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Fall 2014 Room Change Requests


  • Room Change Request Form (PDF) - Available starting September 4
  • 1-for-1 Room Swap Request Form (PDF) - Available starting September 4
  • Roommate / Suitemate Request Form (PDF)


Important Dates

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 4pm Room Change Request forms available online (see above).
Thursday, September 11, 2014, 4pm Room Change Request forms due to the Residential Life & Housing (RLH) office, 110 Sulzberger.
Tuesday, September 16, 2013, 9pm Room Change Request results will be emailed to students.
Friday, September 19, 2014, 9am 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 9am-5pm at the RLH Office.
Sunday, September 21, 2014, 9pm If a room change is granted, you must have completed your move and returned your old room keys using the Room Change envelope provided to you when you picked up your new room keys.


Room Change Request Process

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 or Hall Director).  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).

Students who submit a Room Change Request form are expected to inform their roommate(s)/suitemates(s) of their request, in order to give them an opportunity to either submit a Room Change Request form of their own or try to recruit a new roommate/suitemate.

Students with diagnosed disabilities who may need some form of disability-related housing accommodation as part of their room change request must additionally contact the Office of Disability Services to complete a Disability-Housing Request (DHR) no later than Wednesday, September 10, 2014. More information about the process is available at http://barnard.edu/reslife/disability.

Once submitted, request forms may not be altered unless they are withdrawn (in writing) and/or then resubmitted as a new application.  Request forms may not be withdrawn after the due date (Thursday, September 11, 2014, 4pm).

The RLH staff will review all submitted Room Change Request forms.  Decisions made by Residential Life & Housing are final.  While Residential Life & Housing will endeavor to provide as many room changes as possible, students who submit a request form are not guaranteed to receive a room change.

Students may request to make a 1-for-1 swap with another student OR they may specify a set of criteria for which types of rooms or locations they would be willing to move to. Students who wish to move into a specific vacant space should specify that on their request form.  The roommate(s)/suitemate(s) of that vacancy must also submit a Roommate/Suitemate Request Form (available above) mutually requesting the student requesting a room change.  This can improve a student's chances of receiving the room change, but does not guarantee it.

Students granted a room change must move, as other room changes will be dependent upon the space that will be vacated.  Students will be responsible for coordinating their move (if applicable) with both the person moving out of the newly assigned space and/or the person moving into the space they vacate.  Email addresses will be provided.

The spaces available for room changes are usually extremely limited. We cannot guarantee that students will receive a room change through this process. Students who are not able to get a room change during the Fall Room Change process are encouraged to reapply during the December Room Change Process (more rooms are available for the Spring due to the number of students leaving to study abroad).


Frequently Asked Questions


If you have any questions, please email housing@barnard.edu or stop by the Residential Life & Housing office (110 Sulzberger).