A quieter alternative to East Campus.

Location: 628 W 114th

  • Nearby dorms: Hogan, Broadway, Schapiro, 114th brownstones
  • Stores and restaurants: Sweetgreen, Morton Williams, Halal carts/food trucks, Shake Shack, Book Culture, Ban Ban Shop, Dos Toros

Cost: $12,222 is the rate for 2024-25 upper class residents.


  • Bathrooms: Four single-use bathrooms per floor
  • AC/Heating: No AC – it is a good idea to have a fan, especially during September and sometimes during the winter when the heating can get too hot.
  • Kitchen: Two shared kitchen lounges per floor (equipped with dishwashers)
  • Lounge: Two lounges/kitchens per floor. There is also a TV lounge in the basement!
  • Laundry: Located in the basement (four washers and four dryers)
  • Computers/Printing: Printer located in the lobby
  • Fire Escapes: None.
  • Gym: Located in the basement
  • Bike Storage: Not Available
  • Intra-transportation: One elevator for the whole dorm that is quite old and makes a game-show-like buzzer sound, but it is relatively fast.
  • Hardwood/Carpet: hardwood in dorm rooms and carpet in the hallways
  • Bonus: There is a music room in the basement!

Room Variety:

  • 6 Residential Floors with 127 singles
  • Singles range from 109-110 square feet on the lower end to 145-147 on the higher end
  • Corridor-style Housing


  • According to 2023 Room Selection Data, 23% of students were apart of a group
    • 100% were in rising senior groups

Bwog Recommendation:

  • River is definitely more on the quieter side. It is a good option if you want a less-noisy counterpart to East Campus. 
  • The single-use bathrooms are a nice amenity in comparison to communal bathrooms. 
  • When the weather is permitting, taking a stroll alongside Riverside Park is a good way to get away from the stress of Columbia and the city. 
  • There is a slight hill when walking to campus from River, so when it is slippery/wet it can be annoying to walk to campus.

Resident Opinions:

  • “The lounges are nice and a great way to still be social in a more quiet dorm.”
  • “The walls are thin.”
  • “If you’re on a lower floor and next to the road, you could hear full street conversations. Overall, River was clean (no pest problems) and it’s nice if you like a quieter space with pretty clean facilities.”