Looking for a single, AC, and kitchen access, all in a dorm close to Barnard’s campus? Look no further than Elliott Hall!

Location: 49 Claremont (corner of 119th and Claremont, behind Altschul and Milstein)

Nearby Dorms: Claremont (Columbia), the Quad, and the 600s

Stores and Restaurants: the usual (MoWillies, Prêt, Starbucks, Sweetgreen, yummy delicious Hewitt, etc.)

Cost: $5,052 / semester


  • Bathrooms: One bathroom per room “cluster,” meaning one bathroom on each side of the floor. One bathroom on each floor is gender inclusive.
  • AC/Heating: Central air and heating that you can control the temperature of in your own dorm.
  • Kitchen: Two kitchens per floor, one on each side.
  • Lounge: One main lounge in between the two kitchens on each floor.
  • Laundry: One laundry room in the building’s basement, equipped with four washers and dryers.
  • Computers/Printers: One PawPrint printer in the lobby.
  • Gym: When the Barnard Hall gym opens back up—or the Anne LeFrak Center for Wellbeing—there will be easy access to a gym on Barnard’s campus, but as of right now, the only option is Dodge. 
  • Elevators: One elevator in the building.
  • Flooring: Carpet in the hallways and linoleum floors in each room.

Room Variety: There are eight singles and two doubles in each dorm cluster (so a total of 16 singles and four doubles on each floor). Each room varies in size and orientation, but the typical Elliott single is between 70 and 90 square feet, while the doubles are slightly bigger ranging from 140 to 160 square feet (see floor plans). 

Numbers: This building houses mostly sophomores and juniors as well as transfers and students returning from a leave of absence in any year, and holds 96 students total.

Bwog Recommendation: Elliott generally gets a pretty bad rap, but it’s not a bad place to live, especially if you’re looking for a single. Truthfully, the rooms are very small, but that’s a small price to pay for AC. The location is very convenient, as there is an entrance to the tunnels right across the street, which gives you easy access to the mailroom, lower level Milstein classrooms, Hewitt dining hall, and every building you can access via the tunnels (so all of them). There was a lot of construction in the dorm hall this year, specifically in the bathrooms and adding scaffolding on the buildings, but both of those projects are finished/should be finished by move-in next semester. Overall, since it’s mainly singles and has AC, it’s a great option for CARDS housing or anyone seeking those options for themselves!

Opinions of Current Residents:

  • “I like that it’s a smaller place because it’s close to campus and you get to know all of the staff on rotation. They’re all very friendly, and it’s even better that CARES is right there on the first floor, in case anything happens.”
  • “Very small dorms but I think it’s worth it because it’s so close to campus. It has AC and it’s mainly singles. I think being close to campus is probably one of its best features because I don’t have to worry about leaving my dorm earlier to get to campus on time and the singles are really small but it’s enough for what you need.”
  • “The walls are thin. So I can hear everything in my neighbor’s room. Have headphones if you’re going to live in Elliott.”
  • “The landlord usually responds to problems very quickly.”
All four beautiful washers

Elliott Exterior via Bwarchives

Elliott Interiors via Author