After Room Selection


    Cancelling your Housing Contract

    Signing a contract for housing is an academic year-long commitment.

    If you pick or receive a room assignment (or sign up for the Guaranteed Assignment List) and then...

    • decide to move off-campus
    • transfer to another school
    • take a leave of absence from the College, etc.

    ... you need to submit the Housing Cancellation Form to cancel your Housing Contact.

    Students who get into rooms at Columbia through the CU Room Selection process or submit a Notice of Study Leave to go to an approved study abroad program for the Fall do not need to submit a Housing Cancellation Request form. Any room you selected at Barnard will automatically be cancelled. You will continue to be eligible for housing in the future, as long as you meet all deadlines for applications, do not take a leave of absence, etc.

    Housing Cancellation Request forms must be received by May 14, 2018 to avoid a cancellation fee.

    For the full 2018-2019 Cancellation Policies, please visit Note: will be posted by the end of Spring Break.

    If you are thinking about living off-campus, we strongly encourage you to discuss your individual circumstances with the Financial Aid office before finalizing your decision, as changing to commuter status may affect the amount of financial aid you may be eligible for and/or receive.

    If you cancel your Housing Contact, you will forfeit your guarantee of housing for the 2018-2019 academic year. The room you selected will be reassigned to a student awaiting housing (ex. on the Guaranteed Assignment List, new Transfers student, etc). If you later wish to re-apply for housing, you will be on the Non-Guaranteed Assignment List and will be assigned a room only if space permits.

    If you do not live on campus for the 2018-2019 academic year, you will NOT be eligible to participate in next year's Room Selection process to select housing for the 2019-2020 academic year. If you wish to apply for housing at that time, you would be on the Non-Guaranteed Assignment List.

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    Room Change Requests

    All selections at Room Selection are final.  After a student picks a room / suite, a room change (including within a suite) is not be available until the time periods covered below.

    Students may request 1-for-1 Room Swaps over the summer and/or sign up for the Studio Single Wait List.

    Rising-Seniors only may request room changes over the summer. Rising-Juniors & Sophomores may apply for the Fall Room Change Request Process.

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    Summer Housing 2018

    Information about Summer Housing should be available at by the beginning of April.

    The residence halls that will be used for Summer 2018 will be announced later this semester. There are usually both air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned rooms available; however, the number of rooms with AC will be extremely limited. Please note that students in non-AC residence halls may not use window or portable AC units.

    While students may request to live in the same room for the Summer that they are assigned to for the current semester or upcoming Fall, it is not guaranteed. Additionally, any student who lives in the same suite for the Summer as for the Spring and/or Fall will NOT be allowed to remain in the room / suite should they stay for May and/or August Interim (they would be required to relocate with their belongings to an interim room assignment to facilitate cleaning of the suite & residence hall).

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    Winter Break 2018-2019

    Barnard's residence halls will close for Winter Break at 9am on Friday, December 21, 2018, and reopen at 9am on Saturday, January 12, 2019.

    Students may not remain in the residence halls after the 9am Friday, December 21 closing deadline. There are no extensions.

    Students may apply for Early Winter Return, to return to housing starting 9am on Sunday, January 6, 2018 (i.e. prior to the official January 12 reopening of the residence halls for the Spring).

    With few exceptions, students may not be in campus housing prior to the Early Winter Return date (i.e. between December 21 - January 6). Plimpton Hall will be the only residence hall open and available for the limited number of students approved for Winter Break Housing.

    Information about applying for Early Winter Return (and the limited exceptions for Winter Break Housing) will be made available to students during the Fall 2018 semester.

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