Living with Barnard Students

Below are the rules & guidelines for CC/SEAS & Barnard students who would like to live together in either Barnard Housing or Columbia Housing.

  • Only rising Barnard seniors are eligible to participate in Room Selection and only as members of a group with all Columbia seniors. Barnard seniors will receive a 40-point value.  

  • Groups may include one or more rising Barnard seniors as long as at least 50% of the group is comprised of eligible Columbia seniors.

  • Barnard students are not eligible to be Group Leaders.   

  • Barnard students cannot live in single corridor-style housing. 

  • Barnard students are not eligible to be RA Riders or Disability Riders. 

  • Barnard students who register as part of a group for Columbia Room Selection must also register for BC Room Selection; otherwise they will not be eligible to take part in CU Room Selection. 


A group of 6 students (3 BC and 3 CU) can pick into a 6-person suite or reform to different groups as long as they meet all requirements.  

  • Option one: 6-person suite 

  • Option two: 3 doubles

  • Option three: 4-person suite (2BC and 2 CU) and one double (1 BC and 1 CU) 

There is a cap on the number of rooms exchanged with Barnard. The cap is equal to the number of CC/SEAS students who register for Barnard's Room Selection. 

During the appointment time: 

  • When the exchange cap is reached, all groups with Barnard students will be notified. 

  • Barnard students who have not yet selected with their CU group will be removed from the group. 

  • The Barnard student will have to go back to Barnard Housing to select a room.   

  • Barnard Housing is notified.  

  • The group's point value will remain unchanged and their lottery number will stay the same, but the group size will decrease by the amount of Barnard students in the group.  

  • The Group Leader will assign the rest of the group during the group's appointment time.  

Please visit the Special Living Options page to learn more about the exchange cap for sororities and Special Interest Communities

CC or SEAS students who are eligible to participate in CU Room Selection may register for Barnard's Room Selection as part of a group. 

To participate in BC Room Selection, Columbia students must:

  1. Email [email protected] to request access to the Barnard Housing Portal so they may complete registration before the Barnard registration deadline.
  2. Register for Columbia Room Selection and select "Individual - Living at Barnard" as the option to the “declaration status” step of registration.  

Requirements for groups with CC/SEAS students who are participating in Barnard's Room Selection

  • Groups must be comprised of at least 50% Barnard students
  • Groups must select into a suite. Columbia students are not eligible to select into corridor-style Barnard housing.
  • Groups must select into Plimpton Hall, 601 W 110 Street, 537 W 121 Street, 600, 616 & 620 W 116 Street, or Cathedral Gardens.

Groups with CC/SEAS students may select into co-ed suites regardless of sex, gender, or gender expression, as part of the Open Housing program. Co-ed groups will be required to sign the BC Open Housing Agreement/Contract; see the Open Housing section of Barnard's Room Selection Guide for more information. 

Because of the limited number of suites matching each group size, CC/SEAS students may not be able to select into suites with their BC group. In the case where a CC/SEAS student is not able to select at BC, they will need to contact Columbia Housing immediately so that they can be assigned an appointment time according to their class standing and select as an individual in Columbia’s Room Selection.

View Barnard's Room Selection page for more information about the Barnard Room Selection process.