The Best Damn Bathrooms in the Land: No. 5, The RPAC

By David Wertheim on May 2, 2020 at 11:05 am

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.


  • 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? 

#5, RPAC

Five beautiful bathrooms down, five more to go. 

We continue our countdown with the RPAC, one of five elite rec centers on the campus of Ohio State. The biggest and the brightest, the RPAC features immaculate facilities including three floors of weights and cardio, three basketball gyms, badminton and golf areas, two restaurants, and much more.

Located on Annie and John Glenn Avenue just southeast of Ohio Stadium, the current building, completed in 2005 in tandem with the Adventure Recreation Center on west campus at a cost of $140 million combined, has been referred to as "The Cadillac of College Recreational Playgrounds."

Thousands of students and community members pass through the building each day. 

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 RPAC, it was a resounding yes. 

The RPAC bathrooms are incredibly solid from top to bottom, but for this sake we will focus on two: the basement johns.

The basement of the RPAC has two bathroom sets. There is one set in the traditional locker room setup, and another across from the vending machines right by the steps taking you down. 

Both are incredibly easy to find. This is only good if they are clean, however. If a bathroom is easy to find but dirty, it is not going to be a pleasurable experience. I am happy to report, however, that the RPAC bathrooms are clean no matter the time of day. The janitors work sun-up to sun-down and through the night in order to clean the facilities, and do an incredible job.

The aesthetics of the bathrooms are also pleasing, with steel, silver-colored urinals and stalls. In addition, the bathrooms have paper towels (rather than hand dryers) which make it a lot more fun to "Kobe" the wadded-up towels into the wastebasket. 

The one knock on this bathroom, like several others around campus, is that there are no windows, so there is no natural light. In addition, it can be a bit crowded during peak hours (approximately 4:00-8:00 p.m.)

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

Rating: 95/100

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