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Housing Reviews 2011: Claremont

Location: 47 Claremont

  • Nearby dorms: Relatively far from other Columbia dorms. Elliot and 600s are close though.
  • Stores and restaurants: Morton Williams is the closest option. Westside’s a considerable schlep. But Fairway is only a short walk away. Starbucks, M2M, and the Halal carts are all frequented, but kiss Chipotle goodbye. You can order in, but it’s often hard for delivery people to find the dorm.


  • $7,874


  • Bathrooms: One per suite, so that can put you at seven heads to one shower. But they are spacious, and renovations make them look less like murder rooms, and more like hotel toilettes.
  • AC/Heating: No AC, but the Claremont wind tunnel and an open window can cool things down considerably. Heating is a bitch and a half. Hulking radiators are hooked to a central thermostat, so that only when all rooms fall below a certain temperature will the heat kick in. Likewise, the radiators will only turn off after all the rooms reach ridiculously high temperatures.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: Aside from EC townhouses, these are some of the largest and nicest kitchens available at Columbia: ample counter and cabinet space, full fridge and freezer, ovens with gas burners, large trash and recycling in the kitchen, and new microwaves complete with fans/vents. On the downside, the kitchen doubles as the lounge for a suite, with a dinky table and a few chairs.
  • Laundry: Laundry in the basement, fairly standard and never that busy.
  • Computers/Printers: Computer lab also in the basement, and the NINJa printer there is frequently jammed.
  • Gym: No gym.
  • Intra-transportation: One elevator, mainly used by those living on the 5th and 6th (the two highest) floors. Fairly speedy, but it is an old elevator with a pull door and has on occasion broken down with students inside for a few minutes.
  • Hardwood/Carpet: Hardwood.

Room variety:

  • 6 3-person suites, all singles.
  • 6 4-person suites, all singles.
  • One 5-person and one 5-person suite on the first floor (one double and the rest singles in each).
  • 10 7-person suites, two large doubles, one large single, one medium single, and one infamously small single (as little as 80 sq. ft.).


  • Since Claremont has the only 3-person suites on campus, it’s basically guaranteed that they’ll go to all-senior 3-person groups. (This year, there is only one 30-point 3-person group.)
  • The 4-person suites generally go to seniors who couldn’t snag EC or Hogan. Around 30/2200.
  • The 7-person suites are mainly for juniors and sophomores. (There aren’t any 30-point 7-person groups this year). The current trend is needing at least one junior to have a point value greater than 10 to feel safe about Claremont.

Bwog recommendation:

  • Seniors should consider the 4-person suites as backups for EC and Hogan. But with those kind of numbers, you may be able to get into decent singles in a not-so-windy location.
  • With the only 7-person suites on campus, Claremont is ideal but unlikely for sophomores.

Resident opinions:

  • “Barnard security will give you swipe access into the tunnels, and the new access at the northern points of campus, cutting though the gates by the Diana and through NoCo, make this one of the easiest dorms for those who frequent upper campus. Using the tunnel systems under NoCo and Barnard, one can crawl all over north campus without ever breathing fresh air.”
  • “Food options are sparse, but use this to practice ordering in. Or cook. The facilities are great for it.”
  • “Be nice to Marcia, the building’s porter—she will clean your suite well every week, but it is not her job to take your massive bags of trash to the drop in the basement.”
  • “Three RAs for the whole building, a slew of mostly unmonitored fire escapes. You do the math.”
  • “Non-CU super gets things done very quickly.”


Photos by Jason Donenfeld.

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  • Um... says:

    @Um... The first picture is not of 47 Claremont at all. is what the exterior looks like.

    Also, go Claremont! I’m in a 7-person this year and I love it.

  • Um... says:

    @Um... That first picture isn’t of Claremont.

    1. right - says:

      @right - that’s a photo of 29 and 35 Claremont (professor housing).

    2. Guys... says:

      @Guys... … It’s called a JOKE. Note that when you run your cursor over the pic it says “Clarement, sorta” and the caption is “≈ 47 Claremont”

  • Dumb says:

    @Dumb Why would you give vague recommendations and info on numbers when all the info is available?

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous are u guys saving river hall’s review for last?

  • ... says:

    @... Bwog will review NYU dorms before they review River.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous \Hulking radiators are hooked to a central thermostat, meaning that only when all rooms fall below a point will them kick in and only after all the rooms heat to a point will the they shut down.\ Really Bwog do you copy edit?

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Ummm…do you guys know where Fairway is? Westside is closer, if anything.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Westside’s? really?

  • Small correction says:

    @Small correction There’s a five person suite and a six* (not five) person suite on the first floor; however, they’re both going to remain in the SIC housing pool, as Middle East House is staying in Claremont for next year.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous does the disgustingly small room in each 7-person suite at least have a window?

  • Also says:

    @Also A couple more perks:

    1) Claremont is the most common location for trailers for any kind of filming that happens around campus . . .This means frequently stumbling out of your dorm and into a Gossip Girl actor/actress

    2) New flatscreen tv in the weird basement lounge and the promise of furniture upgrades this summer . .. Also the printer is actually jammed less often than others on campus . . . Nothing compared to Schapiro

    3) Dryers dry your cloths in 30 minutes

    4) Night-shift guard Maria is just awesome, and all the other guards are on average friendlier than most other buildings

    Another problematic issue, though, is how well the stairwells conduct sound and wind (when the windows are open) . . . Living on floors 1-3 means you can hear the rather loud conversations that occur at the guard desk at all hours of the night

    Oh and fire-escape people . . . Half of the fire escapes are on the front of the building. Don’t be dumb. I would call that pretty monitored.

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