Barnard Housing Reviews 2014: Plimpton

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Housing approacheth. And, unless you’re on top of it, it’s probably coming up sooner than you think. Bwog’s got you covered; we’ll be rolling out two housing reviews per day until no residence hall is left un-reviewed. Prepare to get (even more) excited: this year, we’re reviewing Barnard residence halls, too. Reviews for all! Today’s residence hall is… Plimpton!

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Location: 1235 Amsterdam Avenue (at corner of 120th Street right near Appletree)

  • Nearby dorms: Wien and EC
  • Stores and Restaurants: Appletree (grocery store and 24/7 deli), Subsconscious, Toast, Flat Top, Subway, Kitchenette


  • Single: $9,800
  • Multiple: $8,450


  • Bathrooms: Each suite has its own bathroom. However, you have to clean it yourselves.
  • AC/Heating: All of Plimpton has AC. However, it gets turned off in late September and doesn’t turn back on in the Spring. Heat varies from room to room. Can be too much or too little.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: Each suite has a kitchen with a sink, gas stove/oven, and refrigerator/freezer. Shared hallway space connecting the rooms with a table and chairs.
  • Laundry: 6 washers and driers (don’t work and take a long time)
  • Computers/Printers: There’s a computer lab with two big printers on the first floor.
  • Gym: No
  • Intra-transportation: Two elevators that stop on all floors and stairs. However, anything that can’t use the stairs has to be brought in through the basement.
  • Wi-Fi: Yes. However, Columbia students must use Barnard Guest.
  • Hardwood/Carpet: Linoleum

Screen Shot 2014-02-25 at 10.16.38 PMRoom Variety:

  • 4 singles and 1 double in six person suites
  • Singles are 117 sq ft and doubles are about 180 sq ft


  • Good amount of sophomores/juniors, not many seniors
  • Can be a race to get to Plimpton as a sophomore
  • Reasonable pick if you have a decent number as a sophomore and junior

Bwog recommendations:

  • If you’re willing to make a walk to campus unlike the 600s on 116th, Plimpton is a good option for people looking to live in suites
  • Plimpton gets you away from the quad life, which is probably greatly accepted by rising sophomores
  • Many have said that sound travels easily in Plimpton, so maybe avoid living here if you’re looking for a quiet, low-key dorm

Resident opinions:

  • “There was a leak in a 5th floor suite that took two days to fix and in those two days our kitchen flooded with nasty brown water and my suitemate’s room flooded and had water damage so bad that it had to be repainted. Plus we were supposed to get chairs for our hallway table, and that never happened. And the fire alarms are the loudest things ever.”
  • “Great $5 burgers at Appletree. However, expensive for everything else.”
  • “When you place requests, they will usually fill the request pretty easily. Eugene is great!”
  • “Great water pressure in the sinks and showers. Very important.”
  • *from 2nd floor* “At least in our suites, we don’t get cell phone service. Sometimes we can get it by the windows.”
  • “Good for engineers since it is so close to those those buildings.”
  • “It’s a 7 minute walk to the sundial. However, you can go through Mudd and take the elevator to the main level.”
  • “Subway stations are pretty far away. Can be annoying for someone who works downtown/uses the subway a lot.”
  • “You can hear EVERYTHING. Super thin walls”
  • “TV Lounge has really comfy couches. And it has a piano!”
  • “There is an RA on every other floor. Interpret as you will.”
  • “Doubles will have enough room if they maneuver the furniture just right.”


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  1. the diana  

    Lived in Plimpton for 2 years. If you plan to do a lot of cooking, be warned. Theres no ventilation in the kitchen so your alarm WILL go off constantly from the second you turn on the oven.

    flip side - most desk guards are really nice & pretty lax so one time they let me sign in 7 people

    ps Eugene is the best

  2. "not many seniors"?  

    False. Singles + kitchen = seniors.

    More like few sophomores, mostly juniors, many seniors.

  3. Anonymous  

    Underappreciated benefit: close to the A train! Like, closer than the 1.

  4. CC '14  

    why is bwog reviewing a barnard dorm

  5. CU_Alum

    When did the corner rooms become doubles? They're big enough, but I'm not sure the elevators can handle 20% more students.

    • Anonymous  

      last year, barnard accepted too many transfers and didn't have housing for all of them, so they forced people in the corner rooms to double up. A lot of people were pissed after getting stuck in a tiny double when they'd picked into a spacious single

  6. Also

    Just to clarify, the air can be turned off and on in the room from a toggle, at least on my 3rd floor single. It was the single most positive aspect of living in plimpton.

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