A room number
is a number assigned to a room within a building
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. Its purpose is to identify a particular room
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, and help visitors locate that room. Room numbers may consist of three digits
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, but can be any number of digits.
The room number is generally assigned with the first digit indicating the floor
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on which the room is located. For example, room 412 would be on the fourth floor of the building; room 540 would be on the fifth floor. Buildings that have more than ten floors will have four digits assigned to rooms beyond the ninth floor. For example, room 1412 would be on the 14th floor.
The second digit may represent the wing, or section, of the building in which the room is located: room 540 will typically be found adjacent to room 542, and room 532 adjacent to room 530. In a four digit room number, this digit will be the third digit instead of the second.
The third digit is then assigned based on the side of the hall
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on which the room is located: usually, one side of the hall has odd-numbered
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rooms and the opposite side has even-numbered rooms. In a four digit room numbers, this digit will be represented by the fourth digit instead of the third. Where a room is subdivided, the subdivisions are generally denoted by appending a letter suffix to the room number: for example, room 412 may be subdivided into rooms 412A and 412B.
A letter may appear before the numbers to indicate a particular building or wing. For example, Room D149 is a room in D building.
An offset may be used to accommodate unnumbered floors. For example, in a building with floors labeled G
, ..., 11
, the 4th room in each of those floors could be numbered 104
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, and 234
, respectively — with an offset of 11 in the floor numbers. This trick is sometimes used to make the floor number slightly less obvious, e.g. for security or marketing reasons.
Some apartments are numbered using the regular room number assignment method, where apartment 1412 will be the 12th room on the fourteenth floor. Some apartments, however, are assigned with a number followed by a letter. There may be one or two numbers in the apartment number, followed by just one letter. For example, apartment 14R would be on the fourteenth floor. Apartment 7B would be on the seventh floor. Some apartment buildings may use compass points or the letters F, C, or R to indicate the front, center, or rear apartment on a given floor, or a combination of the two. For example, apartment 4RS would be on the 4th floor, and is the south apartment in the rear of the building.