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Housing lottery numbers are up a few days early! To find out your number:

  1. Log onto StarRez
  2. Go to “Applications”
  3. Select the application for Academic Year 11-12
  4. Find your lotto number under “Registration Summary”
  5. Weep. (Or rejoice!)

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  • CC'13 says:

    @CC'13 Bad lottery number :(

    1. numbers should be says:

      @numbers should be based on looks or grades, or both.

      1. actually says:

        @actually i dont give a shit. I’m graduating bitches……..

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous what’s considered good/bad?

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous I would say above 1000 is good. Below 1600 or so is bad.

      1. John says:

        @John So 2800 is living-in-a-closet-with-friends bad. fun

        1. Actually that's excellent. says:

          @Actually that's excellent. So-bad-it’s-good because you get to the top of the transfer list when/if you file a request.

          That’s how I ended up with a private bathroom in Nussbaum as a sophomore two years ago.

        2. empathy says:

          @empathy 2318, rising sophomore, and I’m doing General Selection

        3. jack lalanne's drunk ghost says:

          @jack lalanne's drunk ghost you probably won’t even get to pick, they will run out of housing and you will wait in the transfer. its probably better than the top of the sophomore housing lottery. i had a number in the 300s in general selection and i ended up with a blind double in wien (no singles left), while there are many people i know with super low numbers who ended up in singles in “junior-targeted” housing. fucked up but you probably get the best end of the stick.

          next time there’s some fucker talking about how our social life is hanging from a string and that’s the biggest problem facing our campus, let’s talk about how columbia doesn’t have enough housing options to comfortably house a considerable fraction of our student body. the fear bwog cooks up isn’t a trite fear – it is a legitimate fear of unacceptable living spaces that definitely play a role in one’s academic performance at this institution (let alone the performance of one’s well-being). most sophomores and many juniors will not be able to easily cook in a kitchen, yet they have few other options for accessing inexpensive and healthy food. our dining plan has a stigma attached to it for upperclassmen – and rightly so, it fucking sucks. so our student body is probably more malnourished than most others, and guess what, we’re also the more depressed/stressed/manic/whatever. wonder how that happens.

          down with columbia housing and dining! or rather, up with it. this isn’t something we should just accept. why isn’t this front and center at student government meetings rather than the platitudinous shit you guys love to fuck about

          fuck yall

          1. CCSC says:

            @CCSC Come to us with complaints like these and, believe me, we will do every little thing we can to help you.

            Reach out, people. Please.

          2. okay says:

            @okay i just did

            if i don’t go over to a CCSC meeting and address this formally, will you guys pretend this never happened? cause like, i know this is just a personal issue, no one else feels this way, its okay

          3. person says:

            @person Yeah, a lot of people just can’t afford to live in Wein. Maybe if you get a renovated floor it’s fine, but for all the Columbia happy-talk about how great the options are there was still no place for me to apply heat to rice.

          4. rice? says:

            @rice? how about Butler during finals week…

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous What could I do with an 1162 as a rising junior?

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous A hell of a lot. Broadway for sure if you’re in general selection. Pretty sweet Watt options if you’re a two person.

      1. can you explain says:

        @can you explain are you sure about this because on the cutoff history for broadway it says 20/682 for large singles and 20/340 for interior singles… how would 1162 get you into broadway then?

        1. When I was a junior... says:

          @When I was a junior... I had a lottery number around 1500 and had to choose a single on one of the middle floors of Schapiro. Broadway was long gone by that point. So, yes, I think Broadway is probably out of the picture for you.

  • Hm. says:

    @Hm. 1539, rising sophomore – am I doomed?

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Nah, you’ll be fine

  • Crying Sophomore says:

    @Crying Sophomore Do I get to live in a shoebox with 2718???
    What’s the best my group and I can do?

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous you might not get housing, for real.

    2. it's okay! says:

      @it's okay! last year, my roommate and I went in for a double (crossing our fingers to get watt) but we got lotto number 2769! But it all depends on what the upperclassmen ahead of you choose. We lucked out… a lot of people chose to live in woodbridge instead so we still got a double in watt that’s super nice. and there are actually a good number of sophomores in the building! keep your fingers crossed, it will work out :)

  • Anonymous says:


  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Someone tell me again why this system is set up such that I first get 2745 and then 2915?

    What fucking dipshits are in charge that let this happen?

    1. BigDickMotherFucker says:

      @BigDickMotherFucker If i wanted to hear whining i would go to a daycare…. but i really dont give a shit cause i got lotto number 22… with a group of all seniors….. and i have a big dick….. booyah

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Is there a place where they have published everyone’s lotto number along with their unis for all of us to see like they did last year?

