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As of yesterday, the new John Jay laundry is now open. The new room, in a different location than where it was located two years ago now features air conditioning and several new washers/dryers.

The new laundry room is a relief to residents in John Jay, Wallach, and Hartley who have had to share one laundry room for over two years.

Past Updates:
Over the past few weeks, we have received a few tips about the potential opening of a new laundry room in John Jay. Currently, the residents of Wallach, Hartley, and John Jay have had to share one laundry room, a situation that has led to long lines and mounds of clothes being strewn across the small space.

In an update from Columbia Housing’s communications director, Kristina Hernandez, this system will be changing soon. Housing is currently working to build a new laundry room and plans for it to open soon.

The full response can be found below:


A major upgrade to the John Jay electrical system began in the summer of 2014. That upgrade required the laundry room to be relocated to make space for new building electrical equipment. The electrical upgrade had to advance to a certain stage before work could begin on the new laundry room.

Laundry was free to John Jay residents via the Hartley laundry room as soon as the John Jay laundry room was taken offline due to the inconvenience.

When complete, the new laundry room will be accessed directly across from the basement elevators, eliminating the circuitous route required to access the previous location.

The anticipated schedule for the reopening of the John Jay laundry is still being determined. We will continue to provide updates to the residential community as the project advances.

(12/21): Housing is currently in the process of installing machines into the new laundry room. Check out the photos below.

The new laundry machines (Photo by Cindy Liu CC '18)

The new laundry machines (Photo by Venya Gushchin CC ’18)

The entrance to the new John Jay Laundry Room

The entrance to the new John Jay Laundry Room

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The new laundry room (minus the machines)

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