Apr

8

How Much is Your Housing Worth to You?

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The answer, as six unlucky CU students will probably soon find out, is perhaps a lot more than $200. One Bwog tipster (and probably dozens of other students with decent lottery numbers) received an email from a group calling themselves “Columbia Students.” The email proposed an Old-Timey Barter in which housing lottery numbers would be swapped in order for “Columbia Students” to secure a coveted East Campus suite with 6 singles. The email reads:

Obviously, we know that there would be no reason for you to help us out, but we were hoping that with monetary compensation some of you would consider a swap. We would be able to get 6 good rooms in Broadway (or very possibly a 6-person suite in EC with 4 singles and 1 double), so if you are interested in swapping rooms/suite for a decent monetary compensation (at least $200 per person, but price is completely negotiable)”

Parties interest in swapping lottery numbers should email the (endearingly utilitarian) Gmail address provided: [email protected]

Full email after the jump


Hey guys,

 

This may seem random but we’ll get straight to the point. We are a group of 6 seniors going into suite selection with a terrible housing number – and you are a group of 6 seniors with a good housing number. We are assuming that you guys are planning on signing up for an EC suite of 6 singles. In short, due to special circumstances among our friends, we are extremely eager to obtain an EC suite as well. We talked to housing and they said that groups of 6 can swap other groups of 6 after housing registration is over. Obviously, we know that there would be no reason for you to help us out, but we were hoping that with monetary compensation some of you would consider a swap. We would be able to get 6 good rooms in Broadway (or very possibly a 6-person suite in EC with 4 singles and 1 double), so if you are interested in swapping rooms/suite for a decent monetary compensation (at least $200 per person, but price is completely negotiable), please email us back and we will talk more about details. Also, please email back ASAP, because this is a very time-sensitive issue. Thank you for your time.

 

-Columbia Students

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31 Comments

  1. Pigeon  

    I would consider swapping my 10/1800+ (for something better than 10/500) for some big time cash along the lines of hundreds upon hundreds.

  2. Umm  

    How would it be possible to swap housing numbers without Housing finding out? I don't think you can do that.

  3. mauve  

    the email says that housing approves.

  4. WOAH

    Bwog, is that like the 1982 version of Oregon Trail??

  5. URH rules

    Rules are:
    1. You can swap.
    2. You can't buy or sell.
    3. If there is buying or selling involved, you lose housing rights for the rest of your Columbia stay.

    There was a fairly active secondary market in lotteries in the late-80s-to-mid-90s (mainly seniors who would sell off their housing, move off campus, pocket the profit)

  6. awesome  

    really looking forward to seeing where this goes.

  7. Pigeon  

    So maybe peer pressure is the only way to get a swap without buying or selling.

  8. meh  

    What's wrong with buying/selling housing? Victimless crime, and poor students like me get $$$ to pay for dinner, while rich students get the pads they want. No harm done.

    I'm all in favor.

    • would

      create a class hierarchy. ie, rich kids willing to pay a lot with good places, the commoners with wien singles.

      it would a terrible idea to let people buy and sell housing numbers.

      • ttan

        Funnily enough, when Hartley and Wallach were first built in the early 1900s, then-President Nicholas Murray Butler insisted that larger (more expensive) rooms be interspersed with smaller (cheaper) rooms so that Columbia College would be a true exercise in democracy by housing richer students with poorer ones.

      • anonymous

        OMG, a class hierarchy. Welcome to reality.

        Of course, most people at the top of the hierarchy here prefer to live off campus - so much excellent housing in NYC.

  9. ridiculous  

    i hope no one takes their offer. these six students are sore losers.

  10. nonono

    the admin has been pretty adamantly against this in the past - commoditizing the housing lottery will lead to everyone being forced to pay something, and those who are unwilling/unable being sorted downward. the lottery exists because it's cruel, but at least indiscriminate.

  11. ...  

    i never played oregon trail. i did play sierra online's gold rush though... that game was awesome...

  12. curious

    How did the housing lottery work before computers?

  13. beware  

    you can't swap rooms with people not in your grade. true story.

  14. 123  

    " In short, due to special circumstances among our friends, we are extremely eager to obtain an EC suite as well"

    I'd be interested to know what the 'special circumstances' are. Every group of 6 seniors is eager to live in EC

  15. guide-to-living  

    "If you offer or solicit a room for reward or gain, your swap or transfer will be voided and you will be subject to Dean’s discipline."
    http://www.columbia.edu/cu/housing/docs/guide-to-living/policies/rooms.html#N400F4

  16. Northrop  

    If you have the money, you deserve to live in luxury. Only poors belong in Wien.

    JHN the III

  17. what up  

    I wouldn't call them sore losers because clearly, anybody in their situation would want better housing. What's wrong with trying to look for ways out instead of just accepting it? They're just aggressive in what they want.

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