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous they’ll probably post it up soon

  • IF says:

    @IF im in a group of 8, and drop down to general selection (b/c we have a very good lottery number), do we all get the same lottery number we got in the group?

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous if you’re rising sophomroes, definitely, I’m sure. other classes too, probs.

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous That’s what my group did this past year. We split up and then all chose to live on the same floor in schap, and we kept our number (and individual point values)

    3. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous If you drop into general selection you all get the same lottery number and you decide amongst yourselves the order in which you pick rooms at your appointment time.

      Same goes for Sophomores doing pair-up: you get the same lottery number as your original group.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous rising sophomore 2390 – what are my options?

    1. LBB'12 says:

      @LBB'12 I know a guy who has a friend who might let you sleep on his couch if you would be willing to whore yourself out. It’ll take you a few weeks to adjust to the constantly swollen rectum, but it will still be a helluva lot better than where you are going

    2. kindred spirit says:

      @kindred spirit Based solely on our shared high 2300s, I feel like you’re a really cool person, and I should invite you to go barhopping if you’re a guy and ask you out if you’re a girl. It’s just crazy how the lottery plays with our emotions. I predict it won’t be long before some savvy SEAS kid starts a dating site for people based on their lottery numbers.

      1. hmmm says:

        @hmmm Challenge accepted.

        1. Barney Stinson says:

          @Barney Stinson I am so ready for the Legendaddy episode on Monday.

    3. Anonymouse says:

      @Anonymouse Suite selection? McBain, no shaft. General selection? McBain blind double or put on the summer waitlist, then end up with nicer housing than all of your friends.

    4. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Don’t drop into General — you won’t get anything good and will end up picking into a blind double anyway. Your best bet is to do Sophomore pair-up and get what you can in McBain — you might be able to avoid the shaft with a ~2300.

  • curious says:

    @curious Hey, I’m curious… so wikicu says to watch out for Schapiro room 902.. does anyone know why?

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Based on the floor plan its very oddly shaped, but other than that I don’t see what’s wrong with it.

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous I live in Shap 902 right now. It is an AMAZING room. I thought the shape was weird like an L shape, but in reality is really isn’t. It’s HUGE, I think meant for a double actually. Lots of sunlight too. I got it through summer transfer though.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous rising senior in suite selection with 2 people, lotto number 1169. chances of watt? 2-bedroom apt in woodbridge? or are we basically going to be in 1-br woodbridge/EC flat?

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Basically, you will have wonderful housing. Congratufuckinglations, senior.

    2. Watt 2BR says:

      @Watt 2BR Those usually go to numbers under 1000. I wouldn’t trust the cutoff history for shit but they’ve been going at pretty low numbers. Prob a Woodbridge 2BR is a better bet.

  • Thank you says:

    @Thank you Columbia Housing for ruining people’s spring breaks faster than usual^^ You guys are the best!!

  • Senior says:

    @Senior Lost the frat house, then my group of six drew 2980. Columbia clearly doesn’t want me to live here.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous LOL, the housing gods frown upon thee

    2. DAMN says:

      @DAMN Son! The royal hand of the man put some baby powder in it and then pimp smacked you real hard. No love from Housing.

  • im a horrible person says:

    @im a horrible person hooray for special interest housing..

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous 20/2000-ish: guaranteed schapiro at least? Housing cutoff says 10/xxxx but I know juniors in wien. Anyone know what’s the deal?

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous I’m sure some people pick Wien over Schapiro. Bigger room, better views, living with friends, all of these could be considerations

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous sophomore waitlist is the deal.
      When I was a junior, Schapiro was gone somewhere around 1800 or so

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous Oh…fuck…that really blows. But thanks.

  • OLDZ says:

    @OLDZ We used to actually pick numbers out of a “hat” (box) during housing lottery. I still have some of those rectangular slips of paper somewhere. Enjoy your robot overlord enforced misery, kids!

    1. person says:

      @person That’s still how they do it for senior regroup. Only they don’t pick numbers. They pick out suite configurations. And they don’t shuffle them first. So make sure you add yours last.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous columbia can’t charge this much per year AND not give me housing thats livable. im not asking for anything special – just clean quiet renovated in like the last 202394023 years

  • halp! says:

    @halp! 20/2800ish; group of 8 rising juniors. where can we live??

