The Best Damn Bathrooms in the Land: #10, Ramseyer Hall's Basement

By David Wertheim on March 28, 2020 at 11:05 am
Ramseyer Hall's basement bathroom checks in at No. 10 on our list of The Best Damn Bathrooms in the Land
Photo: The Ohio State University

The Best Damn Bathrooms in the Land is Eleven Warriors' necessary and hard-hitting quest to find the best places to go at The Ohio State University.

In my almost three years at Ohio State, I've had the pleasure of using restrooms all over our beautiful campus, from the river to High Street and Lane to King.

But not all bathrooms are created equally, even at The Ohio State University. Some have great natural light. Others have roomy stalls. And others are in prime locations suited for quick access and egress.

I've done the dirty work for you, and have put together a list of the 10 best bathrooms in academic and multi-use buildings on campus.

Best Damn Bathrooms

Counting down Ohio State's 10 Best Bathrooms in the Land.


  • Cleanliness (50 points): Cleanliness is next to godliness.
  • Aesthetics (20 points): Is it inviting? Is it a pleasure to visit?
  • Size (10 points): How big is the bathroom? Does it provide handicap stalls?
  • Location (10 points): Campus bathrooms have to be easy to find.
  • Supply (10 points): Are paper towels, soap, and toilet paper adequately stocked? 

#10, Ramseyer Hall's Basement Bathroom

We start our countdown with the basement bathroom at Ramseyer Hall. Nestled into the southwest corner of High and Woodruff, Ramseyer Hall has been a familiar sight to hundreds of thousands of College of Education students at Ohio State since it was completed in 1932.

Ramseyer is built in the Beaux-Arts style, which is French for “modern, yet classy,” and opened as an experimental school for students in K through 12, administered by OSU's College of Education. Fifty years ago, it was converted into a university classroom and office space for the school of education.

To some students, it gives off magic vibes.

I've had one class in this building, in the basement. It was a one-and-a-half-hour History of Food class at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays back in the Fall of 2018.

When you walk into a bathroom, you have to ask yourself a question: Do I want to be here? When it comes to the bathroom in the basement of Ramseyer Hall, that was an emphatic “yes” for me.

It earns a perfect 50/50 for its cleanliness. It was simply pristine every time I visited.

And it's massive. Of all of the bathrooms I've been fortunate enough to visit on campus, Rasmeyer's was by far the biggest, earning a perfect 10/10 in the size category. With marble floors and massive windows that stretch ¾ of the way from the floor to the extremely high ceilings, letting in radiant light on sunny days.

But it's not a perfect bathroom.

First off, it is extremely hard to find. There is only one door in Ramseyer that leads directly to the steps that you take you to the basement, and it's not the front door. Once you get downstairs, it is not too hard to find, but the door pushes when it looks like it will pull. You've been warned.

In addition, Ramseyer can heat up to an uncomfortable temperature, especially in the basement. I used to wear shorts under my pants and shed the pants once I got to class because it was that hot. The bathroom is no different, especially on hot September days, leading me to deduct a handful of points in the comfort category.

Rating: 88/100

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