Deciding where to live as a GS student is a very important decision, one to which serious consideration should be given. 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.
GS students reside in many different housing situations. A number of students stay in University-owned housing, many live at home, and some secure other non-University housing in the New York area.
GS students are housed in facilities operated by Columbia Residential. 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.
Postbac Premed students interested in housing should visit the Housing page on the Postbac Premed website.
Newly-admitted GS students interested in obtaining University Housing should consult the Housing page for newly-admitted students.
GS students are not guaranteed University Housing. The School is allotted a limited number of spaces by Columbia Residential each semester for new assignments. Student demand for housing regularly exceeds the allotment and both new and continuing students may apply for University Housing.
University Housing is available to students, couples, and students with dependent children on a limited basis and priority is given to those students moving from great distances. Students who live within 50 miles of campus will most likely be placed on the waiting list.
Only students who are enrolled full time at GS (12 or more points per semester) may apply for University Housing. Postbaccalaureate Premedical students enrolled for less than 12 points are also eligible for University Housing if they are registered for at least 9 points and are simultaneously fulfilling their clinical volunteer work requirement of at least 3 hours per week and 42 hours per semester.
|Review Process||April-Early July|
|Housing Assignments*||Early to Mid-July|
|Wait List Opens||Mid-July|
|Wait List Closes||Late September|
|Review Process||Mid-November to Mid-December|
|Housing Assignments*||Mid-November to Mid-December|
|Wait List Opens||Mid-December|
|Wait List Closes||Late February|
*Housing assignments are made on a rolling basis as space becomes available. Students who do not receive a housing assignment are automatically placed on the wait list.
Only students currently not in University Housing need apply and are encouraged to do so early. Housing assignments are made on a rolling basis as space becomes available.
To apply, please follow these steps:
- Review the Housing Essentials and Types of Accommodations sections of the Columbia Residential website, and review and sign the Guidelines for Sharing University Apartment Housing form.
- Sign-up for a My Housing Portal account.
- Complete the Columbia Residential application.
Spring 2019 Sign-up Code: uah102647
CUID/PID: Students will also need their CUID/PID in order to complete the application; the CUID/PID number begins with C00 and is available at the top of any page in SSOL.
To locate their PID, students may need to select “Show My Personal Name and Data” from the drop-down menu in the “Viewing Options” box and then click “Update View”; the CUID/PID number should then be displayed.
The Wait List Housing Process operates after regular fall and spring housing assignments are made. Students who do not receive a housing assignment will automatically be placed on the waitlist.
Students will be notified on a rolling basis about coming off the waitlist as space becomes available. If space does become available, students have 24 hours to accept or decline the offer.
A student’s likelihood of receiving a housing offer during the waitlist process varies from year to year and depends on available units and the demand for apartments across all schools at the University. While it is possible to receive an offer for housing as part of the waitlist process, University Housing is not guaranteed and it is important for students to investigate options on the open market while managing the waitlist process.
Room to Room Transfer requests are accepted on an ongoing basis through April 15. General Transfer and Group Transfer periods are October, November, February, and March, and applications received by the 5th of those months will be considered for each period. Transfer requests must be submitted through My Housing Portal.
If you have any questions concerning University Housing, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Off-Campus Housing Assistance Office (OCHA)
OCHA provides advice on finding rentals in non-Columbia owned buildings and maintains a website and online database of available rooms, apartments, and apartment shares in the greater metropolitan area. This service is open to all Columbia students, full- and part-time.
The OCHA Apartment Hunting Webinar, available 24/7 online, offers valuable information for those searching for housing off-campus. It features detailed PowerPoint slides in recorded webinar format.
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Other Housing Resources
The information on the pages linked below is provided as a service to students of the School of General Studies. The School of General Studies does not endorse any of the services, facilities, or resources listed.
Apartment Hunting Resources
Contains links to apartment listings databases, including OCHA, a free service available only to Columbia University students, as well as additional pertinent resources.
Long-Term Housing Options
Contains information on the many different types of long-term residential options available to students in New York. Students are advised to read the requirements for each residence carefully.
Short-Term Housing Options
Prospective students who wish to visit Columbia or students still looking for permanent accommodations may wish to consider the short-term housing options found on this page.