- Guarantee of Housing
- Registering for Room Selection
- Room Selection Categories
- Room Costs and Meal Plan Requirements
Room Selection is a process in the Spring Semester through which eligible continuing students may secure housing for the upcoming academic year (entering first-years, transfers & visitors, and readmitted students apply for housing instead).
We encourage you to read all of the webpages in this section of our website to make sure you understand all the policies regarding Room Selection and/or the Housing Lottery.
Barnard student who are eligible for Room Selection are guaranteed housing for the 2018-2019 academic year only if they complete ALL of the following steps:
- Register for Room Selection online during the registration dates
- Sign a 2018-2019 Housing Contract
- Students who declare for the Barnard Lottery must either pick a room during their Lottery Time Slot *OR* sign up for the Guaranteed Assignment List
Students who fail to complete all of the steps above will cease to have a guarantee of housing.
Students who secure a placement though a disability-housing accommodation (or being a pull-in), being hired as an RA (or being an RA's pull-in), being selected for a Special Interest program, or by signing a Greek Housing Roster still must register for Room Selection -- otherwise they will forfeit their assignment and lose their guarantee of housing. Students who plan to register for the Columbia Housing Lottery must also register for Barnard Room Selection as a back-up.
Please note the Room Selection process does not guarantee the ability to pick a specific room or to be able to live with specific students. It only guarantees that campus housing will be available for the upcoming academic year.
Because more students will register for Room Selection than the number of spaces open for selection (due to students choosing rooms who will later cancel to move off-campus, study abroad for the Fall semester, etc), some of the students who register for Room Selection will not be able to choose a specific room and will be required to sign up for the Guaranteed Assignment List. These typically will be the rising-Sophomores with the highest lottery numbers (although students may also sign up voluntarily for the Guaranteed Assignment List if they wish not to choose spaces available during their appointment time).
The important thing is that students on the Guaranteed Assignment List are guaranteed a room assignment for the 2018-2019 academic year (as long as they follow all deadlines).
Students are eligible to participate in Barnard Room Selection if they are:
- Barnard students who currently live in eligible campus undergraduate housing (at Barnard, at Columbia through the BC/CU Housing Exchange, or JTS)
- Barnard students who are currently enrolled in an approved study abroad program (for which the student is paying tuition to Barnard) AND who lived in eligible campus housing for the semester prior to going on Study Abroad
- Columbia College & SEAS students deemed eligible by CU Housing to participate in CU Room Selection (may only participate at Barnard as part of a group, not as individuals)
General Studies (GS) students are not eligible to participate in Barnard Room Selection (because they are not eligible for the BC/CU Housing Exchange)
Dual-Degree Barnard/JTS students may only take part in either the Barnard or JTS Room Selection processes, but not both at the same time.
Students must be enrolled at Barnard on a full-time basis for the 2018-2019 academic year in order to live in on-campus housing. Students who are approved to be enrolled on a part-time basis will lose their eligibility to live in campus housing.
Students who begin the SEAS or SIPA portion of a dual-degree program with Columbia are not eligible to live in Barnard campus housing (and any space they may have selected will be cancelled).
Being eligible for Room Selection does not mean that students will automatically be assigned a space in housing. Students are responsible for taking the necessary steps required to participate in Room Selection. Each phase of Room Selection has its own dates, deadlines, and steps that need to be completed in order to secure a housing assignment for next year (ex. registering online, signing a housing contract, selecting a space during their Lottery Time Slot or signing up for the Guaranteed Assignment List, etc).
If you receive a placement though a disability-housing accommodation (or being a pull-in), being hired as an RA (or being an RA's pull-in), being selected for a Special Interest program, or by signing a Greek Housing Roster; you still MUST register for Room Selection (and later sign a Housing Contract once they are available), otherwise you will forfeit your assignment and lose your guarantee of campus housing.
Click on the Room Selection link on the Menu Bar
|Start of Registration||1pm on Wednesday, February 28, 2018|
|Deadline to Register||1pm on Wednesday, March 7, 2018|
Registration for Barnard Room Selection will take place on the Barnard Housing Portal from 1pm on Wednesday, February 28 through 1pm on Wednesday, March 7, 2018.
