In our final installation of Barnard Housing Reviews we present one of the more *unique* dorms: 601 West 110th Street (it’s 110). This dorm can be a bit of a gamble, but you might get lucky. Read on to find out just what makes 110 so special.
Location: 601 W 110th St (Between Broadway and Riverside)
Nearby dorms: Mcbain and Nussbaum, as well as all the frats/srats on 113th. Your friends from Plimpton will likely crash with you after a long night out so be prepared for guests.
Stores and restaurants: You’re in the heart of Columbia’s “night life,” right across the street from Mel’s, a block away from the Heights, a block away from 1020, 3 blocks from Cannons, and right next to the subway. Oh and don’t forget you’re only footsteps away from Chipotle, Starbucks, Koronets, and Westside.
Kitchen/Bathroom/Lounge space: Generally the “living space” is decent. Every suite has a kitchen of some sort and 1-2 bathrooms, but not all have lounges.
Laundry: In the basement. You will have to get a new card, since you can’t use the ones from your first year.
Computers/Printers: You will have to bring your own.
Gym: None, but you’re only a block away from Riverside and a couple blocks from Central Park. You also have to walk a couple of blocks to get to campus so you’ll get some daily exercise in whether you like it or not.
Intra-transportation: Two relatively slow elevators whose janky-ness fit right in with the 110 vibe.
Wifi: Fast. You get your own router. (ProTip from a resident: write the password somewhere in your room and hang it up for visitors because you will not want to check it every time someone wants to access wifi.)
Hardwood/Carpet: Again, it depends.
A mix of studio singles, walk-through doubles, and suite-style apartments
There are definitely hidden gems within 110, but you either have to shell out cash for a studio or opt to stay in a double. The rooms are all different.
Total mix of Barnard sophomores/juniors/seniors. You don’t feel like you are in a dorm and you will be around ~actual~ New York residents and families.
One of the closest dorms to key Columbia night life spots (Mel’s, 1020, The Heights, etc.)
It may not be the most up-to-date of all the housing options, but you’ll probably have a good time if you choose the right roommates.
You will also be living in an actual New York style apartment/studio and you will be responsible for taking care of yourself.
If you’re the type of person who hates walking, generally stays on campus, and loves dining hall food, 110 is probably not the best fit for you.
“Say goodbye to free toilet paper and quiet nights.”
“You get used to the walk.”
“Choose your roommates wisely.”
“If you’re on the street side you will literally hear everything. EVERYTHING. Ear plugs won’t really do much if you’re on the lower floors.”
“Your RA will likely live far away and probably will be chill (unless you’re me and get written up 3 times… ProTip: hide your toasters.)”
“110 is a blessing for some people and a nightmare for others.”
” The kitchen will likely be janky and some things will probably be broken. But why would you live anywhere else?!”