Apartment Share Vacancies

Apartment shares are located in Towers 1, 2, and 3 and are a great way to develop connections at Columbia University Medical Center. You can join a share through the Bard to Towers Lottery or when there is a vacancy in an apartment.

Find out about apartment shares and joint and several leases. Learn more about filling apartment share vacancies below.

Selecting a New Roommate

When a student decides to vacate an apartment share, the remaining tenants have a limited time to select a new roommate of any gender.

Once you've selected your new roommate, complete and submit an Apartment Shares Guidelines and Selection form. You will receive an email confirming the status of your application and notifying your new tenant of the wait time to have the room cleaned and checked and how to set up a lease-signing appointment.

  • September-April: If, after 30 days, the remaining tenants have not found a roommate after an apartment share is vacated, the Office of Housing Services has the right to place a student in the room.
  • May-August: If, after 14 days, the remaining tenants have not found a roommate, the Office Of Housing Services has the right to place a student in the room.

Interested in an Apartment Share Vacancy?

Drop by the Office of Housing Services to obtain a list of vacancies, or request it by emailing cumc.housing@columbia.edu. Make sure you ask the occupants of the apartment share their leaseholder status before you agree to move in. Learn more about the joint and several lease signed by apartment share residents.

Attention: Graduating Students

If all the current tenants in an apartment share or the second and final leaseholder is graduating, the group cannot invite in a new roommate. After graduation, the apartment will return to the Office of Housing Services.