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Where Should You Live?

Deciding where to live during a student's time at Columbia 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 a range of housing situations. A number of students stay in University-owned buildings, many live at home, and some secure other non-University housing in the New York area. The housing information provided below, as well as in the acceptance packet, should provide enough information to begin looking for housing that will best meet each student's needs.

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Columbia Housing

GS students are housed in facilities operated by University Apartment Housing. 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.

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Housing Availability and Eligibility

Student demand for housing regularly exceeds the allotment and housing is not guaranteed. The School is allotted a limited number of spaces by University Apartment Housing each semester for new assignments. 

University Apartment Housing is available to students as well as 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 wait list. 

Students who are enrolled full-time at GS (12 or more points per semester) may apply for University Apartment Housing. Postbaccalaureate Premedical students enrolled for less than 12 points are 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.

It is easier to be assigned University Apartment Housing as a new student than as a continuing student. Students who think they may want University Housing are advised to apply for it now. Students may decline an offer if they later decide they do not want University Housing.

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Housing Application Timeline

Fall Semester
Application Opens Mid-February
Application Deadline July 1
Review Process Early to Mid-July
Housing Assignments* Early to Mid-July
Wait List Opens Mid-July
Wait List Closes Late September
Spring Semester
Application Opens Mid-October
Application Deadline December 1
Review Process Mid-October to Mid-December
Housing Assignments* Mid-October to Mid-December
Wait List Opens Mid-December
Wait List Closes Mid-February

*Students who do not receive housing assignments will automatically be placed on the wait list.

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Application Process

Log-in Information

  • Sign-up Code: uah071651
  • CUID: Students will also need their CUID in order to complete the application, which can be found in the acceptance packet.

To apply, please follow these steps*:

  1. Review the Housing Essentials and Types of Accommodations sections of the UAH website.
  2. Sign-up for a My Housing Portal account.
  3. Complete the University Apartment Housing application.

*The Spring 2016 housing application will open on October 15, 2015.  

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Wait List

The Wait List Housing Process operates after regular fall and spring housing assignments are made. Students who do not receive a housing assignment are automatically placed on the wait list. 

Students will be notified on a rolling basis about coming off the wait list, as space becomes available, and will have 24 hours to accept or decline the offer.

The likelihood of receiving a housing offer during the wait list 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 wait list process, housing is not guaranteed, and it is important to investigate options on the open market while managing the wait list process.

Contact Us

Questions concerning University Housing may be directed to gs-housing@columbia.edu.

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Non-Columbia Housing

Non-Columbia Housing is comprised of rooms and apartments owned and operated by landlords other than the University that are not subject to inspection or approval by Columbia University. Many apartments are located within convenient walking distance; others require a commute by subway or bus. While we cannot recommend any spaces, we can give you some help with where to look.

Columbia's Off-Campus Housing Assistance Office (OCHA)

The Off-Campus Housing Assistance (OCHA) office maintains an online database of available apartments and rooms for rent in the greater metropolitan area. A UNI is required to sign up for OCHA; new students can activate their UNI accounts here. Students who do not yet have a UNI may create a guest account.

Other Resources

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.

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