The Director for the First Year Focus makes room changes for first-year students on a case-by-case basis only. Any students with roommate concerns will first participate in a roommate discussion/negotiation during which time the roommate contract will be evaluated and adjusted as needed. Vacant spaces within rooms will be assigned to students needing room changes, using a student’s Housing Applications to help match new roommates.
For more information, please talk to your RA or contact Courtney Bazan Colvin, Director for the First Year Focus.
Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors may request a room change in the Fall (mid-September), for the Spring semester (early December), or in the Spring (late January). Rising-Seniors only may request a room change over the summer after the Room Selection process.
Room changes at any other point in the academic year are rarely granted and require that a student has demonstrated an attempt to mediate any roommate/suitemate conflicts. Any room changes that are not approved by Residential Life & Housing are a violation of policy and the responsible student(s) will be required to return to their previous room and will be subject to conduct sanctions and monetary fines.
Students vacating the residence halls at the end of the Fall semester are expected to accommodate any student who may be moving into their space for the Spring semester. Students making a December room change will be required to move their belongings prior to departure for Winter Break and to coordinate the move with the Fall semester occupant of the room.
Columbia students in residence at Barnard are guided by the room change policies and procedures of Columbia University. Barnard students in residence at Columbia are guided by the policies and procedures of Barnard College.
Please note that room change requests & preferences based upon race, ethnicity, religion, religious practices, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, physical characteristic, or national origin cannot be accommodated.
Students who have a vacancy in their room / suite may submit a Roommate / Suitemate Request Form during the Room Change Request periods, mutually requesting a specific friend to move into the vacancy. Please note that the submission of a Roommate / Suitemate Request Form does not guarantee that the requested student will be given the vacancy as a room change.