Common Areas


Common areas in the residence halls include building and floor lounges, hallway kitchens, hallways, stairwells, hallway restrooms, study rooms, laundry rooms, fitness rooms, and computer labs.

Common Area Policy

It is the responsibility of each community to see that these areas are kept in good condition and that the furnishings, fixtures, and appliances are not damaged or removed. Items that do not belong in common areas may be removed or discarded by Columbia Housing, Facilities and Operations, or Residential Life staff without warning. The University assumes no responsibility for lost or discarded items.

Kitchens Policy

Cooking or using cooking appliances is prohibited in all residence halls except in those areas officially designated and equipped for that purpose. Cooking facilities are available as follows:

  • Suite kitchens: 47 Claremont, 600 W. 113th St., Carlton Arms, East Campus, Hartley, Hogan, River, and Ruggles
  • Hallway kitchens: Broadway, Furnald, McBain, Schapiro, and Wallach
  • Apartment-style kitchens: Watt and Woodbridge Halls, and some Brownstones
  • Building kitchens: Some Brownstones, Carman, SIC House, and Wien

Never leave cooking unattended. This is the most common cause for setting off fire alarms. If a resident sets off a fire alarm due to careless cooking, they may be subject to Dean’s Discipline and Fire Department fines.

Residents may not leave personal items, such as cookware, in non-suite common areas. Belongings left in non-suite common areas may be discarded during the next day’s cleaning. The University assumes no responsibility for lost or discarded items.

While we discourage residents from using and/or disposing of food or kitchen items that do not belong to them, Residential Life and Housing assume no responsibility if such behavior does occur. Residents are encouraged to report missing or stolen items to Public Safety.

Building Lounges

Lounges in the following buildings can be reserved by performance groups on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 9 AM to 6 PM, through the last day of classes of each semester. 

  • Broadway Sky Lounge 14th floor
  • Carman
  • East Campus 2
  • Furnald
  • John Jay*
  • Wallach*

*These lounges are not currently available for reservation due to ongoing renovation and refresh projects.

To make a reservation, please contact Event Management

Lounges in the following buildings/locations can be reserved by recognized student groups during certain days/times.

  • Broadway 120
  • Broadway 14th floor west lounge
  • Wien
  • Schapiro

Please consult Event Management and your EMS account for full reservation policies and availability.

Floor Lounges

Most buildings have lounges on each of their floors that are intended for the residents of that floor. Residents should work with their RA if they would like to utilize the lounge for a community event. Approval of the Graduate/Residence Hall Director or Associate Director may be required. All events taking place in floor lounges are considered floor events and therefore must be free of charge and open to all residents of that floor and residence hall. The event must not be advertised outside of the hall in which the event is scheduled.