So many college students live on campus in residence halls that they share with hundreds of other students. It’s usually our first run at independent living, or living without mom or dad to help you do your laundry. So, if you’ve ever lived in a dorm, you’ve probably had this experience: You have no clean clothes because you waited way too long to do your laundry and you’re down to your last clean socks. So you gather all your things from your hamper (or floor), check the washing machines and… they’re all full.
Eventually, you start to plan your week based on when you think no one else will be doing laundry. You find yourself saying things like, “Well, no one’s gonna be doing their laundry at 6 am on a Sunday morning!” But what if this wasn’t just your personal conjecture? Well former SUNY intern Jack Fischer decided to find out the answer at his campus with hard data.
Jack is a Computer Science & Mathematics major at Binghamton University, so data is in his blood. Using eSuds to remotely monitor the availability of washing machines, Fischer logged laundry capacity in Binghamton‘s Newing College. After collecting over 60,000 data points over several months, he discovered that Fridays and Sundays are the best days for students to do their laundry. In fact, students are most likely to find open machines on Friday mornings roughly between 10 and 11 a.m. And the worst days to do laundry? Wednesdays and Saturdays were the busiest days.
For more details, you can see Fischer’s full laundry analysis on his page.
Kay is a student assistant with the SUNY Office of New Media. She is a University at Albany undergraduate working towards a double major in English and East Asian studies with a double minor in communications and film.