Guest Policies

Note: different guest policies and/or limits may be in place during breaks, interim periods, and/or the summer. For more information, please consult the policy information provided to you for that time period.

A "guest" is defined as any non-resident of the residence hall. All current Barnard students (regardless of whether they live in BC or CU housing) may enter any Barnard residence hall as a guest at any time by presenting a valid Barnard ID 1 to the Access Attendant. Misuse/abuse of the tenets of visitation privileges may result in disciplinary action and restriction of privileges. The College reserves the right to suspend or terminate an individual's guest privileges, as well as the right to limit guest privileges during times when classes are not in session, or as otherwise deemed necessary.

Residential students are prohibited from giving their keys and/or ID cards to another to use in order to gain entry into a residence hall or room.

Guest Access

Resident hosts must complete the following steps to sign in a guest:

  • Resident host must meet the guest at the front desk with a valid Barnard ID
  • The resident host must sign the guest in.
  • The guest will be required to leave a current and valid photo ID2 at the front desk for the duration of their visit.
  • The resident host must escort their guests at all times. Resident hosts assume responsibility for their guests and must ensure their guests comply with all Barnard College policies; this includes Barnard students who are guests in another residence hall.
  • When the guest leaves the residence hall, the host who signed in the guest must escort the guest to the front desk to sign them out and retrieve their ID.

1 A valid Barnard ID is defined as an ID with a current residence hall sticker on it. Current commuter students may obtain a sticker from the Student Life Office in order to access residential facilities. CU students residing in Barnard residence halls may enter the hall in which they reside at any time with a CU ID containing the appropriate Barnard residence hall sticker.

2 Acceptable forms of identification include but are not limited to, a current and valid student or employee ID (with a photo), a driver's license or other state issued ID, a passport. Credit cards, ATM cards, or expired photo identification documents will not be accepted.

Residents may not accept any payment, service, barter or other remuneration from a guest in exchange for the guest's ability to stay in a room or suite.  Residents may host guests only in the room or suite in which they reside. 

Guest Limits

Residents are permitted to have no more than three guests at any given time, and guests may be hosted in the Barnard residence halls for no more than three consecutive nights and no more than six nights total in any 30-day period. 

Provided there is no unreasonable interference with the rights of a roommate or suitemate, a resident may have short-term guest(s) (those who stay for a few hours, but not overnight) at any time as long as it is within the limits noted above.

In some instances, the College will place restrictions on a person's access to campus or specific buildings on campus. The onus to comply with restrictions is on the individual for whom the restriction is in place. However, residents in Barnard College residence halls are expected to inquire about whether or not a person is restricted from an area before signing them in as a guest. Knowingly assisting someone in an effort to gain entry into a building from which that person is banned is a violation of the Guest Policy.

Occupancy Limits

In order to ensure safety in our residence halls, there is a maximum occupancy allotted per every residential room / apartment, based on the size of the room/apartment.  Please refer to the table below for the occupancy limit that corresponds with your space.

  • While all Barnard Residential and Commuter students have access to all of our residence halls, these occupancy limits include students who are not signed in as a guest.
  • Every Barnard student may sign in a total of 3 guests; however, the room (corridor/hall style) or apartment may not exceed the total designated occupancy maximum.

Residential Space Type

Maximum Occupancy

Corridor/Hall Style Single

4 People (including resident)

Corridor/Hall Style Double

5 People (including residents)

Corridor/Hall Style Triple

7 People (including residents)

Corridor/Hall Style Quad

9 People (including residents)

Studio Single

3 People (including resident)

Studio Double

5 People (including residents)

Studio Triple

7 People (including residents)

4-Person Apartments

9 People (including residents)

5-Person Apartments

11 People (including residents)

6-Person Apartments

13 People (including residents)

7-Person & 9-Person Apartments

15 People (including residents)

Sabbth Observers

Those residents who observe the Sabbath and therefore do not carry their keys for religious reasons (Friday sundown through Saturday sunset and on religious holidays) should mark themselves as Sabbath Observers on their housing applications or on the Barnard Housing Portal (under PROFILE > Housing Profile).

Students on the Sabbath Observer list may request to leave their room key(s) and ID in the Sabbath Box at their residence hall front desk (no other personal items can be held).  Students must ask the Access Attendant for the box to place items inside.  Students will accept full responsibility for any key(s) and/or ID left at the front desk. 

All guests of Sabbath observers must be met by the resident and be signed in by the desk staff. If the guest is also a Sabbath Observer, they will not be required to leave an ID but still must be greeted by the resident host and properly check-in with the desk staff. 

Guests who are Minors

Students may not bring children under the age of 13 into the residence halls without having their parent (of legal age) or legal guardian being present with the minor at all times. Students may not use the residence halls in order to provide babysitting services. Residents of Cathedral Gardens providing babysitting service for faculty members who live in College housing must do so within the faculty member's apartment.

Any person between the ages of 13-16 years may visit a resident in the Barnard residence halls as long as the Minor Permission Form has been submitted and approved. All signed forms must be submitted to the office no later than noon of the business day prior to the date of visitation.