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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: In New York, space is tight. It's a mixed bag at Barnard, you can get amazing housing or horrible housing but the lottery decides. The housing lottery is akin to the Hunger Games and causes a lot of stress for everyone. That said, I'm not sure there is any better way to do it.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's New York City, nothing more, nothing less

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Barnard-owned housing is guaranteed for all four years, which is great because New York housing is expensive! The RA's are really nice and they do a great job enforcing rules and creating communities.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I currently stay in Sulzberger Hall, and I love it.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The buildings are old but there have clearly been modern renovations done for some parts. The community in the QUAD where all the freshmen live is so much fun.

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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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  • Spaciousness
  • Appropriate level of rule enforcement
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