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Housing Reviews 2017: East Campus (Townhouses)

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.

Room variety:

  • 10 townhouse 4-person suites with 4 singles.
  • 12 townhouse 6-person suites with 4 singles and 1 double.
  • 28 townhouse 6-person suites with 6 singles


  • 4-person suites (4 singles) 2016 cutoff 30/713; 2015 cutoff 30/1823
  • 6-person suites (4 sgl / 1 dbl), 2016 cutoff 30/2803; 2015 cutoff 30/2300
  • 6-person suites (all singles), 2016 cutoff 30/2333; 2015 cutoff 30/1688

Bwog recommendation:

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.

Resident opinions:

  • “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.”


All photos via Bwog Staff

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