View from the living room – it’s no highrise, but it’s pretty nice!
Housing selection starts tomorrow for Columbia seniors, and the EC townhouses will be some of the first suites to go. Here’s a Bwog review of them, for those of you deciding between a townhouse and a highrise suite.
Location: 70 Morningside Dr.
Nearby dorms: EC tower, Wien, Prezbo’s house.
Stores and restaurants: Hamilton Deli, Arts and Crafts Beer Parlor, Subsconscious, Flat Top, Friedman’s, Appletree Market, a couple of halal carts.
Cost: standardized to $9,292/year
Bathrooms: One in each suite, with a counter and sink, toilet, and shower. Both the toilet and shower are separated off with doors, which makes sharing with a few other people pretty easy.
AC/Heating: Yes! Both are pretty intense, but you can turn the radiator on and off.
Kitchen: One in each townhouse; really big, tons of counter space, and includes a microwave!
Lounge: Also one in each townhouse, possibly the largest individual suite living rooms/common rooms of any dorm.
Laundry: In the basement of the highrise building – aka FAR.
Computers/Printers: In the lobby of the highrise building – also far.
Fire escapes: Nope.
Bike Storage: There are a few bike racks in the courtyard.
Gym: The tower has two cardio rooms, on floors 8 and 16.
Intra-Transportation: It’s stairs all the way down.
Hardwood/Carpet: Hardwood in the lounge; carpet in bedrooms of some suites and hardwood in others.
Wifi: The usual CUIT wifi.
Bonus: The courtyard is both a blessing and a curse – it’s nice when the weather is warm, and shitty when the weather is less than warm.
10 townhouse 4-person suites with 4 singles.
12 townhouse 6-person suites with 4 singles and 1 double.
EC townhouses are a prime option for senior groups looking for a space to host parties with some modicum of privacy. The common spaces in these suites are without a doubt some of the nicest Columbia offers. But if you’re considering moving into a townhouse rather than going into the tower, you should definitely consider whether you’re willing to walk up several flights of stairs a day and traipse across a courtyard to do your laundry.
“The setup of the townhouse is comfortable – there’s just so much space.”
“If it’s cold or snowy, that extra 20 feet from the townhouse to the lobby feels like a lot.”
“Some days I never go out, because everything I need is here.”
“Living with stairs is a pain in the ass – especially when you’re carrying groceries, or when you’re moving in.”
“The huge kitchen and bar space is really nice. There’s a lot of room for prep work.”
“You can get into EC as an underclassman or a Barnard student through an SIC [Special Interest Community], since a lot of townhouses are SICs.”
A fancy lobby
The courtyard is nice… when the weather is nice
Roar, EC, roar
If you live here, you’ll get really used to stairs
This living room is HUGE
Other half of the living/dining area
Kitchen, with significant bar space and microwave
Bathrooms in the townhouses vary; this one is pretty nice
You can poop with the door closed
This shower has a curtain AND a door?!
Fairly large bedroom
Another view of the bedroom
The top floors of the townhouses are higher up than you might think!
Imagine having enough room in your hallway for a shoe rack
All photos via Bwog Staff
a lot of pictures possibly too many
consider climbing up the stairs to your room your daily workout?
living here is the senior year dream
not having to provide your own microwave is where it's at
stairs all the way down
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There's some photos of a suite posted at https://barnard.edu/reslife/housing-options/121st-street