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Lion Guides: First-Year Housing

If you’re reading this, let us here at the Lion be the first to say, “Welcome to Columbia!” As you and your family get ready to officially join the Columbia community this August, we here at The Lion want to make sure you are as prepared as possible for adjusting to college life. Over the coming months, we will be posting a variety of resource guides to help you learn about what it is like to be at Columbia.

One of the major points to decide by May 1st is housing. To help you narrow down your choices, we have compiled a list of the pros and cons for each housing option available to first-year students below.

No matter your housing decision/eventual dorm, all of them offer great ways to acclimate to campus and meet new people.

Carman:

Pros:

  • Very social

  • Laundry room and cardio gym both in basement

  • Air conditioning

  • 4:1 student to bathroom ratio

  • 1 bathroom per two suites (with two people per suite)

  • Amazing views of campus and the city.

  • Big room with lots of storage space for clothes and other substances.

  • Main lounge is beautiful and bright.

  • (Summer 2017): Upper floors will be renovated with new flooring, suites, and updated aesthetic.

 

Cons:

  • Not directly connected to any dining hall.

  • All doubles.

  • Building looks like a prison from the outside.

  • Elevators have some questionable odors during the weekends.

  • One of the louder dorms; not ideal for people looking for a quiet space.

  • Only kitchen is in the basement.

 

Furnald:

Pros:

  • Air conditioning

  • Full kitchen

  • Lots of singles available

  • Tends to be quiet (varies by floor).

  • Primarily first-years with a few sophomores throughout building.

 

Cons:

  • Tends to be quiet (varies by floor).

  • Not connected to a dining hall.

  • Communal bathrooms on each floor.

Hartley:

Pros:

  • Connected to Wallach and John Jay → indoor connection to dining hall and medical services.

  • Dishwashers on each floor and decent kitchens.

  • Nice family like layout that spans two floors for each dorm suite.

  • Great community spaces

  • Communal bathrooms on each floor.

  • Big rooms (doubles or singles)

  • Part of the LLC: access to dinners with top Professors and free trips into the city.

  • People from all four class years in building; access to mentors and support networks.

 

Cons:

  • No air-conditioning so building is nice and toasty for the first few weeks of class.

  • Desperately needs renovations.
  • Cannot use CUID to access your room.

John Jay:

Pros:

  • Connected to two dining halls (John Jay Dining Hall and JJ’s Place)

  • Medical Services located on the lower floors of the building.

  • Mostly singles! (and a few large doubles)

  • No kitchens

  • Recently renovated

 

Cons:

  • When elevators break down, get ready for some long treks up the stairs.

  • No air-conditioning so building is nice and toasty for the first few weeks of class.

  • Small floor lounges.

  • Floors 9-15 renovated in 2014 and 2015 with private, new bathrooms. Other floors have communal bathrooms, but 3 floors selected for renovation each year.

Wallach:

Pros:

  • Best bathrooms by far. (Private bathrooms with shower, sink, and toilet)

  • Recently renovated so facilities are in nice shape.

  • Connected to John Jay, which is connected to two dining halls (you never have to go outside to get a meal) and medical services.

  • Full kitchen available

  • Large lounges with whiteboards, and seating areas.

  • 55-inch smart televisions on floors 3-8.

  • Part of the LLC: access to dinners with top Professors and free trips into the city.

  • People from all four class years in building; access to mentors and support networks.

 

Cons:

  • No air-conditioning so building is nice and toasty for the first few weeks of class.

  • Some singles are on the smaller side.

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