We know that rising sophomores everyone needs a little help with housing.  The system is confusing and it’s unclear who you ought to talk to if you have specific questions about how to get things done.  Thankfully Bwog is full of housing curiosity and we’ve been working hard over the last few weeks to compile a list of questions that will suit(e) your needs!  On top of that, feel free to look back over our 2014 housing reviews and also check out the housing website, where much all of this article’s information was found.  If you have any more questions you’d like answered, feel free to email us at housing@bwog.com. Take note: below, sophomores means rising sophomores, and the like.

Who lives where, from Columbia Housing
Dorm occupancy by class: find your buddies!

Can juniors go in as a group of four and pick doubles next to each other in, say, Watt? What about singles in suites?

No, that’s an option only for sophomores, who can do “sophomore split” and break their group down into pairs to pick individual doubles.  Juniors and Seniors must either go in separately or pick into a suite with the exact number of people there are in the group.  Similarly, you can’t pick into a single room within a suite.

Wait, what’s “sophomore split?”

Basically, as a sophomore you go in with a group but every group should consist of several pairs.  If you can’t get a suite (which you can’t because sophomore housing is ass and almost everything is corridor style), then you split up into pairs and, if your number’s good enough, you can pick into adjacent doubles.  We really hope all sophomores registered in even numbered groups, unless you’re trying for a 7-person Claremont suite.

But what about junior/senior “regroup!?”

Since juniors and seniors must pick into suites that are appropriate to their group size, students are sometimes unable to pick into suites that are the right size because they’ve all been taken up.  In that case, after room selection is completed, students are allowed to form new groups with whoever else is in their point value (20 or 30, no mixed groups) and get a new lottery number to pick from the remaining suites.

At Barnard, can I pick into a suite if I’m not in a group?

Not usually. Suites are filled by appropriately sized groups.  That said, the 600 A suites (which are seven-person) are filled by a group of four, a group of two, and then one last individual, so you could go that route.

How do I know what constitutes a suite?

Go look at the floor plans on the housing website, suites usually share a letter or are outlined in some color.

What floors are getting renovated in McBain?

That would be 7 and 8, dear freshperson.  That said, 2 got a renovation last year so it’s not so shabby either.

Is Harmony far?

As fuck.  But most people who live there get over it; you will too.

Everyone got their lottery numbers today, how do I find mine?

Go for it.

What does my lottery number/point value mean?

Your lottery number assigns the order in which you will pick your housing.  Your first value is your point value, which is assigned based on who (sophomore, junior, senior) is in your group and your second is your assigned pick within that, sophomores are 10, juniors are 20, seniors are 30 with in-betweens representing mixed groups. The picks go from 1 to 3000 but do not cover each one.  This year’s highest sophomore picks are 10/8 and 10/17, for instance.

When do I pick my housing? When do I know when I pick my housing?

Appointment times will be assigned this Thursday for in-person housing.  Once you have that in order, you go to the lobby of John Jay at your selected time and pick your housing unless you’ve designated a proxy to go in your place.  In-person housing starts April 1 and ends 9. Online selection times will be available on April 11, and it runs on April 14 and 17, as well as April 23-May 2.

Do I pick in person or online? Was that already decided?

You selected in-person or online when you first registered with your group.  That said, groups can drop from in-person to online, so feel free to do so if you think you can get singles.  Sophomores, a word to the wise: if you get a suite sweet room number you may want to consider this drop down in order to grab yourself a sexy single.

What if I’m a sophomore and I get a terrible pick?

Don’t fret!  Sophomore waitlist is a great option that can lead to some pretty dope housing… you just wont know where you’re living till the summer. Basically, if you go into your housing appointment and there’s nothing left, they ask you to fill out an application and then you go!  You’ll probably get a single, you lucky ass.

Can I pick into a single in a suite like in Ruggles if I am in online selection?

Nope. Suites are only for in-person selection, except Nussbaum’s “suites.”

Very helpful information from the Columbia Housing page