Applications & Room Assignments

[Students in Hallway] Students are not required to live on campus; however, students are encouraged to live on campus for at least their first year in order to acclimate to the campus and to New York City.  98% of Barnard First-Year students live on campus and over 90% of students overall. 

Any student with a diagnosed disability or chronic medical condition who may need an accommodation (air-conditioning, accessible housing, strobe fire alarm for a deaf student, etc) should contract Disability Services to complete a Disability Housing Accommodation Request (DHR). More information is available at

Housing Applications

Fall 2017

New enrolling students will be emailed a link to the housing application in late May.

Application Deadlines:

  • Friday, June 2, 2017 -- First Years
  • Friday, June 9, 2017 -- Transfer & Visiting Students

Spring 2018

Transfer & Visiting Students who start in the Spring will be emailed a link to the housing application in December.

Students in the Visiting International Student Program (VISP) will be emailed a link to the housing application in November.

First-Year Students (First-Year Focus)

First Year students who wish to live on campus are assigned to double-, triple-, or quad-occupancy rooms in Brooks, Reid, or Sulzberger Halls. All First Years living in campus housing are required to participate in the Platinum Meal Plan (19 meals a week).

Note: there are no single rooms available in the First Year residence halls; however, students may be able to pick into singles for subsequent acedemic years through the Continuing Student Housing Lottery.

Enrolling First Year students are guaranteed campus housing if they submit their housing application by the deadline above.  Students who apply for housing after that date cannot be guaranteed assignment.

The First Year Focus (FYF) Program at Barnard is an extended orientation program for first-year students that continues throughout the year. It combines academic and co-curricular activities to assist first-year students in adjusting to college life, Barnard, and New York City. Entertaining and informative activities and workshops, ranging from informal weekly programs to larger formal events, are organized in the residence halls especially for first-year students.

More about First Year Focus program.

Transfer & Visiting Students

While the College does its best best to provide housing to Transfer & Visiting students who apply, Barnard unfortunately cannot guarantee placement in campus housing.  Priority is determined by a combination of deposit date & distance from campus.  

Students may apply to live in single- or multiple-occupancy rooms; however, the number of singles and/or rooms not requiring participation in the Quad Upperclass Meal Plan is typically limited.

Notification of your Room & Roommate Assignment

First Year Students:  room and roommate assignments are typically emailed to students by the end of the first week of August.

Transfer & Visiting Students:  room and roommate/suitemate assignments will be sent via email by mid-August (pending the availability of space for assignment).

No information regarding room assignments and/or roommates will be available before the times noted above.