Applications & Room Assignments

[Students in Hallway] Students are not required to live on campus; however, students are encouraged to live on campus for at least their first year in order to acclimate to the campus and to New York City.  98% of Barnard First-Year students live on campus and over 90% of students overall. 

The Director of the First Year Focus Program makes room assignments for all first-year students.  For transfer and visiting students, the Associate Director for Housing Operations makes room assignments on a space-available basis.

Any student with a diagnosed disability or chronic medical condition who may need an accommodation (air-conditioning, accessible housing, strobe fire alarm for a deaf student, etc) should contract Disability Services to complete a Disability Housing Accommodation Request (DHR). More information is available at

Housing Applications

Fall 2015

All incoming First Year, Transfer, and Visiting Students are asked to fill out the New Student Housing Response form to let the College know if they wish to live in campus-housing or not.  

The application deadline is Friday, June 3, 2016, for new First Year students; and Friday, June 10, 2016, for new Transfer & Visiting Students.

Spring 2016 

Transfer & Visiting Students who start in the Spring who wish to live on campus should submit a Housing Application by Thursday, December 15, 2016.  

Students who are part of the Visiting International Student Program (VISP) will submit their housing preferences to the Office of International and Intercultural Student Programs in the Fall.

First-Year Students (First-Year Focus)

First Year students who wish to live on campus are assigned to double-, triple-, or quad-occupancy rooms in Brooks, Reid, or Sulzberger Halls.  All First Years living in campus housing are required to participate in the Platinum Meal Plan (19 meals a week).

Note: there are no single rooms available for First-Year students.

The First-Year Focus (FYF) Program at Barnard is an extended orientation program for first-year students that continues throughout the year. It combines academic and co-curricular activities to assist first-year students in adjusting to college life, Barnard, and New York City. Entertaining and informative activities and workshops, ranging from informal weekly programs to larger formal events, are organized in the residence halls especially for first-year students.

More about First Year Focus program.

Transfer & Visiting Students

While we do our best to provide housing to Transfer & Visiting students who wish to live on campus, we cannot guarantee placement.  Priority is determined by deposit date & distance from campus.  Students may apply to live in single- or multiple-occupancy rooms; however, the number of singles and/or rooms not requiring participation in the Quad Upperclass Meal Plan is typically limited.

Notification of your Room & Roommate Assignment

First Year Students:  room and roommate assignments are emailed to students by the end of the first week of August.

Transfer & Visiting Students:  room and roommate/suitemate assignments will be sent via email (space permitting) in early August.  Please note that while the College does its best to provide room assignments to all students who wish to live on campus, housing is not guaranteed for Transfer & Visiting students.

No information regarding room assignments and/or roommates will be available before the times noted above.