Bwog Housing Review: Schapiro

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Location: 605-615 W. 115th Street.

  • Nearby dorms: Furnald, Woodbridge
  • Stores and restaurants: UPS Store (yay!), the best Halal cart, Lerner, Morton Williams, M2M, Uni Cafe


  • $6,718 (same as Wien, McBain, Broadway)


  • Bathrooms: Floor bathrooms. Relatively small and gross.
  • AC/Heating: Air conditioning and heat.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: Every floor has a new-ish lounge with a kitchen, furniture, and flatscreen.
  • Laundry: Huge industrial laundry room in the basement.
  • Computers/Printers: Computer lab on the first floor with one printer.
  • Gym: None.
  • Intra-transportation: Three amazingly quick elevators.
  • Hardwood/Carpet: Carpeting, but a few rooms have vinyl flooring.
  • Wi-Fi: Yes. Summer renovations will bring Wi-Fi to the entire building next year.
  • Practice rooms with pianos in the basement.

Room variety:

  • Singles: Tons and tons of singles that are around 107 sq. ft.  The 22 and 20 line of singles are about 120 sq. ft. Almost entirely singles on the 10th through 16th floors.
  • Doubles: The 2nd through 9th floors have doubles available on either wing.  They are pretty cramped at around 175 sq. ft.  The 30/28 line of doubles run about 200 sq. ft.
  • The 05/07 line has walk-through doubles on every floor, but they’re awkwardly shaped, and cumulatively about 210 sq. ft.  Also, RIGHT behind the elevator shaft.


  • Doubles: Are available even to unlucky sophomores.  Same for the walkthroughs ~10/3000
  • Singles: Cut-off will likely land somewhere in the last bunch of rising Juniors.  ~20/2800

Bwog recommendation:

  • Many residents enjoy the privacy Schapiro offers.
  • If you need to preserve personal space with a single, Schapiro is a great option for rising Juniors, comparable to Broadway.  But don’t come here expecting the open-door friendliness of John Jay single living.  Schapiro residents tend to be much more distant.
  • For rising sophomores, Schapiro is a decent alternative to McBain or Wien in the search for doubles, but you can find much bigger rooms and a more sophomore-friendly social atmosphere in McBain.

Resident opinions:

  • “I lived in [a double] soph year after getting literally the 10th worst lottery number in the whole school. just avoid the ones that, even on the floorplan, have a weird shape. its much weirder in real life and IMPOSSIBLE to fit the furniture together in a good way. If you get one that’s a rectangle though, and especially front facing, you have lots of light with a big openable window, and really enough space to be fine.”
  • “I love Schapiro after living in Carman and then Broadway.  It’s so nice having your own room, and the building is always quiet because there isn’t much going on.”
  • “Ugh.  I hate it here.  Nobody does anything, like, ever.  The bathrooms are small and quickly get disgusting.  Idk why, but there are flies in the bathroom.  This place is kind of a bummer after living in Carman last year.”


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  1. Not CarmEn.  

    Do people really have that much difficulty remembering that the name of the freshman dorm is CarmAn Hall?

  2. Anonymous  

    The heaters are loud and annoying. And there is someone always playing loud techno music at like midnight-2/3am. You can definitely hear it on the lower floors. No idea where it comes from.

  3. Anonymous  

    living behind the elevator shaft is not a big deal. You never hear it.

  4. Anonymous  

    And there isn't WiFi in Schapiro.

  5. Anonymous  

    i live in a walk-through double this year - absolutely love it and no problems with the elevator shaft.
    and the schapiro sky-lounge is amazing.

  6. former resident  

    the sky lounge is amazing!!!
    The line of walk-through doubles to the left of the elevators (when facing the elevators) cannot be divided into two singles because no wall in the entry room is long enough to fit a bed.

  7. Everyone knows

    The best Halal cart is on 116th...115th is a mere pretender.

  8. former_schap_resident

    Have to say, the UPS store is super useful when it comes to move-out. Just get a bunch of boxes there and drop them off next door.

  9. Current resident  

    LOVE LOVE LOVE having Air conditioning finally! I guess I just dig the comfy life... but really, Columbia? AC in all dorms isn't too much to ask is it?

  10. hate  

    schapiro is GROSSSSSS

  11. Anonymous  

    which is better for juniors with good numbers, broadway or schapiro? Both have such tiny singles!

    • schapiro  

      yes I do live here, so i'm biased, but you have more storage space in schapiro. The closet is floor to ceiling (like hartley, wallach, carman), and you have a lot of storage space under your bed. Broadway dorms have those detached type of closets, and the bed is low and lies on a solid base so there's no room underneath. So if you want a place to store your suitcases/laundry/other stuff....i'd say schapiro

  12. Copy Editor

    It's "Schapiro", not "Shapiro."

    Also, FYI if your room has a street view and you don't put the shades down, Jews in the Kraft Center / Hillel have a view of your room.

  13. Anonymous  

    28 line doubles are baller. massive by sophomore standards, with lots of sunlight, and no grossness of mcbain.

    although it's true, for some reason people in schapiro really like f-ing up bathrooms. i don't get it.

    • Anonymous  

      people in broadway like fucking the bathrooms up too. i've been to bathrooms on multiple floors, and you'll see stuff like shaving leftovers not in the sink basin, but all over the countertop. you also see dried piss stains on toilet seats (not rims!) which look like they haven't been cleaned in weeks.

      not trying to turn people off broadway (my number is too shitty to even try), just saying that people generally don't give a shit above corridor style bathrooms because of the anonymity (as opposed to sharing a bathroom with 4-5 people).

  14. past schap resident  

    also if cooking is a priority for you, I would definitely recommend Schapiro over Broadway. The kitchens in Schapiro are large, nice and cleaned fairly often while in Broadway they are basically closets. I know Schapiro is not generally considered a very social dorm, but when I lived there many people on my floor bonded and made new friends through spending time in the kitchen together.

  15. Anonymous  

    good times great times best times

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