Incoming Students

Welcome to Columbia University Medical Center! Living on campus is an excellent way to connect with your peers and access key resources, such as study spaces, the athletic center, the library, dining options, and the Student Health Service. We invite you to explore our buildings and the campus map.

CUMC housing is only available to full-time students. Review eligibility requirements to apply.

Application Timeline

Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

Fall Matriculation
April 15-June 1

If you'll be enrolled in the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S) beginning in the fall, apply for on-campus housing between April 15 and June 1. Housing notifications will be sent via email beginning April 25 to the email address you provided when filling out your application.

Spring Matriculation
November 1-30

If you'll be enrolled in the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S) beginning in the spring, apply for on-campus housing between November 1 and November 30. Housing notifications will be sent via email before November 30.

School of Nursing

Incoming Masters Direct Entry Nursing Students

February 1-March 31

If you are a newly admitted student who requires either single or couples housing and will be enrolled in the Masters Direct Entry program, apply for on-campus housing between February 1 and March 31:

Early April-Mid-May

Housing notifications will be sent via email beginning in early April to the email address you provided when filling out your application.

All Other Incoming Students

You can apply for on-campus housing at CUMC if you have been newly admitted to the Columbia University School of Nursing:

Fall Matriculation
April 15-June 1

If you'll be enrolled in the School of Nursing beginning in the fall, apply for on-campus housing between April 15 and June 1. Housing notifications will be sent via email beginning April 25 to the email address you provided when filling out your application.

Spring Matriculation
November 1-30

If you'll be enrolled in the School of Nursing beginning in the spring, apply for on-campus housing between November 1 and November 30. Housing notifications will be sent via email before November 30.

College of Dental Medicine

Incoming Dental Graduate Students

February 1-March 31

If you are a newly admitted student who requires either single or couples housing and will be enrolled in one of the following programs, apply for on-campus housing between February 1 and March 31:

  • Dental postdoctoral programs
    • Endodontics
    • Orthodontics
    • Periodontics
    • Prosthodontics
    • Advanced Education in General Dentistry Certificate

Early April-Mid-May

Housing notifications will be sent via email beginning in early April to the email address you provided when filling out your application.

All Other Incoming Students

You can apply for on-campus housing at CUMC if you have been newly admitted to the College of Dental Medicine (excluding all incoming students of dental postdoctoral programs; see above):

Fall Matriculation
April 15-June 1

If you'll be enrolled in as above beginning in the fall, apply for on-campus housing between April 15 and June 1. Housing notifications will be sent via email beginning April 25 to the email address you provided when filling out your application.

Spring Matriculation
November 1-30

If you'll be enrolled as above beginning in the spring, apply for on-campus housing between November 1 and November 30. Housing notifications will be sent via email before November 30.

Mailman School of Public Health

You can apply for on-campus housing at CUMC if you have been newly admitted to Mailman School of Public Health:

Fall Matriculation
April 15-June 1

If you'll be enrolled in Mailman beginning in the fall, apply for on-campus housing between April 15 and June 1. Housing notifications will be sent via email beginning April 25 to the email address you provided when filling out your application.

Spring Matriculation
November 1-30

If you'll be enrolled in Mailman beginning in the spring, apply for on-campus housing between November 1 and November 30. Housing notifications will be sent via email before November 30.

Programs

You can apply for on-campus housing at CUMC if you have been newly admitted to any of the following programs:

  • Programs in Human Nutrition, Physical Therapy, or Occupational Therapy

Fall Matriculation
April 15-June 1

If you'll be enrolled in one of the above programs beginning in the fall, apply for on-campus housing between April 15 and June 1. Housing notifications will be sent via email beginning April 25 to the email address you provided when filling out your application.

Spring Matriculation
November 1-30

If you'll be enrolled in one of the above programs beginning in the spring, apply for on-campus housing between November 1 and November 30. Housing notifications will be sent via email before November 30.

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

You can apply for on-campus housing at CUMC if you have been newly admitted to GSAS:

Fall Matriculation
April 15-June 1

If you'll be enrolled in GSAS beginning in the fall, apply for on-campus housing between April 15 and June 1. Housing notifications will be sent via email beginning April 25 to the email address you provided when filling out your application.

Spring Matriculation
November 1-30

If you'll be enrolled in GSAS beginning in the spring, apply for on-campus housing between November 1 and November 30. Housing notifications will be sent via email before November 30.

Assignment Priority

All single P&S (MD or MD-PhD only) and GSAS applicants are guaranteed dormitory-style accommodations in Bard Hall. However, you may apply for housing in other residential buildings: Georgian Residence; Towers 1, 2, and 3; and 154 Haven Ave. Accommodations in other buildings are assigned based on availability.

To ensure fair housing, we assign housing based on the following priorities:

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

The number and types of student housing units available for rent at any given time varies throughout the year. We can't guarantee that you will be housed in accommodations that satisfy your first preference.

If you do not receive on-campus housing or elect to live off-campus, you can search for apartments, rooms, and roommates on the Off-Campus Housing Assistance website. For further assistance in finding off-campus housing, email Rocío Calixto, leasing agent, at rc2774@cumc.columbia.edu.