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Probably won’t get Ruggles but you have an outside shot. Drop down and grab the dregs of singles in Wien, Harmony, and Schapiro

  • Rising Sophomore says:

    @Rising Sophomore My group of 8 has a lotto number of 170. Is this good?

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous You won’t get into Ruggles. But you can break up in sophomore pair-up and go almost anywhere else with good doubles (Nussbaum, Harmony, etc.)

    2. your friend says:

      @your friend You’re in my group. Yes, it’s awesome

    3. a big ol says:

      @a big ol Fuck you

    4. you're lucky! says:

      @you're lucky! you guys definitely won’t get a ruggles suite… ever since they were renovated, they get taken up by lucky juniors. my group had 174 as rising sophomores and we had to breakup (sophomore pair up) and ended up getting great broadway facing doubles in mcbain. as long as you’re with your friends and you’re not in the shaft, mcbain is a blast!

      a word of advice after living there though, pick broadway facing rooms on the highest floor possible to avoid street noise. also, make sure to buy window screens from the housewares store (and encourage your neighbors too) and a fan and you’re good to go!

  • FFFFF says:

    @FFFFF highly possible that as a senior I will get worse housing than I did as a junior… OMFG THIS IS NOT HOW LIFE IS SUPPOSED TO WORK

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous That’s not really possible. All seniors pick before the first junior does.

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous A group of 1 junior and 3 seniors the poster’s junior year would pick before a group of 2 seniors and 1 junior his senior year, for example

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous but… group size is a factor as well


    @FFFFFFUUUUUU Lottery number as rising junior: 643
    Lottery number as rising senior: 2387.


    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous You got lucky once. Better than some people get.

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous stop whining, you had a good number one year and a bad number the next. That is really not very remarkable

  • HEY BWOG says:

    @HEY BWOG Tell us what our numbers mean. Please? Tanks.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Post that shit on here and surely someone will take pity and help you out (or not, and just mercilessly ridicule you. It happens.)

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous I’d take 600 as a junior and 2300 as a senior

  • '14 says:

    @'14 Rising sophomore in with a suite group, I got 309. Is this good or bad?

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous not as good as my suite group. sucka

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Depends on how many people you have. 6 or 8 — not good enough for Ruggles probably, if you have only Sophomores. 2 (or if you break up in sophomore pair-up) — you can probably get whatever you want in McBain, Shapiro, Harmony, etc. Probably not Furnald though.

    3. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous that’s pretty good, but not as good as rising senior with a 22

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous don´t pick into a watt studio single, whatever you do

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Are these likely final numbers? I wouldn’t put it past Columbia to dick around with us and put up new numbers come Monday.

    1. yea says:

      @yea that’s what happened last year! with 2499, I’m really hoping that’s the case.

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous if that is true….i will die.

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous that is, that these are not final numbers….I will be praying to god that they are final numbers.

    3. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous I don’t remember anything with numbers changing last year…so I don’t know what the person implying that something like this happened last year is talking about. Maybe I was just oblivious to housing until the final numbers were posted

    4. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous NOOO. I actually got an amazing number. I refuse to entertain this possibility.

  • Agh says:

    @Agh 2730 as rising senior. I just want a single in not-Wein. Can it happen? So confused.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous absolutely! you’re not asking for very much. unless that was a typo and you mean junior, then .. idk

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Broadway, bro

  • luck$hot says:

    @luck$hot Group of 2 rising sophomores, 10/240. Good?

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous fuck you man

      …that means yes, it’s good.

  • Help a brother out: says:

    @Help a brother out: Rising senior, 1224, general selection as an individual.

    What am I looking at?

    Also, is it weird for a senior to live in Schapiro?

    1. yes says:

      @yes it’s weird. Live in Broadway instead.

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous live in Nussbaum or Harmony. they’re nicer and less dorm-like.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous can you get a single in a woodbridge apt from general selection?

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous What can a rising junior do with a 1603???

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous have they posted the list of everyone’s unis and numbers?

  • Housin' hater says:

    @Housin' hater Group of 6 rising juniors: about 2600 housing…ruggles please??!!

    1. rising junior also says:

      @rising junior also last year, as a rising sophomore, when my group picked during sophomore pair up there were still a ruggles 6 suite open
      soooo it’s possible

  • distressed says:

    @distressed rising sophomore, got a 3 … what does that mean???

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous stop trollin’

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous As a rising junior with a number less than 450..which is the better choice, Broadway or Schapiro? I know almost all of you are going to say Broadway ..but I can’t really tell the difference between the two.. Can anyone enlighten me?

