Your room assignment for Academic Year 12-13 is: JJ 1235-1
which is in: John Jay
my first and second choices were a JJ single and JJ double, respectively
Here's the email:
On behalf of Columbia Housing, we would like to congratulate you on your admission to Columbia University. We are looking forward to your arrival on campus!
Please log into the Housing Portal at https://housingportal.columbia.edu using your UNI and password. [Note: To activate your UNI, visit myUNI and select "Activate a New UNI Account."] Click on the red Applications tab, and select your Academic Year 2012-2013 application. On the Occupancy Agreement step you will find your Housing Assignment. If you have been assigned into a double room with a roommate, you will receive a separate e-mail with your roommate’s name and Columbia e-mail address (email@example.com).
To confirm your housing, you must log in and complete the Fire Safety step, then sign your Occupancy Agreement. Review your Occupancy Agreement carefully. Note: Personal Property Insurance is your responsibility. The University does not reimburse students for loss of personal property for any reason. Failure to sign your Occupancy Agreement will delay your Move-In.
The charges for the first term of your housing will appear on the Student Account Statement you will receive in August via email. The correct rate for your housing charges for the entire academic year will appear on the Occupancy Agreement step of your online housing application.
Arrival and Move-In:
Move-In for incoming First-Year students will take place on Monday, August 27 from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please visit Plan Your Arrival | New Students and follow the arrival information provided. You will be directed to the check in locations upon arrival. Students traveling from a distance will be sent a special invitation in early August to arrive on Sunday, August 26. This invitation will include instructions on how to RSVP for early arrival.
*** and also dont forget to submit a photo for your Columbia ID card!
Consider yourself lucky, our D got her 7th choice scenario and it bummed her out. She got, literally, one of the smallest doubles among the 4 first-year houses, in the smallest suite-configuration(Hartley "Bs") that is tuck behind the bathrooms without a view of the campus. You think she'd get one break out of the endless room-selection possibilities perhaps like air-conditioning, but no, she didn't. She hasn't lost her perspective though as she told us, "ah well, at least I'm going to the school I wanted. I'll take that over a nice dorm situation at a school I had to settle on. I'm lucky to be there(Columbia)."
Cue the Rolling Stones people . . .
p.s. - any Hartley alums on the threads care to share their experience???
your D sounds like the type of student I'd love to meet! hopefully her roommate will have the same levelheadedness.
My friend got assigned to a Hartley B double too. Only, his roommate is a girl.. She switched out, leaving him uncertain as to the state of his residency and if he'll stay or be relocated to another room.
Most freshmen dorms dont have AC anyways. Buy one, two, three fans. We'll suffer through it together.
Hartley has one of the best showerccupant ratios I believe, as well as a computer lab and other amenities on the first floor and ACTUAL working elevators *ahem JJ Hall*.
Apparently they are renovating both Hartley and Wallach and I was told that the floor plans have changed. Perhaps the layout/lighting of the suites will be improved for the better. Who knows, the new room numbers might be all switched around and she'll end up with a better view, a bigger room and/or some form of buffer from the Amesterdam ave. traffic din(which I heard was the main reason for the renovation).
Wait a minute, are you saying that two separate B doubles in Hartley were accidentally made mixed-gender due to a mix-up?
DowneasterDad, based on the floorplan, I assume your daughter is in B1. Not sure where your friend is, SD2CU2016. But two neighboring doubles that each have a male and a female would seem to be an easy mistake, an easy fix, and an interesting story.
Yes, according to "room selection" there were 3 male-female mistakes in Hartley this year. They have all been squared away. As it turns out, her room is on an "off-floor" from her suite so not only is she part of an isolating suite system but she is also isolated within said suite. Truly the worst of every world . . . if the other 3 students in her section are upperclassmen, things could get pretty lonely for her
My little relative got a double in Carman, her own first choice. However, this is NOT the family's first choice for her, as it is rumored to be far too social! We were hoping she would get a single in John Jay. She is pleased. We will have to live with it and just hope that the rumors are "overstated."
Now comes the hard part: packing appropriately for "move in." At the summer advisory session in June a parent wisely advised us to do what he and his son did. They marked out the dorm room dimensions in their living room so that son would see just HOW SMALL his living space would be, and they planned "furnishings" accordingly. We will try the same.
Assuming that the whole dorm system hasn't completely changed around over the past two years...
Hartley-Wallach is (or at least was when I was at Columbia) the Living-Learning Center (which doesn't really mean much to the best of my knowledge, other than a few optional dorm events). People who live there are sort of jokingly stereotyped as being weird, but one of my best friends lived there the first half of freshmen year (he transferred out to Furnald halfway through, he and his roommate didn't get along), and pretty much everyone I know from there was normal (by Columbia standards at least). As for upperclassmen in the suites, there usually won't be more than one or very rarely two upperclassmen in a suite, so people often do become close friends with their suitemates, though I personally was really happy to have a corridor-style dorm my freshmen and sophomore years.
Carmen definitely does have a reputation as the social dorm of the frosh dorms. A lot of people think this means it's a party dorm, and by Columbia standards I guess it is, but it's much more social gathering (a few people from the suite have a few friends over) and a lot less animal house. Most roommates/suitemates will generally be considerate if you're trying to sleep, and although some people study in their dorms, I think most (like myself) go/went to Butler.
Furnald is far and away the nicest. I think either my freshmen year (06-07) or the year before was the first year they used it as freshmen housing, before then it was usually mostly seniors (since seniors pick first in the housing lottery). Although Carmen is a newer building than Furnald, Furnald is the most recently renovated, and is the most aesthetically pleasing to say the least. My friend who transferred to Furnald I actually knew because he transferred onto my floor (I was in Furnald my freshmen year). A lot of people claim Furnald is anti-social, which may be true on some floors, but definitely wasn't the case on mine (and wasn't the case on most floors where I knew people). A lot of my closest friends today are people from my floor freshmen year. Furnald singles are also a bit bigger than John Jay singles, which is definitely a nice bonus.
So have people been getting these emails to their uni accounts? Or in their regular email accounts? Because I checked my housing assignment on the housing portal, but haven't gotten any emails from Columbia directly that are related to housing.
Also, have people gotten roommate assignments also? How do you check these?
1) Upon Photo submission - it says the "edu mail is not still activated" even though the emails are coming to the edu email. Is this the case for all? What is the procedure to get the photo submission approved?
2) Also the link to activate "authorise payers" on SSOL is not available - the deadline is august 3 according to the newsletter. Are others able to see that link in the SSOL or is it the same for all?