Student Life & Accommodation

NYCE students and the Barnard College campusBarnard College is an independent liberal arts college established in 1889 and has been affiliated with Columbia University since 1900. Columbia University, an Ivy League institution, was founded by Royal Charter as King’s College in 1754 and is the oldest university in New York. Barnard was named after Frederick Augustus Porter Barnard, the President of Columbia University, in 1889.

Barnard College sits in Morningside Heights, a neighborhood just north of the Upper West Side, minutes from the bustle of Midtown, and a short walk from the Hudson River, Riverside Park, and the urban oasis of Central Park. On campus students can enjoy a picnic on the lawns, exercise in the gym at Columbia University, and relax with friends in the seventeenth floor lounge while taking in the breathtaking views of the New York skyline. The surrounding neighborhood features a diverse selection of shops, restaurants, and cafes, as well as notable sites such as Tom's Restaurant, the diner used in exterior shots of the television sitcom Seinfeld, and the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, one of the largest cathedrals in the world.

STAFF AND SUPERVISION. All programs have central offices open daily from 8:00am until midnight where students can seek advice and answers to their questions. The Program Director and residential staff members live in the same residence as the students, ensuring availability and care around the clock. The Barnard campus gates and the entrances to student residences are manned by security guards who are on duty 24 hours a day and always available in case of emergency.      

ACCOMMODATIONS. All rooms are air-conditioned singles and doubles, with shared bathroom facilities on the floor. The rooms have space for studying, and the residences have larger common areas where students can work together. Rooms are furnished with a bed (linens and towels provided), a dresser or wardrobe, and a desk and chair.

MEALS. Students enjoy a cafeteria-style breakfast and dinner in the dining hall. Breakfast is primarily continental-style with choices such as cereal, fruit, yogurt, toast, coffee, and tea. Dinner is a variety of standard and regional foods, including a vegetarian option, a salad bar, and desserts. Lunch is at each student's discretion and provides an opportunity to sample local snack bars, cafes, sandwich shops, or the many small restaurants nearby.

COLLEGE FACILITIES. Beyond the classrooms and dining hall, students have the use of communal spaces for socializing and watching television or movies. There are nearby public telephones and on-site message boards, and students collect their mail daily from the Program Office.