Why live on campus?

[Students in a dorm room]Barnard College considers the residential experience to be an integral part of a student's total education. Students who live on campus have a more productive and more satisfying college experience than those who live off campus. Research over the past 40 years indicates that college students who live on campus are more likely to:

  • Take full advantage of campus resources
  • Be more involved in campus activities and educational programs
  • Have stronger connections to peers
  • Take more credits per semester
  • Achieve greater academic success
  • Persist to graduation at a higher rate
  • Be more satisfied with their overall college experience

Students who live in campus housing are close to academic buildings, libraries, and dining facilities. Trained, professional Residential Life & Housing staff members are present to provide social & academic programs and help in emergency situations. Additionally, living on campus provides access to ammenities like internet access, laundry rooms, computer labs, music practice rooms, and study lounges.

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.

Note: Students who choose to live off-campus may be eligible for less Financial Aid than students who choose to live on-campus. Additionally, students who live or move off-campus are not guaranteed housing should they later wish to move into campus housing. For more information, please visit http://barnard.edu/reslife/housing-options/off-campus.