Martel, despite no longer being the newest of Rice’s eleven colleges, still has the best rooms (We’re actually the fourth youngest building, following the brand new McMurtry and Duncan and the opening of new Wiess in 2003). Martel has approximately 230 beds available for students, plus two Resident Associate (RA) apartments, and an apartment for visiting faculty. Most rooms at Martel are “suite-style,” meaning that a number of rooms (between 2 and 6) share a common room and bathroom. All rooms in the Colleges are furnished with the necessities by Rice Housing & Dining. Every room at Martel also has its own bathroom, generally with two sinks and a shower, though it varies depending on the type of room.
There are six different types of rooms at Martel (including the rare ones of which there are only one or two). Keep reading for a brief description of Quads and Hexes, the two most common kinds of room at Martel (though we also have a scant number of independent doubles and singles). In general, our freshmen are paired with roommates and our upperclassmen live in single rooms within larger suites. If you would like more detailed visual information, please visit the Rice Virtual Tour page and look under Residential Life – views 2 through 7 are of Martel rooms and surroundings!
In addition to the furniture provided by H&D, the Martel Floor Lords provide some other essentials that you can borrow when you need them (things like vacuums, brooms, mops, blenders, etc). Click here to learn more.