International Village features two general types of rooms: singles and doubles. Most IV rooms are designated as “semi-private,” where you share a bathroom with the room next-door.
That’s right – no communal bathrooms in IV. The greatest number of people you will ever share with is three, that is, if you’re in a double sharing with a double.
In general, single rooms are paired with singles, and doubles with doubles, but occasionally they will be mixed. Such was the case with me: I had a single room sharing with a double. There are also some special accessible rooms that are extra large and sometimes don’t even share bathrooms. Usually there aren’t enough qualifying students to fill all of them, and any student could get them. Once you get your room number, you can check the floor plans I have linked on this site to check your exact situation.
However, the unfortunate corollary to having a private bathroom is that it is not professionally cleaned. You must do that yourself (or choose not to :P).
The double-double pairs usually have sinks located in the rooms themselves and not in the bathrooms. The single-single pairs usually have two sinks in the bathroom and none in the rooms. In my single-double pair, we have two sinks in the bathroom and none in the rooms. Again, check the floor plans.
Each room is provided with a bed and mattress and a desk with a chair. The mattresses and chairs are very uncomfortable – I highly recommend bringing a mattress topper and your own chair. Rooms can also feature a shelf for the desk and/or the end of the bed. All rooms have one or the other; some have both. It’s all up to chance.
Single rooms have one alcove in the wall. It features several shelves for storage and a rack for hanging clothes. Double rooms have two.
If your room is on the inner side of the building, you will be overlooking the Bamboo Garden. If it’s on the outer side, you will face somewhere else: the East faces Columbus Ave, the North faces the main part of campus, and the West faces the Boston Police Headquarters and Roxbury. Unfortunately the sirens go off constantly, which is a bummer for West residents on the outside edge.