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Bwog Housing Review: Schapiro

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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  • Not CarmEn. says:

    @Not CarmEn. Do people really have that much difficulty remembering that the name of the freshman dorm is CarmAn Hall?

    1. Carolyn says:

      @Carolyn Apparently we do. Blame Carmen Sandiego. Anyways, it’s fixed now.

    2. Hermione Granger says:

      @Hermione Granger It’s Carman, not CarmAn

      1. KaZaA says:

        @KaZaA No it’s CaRmAn HaLl

        1. Anonymous says:

          @Anonymous thank you for this. you’ve brought back so many good memories of downloading porn from KaZaA in 7th grade

          1. Anonymous says:

            @Anonymous KAZAA good times great times best times

    3. zomby says:

      @zomby fuck mixing lets dance

  • Anonymous says:

    @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.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous It’s coming from the 15th floor. I’m almost positive.

  • Anonymous says:

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

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous lived there, above statement is false. can also hear the elevator ding every time it stops at the floor.

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous your fault for being such a princess and a light sleeper.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous And there isn’t WiFi in Schapiro.

    1. David says:

      @David Sorry if we were a little unclear — “Yes” meant that planned renovations will bring Wi-Fi to Schapiro next year. We’ve demuddled things!

  • Anonymous says:

    @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.

  • former resident says:

    @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.

  • Everyone knows says:

    @Everyone knows The best Halal cart is on 116th…115th is a mere pretender.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous FUCK YOU. SALIM IS THE BEST.

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous His name is not Salim.

    2. wat says:

      @wat I can report that falafel at 116th is disgusting.

      115th uber alles

  • former_schap_resident says:

    @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.

  • Current resident says:

    @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?

  • hate says:

    @hate schapiro is GROSSSSSS

  • Anonymous says:

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

    1. schapiro says:

      @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

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous how are the other options? harmony? nussbaum?

  • Copy Editor says:

    @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.

    1. Nazi Patrol says:

      @Nazi Patrol downvoted for odd use of “Jews”.

      1. wat says:

        @wat Downvoted for saying the N word

      2. Copy Editor says:

        @Copy Editor Sorry, we Jews. (I can say it, you can’t).

  • Anonymous says:

    @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.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @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).

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous about, not above. duh

  • past schap resident says:

    @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.

    1. past schap resident says:

      @past schap resident that was supposed to be a reply to the rising junior above asking which was better, broadway or schapiro, but apparently I am incompetent

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous good times great times best times

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