Shady Oak Apartments
Location: 601 Clyde Street
Style(s) of housing: Apartments — efficiency (two students), two- and three-bedroom apartments (three students), and one five-bedroom apartment (six students)
Size: 82 residents
Building retention: Yes
Kitchens: One in each apartment and one in the basement
Lounges: One in the basement with multiple couches and a big-screen TV
Other amenities: Street parking available and a spacious back yard with a grill
Home to only Carnegie Mellon students, Shady Oak is perfect for those students who want a more adult living space. The building follows 24-hour quiet hours, providing a more peaceful living environment than most other dormitories or campus-owned apartments. Each apartment has a full kitchen with an electric stove and oven, as well as a dishwasher. The layouts vary greatly from apartment to apartment, with some having single bedrooms and no common living space, others having shared bedrooms with spacious living rooms, and others having a combination of the two.
There is a lounge in the basement with numerous couches and a big-screen TV; the space is commonly used for watching sporting events as well as hosting study groups. Basic gym equipment is also located in the basement. For students who want to keep an active lifestyle and don’t get enough of a workout from the 10-minute walk to campus, there are multiple treadmills, an elliptical trainer, and a weight-lifting station. The basement is also home to four washers and four dryers — not on the eSuds network and accepting only quarters — and a large table for folding laundry.
Venture outside and find a picnic table and charcoal grill that is always available. The backyard is large enough to play a game of Frisbee or football with friends. Across the street, there is a bus stop for the 71C, which can be taken to go downtown to watch a show or to East Liberty, home of the Waffle Shop.
There are some drawbacks to living in Shady Oak. The plumbing has a tendency to malfunction, sometimes causing pipes to burst, leading to water shut-offs to fix the problem. The radiators have also been a cause for concern, being set on a building-wide timer that can sometimes shut off in the middle of the night or be set on full blast on warmer days.