Registration for Room Selection

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).

This process includes the Barnard Housing Lottery, RA & RA pull-ins, disability housing accommodations & pull-ins, the Columbia Housing Lottery, CU Greek housing, and CU Special Interest Communities.

Guarantee of Housing

Barnard student who are eligible for Room Selection are guaranteed housing for the 2019-2020 academic year only if they complete ALL of the following steps:

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 CU Special Interest Community, or by signing a CU 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 CU 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 residence hall, room type, 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 List. These typically will be the rising-Sophomores with the highest lottery numbers (although students may also choose to sign up for the Guaranteed List if they wish not to choose spaces available during their Lottery Time Slot).

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Eligibility

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 studying 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 take part in either the Barnard or JTS Room Selection processes, but not both.

Students must be enrolled at Barnard on a full-time basis for the 2019-2020 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 (and any space they may have selected will be cancelled).

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 List, etc).

If you receive a placement through 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 sign a Housing Contract), otherwise you will forfeit your assignment and lose your guarantee of campus housing.

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Registering for Room Selection

Registration Link https://barnard.starrezhousing.com/StarRezPortal
Start of Registration 1pm on Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Deadline to Register 1pm on Wednesday, March 13, 2019

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 2019-2020 Housing Contract and commits a student to living in campus housing for the ENTIRE 2019-2020 academic year. Students who wish to move off-campus or take a leave of absence, etc. must cancel their housing (and fees would apply after the cancellation deadline). Cancellation fees are waived only for students who cancel before the deadline(s) to graduate Mid-Year or Study Abroad through an approved program. 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 Wait List.

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Columbia Students

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 housing@barnard.edu 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.

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Room Selection Categories

When students register for Room Selection, they must declare a category for their registration.

Barnard Housing Lottery

Most students will take part in the Barnard Housing Lottery to pick rooms for next year (see Housing Lottery for more info).

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Guaranteed List

Students who already participated in Room Selection once as a rising-Senior but are continuing at the College must sign up for the Guaranteed 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 to be assigned by the College (instead of participating in the Lottery) may choose to sign up for the Guaranteed List.

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Pre-Lottery Disability Housing Accommodations & ODS Pull-Ins

Students with diagnosed disabilities and/or medical conditions who may need a housing accommodation should submit a Pre-Lottery Accommodation Request to the Disability Services office to secure a room assignment (see Disability Requests for more info). Students who are offered an accommodation must additionally sign & submit the Disability Placement Acceptance Form.

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RAs and RA Pull-Ins

Students who are hired as RAs for the upcoming academic year (and the students they "pull-in" to their suite or floor) must also sign & submit the RA Pull-In Form (which is sent to RAs when they are hired).

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Columbia Lottery

Only Rising-Seniors may additionally register at Columbia to be part of a group for the CU Lottery (see Housing Exchange for more info).

These students will be able to take part in the Barnard 123 Lottery as an individual to pick a "back-up" room (in case they aren't able to pick at Columbia) and will receive a random Lottery Number within the range for rising-Seniors (i.e. not otherwise better or worse than would randomly be the case).

These students may not take part in the SR123, 4, 5, or 6 Lottery or be part of a group for the 123 Lottery.

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Columbia Greek Chapters

Students in Greek Chapters that are part of the Housing Exchange may live in their chapter house at Columbia (see Housing Exchange for more info).

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Columbia Special Interest Communities

Students may apply for specific Columbia Special Interest Communities (SICs) that have allowances for Barnard students (see Housing Exchange for more info).

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Room Costs & Meal Plan Requirements

Room Costs (2019-2020)

The room rates are set by the Board of Trustees and are usually announced in late April. The room rates will be posted at https://barnard.edu/reslife/room-rates once available.

Barnard students living at Columbia through the Housing Exchange are billed the Barnard room rate and will be required to sign a Barnard Housing Contract (in addition to a Columbia Housing Contract).

Columbia students living at Barnard through the Housing Exchange are billed the Columbia room rate and also be required to sign a Barnard Housing Contract in order to agree to the Terms & Conditions of living in Barnard housing.

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Meal Plan Requirements

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.

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 are usually announced in late April. The meal plan rates will be posted at http://barnard.edu/bursar/tuition-and-fees#Mealplans once available.

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