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Housing Reviews 2018: Elliott Hall

Welcome to Elliott!

For transfers and rising sophomores and juniors at Barnard, Elliott Hall is a convenient, if small, dorm located on Claremont.

Location: 49 Claremont (corner of 119th)

Nearby dorms: The Quad, the 600s

Stores and restaurants: Everything in the immediate Columbia/Barnard Broadway area: MoWill, the food trucks, Pret, Shake Shack, Starbucks, Sweetgreen, UPS/FedEx, etc.

Cost: Check the Barnard Housing page in late April for the prices of all Barnard rooms.

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: One gender-inclusive and one women’s restroom on each floor.
  • AC/Heating: Central air conditioning and manual heaters, though I’m told they get too hot if you leave them on for over an hour.
  • Kitchen: Two shared kitchens per floor, on either side of the lounge.
  • Lounges: TV/study lounge on each floor.
  • Laundry: 4 washer/dryer sets in the basement.
  • Computers/Printers: One computer and one printer are located in the lobby.
  • Gym: Barnard Hall’s weight room isn’t too far.
  • Elevators: 1 elevator.
  • Flooring: Carpet in halls, linoleum tile floor in the rooms.


Room variety:

  • Every floor has 16 singles and 4 doubles. 8 singles and 2 doubles are arranged in a cluster on one side, while the other rooms are arranged in another cluster on the other side.
  • Singles are generally small, but vary in size from 72.8 to 88 sq. feet. Doubles are also small, varying in size from 143 to 156 sq. feet.
  • Bwog suggests you look at floor plans before picking a room, as there’s a ton of variety in Elliot.

Numbers: 96 students, mostly sophomores and juniors, with lots of transfers.

Bwog recommendation: Elliott has a bit of a reputation as the worst Barnard dorm. Most of the people who I talked to seemed fine with it, with their main complaints being that the singles are small and that the heating doesn’t work well. The double I visited was spacious and had a nice view of Claremont. If you’re looking for convenience but trying to avoid the Quad meal plan, Elliott is a pretty good option. Keep in mind that most of the population is transfers.

Resident opinions:

  • “It’s either too hot or too cold.”
  • “There was almost an electrical fire… but Facilities was on it.”
  • “For doubles, the beds come bunked, but you can get Facilities to undo it.”
  • “Laundry’s okay. I’ve only had to wait once even though there’s only 4 of each machine for the whole building.”
  • “The shower water takes such a long time to get hot that if you brush your teeth and come back, it’ll finally be ready.”
  • “Very convenient!”
  • “If you spend time out in the common room, it can be very social.”
  • “They should tear down Elliott and make a better one.”
  • “It’s just really small. But it’s otherwise fine.”

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