Cleaning Expectations


Cleaning expectations encompass responsibility for cleaning certain spaces, trash management, and recycling and composting policies.

Cleaning Expectations and Responsibility

Residents are responsible for cleaning their assigned bedroom spaces, including the furnishings, appliances, and fixtures therein; for removing and properly discarding refuse regularly; and for maintaining satisfactory sanitation, garbage disposal, and safety standards as determined by Columbia Housing, the Recycling Law and Regulations, and the Fire and Housing Codes of the City of New York.

Responsibility for bathroom and kitchen cleaning varies by building. Please visit each individual building page in the Residence Hall Directory to learn more.

Trash Policy

Residents are responsible for properly discarding trash and maintaining satisfactory sanitation and safety standards. Methods of trash disposal are as follows:

  • Broadway, East Campus, Furnald, Hartley, Wallach, John Jay, River, Schapiro, and Woodbridge: Trash compactor chutes are in each corridor.
  • Ruggles and Watt: Trash receptacles are in the basement of the building.
  • Carman, McBain, Hogan and Wien: Trash receptacles are on each floor.

Do not discard heavy items down compactor chutes as they can damage the chutes and damaged chutes will be closed until repaired. Do not throw recyclable items (i.e. metal, hangers, eco-containers, paper waste) into the trash compactorsThese items should be disposed at the building’s recycling station.

Recycling and Composting Policy

All residents must clean and separate recyclables from trash before they are placed in recycling receptacles. Residents in Broadway, East Campus, Ruggles, Schapiro, and Watt must compost the appropriate items using the compost bins and adhering to posted compost collection methods.

To request the cleaning of a communal, custodial services-managed space, please place a Service Request or contact the Hartley Hospitality Desk.

How to Clean Your Suite or Shared Bathroom

In some residence halls, residents are responsible for cleaning their own bathrooms. Watch the video below for tips on how to clean properly. Please visit each individual building page in the Residence Hall Directory to learn more.