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 single students who will begin in fall 2014 may apply for CUMC housing online from April 15 until June 1. Housing notifications for newly admitted students will occur in mid-June 2014.
  • Newly admitted students who require couples' housing may also apply online from April 15 until June 1. Housing notifications for couples student housing will occur in mid-June 2014.

 

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’m 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. Requests for disability housing accommodations must be submitted to the Office of Disability Services.

 

Students must follow the University's Disability Housing Accommodations Procedures & Guidelines and submit both a Request for Housing Accommodations and documentation of their disability for consideration of their requests.

 

Requests are reviewed by the Office of Disability Services. Deadlines for such requests are:

  • Entering ETP Nursing students: March 1
  • Entering first year P&S medical students: April 15
  • All other entering, first year students: June 1
  • Couples Housing: June 1

 

While applications submitted after the dates listed above will be accepted and considered, CUMC cannot guarantee that it will be able to meet late applicants’ accommodation needs, including any needs that may develop during the semester. For more information on regarding disability housing accommodations, visit the Office of Disability Services website, or contact the office at 212-854-2388 or disability@columbia.edu.

 

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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 for fall 2014 have closed. Please check back for information on fall 2015 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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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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Does CUMC offer temporary housing?
Yes, CUMC does offer limited temporary housing via the Ivy League Guest Rooms to guests of the Medical Center who are engaged in approved academic activities at the center and require short term accommodations. Rooms are available on a first come, first serve basis. Accommodations are offered on a nightly basis; the maximum length of stay is two (2) months.

 

When reserving a room, guests will be asked to provide reason for visiting the Medical Center along with the name of department/program they are attending, the department/program’s address, and a contact person (including title and phone number). Payment of one night’s lodging is required to secure reservation.

 

For more information or to reserve a room, contact the CUMC Office of Housing Services at 212-304-7000 or cumc.housing@columbia.edu.

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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.).

 

For more information on lease signing, visit the Moving In/Moving Out webpage or click on one of the tutorial links below. If after reviewing the tutorials you still have questions or concerns regarding the lease signing processes at CUMC, please contact the CUMC Office of Housing Services at 212-304-7000 or cumc.housing@columbia.edu.

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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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Where can I borrow a hand-truck or dolly for move-in?
Please see Security at 50/60 Bard/Haven Towers to retrieve a hand-truck or dolly. You must provide a CUMC ID.

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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 (single students and students who require couples' housing) currently enrolled in either College of Dental Medicine School or ETP (Nursing) may apply for on-campus housing at CUMC online from February 3 until March 31. All housing notifications will occur in early April 2014.
  • Current students who require couples housing and are currently enrolled in College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Mailman School of Public Health, or the Graduate School of Basic Sciences may apply for CUMC housing online from April 15 until June 1. Housing notifications will occur in mid-June 2014.
  • Single students currently enrolled in the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Mailman School of Public Health, or the Graduate School of Basic Sciences may apply for CUMC housing online from April 15 until June 1. Housing notifications will occur in mid-June 2014.

 

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 for fall 2014 have closed. Please check back for information on fall 2015 applications, including important dates and deadlines.

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How do I enter the Bard Haven-Towers Lottery?
To participate in the 2014 Bard Haven-Towers Lottery, you must hold a “Bard Hall 2013 Dorm Housing Contract,” be a full-time matriculated student enrolled at CUMC, be in good financial standing with the University, and must maintain full-time status throughout upcoming academic year.

 

If you meet the criteria listed above, you should take the following steps:

  1. File for a Lottery Number: All Bard Hall residents who wish to enter the 2014 Lottery and Apartment Selection process must file for a Lottery Number before Monday, March 17, 2014.
  2. Receive Your Lottery Number: All Lottery Numbers will be posted in the Office of Housing Services, along with a list of available apartments on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Lottery Numbers are non-transferable; breeching the lottery process will result in disqualification from the process.
  3. Apply for A Specific Unit Type: Applications for groups of two, three or four must be submitted no later than Wednesday, April 2, 2014. The groups must remain intact throughout the remainder of apartment selection process.
  4. View the Available Apartments: You will have the chance to independently view apartments available for selection with the current tenants between Monday, March 31 and Monday, April 7, 2014.
  5. Select Your Apartment: All groups and group members must be in attendance at Apartment Selection on Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

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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?
The bed can only be removed by request. All other furniture must remain.

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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 you can stay during the summer if you are taking classes or working in a laboratory or department.

 

If you meet the criteria above and would like to stay for summer housing, please come to the CUMC Office of Housing Services (located on the first floor of Bard Hall)  and complete a Summer Application.

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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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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 Security at 50/60 Bard/Haven Towers to retrieve a hand-truck or dolly. You must provide a CUMC ID.

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Graduating Student/Exiting Tenant Housing FAQs

Are there any campus accommodations available for families during commencement?
We do provide guest rooms; however they are limited in number and they are on a first come, first serve basis.

 

For more information on guest rooms, please contact the CUMC Office of Housing Services at cumc.housing@columbia.edu.

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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 you can stay during the summer if you are taking classes or working in a laboratory or department.

 

If you meet the criteria above and would like to stay for summer housing, please come to the Office of Housing Services and complete a Summer Application.

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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 5-HELP

5-Help (212-305-4357)
5help@columbia.edu
Monday - Friday: 8:00am* to 7:30pm
Saturday: 9am to 5pm
Sunday: 10am to 6pm
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Facilities Operations

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

Parking Office

Parking
650 West 168th Street
Black Building, Room B-02
New York, NY 10032
Tel: (212) 305-1056
Fax: (212)305-1026
cumc.parking@columbia.edu

Residential Facilities

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

 

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