Far from campus yet close to Central Park, the large, comfy suites in this building make it a typical top choice for Barnard upperclassmen.

Location: 217 Manhattan Avenue

  • Nearby: no other dorms
  • Stores and restaurants: Cafe Amrita, Giovanni’s Pizza, Deli 360, the B/C line
  • Cost: Yearly expected cost is $11,378.


  • Bathrooms: Each suite has its own bathroom, with two showers and a bathtub, two sinks, and a toilet.
  • AC/Heat: Yes!
  • Kitchen: Each suite has a kitchen with a stove/oven, dishwasher, sink, and refrigerator.
  • Laundry: On the 10th floor.
  • Computers/printing: There is a computer with a printer in the 10th floor lounge.
  • Flooring: Hardwood.
  • Lounges: 10th floor.


  • Multiple suites per floor with a mixture of single and double rooms.  
  • This building is shared with residents, including many Barnard professors. Thus, some floors of the building have no suites, and some are shared with apartments.
  • There are 4-, 5-, and 6-person suites.


  • In 2022, the majority of students that picked into CG were rising-juniors. 

Bwog Recommendation:

  • Cathedral Gardens is known as a popular choice for upperclassmen who are ready for a little bit of independence from campus life. The spacious suites are ideal for friend groups who want to experience apartment living together. The distance from campus probably means that you won’t always be able to hit the dining hall three times a day, so willingness to cook is a big factor in living in CG. The walk to campus can seem daunting at night and during winter, but residents will avow that it isn’t that bad. 

Resident opinions:

  • “You get used to the walk, and it can be nice to have some built-in time to yourself.”
  • “Living near Central Park is a huge advantage on a nice day.”
  • “CG allows you to explore Harlem more than the rest of campus dorms.”
  • “The suites are absolutely beautiful with incredible natural light.”

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