Student Spaces

The Sarah Lawrence campus is home to many student spaces, each designed for a variety of uses. Students hired by the Student Senate run each student-managed space.

Student-Managed Spaces

A*Space (Bates)

A*Space was created by a group of students who saw the need for additional gallery and art performance space on campus. There is something happening in A*Space almost every week, whether it’s a showing of student artwork or a student performance piece. Students can receive funding for A*Space shows from the Undergraduate Student Senate. Contact

The Black Squirrel (Bates)

The Black Squirrel is a student lounge space with a big-screen TV, comfortable seating, and a variety of games and activities, including pool, dart boards, chess boards, and other board games. It also features grab-and-go food (including the best milkshakes!), as well as other amenities that allow students to kick back and relax. The space can also be reserved for smaller student performances. All proceeds benefit the Students for Students Scholarship Fund. Contact

Common Ground (Bates)

Common Ground’s mission is to serve students of color and student-of-color identity groups, as well as to engage the Sarah Lawrence community in discussions about the perceptions, realities, and consequences of racial and ethnic identity in our society and in the world at large. The space serves as a meeting room, event space, lounge area, and resource center for students of color and members of APICAD, Harambee, Unidad, and any other student-of-color identity group.

While Common Ground primarily works with student-of-color identity groups, it also hosts events with other student organizations, faculty, and administrative officers committed to campus dialogue surrounding issues of multiculturalism and racial and ethnic diversity. Common Ground programming includes speakers, performances, discussions, movie nights, conferences, workshops, and other activities. Contact

LGBTQIA Space (Bates)

The LGBTQIA Space seeks to create a physical space for LGBTQIA students and LGBTQIA student identity groups to engage in dialogues regarding the realities and perceptions of their identities. Its purpose is to uplift LGBTQIA student voices and to foster greater understanding of LGBTQIA identities in the Sarah Lawrence community and abroad. The space hosts group meetings, speakers, workshops, study sessions, and other campus events. It also functions as a meeting room, lounge area, and resource center for LGBTQIA students and their allies. Contact

Publication Space (Bates)

Publication Space provides computers, printers, and other amenities for the writers and editors of Sarah Lawrence’s numerous student publications. Contact

Spiritual Space (Bates)

The Spiritual Space works to nourish spirituality in all of us by providing an intimate atmosphere, a sense of the holy, and a refuge for contemplation, both individually and collectively. This carefully designed space is minimally furnished, enabling visitors to engage freely in personal introspection, meditation, and prayer. It can also be reserved as a meeting place for religious groups or spiritually based events. Housing a religious/spiritual library and items used in religious practice, this inclusive space allows many accesses to spirituality, while also serving as a canvas for all practices and traditions. Contact

Teahaus (North Lawn)

The Teahaus is an iconic spot on campus. This small stone building provides a quiet space for reading, reflection, and conversation. This student-run space offers light refreshments and a wide range of international teas. All proceeds benefit the Students Scholarship Fund. The Teahaus is open during the day and sometimes hosts poetry readings, study groups, and open mic nights. Contact

WSLC Radio Station (Bates)

Sarah Lawrence’s student-run radio station, WSLC, is located on the second floor of Bates. Featuring a number of student DJs, each with a unique style, WSLC presents a variety of programs and music. The station broadcasts via the Internet. Listen Online | Contact


Other Student Spaces

The Blue Room (Bates)

The Blue Room is available for open campus events and is a popular place for students to host concerts, dances, and small theatre performances. The space includes built-in sound and lights. Contact

The Basement (Bates)

The Basement is available for both public and private student events. The walls of the Basement are considered free expression space and can be repainted by anyone in the community. The space has open hours for free expression. Contact

The Club Space (Bates)

The Club Space is a large area for club members to work on activities, providing supplies ranging from computers to a button maker. Club Space can be used as a casual meeting space and also houses the Student Senate office. Storage for files and equipment is also available on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact

Slonim House

As well as housing classrooms and the Graduate Studies offices, Slonim House has a living room and kitchen that serve as comfortable social gathering places for graduate students and faculty. In both the kitchen and lobby, bulletin boards are used to post messages between administration and students, and students have their own posting boards in the upstairs kitchen. Students gather in the large Slonim House living room to study, attend poetry readings, hold meetings for student-run organizations, have celebrations, attend informal presentations, lounge on the couches to read, or sit at the tables to do homework. Contact