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Housing Reviews 2020: 600 W 116th St

If you’re looking for a place close to campus and are ready to live in a double, look no further than 600, the baby of the 600s! 

Location: 600 West 116th Street

Nearby Dorms: 616, 620, the Quad, Hewitt, Schapiro, Woodbridge

Stores And Restaurants: Morton William’s, Shake Shack, Pret, Sweetgreen

Cost: $5,413 per semester


  • Bathrooms: There is one private bathroom for each suite.
  • AC/Heating: Does not have AC, unfortunately, but does have heating.
  • Kitchen: There is one kitchen per suite which includes a refrigerator, an oven with a gas stovetop. Most suites have a galley style kitchen as opposed to other dorms like Plimpton.
  • Lounges: TV Lounge on the 2nd Floor, for TV Lounge with Computers and Piano, you need to go to 616 (not too far!)
  • Laundry: The laundry room is located on the second floor and usually isn’t too packed.
  • Gym: No gym in the building, but Barnard Hall is close to the building! Dodge is only slightly farther.
  • Intra-transportation: Two relatively slow elevators, where one is almost always out of commission.
  • Hardwood/Carpet: Some suites are hardwood, and some are linoleum
  • Wifi: You can use Barnard Secure or Barnard Guest

Room Variety:

  • Since 600 also has non-Barnard affiliated apartments as well, the layout of available rooms differs as to which are permanently occupied.
  • There are 2-person, 4-person, and 6-person suites available for housing selection. The 2-person E line suites typically go to seniors, as do the 4-person suites.
  • For the A, B, and C lines, all rooms have a view of either Broadway or 116th St. One double in the D line is shafted, all of the F line suites are shafted, and the E line is also shafted.


  • 600 houses 204 upperclassmen. Generally, 600 goes to mostly Juniors and a few Sophomore groups. Sophomore groups, however, are almost all shafted.

Bwog Recommendations:

  • 600 is great if proximity to campus is something you are concerned about! It’s centrally located near a lot of dorms in addition to Barnard and Columbia’s campuses. It also has nearby food, such as Morton Williams, Shake Shack, etc.
  • Due to its central location, it’s also nearby to dining halls, which means it’s easier to use your meal plan if you have one with a lot of swipes.
  • It’s almost all doubles, however, the doubles are fairly spacious, but it would require you to be willing to have a roommate again.
  • One of 600’s biggest drawbacks is the lack of A/C, so if that is something that is important to you, 600 might not be your best bet.

Resident Opinions:

  • “The F line is weirdly set up, but I love the big kitchen and how roomy the doubles are!”
  • “There’s never a wait for laundry.”
  • “There were a lot of good dogs on my floor, I will miss my dog neighbors :(“
  • “The elevator really takes it’s time to come and get you”
  • “The lack of A/C honestly is not too much of a problem, it’s just the first week or two you need to take multiple showers a day, but past that it’s totally fine!”


photos from last year’s housing review bc I’m now off campus

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