Housing FAQs

Below are frequently asked questions asked by current and prospective students. If you don’t see any of your questions or concerns listed below in the FAQs, please contact the CUMC Office of Housing Services at cumc.housing@columbia.edu.


New Student/Tenant Housing FAQs

 

I’m a new student—how do I apply for CUMC housing?

  • Newly admitted students who require either single or couples housing and will be enrolled in either either the Dental Grad Programs (Endo, Ortho, Perio, Prostho and AEGD) or MDE (Nursing) may apply for CUMC on-campus housing. All housing notifications will occur in early April.
     
  • Newly admitted students who require either single or couples housing and will begin in the fall may apply for CUMC housing online from April 15 until June 1. Housing notifications for newly admitted students will occur April 25-June 1.

 

Please note the number and type of student housing units available for rent at any given time varies throughout the year. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that you will be housed in accommodations that satisfy your first preference in terms of type, location, and price range.

 

Check your housing eligibility now.

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I am a new student—how do I request disability housing accommodations?
Accommodations are provided for students whose disabilities substantially limit their ability to live in CUMC’s traditional housing units. Review our guidelines. 

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How do I apply to be a Resident Advisor (RA)?
RA applications are available in the CUMC Office of Housing Services. While we cannot interview all applicants, all applications will be reviewed. Housing rates are adjusted; student meal plans, however, are not a part of the program.

 

RA applications are currently closed. Please check back for information on future RA applications, including important dates and deadlines.

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What is the priority for assigning housing?
To ensure fair housing for as many CUMC students as possible, the Office of Housing Services uses the following priority structure for housing assignments:

  • Priority 1: International applicants
  • Priority 2: Applicants within the United States coming from farthest away then moving eastward
  • Priority 3: Applicants from the Tristate area (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut)

 

Please note the number and type of student housing units available for rent at any given time varies throughout the year. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that you will be housed in accommodations that satisfy your first preference in terms of type, location, and price range.

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I’m a new student or new tenant and was not assigned housing. Can I re-apply?

If you are a registered full-time student on the medical campus, you qualify for the Reapplication Process that takes place between September 1 and September 30. Please submit your housing application online and select the type of accommodation you are interested in. If an accommodation is available, a Housing Offer will be sent to the email address you provided on your housing application. It is preferred that you use a CUMC email address.

 

 

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Does CUMC offer housing for Postdoctoral Research Fellows and Postdoctoral Research Scientists?
Yes, CUMC does offer housing for Postdoctoral Research Fellows and Postdoctoral Research Scientists at 390 Fort Washington.

 

For more information for housing for Postdoctoral Research Fellows and Postdoctoral Research Scientists, including eligibility and accommodation information, visit the 390 Fort Washington Building webpage.

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Are the residence halls and campus apartments pet-friendly?
Unfortunately, there is a “No Pet” policy in all of the CUMC buildings.

 

For off-campus housing locations that allow pets, contact the CUMC Office of Housing Services at 212-304-7000 or cumc.housing@columbia.edu. You may also visit the Off-Campus Housing webpage.

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Are the residence hall and apartments family-friendly?
While there is housing for couples, the CUMC Office of Housing Services does not, unfortunately, offer housing for your friends or members of your immediate family, including parents, siblings or children.

 

For off-campus housing locations for families, contact the CUMC Office of Housing Services at 212-304-7000 or cumc.housing@columbia.edu. You may also visit the Off-Campus Housing webpage.

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What items do I need for my lease-signing appointment?
To sign a rental agreement you must bring the following items:

  • Two (2) passport size photos of yourself, as well as two photos each of your partner, if applicable.
  • Social security number or, if not available, your passport to be photocopied by a representative from the CUMC Office of Housing Services.
  • Documentation of couple's status and/or family status, if applicable.

 

If you require couples’ housing, you must also bring one of the following items to your leasing-signing appointment:

  • Documentation of marriage or domestic partnership
  • Joint mortgage or lease
  • Documentation showing, for a period of at least six months prior to the application for housing, an actively used joint bank account, joint credit account, or joint ownership of a motor vehicle
  • Two items documenting that you and your partner have resided together at the same address for a period of at least six months prior to the application for housing (such as drivers' license, voters' registration, utility bills, etc.).

Visit our Leases and Contracts page for more information.

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I missed my scheduled lease signing appointment—what are my next steps?
Please contact the CUMC Office of Housing Services at 212-305-HELP (select option # 2) or cumc.housing@columbia.edu to reschedule.

