The Best Damn Bathrooms in the Land: No. 3, Pomerene Hall

By David Wertheim on May 16, 2020 at 11:05 am
Pomerene Hall

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? 

#3, Pomerene Hall (First Floor)

The nitty gritty. We are finally at the top three bathrooms on campus.

Pomerene Hall sits on the corner of Neil Avenue and 12th Avenue as one of the cornerstones of south campus, directly overlooking Mirror Lake. It was part of a much needed south campus remodel which began in 2017. 

Pomerene is the home of Ohio State’s Translational Data Analytics Institute, Undergraduate Data Analytics Major, and the Department of History of Art. The $59M State Capital funded project, which was completed prior to the beginning of the 2018 school year, was part of the restoration of the Mirror Lake District, which included the renovation of Oxley Hall and Browning Amphitheatre.

With a building this nice and in a prime location, it is important that the bathrooms be pristine. And boy, they are.

The bathroom is a little difficult to find, but that is the only knock. It is pristinely clean all day long despite being one of the most passed-through buildings on campus. It is of decent size to handle a good amount of traffic. The beautiful white marble floors provide an excellent aesthetic, despite no windows meaning no natural light.

I am curious to your thoughts on this: the Pomerene Hall bathroom does not have paper towels, but solely blow dryers. I have found that, while environmentally friendly, these dryers do not clean your hands thoroughly. Is it worth it? I'm not so sure.

Pomerene Hall is easily a top-five bathroom on campus. I encourage you to check it out for yourselves. 

Rating: 97/100

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