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It’s almost March 6 (when Housing registration begins) and Columbia is rife with the scent of Housing anxiety! Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just making your debut in the annual Hunger Games that is Columbia Housing selection, there are a few things to keep in mind while your housing group forms/falls apart/implodes, etc.
This is a post about fostering a connection among admins and students. Before I get to that glorious point, allow me to talk about housing.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from running the Shaft (along with the handsome Eric Feder) the last two years, it’s that most people here don’t know much about Columbia housing.
Last semester during this two-week interval from the end of March till early April, I couldn’t walk through campus without someone—usually a person I’d never met—asking me a housing question. I cherished the role as an adviser, but in the back of my mind I always thought to myself, “this can’t possibly be the most efficient way to ask housing questions.” More »
On Day Three of Suite Selection, the impact of yesterday’s Senior Regroup became apparent. The mixed-point groups were left to pick through the carnage, as the two-point groups ate up the medium- and low-demand Woodbridge lines, the Symposium doubles, and the Watt one-bedroom apartments, all of which were gone by the day’s close.
After everyone’s lottery numbers were published, it seemed like Woodbridge could last deep into the 20-point round. However, the elimination of the UAH apartments combined with the insane popularity of Woodbridge during Regroup meant that its cutoff was pretty much in line with the cutoff from last year. More »
Day Two of Suite Selection brought the second half of the 30-point round. The all-senior groups with lottery numbers worse than 1500 trickled in to John Jay lounge to either choose their rooms or see what was left on the Whiteboard and leave in disappointment.
The eight outstanding six-person townhouses were taken in the morning, getting cut off at 30/2279. This was a much tougher cutoff than last year, when six-person townhouses were available up until the very last group to pick before Regroup.
Conversely, the EC two-person flats had a cutoff of 30/1726, a much later cutoff than last year’s. It just goes to show how the cutoff history isn’t everything. More »
Day four brought what was, without question, the biggest story of this year’s suite selection—the ECXs were the (not so) little suites that could and managed to outlast all of Hogan, Ruggles, Claremont, Woodbridge, Watt, and the 113th Street brownstone. The suites seemed destined to stay on the board forever: Not only were there relatively few groups of five signed up, but even those groups that were of the right size were not exactly chomping at the bit. One of the groups showed up almost a half hour late for its appointment and another group had to be convinced by a housing official that an ECX was, in fact, a better option than Watt. The final ECX was taken by a group of five sophomores with a lottery number of 308, one of the more shocking outcomes in suite selection history. Predictions for the rest of the week after the jump! More »
We figured that Day two was going to be quite a doozy and it certainly lived up to the hype.
Leading up to senior regroup, the main storyline of the day was the six-person townhouses. They had stuck around far longer than ever before and ended up lasting until the very last group of six, all the way at 30/2905. Meanwhile, the seniors continued to eat away at Woodbridge, Watt, and the former-ECX suites and also finished off the four-person suites in Claremont, all of Hogan, and the remaining RA suites. More recap and predictions for tomorrow after the jump! More »