No Mini-Fridge: Trading a Dorm Room for a Yurt


A West Nyack resident is spending fall semester at Paul Smith’s College building a different kind of community.

Andrew Coulter of West Nyack, N.Y., hasn’t seen much of his Paul Smith’s College dorm room this semester.

On most nights, Coulter has left the warmth and comfort of the dorms behind for a lifestyle lacking heat, electricity and running water.

Coulter, a junior majoring in environmental sciences, is one of seven Paul Smith’s students choosing to spend much of the fall semester living in authentic Mongolian Yurts – tiny portable tent-like structures crafted from wood and canvas – alongside Osgood Pond, on the outskirts of the campus in the heart of New York’s Adirondack Mountains.

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