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Watt’s up, guys! (Sorry, couldn’t resist. Now that the pun jar has been opened, though, I almost want to embed this video but won’t—for obvious reasons.) Anyway, the “Shaft”—stop—is back to take a quick look at two dorms known for their spacious doubles, Watt and Woodbridge.
The housing options in both Watt and Woodbridge are varied. Woodbridge has all doubles, while Watt has some singles mixed in. Out of Woodbridge’s 81 doubles,
- 21 high demand and spacious—cutoff: 30/2748 (H, K, C Lines)
- 20 low demand, less spacious—cutoff: 20/1446 (G, D, I Lines)
- 40 other apartments for 2—cutoff: 20/320 (all others)
Very few of these are 2 bedroom apartments, most are 1 bedroom apartments. These usually feature bedrooms and a common area—they effectively function as a walk-through double, but the larger one intended to function as a lounge. This is similar in Watt as well. To the right is a splendid blueprint of an H-line apartment (taken from WikiCU), one of the most in-demand rooms in Woodbridge. I mean, look at that: the living room is circular! Not only does that mean 270-degree views, but the residents can pretend that they live in a steeple! I’m so incredibly jealous.
Today, The Shaft shifts its focus to McBain and Nussbaum (600 West 113th, officially). Buckle up, kids—it’ll be a smooth ride, but safety is still important.
Singles? Doubles? Numbers are confusing?
McBain: There are 19 singles and 175 doubles.
Nussbaum: There are 35 singles and 82 doubles.
I’m a rising sophomore, what are my chances of—
McBain: Congratulations! The hall consists almost exclusively of sophomore residents.
Nussbaum: Juniors and seniors fill up the roomy singles, some of which have exclusive bathrooms. Sophomores take the doubles, which get as small as 160 square feet. More »
We turn our eyes now to Wien Hall (off of 116th and Morningside) and Harmony Hall (110th and Broadway). Both of these options tend to be picked later in the selection process, but also tend to have open singles for even the last sophomores to pick. So, if you’re shooting for a single your sophomore year and don’t mind living relatively far from McBain and Nussbaum (where most sophomores tend to live), you may want to consider these dorms.
- 36 doubles (30 are walkthrough) — cutoff: 10/2818
- 297 singles — cutoff: 10/2932
While Harmony has:
- 6 doubles — cutoff: 10/2848
- 72 singles — cutoff: 10/2992
- One six-person suite, 4 singles 1 double — cutoff: 20/1078 More »
East Campus (EC) and Hogan are two great dorms for upperclassmen looking to live in suites. You’ve probably been to both before—whether you choose to remember those nights or not. Although Hogan is far smaller than EC, they both have a social atmosphere and are among the nicer dorms on campus. Hogan is entirely seniors, but a few juniors can sneak into EC if they have senior friends who want to live with them.
- several doubles on the 6th floor
- 2-person flats with two bedrooms (cutoff: 30/1477)
- 4-person townhouses, all singles (cutoff: 30/1309)
- 5-person high-rise suites, all singles (cutoff: 30/709)
- 5-person high-rise suites, 3 singles and 1 double (cutoff: 24/814)
- 6-person townhouses, all singles (cutoff: 30/1927)
- 6-person townhouses, 4 singles and 1 double (cutoff: 30/2752)
- 6-person high-rise suites, all singles (cutoff: 30/668)
Too lazy to study Columbia Housing’s website? You’re in luck—The Shaft is here to analyze your options, and today, we’re talking Broadway and Schapiro.
Singles? Doubles? Numbers are confusing?
Broadway: 300 singles, 36 doubles.
Schapiro: 245 singles, 85 doubles.
I’m a rising sophomore, what are my chances of—
Broadway: Sophomores mostly live in the smallest doubles, but keep an eye on that silver lining—it’s not out of reach.
Schapiro: Believe in your dreams—Schapiro hosts sophomores, juniors, and a few seniors.
With summer renovations planned for River, Hogan, East Campus, McBain, and John Jay, Columbia housing will soon undergo some fairly drastic cosmetic surgery—and The Shaft is here with updates on your floor’s bathroom Botox.
In addition to impending freedom, seniors can anticipate makeovers in River, Hogan, and East Campus. This summer, both Hogan’s roof and River’s boiler will be replaced—and the 20th floor of EC will see kitchen and bathroom renovations, new flooring and lighting in rooms and corridors, and new furnishings in the suite common areas. Eventually, the second floor lounge will include soft seating, study spaces, a flat-screen TV, and—get this—a piano. We can only hope that this addition will usher in the return of Baroque fashion.
