Housing Exchange (with Columbia University)

Barnard Students Living at Columbia

A very limited number of continuing Barnard students are able to live in Columbia University residence halls each year through the Barnard/Columbia Housing Exchange (usually no more than 30 to 40 per year).

Barnard students may secure a room assignment at Columbia through one of 3 methods:

  • Participation in a Greek Chapter
  • Applying for a Special Interest Community that can accept Barnard students (ex. IRC, Q House)
  • Registering as part of a group for the Columbia Housing Lottery (rising-Seniors only)

It is not possible to request room changes to the Columbia campus during the academic year nor for Spring housing applicants to request to live at Columbia.

Barnard students who live in the Columbia residence halls are billed for their room by Barnard following Barnard room rates.

Barnard students are eligible to live in the following buildings / locations only:

Please note that housing options like The Bayit and International House are not considered part of undergraduate housing and are not part of the Barnard/Columbia Housing Exchange. Students who move into these locations would cease to be eligible for participation in the Room Selection process and would loose their guarantee of housing for future semesters. Additionally, students who choose to live in these locations would be classified by the Barnard Financial Aid office as living off-campus and would eligible for less financial aid. If you have any questions about choosing to live in a location that is not coordinated through the Barnard/Columbia Housing Exchange, please speak to both Residential Life & Housing and the Financial Aid office.

Columbia Students Living at Barnard

A limited number of Columbia students may live in Barnard residence halls as part of the BC/CU Housing Exchange.  The number of Columbia students living at Barnard must match exactly the number of Barnard students living at Columbia (usually no more than 30 to 40 per year).

Columbia students may either register as part of a group for the Barnard Housing Lottery or may be assigned by Columbia Housing Services to vacancies at Barnard to "balance the exchange."

Columbia students who live at Barnard will be billed for their housing by Columbia following room rates set by Columbia.