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Housing Reviews 2012: Nussbaum

Location: 600 W. 113th

  • Nearby dorms: McBain and Watt are across Broadway. Hogan and Broadway are only a block away.
  • Stores and restaurants: On top of Nussbaum & Wu and Mill Korean. Across the street from Deluxe, Milano, Il Cibreo, and International. The rest of Broadway lies at your fingertips (shoetips?). You will thank the heavens for the ease of access to a hungover Nussbaum bagel. You will eat too much Milano.

Cost: $7,492, mid-range price, same as River, LLC, and Harmony


  • Bathrooms: The number and exclusivity of bathrooms varies by floor. A1 and D2 doubles and the A7 and D2 singles have private bathrooms. Certain C1 doubles have private bathrooms. On most floors, bathrooms are shared with a 3 or 4:1 student to bathroom ratio.
  • AC/Heating: Heating, no AC.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: Some halls have their own kitchens, others share them with the adjacent hall. Kitchens vary in size depending on the floor and hall, but all have refrigerators, ample shelf space, a stove, and a sink.
  • Laundry: The laundry facilities are located in the basement. Nussbaum charges the highest laundry prices on campus: $1.70 per washer or dryer, and you have to get a weird card from a machine that only takes cash in the lobby.
  • Computers/Printers: One printer in the lobby.
  • Gym: There’s no gym in Nussbaum, though there is what appears to be a work out bench in the basement. Use at your own risk.
  • Intra-transportation: Two elevators and a stairwell. The elevators are relatively slow.
  • Wi-Fi:  Wi-Fi and ethernet.
  • Hardwood/Carpet: All floors are hardwood.
  • Facilities: Because Nuss houses non-Columbia residents, it has its own maintenance crew that gets stuff done fast. They clean the bathrooms and kitchens weekly.

 Read more after the jump.

Room variety:

  • Doubles: 68 rooms, from a brutal 154 sq. feet to 210 sq. feet. (260 for walk-throughs)
  • Singles:  49 rather roomy rooms, from 124 sq. feet to 160 sq. feet.
  • Windows vary. The rooms in the bottom corner of the “U” have only one window and it faces your neighbor’s blinds.


  • Last year’s last double went to 10/1984.
  • Last year’s last single went to 20/2581.

Bwog recommendation:

  • This is a great choice for rising Sophmores looking for doubles. If you want to live with all of your friends but don’t have the Junior connections to work the numbers, choosing adjacent doubles in Nussbaum after a de-group is a good alternative (you cannot select into Nussbaum in suites).
  • Singles are a good choice for seniors that don’t want to join a suite and want to cook. Plus, some of the rooms are quite large and have essentially private bathrooms.
  • RAs are pretty hands off, and there is a lot of privacy.

Resident opinions:

  • “Lobby makes you feel like you are living in a ‘real’ New York apartment building, and I guess the mice add some semblance of realism, but that’s about it. The hallways are awkwardly divided and super narrow; it’s super claustrophobic and not conducive to hanging out with the people who live around you. The common areas are sort of pathetic.”
  • “Some floors don’t have RAs. Your parties are basically unbustable.”
  • “It’s nice having a kitchen to a suite too (about eight-twelve people to one kitchen) but they get so dirty that you feel uncomfortable cooking there. I found a mouse in a pot I had left in the kitchen overnight. My screams were heard by the entire suite, which leads me to another point: the walls are paper thin. I heard all the bad techno my soccer-team suite mates were blasting on their super bass.”
  • “Having a kitchen is great. But having a kitchen which is down a hall, through a strange handle-less door, to the right and shared with a bunch of strangers who keep dirtying your cooking-ware and leaving it in the sink is at times frustrating. Though this may not be universal, the RA practically non-existent. This is good when you want to throw a party in your room and bad when your neighbor wants to. The kids in the adjacent suite regularly have parties which span most of the hallway. Because Nuss houses non-Columbia residents, it has its own maintenance crew who gets stuff done fast. They clean the bathrooms and kitchens weekly. There isn’t a strong sense of community in Nussbaum.”
  • “That being said, the doubles are actually pretty big and if you snag a single/double in one of the end rooms you get a walk-through closet and your own bathroom (otherwise you have to share one). They got new laundry machines this year, which apparently made a significant difference in the quality of washing.”
  • Also check out this 2008 review.


Photos by Elyse DeWitt

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  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Living in Nussy makes the inebriated crawl back from The Heights manageable.

  • What do you call the says:

    @What do you call the homeless person who sleeps at 600 W. 113th Street?

    The Nuss-bum!

  • as to the heating says:

    @as to the heating I’ve gotten used to it, but much of the time (fall, winter, spring) the temperature in the building gets thrown out of whack by the heaters constantly blasting sauna-like air into the rooms. if you open a window it gets bearable, but if you’re sleeping when the radiator shuts off you’re in for a really cold room. this is especially annoying during those times of the year in which the weather doesn’t seem to know whether to be hot or cold, so you’re stuck in a sort of dante’s inferno like limbo of unbearably hot and mind-numbingly cold. also sometimes the heat breaks down and the whole building ends up being freezing, but maintenance is on their shit a lot of the time with that so it’s a rare occurence. basically nussbaum is a nice dorm to live in, but the temperature patterns are less than desirable if you ask me.

  • anon says:

    @anon the mice and the vermin, however, are a real problem. Unless you want to see mice rummaging on your floor or centipedes crawling out of the drain, STAY AWAY FROM THIS DORM!

    1. word says:

      @word This is way more important than you might think. DO NOT live on the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th floor— there were often rats in the kitchen trashcan and no matter how clean I kept my room horrible things found their way in there.

      1. NussBOMB3 says:

        @NussBOMB3 I’m not exaggerating in the slightest when I say that my suitemates and I have killed at least 15 mice since we’ve been here.

        don’t pick the room right next to the kitchen.

        1. Anonymous says:

          @Anonymous I’m on Nussbaum 2 and we only have one tiny mouse that shows up every couple months. I guess we’re just clean.

          1. RoDent Rat Toothpaste says:

            @RoDent Rat Toothpaste oof but how do u kno it’s the same mouse if it’s earmarked? O.o

          2. Anonymous says:

            @Anonymous yup, i’ve dubbed him deadmau5. he shits on the stove periodically, but he isn’t bad at all.

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous I was on 10 last year and killed about 3 or 4 mice in the beginning of the year and then there were basically none left. YOU SCARED MICE?

  • juniors with terrible number says:

    @juniors with terrible number Can anyone comment on the walkthrough double with the bathroom?

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous I lived in one of the walkthrough doubles that shares a bathroom, and I thought it was pretty nice, especially if you share it with all your friends. The only caveat is that they don’t clean the bathroom for you. I also didn’t see any mice while living there so I’d say try for a higher floor to avoid that problem.

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Is the back room big enough to put both beds in?

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Also, what was your point value to get into that walk-through double?

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