Life on Campus
The students of the University are housed in two large dormitories, one for women and one for men. The dormitories are built according to the same architectural plans- both are four story rectangular buildings with ten dorm rooms on each floor. Each student staying in the dorms is assigned to room with another student, though occasionally a student receives a private room. The rooms are fairly simple and small, allowing room for a pair of cots, two desks, and a few book shelves but not much else. A single large window looks out over the campus and provides light during the day. At night, gas lamps set in the wall sconces are used for illumination. Each floor contains water closets at each end of the building, as well as a simple communal bath (with a more luxurious spa to be found in the campus gymnasium).
Pecquet Hall, the men’s dormitory lies to the eastern border of the campus, overlooking Port-a-Lucine across Pernault Bay, with the eastern facing rooms providing a spectacular view of the city at night. Mousel Hall lies on the far side of the campus, set only slightly back from the cliffs that drop down into the Sea of Sorrows, the crash of waves against the cliffs lulling Mousel’s inhabitants to sleep each night.
The Great Hall
Located in the center of campus, the Great Hall is the social nexus of the campus. Most students dine there for at least one meal a day in its vast and elegant dining hall, its kitchen staffed with some of the best cooks in Port-a-Lucine. On festival days, the doors of the dining hall are left wide, connecting it to the ballrooms and parlors that surround it on most sides. At other times the ballrooms are generally kept closed and locked, but the parlors are made readily available for students looking for a space to study or socialize in. Many of the faculty also have their offices in the Great Hall and they can often be found fraternizing with their students in the parlors as well.
Halls of Learning
Half a dozen other buildings dot the campus, containing classrooms, laboratories, and all the other necessities of college life.
The Fountaine Gymnasium, located adjacent to the Great Hall, houses chambers for fencing, tennis, and even a swimming pool as well as one of the most sophisticated gnomish-designed steam baths in the world. The gymnasium also administrates several acres of land to its north, used for archery, track, polo, and other outdoor sports and activities. Stables on this acreage house both the University’s horses, as well as those of the students.
The Lovarde Observatory, housed in the renovated ruins of an ancient tower, is the smallest building on the campus. It consists of only a classroom and an office, but it also houses a remarkable observatory in the tower’s turrets, ingenious clockworks allowing its enormous lens to be rotated and aligned with nigh perfect precision.