Housing Review: Cathedral Gardens

It’s that time of year again! The Nine Ways of Knowing will be reviewing each residence hall, so keep checking the site for updates. CG is first up.


With a relatively open floor plan and a fully furnished living room, Cathedral Gardens is probably the nicest place you will ever live in as a student in Manhattan. While the layout varies from suite to suite, each space includes a common area/living room, a kitchen (with a dishwasher!), a dining room table, and several individual rooms. There are many different combinations of living spaces, so make sure to talk with your suite to figure out how to best fulfill everyone’s needs. The laundry room is easily accessible on the tenth floor with more than enough machines to go around and a beautiful view to pass the time while you wait for your laundry to finish. There are only 2 RAs for the whole building, so there’s a very hands-off assisting style. Perhaps the most interesting part of living in CG is that you might very well be living next to a Barnard professor and their family! That’s right, Cathedral Gardens is home to both students and teachers. Still, with the exception of the occasional awkward meet-up in the lobby, you will probably never interact.


The size, shape, and amount of bathrooms per suite changes based on what kind of space you choose. The quality of the bathrooms is pretty great, with clean tile floors and relatively reliable plumbing. In a 6 singles suite, there are two sinks, two showers (one with a tub!) and one toilet.

Kitchens 78341-cg3

The major benefit to the kitchens of CG is access to an Honest-to-God dishwasher, particularly because you mostly feed yourself when you live 20 minutes from campus. They also include a working oven and stove, a large refrigerator, and plenty of counter space.



  • A well stocked grocery store across the street, called Central Market, particularly important when you wind up cooking all your own meals. (They have Mexican Coke!) There is also a Starbucks across the street, as well as a bike store and Amrita cafe.
  • A whole new area for students to explore, particularly those that otherwise never leave campus. Also, access to Central Park and Morningside Park, both of which are around 2 minutes away!
  • Occasional access to the 10th floor roof patio in good weather, and the gorgeous view over the parks it provides.
  • Air conditioning and heating that you control!
  • Beautiful living space.
  • Access to the A, C, B, D subway lines (B and C at Cathedral Gardens stop, C and D at 125th or 59th), which are less crowded than the 1, 2, 3 and are not confined to following Broadway.
  • A working TV in the 10th floor lounge that is almost never being used.
  • Rooms very rarely need repair work. When they do, Viktor (the awesome super), takes care of it.
  • Farmer’s market on weekend mornings.
  • New opportunities for takeout!
  • Feels more like a home than a dorm room, kind of halfway between school and the real world


  • Unreliable printer for which you have to provide paper.
  • A three avenue walk to the 1, 2, 3 line.
  • 20 minute walk to and from campus every day. The shuttle can also be unreliable.
  • No wireless internet.  (although routers are $20 on amazon)
  • Nice thick walls, but flimsy doors that let sound out to the common areas.
  • A pretty noisy neighborhood active at odd hours of the day. The windows do not block sound from outside

Check out our housing reviews from last year here.


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