Students within the Joint Bachelor’s Degree Program between City University Hong Kong and Columbia University are guaranteed Columbia University housing during their two years on campus. New York's many and diverse neighborhoods combined with an extensive public transportation system offer a variety of housing options that are convenient to the Columbia campus.

Columbia Housing

School of General Studies students are housed in facilities operated by University Apartment Housing (UAH). Since few studio apartments are available, GS students are usually accommodated in apartments or dormitory-style suites shared by other Columbia students. Typically each student has his or her own bedroom while sharing kitchen and bath facilities. 

Housing Eligibility

To be eligible for University housing, students must be registered full-time (meaning they must register for and complete at least 12 points each semester). Full-time student status is also a requirement for maintaining a student visa. It is easier to be assigned to UAH as a student who is new to the University than as a continuing student. If you plan to apply for University housing, it is best to do so now, as the timeliness of your application will impact your housing allocation. You may decline an offer if you decide you do not want University housing.

Housing Application Timeline

Fall Semester

Application Opens


Review Process

April-Early July

Housing Assignments*

Early to Mid-July

Wait List Opens


Wait List Closes

Late September

*Housing assignments are made on a rolling basis as spaces become available.

Joint Bachelor's Degree Program students who plan to apply for University Apartment Housing at Columbia will receive instructions in their third-year transition packets, which will be given to them by their academic advisors in the spring term of their second year at CityU.

Application Process

To be considered for fall housing, students must submit the housing application by April 1. A UAH application is not binding, so if you are assigned an apartment you may decline the offer.

Note: While housing is guaranteed for Joint Bachelor's Degree Program students, you should not assume you have housing until you receive an offer letter or email from University Apartment Housing.