So many things to love about this (not so hidden) gem close to campus.

Location: 600 W 113th Street

  • Nearby dorms: Broadway, McBain Hall
  • Stores and restaurants: Wu & Nussbaum, Blue Bottle Coffee, Community, Junzi, University Hardware
  • Cost: $11,574 (projected upperclassmen rate for the 2023-24 school year)


  • Bathrooms: Generally, suites B, C, and D each have two single-use bathrooms, while suite A has a set of three bathrooms: one with toilets, and two with showers. Note that certain floors slightly differ in their bathroom layout and Nuss also contains some doubles and singles with private and semi-private bathrooms, so be sure to check the floor layout.
  • AC/Heating: No AC, and somewhat inconsistent heating. Some rooms can be very hot, while others can be on the colder side.
  • Kitchen: One for each suite! Each has ample cabinet space, a stove, oven, microwave, and communal fridge.
  • Lounges: There are two lounges per floor located in the C and D suites. Since suite A is connected to D and B is connected to C, everyone effectively has access to a lounge. 
  • Laundry: Can be found in the basement. Note that everyone must access it by elevator because there are no stairs to the basement.
  • Computers/Printing: There’s a PawPrint station located on the ground floor lobby.
  • Gym: None… though the five-minute sprint to your 8:40 will more than suffice as your morning workout!
  • Elevators: Two elevators, one of which is usually conveniently stopped on the ground floor. Getting downstairs is another story: the wait can be a while, so be sure to leave an extra five minutes to make it to class on time.
  • Flooring: Hardwood in the rooms and hallways.

Room variety:

  • 45 singles, 73 doubles 
    • Rising seniors typically fill single rooms, while data for the past year shows sophomores filled 100% of doubles.
  • 6 residential floors available. Numbers vary slightly per floor, but there are around 6-12 people per suite, and around 35 people per floor.


  • 2022 room selection data shows that Nuss is made up of 79% sophomores, 13% juniors, and 9% seniors.

Bwog recommendation: 

Overall, Nuss is a great option for sophomores with good lottery numbers and other upperclassmen alike. It’s conveniently located along Broadway, the building staff are kind and helpful, and certain rooms (especially on upper floors) get good views and natural sunlight. Nuss is also a dorm with a residential feel, with a mix of graduate students and non-Columbia-affiliated residents living on other floors you might run into during your time there. Personally, it’s hard not to love: it has a lot going for it.

A note on the semi-confusing floor plan—there are generally four suites per floor of Nuss: A, B, C, and D. On each floor, once you exit the elevator, you’ll either go left and swipe into connecting suite B / suite C, or go right and swipe into connecting suite A / suite D. Rooms within suites are connected via one long hallway so Nuss can feel more like living in corridor housing as opposed to suite housing.

Resident opinions:

  • “I love that the bathrooms in some suites are private, and the high ceilings in each room are wonderful. Facilities are great with regularly cleaning the bathrooms almost every day, and the location is amazing. My only complaint is that the heating can be inconsistent from room to room; some are ridiculously hot, while others are cold.” 
  • “Nuss is a great sophomore dorm: a sort of hybrid between suite and corridor style, it lets you choose how much you want to interact with your suitemates. My biggest complaint is that the kitchen can become pretty unclean due to the number of people using it. Other than that, a great choice: great location, five minutes away from campus and right on Broadway, bathrooms that are shared yet private, super nice staff, right above Wu and Nuss!”

Nuss via Bwarchives

Nuss interior images via Claire De La Roche