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Let Them Do Laundry!

Beginning in September, laundry will be free across Columbia.  Free laundry was debuted this morning in first year dorms and EC, and will expand to the rest of CU come September 12.

The possibility of free laundry was announced last semester at CCSC, where it was said that room and board costs would be raised by $30 to account for the free laundry.  Housing has since told us that there will be no additional room and board fees to fund free laundry.

Housing even released a swanky new video to explain the laundry system to naive first-years.  Watch for yourself below—but be sure to wait until the end to hear this very special announcement.

Update, 8/28/15: After reaching out to Housing, we learned that the free laundry will not apply to Barnard students unless they live in Columbia housing.  Free laundry has also begun today—several weeks ahead of schedule—in all dorms except Nussbaum.  Housing also told us that there will be no change to housing rates as a result of this change.  See their full response below.

Free laundry will only be open to students living in Columbia undergraduate residence halls. If Barnard students live in Columbia undergraduate buildings, then yes, they will have free laundry.

As of today, August 28, all undergraduate residence halls have free laundry (ahead of original projected date) with the exception of 600 W. 113th St. and Carlton Arms. Students assigned by Columbia Housing with a contract to live in 600 W. 113th and Carlton Arms will instead receive Smart Chip Cards loaded with a laundry allowance. LaundryView will be offline until further notice as we update our system.

There will be no change to housing rates in the future to cover laundry service. This initiative is funded out of summer conference and intern housing income.

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14 Comments

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Does this mean that BC students also get free laundry?

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous No.

    2. Eric Cohn says:

      @Eric Cohn BC students will not get free laundry unless they live in Columbia housing.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous What about detergent, is that free too?

  • GS/JTS says:

    @GS/JTS DO YOU SEE THIS BRADLEY MOOT? DO YOU SEE IT? THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS IN JTS HOUSING. BECAUSE THIS KIND OF DETAILS SLIPS THROUGH THE CRACKS.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Wow. This is great news for Columbia students.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous By not making this video, I bet they could’ve paid for everyone’s laundry with the money they saved.

  • Harmony Hunter says:

    @Harmony Hunter Just got my housing – Harmony again…

    Any tips on location info…

  • EC PH says:

    @EC PH Move to a dorm closer to campus

  • Free Laundry? says:

    @Free Laundry? Bollinger might as well let everyone line up to fuck his wife. Unreal.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous This comments section is so perplexing to me.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous But brownstones with free laundry already had higher rates to cover that. Now they’re being double charged

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous There is no charge for the now free laundry service. This is false misinformation from blog. The extra money was made from all the Columbia summer programs and campus residents.

    2. why am I commenting here says:

      @why am I commenting here Nah the free laundry in the brownstones was always an accident

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