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Where do I give my first month’s rent/security deposit to?
Your first month’s rent and security deposit should be paid on the day of your lease-signing appointment, which takes place in the Office of Housing Services. All checks and money orders should be made payable to: Columbia University.

 

After move-in, all subsequent rent payments should be mailed to the address listed on your first month’s rent bill. For questions about utilities bills, please download the Student/Tenant Guide.

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I’m a student and would like to transfer to another room or building. How can I change rooms?

As a current full-time student who has lived at least a year or more on campus, you can apply for a transfer. Please review the process on our on-campus housing page.

 

 

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Where can I borrow a hand-truck or dolly for move-in?
Please see the door attendants in Towers I, II, and III to borrow a hand-truck or dolly. You must provide a CUMC ID. While door attendants in other buildings cannot offer this resource, residents of other buildings are welcome to request a hand-truck or dolly at Towers I, II, and III.

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Are there laundry facilities throughout the residence halls and apartment housing?
There are laundry rooms in all residence halls and apartment housing.

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What furniture is provided in the rooms and apartments?
All furnished rooms are provided with a twin extra-long bed, desk, bookshelf, chair, and dresser. Please refer to the furnishing sheet for single students.

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Is couples housing furnished or unfurnished?
With the exception of the apartments at 154 Haven Avenue, couples apartments are all unfurnished.


Current Students/Tenants Houing FAQs

I’m a current student who lives on campus—how do I renew my CUMC housing contract?

  • If you are a student who currently lives on campus, you will receive a lease renewal contract or residence hall renewal contract in early spring.
  • If you are a student who currently lives in Bard Hall, you may also enter the Bard Haven-Towers Lottery. See below for information on how to participate in the lottery.

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I’m a current student who lives off campus—how do I apply for on-campus housing at CUMC?

  • Current students who require couples housing and are currently enrolled in College of Physicians and Surgeons, Mailman School of Public Health, or Graduate School of Arts and Sciences may apply for CUMC housing online from February 1 until March 31. Housing packets for current students interested in couples housing are also available in the Office of Housing Services. Housing notifications for couples housing will occur in early.
     
  • Single students currently enrolled in the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Mailman School of Public Health, or Graduate School of Basic Sciences may apply for CUMC housing online from April 15 until June 1. Housing notifications will occur in April 20-June 1.

 

Click here to check your housing eligibility.

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How do I apply to be a Resident Advisor (RA)?
RA applications are available in the CUMC Office of Housing Services. While we cannot interview all applicants, all applications will be reviewed. Housing rates are adjusted; student meal plans, however, are not a part of the program.

 

RA applications are currently closed. Please check back for information on future RA applications, including important dates and deadlines.

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How do I enter the Bard to Towers Lottery?
Review your eligibility and our guidelines for the lottery.

 

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Where do I send my rent payments to?
All rent payments should be mailed to the address listed on your first month’s rent bill. For questions about utilities bills, please download the Student/Tenant Guide.

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Who do I talk to about my rent bill?
If you have questions about the amount of your bill, please contact the Columbia University Office of the Controller at 212-854-1009.

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Is there an increase in my rent every year? If so, how much?
Students living in CUMC housing may be subject to an annual increase. Increases are typically 3% and take into consideration current market prices.

 

Rent increases are noted on lease renewal documents, which are sent to students in early spring of each year.

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Is there a penalty for breaking my lease or contract?

  • If you live in apartment housing, you will have a penalty for breaking your lease; you should notify us at least 30 days in advance by filling out a Notice of Vacancy form. Only students in the following situations will not be penalized: Students who are going on leave, have withdrawn, completed the semester, or are prohibited from attending classes due to medical reasons.
  • If you live in Bard Hall and Georgian, you do have penalties for breaking your housing contract if you are moving off campus; if transferring to other buildings on campus, you will not be penalized.

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What do I do if I lose my key?

  • Bard Hall and Georgian Residents: If you lose your key during business hours (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) you can request a replacement key for $10 per key. If you lose your key after hours, please see your Superintendant or RA to allow you access. You may be charged $50 for the access.
  • Towers I, II, II, 154 Haven, and 390 Fort Washington Residents: If you lose your key during business hours (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) you can request a replacement key; the cost for replacement keys may ranges from $10-25. If you lose your key after hours, please see your Superintendant or RA to allow you access. You may be charged $50 for the access.

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How can I submit a Maintenance/Facilities request?
Please click here and then click on the “Work Order” image to submit your maintenance or facilities request. You may also contact the CUMC Office of Housing Services at cumc.housing@columbia.edu.

