SPS Housing

Columbia SPS has partnered with International House to provide single occupancy, dormitory style graduate housing to students who are enrolled in a full-time, Master of Science program (at least 12 credits or more per semester). Please note that there is limited availability and housing will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis.

I-House is located just 10 minutes from our Morningside campus. Located at 500 Riverside Drive, this vibrant residence fosters international understanding by empowering residents, as members of a diverse and inclusive lifelong community, to become the next generation of globally-minded leaders. To learn more about I-House, you may watch a short video clip or visit their website.

All bedrooms are furnished, single occupancy, private residential rooms. The rates vary according to factors such as size, floor, and view. The average room size is 8'×11' and some rooms include a sink. Furthermore, each floor has shared, single-sex bathroom facilities. On average, these spaces cost between $7,000 and $8,000 per academic semester. This rate includes a $5.50 per night dining fee, air conditioning, and all utilities.

You can also learn more about I-House by viewing their virtual tour. If you have any questions, please reach out to sps-studentlife@columbia.edu.

SPS Housing Application

A housing application link with log-in information is provided to students upon admission. Students must apply for housing via the housing portal, using the sign-up code below and their PID number:

  • Link to Housing Portal
  • Spring 2019 Sign-Up Code: uah102647
  • The PID Number will start with a “C” followed by 9 digits (Cxxxxxxxxx). You can locate your PID Number via your program’s advisor.

Students seeking SPS housing should complete the application and will be notified if housing is available, or if they have been placed on a waitlist. Students who are offered housing must pay a nonrefundable $1,000 deposit within five business days from the date of the offer in order to secure their housing assignment.

Students are encouraged to review Columbia University Facilities’ How to Apply section for more information about creating a housing account and submitting a housing application.

SPS Housing Contract & Billing

Housing contracts are set for one academic year (fall and spring semesters only). Bills are payable in monthly installments, semester installments, or academic year payments.

Off-Campus Housing

Columbia’s Off-Campus Housing Assistance Office

Columbia’s Off-Campus Housing Assistance (OCHA) office maintains an online database of available apartments and rooms for rent in the greater New York metropolitan area. A University Network ID (UNI) is required to sign up for OCHA; if you are a new student, activate your UNI account here. If you are a recently admitted student and you do not have a UNI yet, you may create a guest account.

Hotel Accommodations

Columbia University has special rate arrangements with preferred hotels. When making reservations at one of these hotels, please specify that you are calling from Columbia University.

Additional Off-Campus Housing Resources

To learn more about off-campus housing in New York City, including short-term housing, long-term housing, and searching for a roommate, the Office of Student life has created a Student Housing Resources PDF.

Columbia assumes no responsibility in connection with any rental agreement or services provided by our cooperating real estate/relocation agencies and recommends that all agreements between tenant and landlord be put in writing. Columbia expressly disclaims any and all responsibility for any problems that may arise with regard to such property, rental unit, or roommate posting or with regard to disputes between landlords and tenants, or between roommates, concerning such property or rental units. All prospective tenants are encouraged to exercise their own good judgment when evaluating a prospective rental unit, landlord or roommate.