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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I honestly feel that Barnard's housing policy is relatively good. I think that we need MORE housing as there have been problems with students not getting any housing choice and having to be randomly placed, but overall the facilities are great, the staff are great, and everything seems to settle in well.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: It's definitely not the best housing that there is out there, but I feel like it serves its purpose and the dorms are all reasonably decent. The only problem is the Housing staff, which is a nightmare to deal with.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Its great to be so close to classes.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's cheaper than an apartment in the city and very close to all classes. However, rules are strictly enforced and it can be somewhat difficult to sign guests in. The shared kitchen and bathroom spaces are not bad but not always clean or convenient.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living in Plimpton is nice - mostly singles, one double per suite, but noise travels through the walls! Small Kitchen unless you live on the 7th or 8th floors. Doubles are very small. Singles are adequate for NYC. Rooms have weird dimensions. Higher floors have nice views.

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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
$8,450
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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  • Appropriate level of rule enforcement
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