Applications & Room Assignments

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

Submit a Housing Application

  • Housing Application (will need to log in with your UNI)
  • Application deadlines -- 
    • Fall enrolling FYs, Transfers, & Visiting students -- June 9
    • Spring enrolling VISP students -- November 1
    • Spring enrolling Transfer & other Visiting students -- December 15

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).

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. 

Enrolling First Year students are guaranteed campus housing if they submit their housing application by the deadline above.  Students who apply for housing after that date cannot be guaranteed assignment.

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 the College always hopes to be abel to assign as many applicants as possible, campus housing is not guaranteed for enrolling Transfer & Visiting students (with the exception of VISP & Spelman students).

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.

Students are encouraged to explore off-campus housing options in the event that campus housing is not available.  Barnard students may use the resources of the Columbia Off-Campus Housing Assistance office. 

Notification of your Room & Roommate Assignment

First Year Students:  room and roommate assignments will be emailed on Saturday, August 5, 2017

Transfer & Visiting Students:  students will be emailed regarding the availability of campus housing starting in early August.

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