Columbia students who wish to take part in the Barnard Housing Lottery must register for Barnard Room Selection, otherwise they may not select as part of a group. Note: Columbia students must email email@example.com before the registration deadline in order to be added to the Barnard Housing Portal so they can log in and register.
Barnard student who wish to take part in the Columbia Lottery must also register for Barnard Room Selection as a back-up (in case they are not able to select at Columbia).
Taking part in Room Selection requires signing a 2018-2019 Housing Contract and commits a student to living in campus housing for the entire 2018-2019 academic year. Students who later wish to move off-campus or take a leave of absence, etc. must cancel their housing (and fees would apply after the cancellation deadline). See Cancelling your Housing Contract for more information.
Students who do not register for Room Selection (or are not eligible) but who still wish to live on campus may apply for housing (to be on the Non-Guaranteed Assignment List). Students who live off-campus for the 2018-2019 academic year will not be eligible to participate in Room Selection the following academic year (but may apply to live on campus through the Non-Guaranteed Assignment List).
Columbia students who want to be in a Group for the Barnard Housing Lottery (or are pull-ins of Barnard RAs or Barnard students who received disability housing accommodations) must register themselves for Barnard Room Selection during the dates listed above.
Columbia students are not automatically populated in the Barnard Housing Portal, so you must email firstname.lastname@example.org at least 24 hours in advance of the Registration deadline to ask to be added to the Portal so you can log in and register yourself.
When students register for Room Selection, they must declare a category for their registration -- i.e. either participating in the Barnard Lottery or some other method for securing a room assignment (ex RAs & pull-ins, disability accommodations, CU housing, etc).
The majority of students will be taking part in the Barnard Housing Lottery to pick rooms for next year. Please read the Housing Lottery webpage for full information about this process.
Students who already participated in Room Selection once as a rising-Senior but are continuing at the College must sign up for the Guaranteed Assignment List (instead of participating in the Lottery) to secure housing for next academic year.
Or, students who are eligible for the Lottery but would prefer just to be assigned by the College over the summer may choose to just sign up for the Guaranteed Assignment List (instead of taking part in the Lottery).
Students with diagnosed disabilities and/or medical conditions who may need a housing accommodation should submit a request to the Disability Services office prior to the Lottery to secure a room assignment. Please see Disability Requests for more information.
Students who are hired as RAs for the upcoming academic year (and the students they "pull-in" to their suite / floor) must additionally sign & submit the RA Pull-In Form (which is sent to RAs when they are hired).
Rising-Seniors only may also register at Columbia to be part of a group for the CU Lottery. Please see Housing Exchange for more information.
Note: these students will still take part in the Barnard Housing Lottery as a backup in case they aren't able to pick into a Columbia suite with their group. These students may only participate in the Barnard 1/2/3 Lottery as an individuals to pick this back-up room.
Students in Greek Chapters may be selected to live in Columbia chapter houses. Please see Housing Exchange for more information.
Students may apply for specific Columbia Special Interest Communities (SICs) that have allowances for Barnard students. Please see Housing Exchange for more information.
Room Costs (2018-2019)
The room rates are set by the Board of Trustees and typically announced each year after Spring Break. The room rates will be posted here once available.
Barnard students who live in Columbia Housing through the BC/CU Housing Exchange will be billed for their rooms by the College following Barnard's room rates (not Columbia's room rates) and will be required to sign a Barnard Housing Contract (in addition to a Columbia Housing Contract).
Columbia students who are pulled into suites at Barnard will be billed for their rooms by Columbia, following Columbia room rates (not Barnard's rates). Columbia students will also be required to sign a Barnard Housing Contract in order to agree to the Terms & Conditions of living in Barnard housing.
Upperclass students living on floors 2-8 of the Quad (Hewitt, Brooks, Sulzberger, Reid) are required to enroll, at minimum, in the Quad Upperclass Meal Plan. The proposed price for this mean plan for the 2017-2018 academic year is TBA, which is subject to change pending approval by the Barnard College Board of Trustees.
All other upperclass students, including those living off-campus, will be required to enroll, at minimum, in the Convenience Meal Plan. Students may upgrade, should they wish, to a more comprehensive meal plan.
* The meal plan rates are set by the Board of Trustees and typically announced each year after Spring Break. The meal plan rates will be posted at barnard.edu/bursar/tuition-and-fees once available.