A Handy Guide to Room Numbers in the Dalhousie Building
The Dalhousie Building at the University of Dundee has its own bespoke method of numbering rooms. This method is counter-intuitive and often confusing. This page gives a brief guide to navigating this intricate numbering system to ensure your conference experience is a smooth and mystery-free as possible.
A typical Dalhousie room number looks like this: 2F11. We shall use this as an example to work through how to decipher these strange room codes.
Anatomy of a Room Number
[Block number] [First letter of floor level] [Room number]
The Block Number refers to the Block that the room is located in. The Dalhousie Building is split into two Blocks, numbered ‘1’ and ‘2’. Against the expectation that someone embedded in Western reading practices might have, Block 1 is located to the right as you enter the main foyer, and Block 2 is located to the left.
Our example room number 2F11 is thus in Block 2, to left as you enter the foyer.
The second character of the room number is the first letter of the floor upon which the room is located: G for Ground, F for First, S for Second.
Accordingly, our example room number 2F11 is in Block 2, on the First floor.
The final digits simply refer to the number of the room. Rooms are mostly numbered consecutively once you find the correct Block and Floor.
Our example room number 2F11 is in Block 2, on the First floor, and is room number 11.
The Exception that Proves the Rule
The exception to this schema is the Lecture Theatres, which are numbered consecutively regardless of their block or floor location: LT1 and LT2 are on the Ground floor, and LT3 is on the First floor.
Here are some examples, using rooms from the programme:
- 1G05: Block 1, Ground floor, room 5
- 1G06: Block 1, Ground floor, room 6
- 1G10: Block 1, Ground floor, room 10
- 2G14: Block 2, Ground floor, room 14
- 2F11: Block 2, First floor, room 11
- 2F14: Block 2, First floor, room 14
- 2S13: Block 2, Second floor, room 13
- 2S14: Block 2, Second floor, room 14