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Housing Review: 537 West 121st Street

 Barnard’s brand new dorm previously housing students in the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Joint Program offers suite styles living not too far from campus.

Location: Broadway and 121st

  • Nearby dorms: Plimpton and JTS 122nd.
  • Stores and restaurants: Located right above Olive Tree (which will become your new favorite NYC bodega), Apple Tree is conveniently close and open 24/7, the closest Barnard dorm to any restaurant along Broadway above 121st (Gin Ramen, Oasis, El Porton, etc…), Duane Reade located on 125th and Broadway.

Cost: $10,826 for the year


  • Bathrooms: Each suite has its own private bathroom.
  • AC/Heating: A/C units provided in all suite commons rooms.
  • Kitchen: One in every suite. Fairly spacious  with a sink, gas stove/oven, dishwasher, and refrigerator
  • Lounge: Common Spaces within every suite and a big common lounge located on the first floor.
  • Laundry: Located for free in the basement
  • Computers/Printing: Possibly two printers in the first floor lounge. Unknown what the situation will remain during the fall.
  • Intra-transportation: One pretty small elevator. The building is very small so the wide stairways are very accessible.
  • Bonus (if applicable): There are fire escapes but you aren’t technically allowed on them.

Room variety:

  • 10 5-person suites (all singles)
  • 5 4-person suites (all singles)
  • 5 4-person suites (1 double/2 singles)
  • 10 3-person suites (all singles)


  • New Dorm!

Bwog recommendation:

Barnards newest housing option is one that will appeal to anyone trying to find a comfortable suite that almost feels like an apartment in the city. With a private bathroom, spacious kitchen, and living room/common area in every suite 121st is a great choice for friend groups of 4 or 5 trying to live together. While 121st may seem relatively far you are really only 1 block from NOCO and 1 block from Diana making it a very convenient location for upperclassmen. While there is no floor lounge on most floors the sheer size and coziness of the first floor lounge makes up and brings about a sense of community and comfort.

Resident opinions:

  • “I loved the communal aspect of living in 121st, being able to have a kitchen and living room to hangout in was really nice. It’s definitely a really old space and so sometimes it’s not the nicest, but the setup was great!”
  • “Living in apartments made it easy to hang out in big groups or have cooking parties!”
  • “The water fountain in lounge has really solid pressure but also the water was ice cold, best fountain on campus”
  • “Living in 121st, I often forgot I was living in university housing – it feels like I am living in a real apartment in NYC!”

Collection of Photos via Barnard Housing Website:


Exterior via Barnard Housing 

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