Except Bach didn’t have doors with electronic locks.
This isn’t fashion advice—it’s your grand welcome into the 2014 housing season.
For those of you new to the game, the “cutoff” is the last group that was able to pick into a particular kind of room/suite. So if your number is worse than the listed cutoff for a particular suite, it’s risky, but if you’re above the cutoff, you have a chance. See the notes on the side for some things to keep in mind, as numbers don’t always tell the entire story. (Housing’s cutoffs are here.) Check out a nifty quiz that tells you where to live, made last year by Housing Gods Emeritus Eric Feder and Mikey Zhong.
We suggest learning a bit about the process now before registering. Familiarize yourself with the housing lottery here if you’re a rising sophomore, as there’s a lot of information to take it. If you’re a rising junior or a senior, there’s some tips and extra information here.
Check out our full list of cutoffs from the 2013 Room Selection process after the jump. And send your questions our way at email@example.com.
You’ve been through this process before, so you know the deal with the housing lottery. If you were lucky, you just spent a year in Broadway bliss, or maybe the LLC, or maybe even a Special Interest Community (SIC). At the very least, we’re hoping you avoided the McShaft.
Here’s what you can do. If you’re a senior, the campus is your oyster. We’ll come back to you later. If you are a junior, there are plenty of good options out there, even if you are planning on living in an all-junior group. But do not bank on Sophomore Pair-Up, because as juniors (and seniors), this option does not apply to you.
Juniors tend to live in Broadway, Claremont, Harmony, Nussbaum, Ruggles, Schapiro, Symposium, Watt, Wien, or Woodbridge. Some of you may get into EC. If your goal is to be in a suite, your best bet is to do In-Person Group Selection with an even numbered group. There are many options available to you as a group of 2, 4, 6, 7 or 8. More »
For rising juniors and seniors, the housing lottery—though somewhat daunting in its own right—isn’t an entirely new beast. For rising sophomores, though, it can be confusing, stressful, and agonizing—not unlike a McBain fire alarm.
We’ll have advice for rising juniors and seniors next week, but for now, first-years, let’s talk about you. There are a lot of misconceptions people have about the housing process, so if your questions don’t get answered here, send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where can I live?
If you’re a rising sophomore who didn’t get into the LLC—and doesn’t have a friend who’s an RA—stop dreaming about a single. Year to year, availability of singles for sophomores has varied greatly. In 2012, there were only a few singles left for sophomores to pick, but last year, all sophomores who elected to go through Online Selection (more on that later) had the opportunity to pick into singles.
So yes, it’s possible to get a single as a sophomore, but it’s highly unlikely, and you shouldn’t bank on it. If you really want a single, follow our advice below about entering Group Selection in even-numbered groups, and you can drop to Online Selection if your number might be good enough to pick into a single.
Now, onto the good stuff: Which buildings do sophomores live in? The big five are Broadway, McBain, Nussbaum, Schapiro, and Wien—doubles, and for a lucky few, walk-through doubles. We’ll be doing housing reviews next week for those of you who missed the building tours or were too busy watching “Breaking Bad” on Netflix (who, me?). Harmony—yes, it’s a real building—houses a few sophomores, but it’s a pretty small population. Still worth checking out, especially if you’re a Westside fiend. And there will be approximately 40 Furnald singles available to lucky sophomores.
Last year, there were three groups of all-sophomores who got to pick into 7-person suites in 47 Claremont. Keep in mind that this was an exception, not the rule: The cutoff—the last number group who picks it—has been getting harder in past years, with the exception of last year. If you want to live in a Claremont 7, find some junior and senior friends who can take the large singles. If you’re a group of 7 sophomores, get ready to decide which of you is going to drop to Online Selection when the Claremont suites run out. More »
If you’re like me and you’re sick of your suitemates not knowing how to use a bathroom/stepping over your roommate to move around your room/people stealing your yogurt from the communal fridge, never fear: Room selection season is almost here. Traditionally a stressful and scary process, room selection at Columbia makes a lot of people nervous.
That’s why the Shaft is here to help! For the last several years, we’ve been covering the housing drama, predicting cutoffs, giving advice, and eating candy in the John Jay Lounge. For the next few weeks, check back on Spectrum to see features like building reviews, a special guide for first-years, and explanations of what all the numbers mean. We’ll also be doing some coverage of the Barnard housing process, in more depth than we have in past years.
If you’re nervous, bored, or otherwise desperate for procrastination, check out some of our coverage from last year: a recap of room selection 2013 with predictions for 2014, a buildings preview, and a slideshow of your options. We’ll have specific predictions and explanations coming at you in the next few weeks. More »