Note: 80+ students from Australia, Brazil, China, Denmark, Ghana, Italy, Norway, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, and Vietnam will be coming to Barnard this Spring for the Visiting International Student Program. If you have a space opening up in your room or suite and would like to request a visiting student as a roommate / suitemate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Wednesday, November 20, 2013||Room Change Request forms available online (see above)|
|Wednesday, December 4, 4pm||Room Change Request forms due to the Residential Life & Housing (RL&H) Office, 110 Sulzberger.|
|Wednesday, December 11, 9pm||Room Change results will be emailed to students.|
|Friday, December 13, 11am||If a room change is granted, you may begin moving to into your new room in cooperation with the person vacating the room (if applicable) and the person replacing you in your old room (if applicable). Keys will be available to pick up between 11am-5pm on Fri, Dec 13, and 9am-5pm on Mon-Wed, Dec 16-18, at the RL&H Office (you must pick up the new room key before 5pm on Wed, Dec 18). Note: depending on the schedule of students moving out of a space you may be moving into (if applicable), you may need to stay until the end of exams in order to be able to move into your new room.|
|Friday, December 20, 9am||If a room change is granted, you must have completed moving out of your old room* & turned in your Room Change envelope (containing your old room keys). This is the date/time that the residence halls close for Winter Break.|
* Students who receive a room change are required to pick up their new room keys (before 5pm on Wednesday, December 18) and be completely moved out of their old room / suite by the start of Winter Break (9am on Friday, December 20). If you wish to leave for Winter Break before moving your belongings into your new room, you may do so as long as you have completely vacated your old room / suite (i.e. all your belongings). You may choose to take your belongings home for break, move them into a friend's off-campus apartment, or move them into the room of a friend who is not moving or leaving for the Spring (note: Res Life cannot provide you access to your friend's room when you return from Winter Break; they would have to open their room for you to retrieve your belongings). The important thing is that you will have vacated your old room and not held up other students' room changes.
This process is for Barnard Sophomore, Junior, and Senior students only (first-year students who may be experiencing difficulties with their roommate(s) should speak to their RA). Columbia University students living in Barnard residence halls are not eligible to participate in this process and there is no switching permitted between BC-designated and CU-designated spaces (please consult CU Housing for information about room changes for CU students).
Due to the number of new students expected to be assigned for the Spring (i.e. new Tranfers & Visiting students, students returning from Fall study abroad, students applying for readmission to the College, former commuters, etc.), it is not possible to request to buy out a double room as a single as part of the December Room Change Request process. On rare occasions, Residential Life & Housing may give a student a room change to an empty double as a single (at the single room rate), if there are no competing room change requests to fill that room; however, it is not possible to specifically request this. If space permits, Buy Out Requests may be available as part of the Spring Room Change Request process in late January.
If you are granted a room change and you receive permission to stay in housing for Winter Break, please note that you would be living in your new room, not your old room (i.e.. room changes must be completed before the start of Winter Break).
Elliott, 616, and 620 will be completely closed from 9am on Friday, December 20 through 9am on Monday, January 13. Students who receive December Room Changes to those buildings and who apply to be in residence during that time period will be responsible for locating someone (in a residence hall which will be open) who will confirm permission for the student to use their room by submitting the Winter Break Room Host Form (PDF).