The Eastman Commons-Student Living Center was built in January of 1991 and provides housing for 340 students of the Eastman School of Music. The building consists of the sixteen-story Cominsky Tower and a four-story quadrangle surrounding a landscaped inner courtyard. Nearly all of the school’s undergraduate students, and a smaller number of graduate students, reside in Eastman Commons. As a result of the building’s irregular design, the Eastman Commons has very few square rooms. The building emphasizes natural light, understated colors, wood, quarry tiles and bricks, with the aim of bringing the out-of-doors inside.
The residential floors consist of hallways with rooms on each side, a furnished living room/lounge area and male and female bathroom facilities. The residential areas are accessible only to residents and their guests by I.D. cards or key (s). Each student room has a suite of furniture, window/shade and carpeting or tiled floors. Each room has television cable capabilities, and each lounge has a phone that can make University calls only. Each room also has access to the ResNet system which provides each student with a connection to the University web network. Each room also contains a smoke detector. The Eastman Commons is a non-smoking facility.
The first floor of the building contains public common areas including the Dining Center, Orchestra Pit, Ciminelli Lounge (recital, master class and workshop space), the University Health Services Office, University Counseling Center Office, Office of Residential Life, Office of Student Life, Computer Lab, Head Resident’s Apartment, Mailroom which contains individual student mailboxes, and the Front Desk which is the information center of this complex.
The basement holds a number of semi-public areas: game room, television lounge, kitchen, laundry facilities, Physical Therapy Office, reed room and our student storage area.
The Student Living Center also has an extremely well-trained group of very dedicated Resident Advisors (12), who are stationed throughout the student floors to attend to any issues that may occur with our residents. They are dedicated to making this facility a safe, healthy and enriching environment for those students in residence here.