Options for accommodations

On-Campus Housing

On-campus housing is available during Summer Session 2 only.

Students must meet the eligibility requirements listed below to qualify for residential status. On-campus housing is not available during the academic year and Summer Session 1. Students are responsible for finding their own accommodations. Securing housing in New York City can be challenging, and we have provided some resources below to help with the process.


Students must be enrolled in a minimum of six points of credit-bearing coursework to qualify for housing.

Students who will be 16 years of age or older by the start of the program qualify automatically for residential status. Students who will be 15 years old by the start of the program may reside in the dormitories only with special permission. A parent or legal guardian will be required to submit a note attesting to the student's exceptional maturity as part of the application form. Younger students are housed with the other students in the program and are assumed to be at the maturity level of 16- and 17-year-olds. Students who are not United States citizens or permanent residents must be a full-time student at Columbia — registered for at least 6 points of credit-bearing courses in a six week session or 12 points of credit-bearing courses in the entire 12-week summer period — in order to be eligible for a student (F-1) visa.

Please visit the ISSO website for detailed visa instructions.

Off-Campus Housing

The Off-Campus Housing Assistance Office helps Columbia students and affiliates in their search for rental housing in non-Columbia-owned buildings located in the metropolitan area. These accommodations are not subject to inspection or approval by the University. Please note that students under the age of 18 may be required to have a parent living with them.

401 West 119th Street (corner of Morningside Dr.)
New York, NY 10027
Phone: 212-854-2773
Fax: 212-854-5333
Office hours: Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

OCHA maintains a database known as the Housing Registry which contains listings of rooms and apartments in non-Columbia-owned buildings in NYC, which prospective roommates can also use to post and search roommate profiles. OCHA offers housing search counseling and has created a webinar about apartment hunting.