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous broadway has a way better location than schapiro. it’s like having all of the perks of living in carman…without having to live in carman again.

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Better location and slightly better facilities. Not as much “shaft” (facing another building). Not really too much of a difference

    3. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous schap. has better views, especially on the higher floors.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous 1415, rising sophomore in general selection. How screwed am I/ what’s going to happen to me?

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous you can get an okay place in Schapiro

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous I don’t know what kind of crack the person above me is smoking. If you’re a rising sophomore in general selection you’ll probably be stuck in a blind double. You might get lucky and get a tiny Harmony single.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous 2711 two people general selection… absolutely screwed?

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous btw, both are rising sophomores

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous 205 rising senior general selection=good? I have paid almost no attention to housing this semester, have lived in SICs for three years. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

  • sopho says:

    @sopho 2600~ as rising sophomore suite selection :(
    is it possible to get a not-shafted mcbain double?
    damnnnnnnnnnnnnn columbia

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous two people btw

  • upper 2700~ says:

    @upper 2700~ two people rising Sophomores. Fuck. What can we get? can we get mcbain?

  • I'm living in says:

    @I'm living in HOGAN BITCHES!!! 610, all seniors. Haters gon’ hate.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Is there a pdf with everyones lottery numbers like last year, so we can see where we stand?

  • yeahhh says:

    @yeahhh sophomore pair-up will save your asses. you can get decent non-shaft doubles

  • housing costs says:

    @housing costs did all the housing prices seriously go up by $1000? WTF.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous yes. so not worth it to live in watt, hogan… those other 8500 dollar bad boys

  • The Five Stages of Housing says:

    @The Five Stages of Housing 1) Denial
    2) Anger
    3) Bargaining
    4) Depression
    5) Wein

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous rising senior, general selection, 1402, what can i get?

  • rising senior says:

    @rising senior i’ve got 1132, general selection as an individual–what can i get folks?

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous question about the cutoffs on the website…someone said the 10/xxxx numbers for schapiro were sophomore transfers. since transfers go by point value then reverse lotto number, would it be safe to assume that if you were a junior, you were definitely able to transfer to schapiro (since sophomores did too)? or am i missing something else.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous can somebody explain how summer transfer works for sophomores?

  • suuuu says:

    @suuuu 6 rising seniors 1935 — what’s the dill pickle// best 3 feasible options??

  • Monte says:

    @Monte is 30/22 a good selection number? Will I get my first, second, or third option? Thanks for the replies.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous are you seriously asking this question? yes you will!

  • Jerome Cranston says:

    @Jerome Cranston For a 6 man of rising seniors, what is the best possible living option?

  • poopiepants says:

    @poopiepants Nanananaanaaaa poo poo i got 22

    1. your an asshole says:

      @your an asshole asshole

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous I think I actually may have gotten the last number for my year. Blahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous what are the chances of 4 rising seniors with 2700 getting an ec suite? or a suite in general?

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous rising sophmore in group of 7 with lotto number of 271… think we’ll get ruggles? or maybe claremont?

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Ruggles is 6 or 8

  • Hey Bwog says:

    @Hey Bwog Remember that list of everyone’s lottery numbers that was available last year? You know, the one where you could tell how many groups were ahead of you in the selection process?

    Where could I find that?

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous I’m also a rising junior with a lottery number of 2448 that is definitely ending up in general selection… Do I have a chance at Schapiro?? Will I end up in Wein??? ;_; Can I get a room that is better than 80 sq feet???

  • crm3000 says:

    @crm3000 well i won the bet about me being #3000. XD

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous 2700 lottery number, 8 rising juniors…. ruggles possible?

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous 2 rising sophomores in suite selection with a single digit lottery number… could we each get broadway singles if we drop to general selection?

    1. No says:

      @No No, sorry… go into Furnald (if it’s still open) fools

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous it says the cutoff last year was 10/679

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous What is the Watt Studio Single cutoff?!

  • Senior group of 6 says:

    @Senior group of 6 Would anybody happen to know how many frats/sororities there are that take EC townhouses???

    and if so do they along with SICs usually take all single suites of 6?

    Just think that my group may be near the fence on getting an all-single suite and really depends right now on how many of the townhouses are taken…

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Hahaah suckers… This is why I moved off-campus.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Rising junior, lotto number 869 (indiv general selection) – do you guys think I can get a bway single?

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous is furnald still available for rising sophomores

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