Tag: columbia housing

In an email to students earlier today, Columbia Housing has announced that all housing prices will be flattened to a single rate – $9,292 – beginning next year for all upper-class residence halls. With this change, students will no longer have to decide on a building based on its cost. The change is still pending approval from Columbia’s Board of Trustees, but is likely to be approved.

The Lion has reached out to Barnard Housing to see if they plan to adopt the same pricing structure.

The full email can be found below:

Dear Students,

In response to your feedback, we are happy to announce that Columbia Housing will be changing our rates to provide for a simpler and fairer cost structure, beginning with the 2017-18 Academic Year.

Following the model of our first-year residences, all upper-class residence halls will be one rate: $9,292.*

With this new rate structure, lottery and class standing become the only determining factors in selecting a residence hall. This will allow you to choose housing based on where and with whom you want to live, not what you can afford. Additionally, with the new rate, the majority of students who live in our residence halls will see a lower average housing cost over their four years at Columbia versus the previous system.

Visit the Columbia Housing website for more information about the new rate structureplanned renovations, or Room Selection. If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact our team at housing@columbia.edu.

Best Regards,

Joyce E. Jackson
Executive Director
Columbia Housing

*Please note that this is the anticipated 2017-18 rate. Final rates are subject to approval by the Board of Trustees in June.

In response to some student concern with the new free laundry policy announced by Columbia Housing, The Lion reached out to Housing for comment. Read on for details on the rationale/impact of this policy.

1) What was the additional increase to the Housing and/or Student Life fee to accommodate the new free drying policy?

There was not an increase to the housing fee. This initiative was funded out of summer conference and intern housing income.

2) On average, do you expect that this policy will reduce the maintenance costs for the machines? Are the numbers on maintenances costs for the washers and dryers publicly available to the student body?

Maintenance costs are included as part of the contract for the laundry machines, regardless of how many maintenance requests made. We do expect the number of maintenance requests to decrease. Many maintenance requests are due to overloaded machines. We anticipate fewer overloaded machines now that laundry is free and students can use more machines to do their laundry without extra charges.

3) What prompted the creation of the new video on how to do laundry? Who led the creation of the video?

The majority of problems with the machines are caused by overstuffing the washer, adding too much soap, or overloading the dryer. We wanted to show students the basics of how to do laundry more efficiently. That led to the creation of this new video, which is a Housing and Communications team initiative.

4) What is the current plan for students living in 600 W 113th, Carlton Arms, or Barnard Housing?

Students assigned by Columbia Housing with a contract to live in 600 W. 113th and Carlton Arms will instead receive Smart Chip Cards loaded with a laundry allowance. Barnard Housing is not included in the free laundry initiative.

Columbia Housing’s free laundry announcement video can be found here