Campus Housing

Location
New York, NY
Undergrads
2,466
Tuition
$43,502
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: First year housing depends entirely on your roommate since everyone has to live in the quad. No one has the option of a single so you learn to live with the hand you've been dealt. On the one hand, going back for naps between every class makes the quad an A+ location if you're into that. But with having to subsist on an over priced meal plan (for pretty lousy food and rude cafeteria staff) and never being able to escape the fact that you bear the YOU ARE A STUDENT stamp on your forehead, a D at the most in my book. After the first year, all the other resident houses are a wonderful escape if you get lucky in the lottery.... make sure you make at least 5 friends you could see yourself living with. Believe me, you'll regret it otherwise.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Honestly, I'm not expecting to ever have a New York apartment as nice as the dorms (although that's not saying much). Generally, they're pretty close to campus, and while there are some rooms that can be awful, there are plenty of beautiful, spacious rooms. As a sophomore, I am supposed to have some of the worst housing, but my single room is larger than any of my friends' at other schools.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: You'd think that city living, especially in a dorm, would be restrictively small, but the size of my dorm room (a double) is perfect. My floor in particular is very sociable and welcoming, which is good for an introvert.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing is mediocre. It serves its function- a place to sleep, shower, hang with friends, study, etc. The accommodations aren't anything special nor anything to really complain about (though the doors and walls can be a bit thin ;) )

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The dorms, once you're a sophomore or higher, are very nice at Barnard, although they do tend to be rather old and so can easily attract mice and/or cockroaches if cleanliness is not maintained. First year dorms, in my experience, were the worst, but were bearable because they were right on campus. As far as value goes, the cost is comparable to what you would be paying if you were living on your own, but as a financial aid student, who receives aid, the cost is preferable.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 524th
    Shortest Walk to Class
  • 1101st
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 1154th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 1211st
    Cleanest Dorms

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Megan Cloud
Hometown
Ft. Worth, Texas
Major
Psychology
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If you choose to live on campus at Barnard, there are several housing styles to choose from, and after your first year on campus, you may select housing based on what style appeals to you. For many college students, privacy is the most important aspect of housing. Those students might choose a suite in 620, or a single in Elliot or the Quad. For students with a more social environment in mind, a suite in the 600s might be ideal. Another consideration is how independent you want to be from the college scene. Many people in college may enjoy a traditional corridor-style of living for their first few years, but then may want a more independent lifestyle as they near graduation. As you move to addresses farther away from the College's physical location, you will find that you are no longer required to purchase a meal plan, get rooms with kitchens/private baths/sitting rooms, and live in settings that are no longer college dorms, but regular apartments. One of the few problems with the range of offered housing is that while there's something for everyone at Barnard, the chances of a person getting matched up with their dream room is pretty slim. Another problem is that some housing options are a little bit far from campus, so while a person may be able to find a room that they like, they may not be able to find one that is very close to campus.

One very important thing to keep in mind at Barnard is that some of the rooms and suites are very old, so there are a lot of exposed pipes and some rooms with very strange, small dimensions. On the other hand, old also brings a lot of charm to some of the rooms that feature hardwood floors and fireplaces.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
2,237
Average Housing Costs
$8,240
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for single students
  • Coed dorms through Columbia University
  • Special housing for disabled students
  • Women's dorms
Undergrads Living On Campus
91%
Freshmen Living On Campus
98%
Number of Dormitories
11
Best Freshman Dorms
Sulzberger Tower
Best Upperclassman Dorms
The 600s
Worst Freshman Dorms
Brooks Hall
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
  • Elliott Hall
  • Hewitt Hall
  • Plimpton Hall
Best Dorms
  • 620 W 116th
  • Sulzberger Tower
Worst Dorms
  • Elliot
  • Reed
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Bookshelf
  • Desk and chair
  • Kitchenettes with a stove and refrigerator (suites)
  • Wardrobe
Also Available
All dormitories are smoke-free, but there are several special-interest housing options such as wellness floors, where no one smokes or drinks.
Available for Rent
Barnard does not specifically rent out refrigerators or other appliances like that, but there are always people on campus during move in time that do.
Did You Know?
Some of the older dormitory rooms come with hardwood floors, fireplaces, and/or sinks in the room.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

600 W. 116th St.
Floors: 12
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Private, suite
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, suites
Special Features: Kitchen, laundry, wellness floor, hardwood floors, large closets
601 W. 110th St.
Floors: 8
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, suites
Special Features: Laundry room in the basement, fully-equipped kitchen in each suite
616 W. 116th St.
Floors: 10
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, suites
Special Features: Laundry room in the basement, fully-equipped kitchen in each suite, wellness floor, Internet access
620 W. 116th St.
Floors: 15
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, suites
Special Features: Laundry room in the basement, fully-equipped kitchen in each suite, wellness floor, Internet access
Brooks Hall
Floors: 8
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, quads
Special Features: Laundry rooms on each floor in Sulzberger, wellness floor, sinks in some rooms, inoperable fireplaces in some, Internet access
Cathedral Gardens
Floors: 10
Number of Occupants: 50–99
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, suites
Special Features: Laundry located on the 10th floor, kitchen in each suite, TV lounge and patio located on the 10th floor
Elliott Hall
Floors: 6
Number of Occupants: 50–99
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, suites
Special Features: Laundry room in the basement, kitchen in each suite, wellness floor, Internet access
Hewitt Hall
Floors: 8
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Laundry room in the basement, fully-equipped kitchen in each suite, wellness floor
Plimpton Hall
Floors: 15
Number of Occupants: 250–499
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, suites
Special Features: Laundry room in the basement, fully-equipped kitchen in each suite, wellness floor, piano, pingpong and pool tables
Reid Hall
Floors: 8
Number of Occupants: 100–249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: A garage, computer cluster, meeting room, laundry, TV lounge
Sulzberger Tower
Floors: 16
Number of Occupants: 250–499
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Laundry on 8th floor, study and TV lounges with kitchenettes, wellness floor, upper floors have views of the city skyline

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