Our second series during Orientation is called “Bi-Partisan Dorm Reviews.” The series seeks to show both the pros and cons of living in whatever residence hall that you (hopefully) chose. For non-freshman housing, we did reviews of many upperclassmen buildings during the Housing Lottery, which you can see here. Third up is the Barnard Quad. As always, feel free to add your own pros and cons in the comments.
The strong, beautiful first-years of Barnard live on a bucolic quad on 116th and Broadway. A sorting hat determines which of three halls students will occupy: Sulzberger, Reid, and Brooks. There’s also some nebulous half-hall called Sulz/Reid. All rooms are doubles or triples.
Brooks has fancy, non-working fireplaces and “walk-through doubles,” the latter of which optimize privacy and the illusion of having a single.
Quick elevator ride to most Barnard gym classes and the Hewitt cafeteria, which is generally acknowledged to be superior to John Jay.
Half a block to the 116th subway, and even less than that when the gate at 116th street is actually left open.