The Best Damn Bathrooms in the Land: No. 7, The North Rec Center

By David Wertheim on April 18, 2020 at 11:05 am
North Rec
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? 

#7, North Recreation Center

We continue our countdown with the North Recreation Center, a beautiful new building located on north campus just south of Lane Avenue

The building was constructed just prior to the 2016 school year. Featuring three floors of fitness equipment, four full outdoor basketball courts, and four multi-purpose rooms, it is a new and elite building on campus, making up one of the five recreation centers that Ohio State features. 

Basically in the center of north campus, the North Rec sits on prime real estate between the concrete jungles of Drackett and Taylor Towers, and just north of Scott Traditions dining hall. On a beautiful summer night, the Tom W. Davis Clocktower shines bright, and the basketball courts of the north rec are filled with students like myself enjoying those few weeks when campus is incredibly beautiful. 

So it's only fitting that the bathrooms be pristine, right? 

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 at the North Rec, it was a resounding yes. 

The North Rec bathrooms are interesting. On the first floor, there are five individual, unisex bathrooms. Each is a massive room consisting of a toilet, sink, and shower (with a bench). 

You'd think that with a shower in the bathroom, it must be small, dirty, and unkempt. Surprisingly, that is not the case. Every time I have visited, the bathrooms have been pristine and beautiful. I have yet to take a shower in one yet, but I will probably do so next year, just to say that I have. I am confident that it would be a pleasant experience. 

The one knock on this bathroom is that there are no windows, thus creating no natural light. Another knock is that you have to swipe your BuckID to get in, making it harder to access the bathroom in an emergency (or impossible to access, if you are not a current student).

Overall, it's a very solid, well-rounded bathroom, and good enough for the seventh spot in our rankings.

Rating: 92/100

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