrive just in time for our new ducklings!
Kitchen: Off of the green lounge is a small kitchen with a stove, oven, refrigerator, microwave, and basic cooking utensils. It's very convenient whenever you get the urge to whip up some brownies, pasta, or reheat some left over pizza.
Vending Machines: On the first floor are several vending machines, which are stocked with candy, chips, soda, and fruit juice. Perfect for late night studying or a quick snack on the go! They are located in the green lounge.
Chapel: The Howard Hall chapel is located on the first floor. We have great Sunday Masses at 10:00 PM and Monday nights as well. Every first Sunday of the month, mass is at 5:00 pm followed by a dorm dinner with a different theme each month and a cake to celebrate that month's birthdays. A group of students plays instruments and helps lead the singing during our liturgies. It is a great way to meet people and get involved with the dorm. There are also daily masses at the Basilica as well as in other dorms. In addition, there are weekend masses held in various locations throughout campus.
Bathrooms: Each section has about 25 girls and one bathroom, equipped with 3 stalls and 2 showers. Shower lines are not bad, although they sometimes occur during the morning rush and on Friday and Saturday nights.
Mail Delivery: Mail is delivered daily to the hall. You will receive a mail key to open the mailbox which corresponds to your room number. There are a few girls in the dorm that are in charge of distributing packages; when you receive a package, the mail person will deliver your package straight to your room! Also, Notre Dame has its own post office on campus and several mailboxes for outgoing mail.
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