AskBwog: Winter Housing Costs Money?
Written by Bwog Staff
Rumors that housing over winter break will cost you extra money this year sure are frightening. It turns out that for Columbia students rumors of the fearful fee are false, but Barnard students aren’t so lucky. In this installation of AskBwog, Sarah Camiscoli brings you the hard facts from both sides of Broadway.
Take a breath, Columbia. Joyce Jackson, Associate Director, Housing Services, assures Bwog that all Columbia students who are not embarking on programs abroad, taking the Spring semester off, or flat out leaving the college are allowed to camp out here at their leisure during break, completely free of charge. But those students who will not be returning to bask in Butler for the coming spring must vacate their rooms by December 23rd, before the dreaded last final. Bummer.
Unfortunately, Barnardians will not enjoy the same freedoms. While housing over Spring break is free for students who would like to stay at Barnard, housing over Winter break is only available on a limited basis. In addition to applying and awaiting approval, which in most cases requires documentation validating a pertinent need to stay in the city, as of this year Barnard students must pay $100 for housing if they don’t fall into one of the following cool kids categories: seniors, international students, athletes competing over break, students participating in approved workshops the final week of break, or Residential Advisors. Matt Kingston, Associate Director for Housing Operations Residential Life & Housing at Barnard, asserts that this fee has been adopted as a result of last year’s applicant pool – a full third of all Barnard residents applied to stay last break – and an increase in costs specific to Winter housing (the price of ga-as). Plus, those students who are approved and who are willing to pay the $100 fee are only permitted to have one guest at a time. Yes, this policy does in fact demote Barnard residents who were not accepted to “guest” status. So no ten-person-sleeping-bag-commune in a single room, basically.
In defense of the fee, Mr. Kingston reports that the board considered the winter break policies at other institutions and found that they either do not allow students to stay over winter break, limit the students to one residence hall with expensive costs, or just charge more overall. Thus, Barnard Residential Life decided that $100 is a “manageable cost for up to 3 weeks of additional housing.” For those who can’t “manage” the fee, what does Barnard offer? A toast to the much-hated practice of Butler camping.
Barnard students can apply for housing at