With the news that Columbia will be permanently adding 50 students to the College, Bwog has been wondering where, exactly, they’ll be putting everyone.
Last week, Columbia announced that a new brownstone will be available for undergraduate suite selection this year. 548 W. 113th Street is a cozy, eight-room building nestled between the sororities and Symposium. The four elevator-less floors are boast enormous studio doubles (300 square feet) with kitchens and bathrooms–clearly the administrators have never been inside, or they would surely start moving walls. There’s even a room in the basement (don’t worry; it has windows).
The building was completely renovated last summer. Columbia installed new fake wood floors and (actually white) tiles in the bathrooms, including the shower (not those strange concrete shower floors other buildings have). The kitchens are similar in size to those in the seven-person suites in 47 Claremont.
Unfortunately, none of the residents would allow Bwog to take photos of their room, so all we have to show from Friday’s open house is a photo of the lobby. Housing will allow groups of two or four to pick one or two studio doubles respectively in this upcoming housing lottery. Floor plans are not up yet and there’s no telling how this will affect the lottery, but Bwog suggests that this building will be taken by the most lucky juniors.
Registration begins March 1. Good luck!
@Anonymous it’s transfer student housing right now.
@I'm on board with this suggestion, though I don’t have any ideas.
@I'm on board that was supposed to be a reply to the first post… oops
@curious... who are the people getting kicked out? grad students?
@Grad Students /= people.
@Anonymous Old news, Bwog. http://www.columbiaspectator.com/2010/02/12/class-size-increase-columbia-college
@Anish And yes, that’s exactly what we were referring to. Thanks for the link!
Old news, bwog
@Alum “…Columbia will be permanently adding 50 students to the College…”
Actually, Columbia will be adding 50 students to each class. After four years, that will ad 200 students to the College. It will take a lot more than a brownstone to accommodate them. Columbia obviously realizes that and will add enough beds to house everyone, probably by reassigning some more grad student housing to undergrads.
@hmm good point
@Anish You’re right, we weren’t clear. Other changes include splitting up rooms in McBain, converting singles into doubles, and converting non-residential spaces into dorms.
@Ugh. It’s a good thing that there’s already plenty of room in the dining hall, too.
@Anonymous wasn’t someone murdered in this building?
@Alum As a matter of fact, yes. It happened 12 years ago. The victim was a law student, and the killer was her former boyfriend from when both were undergrads at Cornell. He wasn’t affiliated with Columbia, but showed up unexpectedly and she let him in.
The NY Times article is here: http://www.nytimes.com/1998/03/22/nyregion/former-boyfriend-arrested-in-killing-of-a-law-student-near-columbia.html
@not alum and here’s a follow-up article:
@Harmony Hunter by the way can someome
@Maybe someone finally killed him, mid-comment no less.
@Also my reCAPTCHA words were “think cervical”
@Ghost of Harmony Hunter Woooooooooooooo…. Woooooooooo….. I’m vhere to svuck your vblood… as soon as I can find Harmony.
@I do wish that this residence hall was given a convenient name rather than just the boring address… any suggestions? Obama hall? Noodle hall? Plato? Aristotle?