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Can I remove any of the furniture that is provided in my room?
On a case by case basis, furniture may be removed. Please contact the Office of Housing Services.

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Do I have to vacate my residence hall during the winter break?
No, you can stay for the duration of the break.

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Can I stay for the summer in Georgian, Bard Hall, or apartment housing?
If you reside in Bard Hall or Georgian Residence you can stay during the summer if you are taking classes or working in a laboratory or department. Please visit the Office of Housing Services to complete a Summer Application.

 

If you are in apartment housing, you may stay the summer as long as you renew your leas

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When does my lease end in the Towers I, II, III; 154 Haven Avenue; or 390 Fort Washington Avenue?
All student leases for Towers I, II, and III and 154 Haven end on May 31. Postdoc leases for 390 Fort Washington Ave. end on June 30.

 

If you are enrolled in one of the following Dental graduate programs, your lease ends on June 30th: Periodontics, Endodontics, Prosthodontics, Orthodontics, or Advanced Education in General Dentistry.

 

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Who should I contact for storage in the summer?
Since we do not provide storage, you can contact the following companies or look for your own:

  • Contemporary Moving Systems
  • Hudson North America
  • Noah’s Ark Moving & Storage

The storage companies listed above are recommended by the Morningside Campus. The CUMC Office of Housing Services has no affiliation with any of these companies and has provided this information strictly for your convenience.

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What are the hours of operation for Bard Hall Mailroom?
The Bard Hall Mailroom is open Monday- Friday, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

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Where can I borrow a hand-truck or dolly for large packages?
Please see the door attendants in Towers I, II, and III to borrow a hand-truck or dolly. You must provide a CUMC ID. While door attendants in other buildings cannot offer this resource, residents of other buildings are welcome to request a hand-truck or dolly at Towers I, II, and III.

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Graduating Student/Exiting Tenant Housing FAQs 

Can I stay for the summer in Georgian, Bard Hall, or apartment housing?
May graduates must move out by the last day of their contract/lease. October and February graduates have until the end of the month in which they graduate to move out of University housing.

 

May graduates who currently reside in on-campus housing and will be continuing at the medical center as residents of Columbia University Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital may apply to continue to live in CUMC housing by obtaining an application from the Office of Housing Services. This continuation is offered for a maximum of one year.

 

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When does my lease end in the Towers I, II, III; 154 Haven Avenue; or 390 Fort Washington Avenue?
All student leases for Towers I, II, and III and 154 Haven end on May 31st.

If you are enrolled in one of the following Dental graduate programs, your lease ends on June 30th: Periodontics, Endodontics, Prosthodontics, Orthodontics, or Advanced Education in General Dentistry.

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Is there a penalty for breaking my lease or contract?

  • If you live in apartment housing, you will be penalized for breaking your lease; you should notify us at least 30 days in advance by filling out a Notice of Vacancy form. Only students in the following situations will not be penalized: Students who are going on leave, have withdrawn, completed the semester, or are prohibited from attending classes due to medical reasons.
  • If you live in Bard Hall and Georgian, you will be penalized for breaking your housing contract if you are moving off campus; if transferring to other buildings on campus, you will not be penalized.

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Who do I talk to about my rent bill?
If you have questions about the amount of your bill, please contact the Columbia University Office of the Controller at 212-854-1009.

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When I vacate, when do I get my deposit back?
Deposits are forwarded within two months; you must provide us with a Notice of Vacancy form with a forwarding address.

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Need Help? Contact the Office of Housing Services

212-305-Help (4357), select 'Option 2'
cumc.housing@columbia.edu
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For all after hours emergency issues:
Georgian: 212-305-6868 | 154 Haven: 212-304-7144 | 390 Ft. Washington: 212-927-3539 | Bard/Tower 1 304-7002 | Tower 2: 304-7262 | Tower 3: 305-1300

  • Student/Tenant Guide
  • Moving
  • Disability Services

Facilities Operations

650 West 168th Street
Black Building, Room B-02
New York, NY 10032
Tel: 212-305-4357 (Option 3)
Fax: (212) 305-1026
cumc.facilities@columbia.edu

Parking Office

650 West 168th Street
Black Building
New York, NY 10032
Tel: 212-305-4357 (Option 7)
Fax: 212-305-1026
cumc.parking@columbia.edu


Columbia University
School of Nursing
Building

Housing Services

50 Haven Avenue
Bard Hall, 1st Floor
New York, NY 10032
Tel: 212-304-7000
or 212-305-4357 (Option 2)
cumc.housing@columbia.edu

 

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