Access and Hours to the Student Mail Center

Welcome students! The Student Mail Center is located in the lower level of Wien Hall. Use the entrance at 70 Morningside Drive to access the Mail Center. 

Hours this week:

Friday 8/30:   9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.          
Saturday 8/31:  8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday 9/1:  Closed
Monday 9/2:  Closed (Labor Day holiday)

Next Week: 

Tuesday - Thursday:  9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday:    9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday:   10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday:   10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  

For more information, visit

Guide to Living 2019-2020

The Guide to Living is a compilation of policies, procedures and services created by Columbia Housing and Residential Life for students living in the 20 undergraduate residence halls, as well as our 18 brownstones. Students should be familiar with the policies and procedures, and are accountable for all of the information outlined. The Guide to Living is updated annually. For 2019-20 the most notable update is clarification around the Prohibited Items list, among other points specifying that e-cigarettes includes vapes or Juuls and clarifying the type of surge protectors that may be used in residence halls. 

If you have a question about any items outlined in the Guide to Living, contact or


Upperclass Check-In

Check-In 2019 is almost here. Find the full Upperclass Check-In schedule and locations here.


Friday, August 16

RAs Check-In, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Tuesday, August 27 (Hamilton Hall)

Transfer Students Check-In, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Exchange Students Check-In, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Tuesday, August 27 (Wien Hall or Carlton Arms)

3-2 Combined Plan Students Check-In, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Saturday, August 31

Upperclass Students Check-In, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Reminder: Refrigerator Requirements & MicroFridge Orders

Students may bring their own refrigerator, purchase one at the Columbia University Bookstore or at the EcoReps' Green Sale, or rent one through MicroFridge. Refrigerators should not exceed 2.5 cubic feet. Student-purchased refrigerators (those not provided with a suite or a residence hall kitchen) cannot be kept in common areas and must be kept in the student's room. Reminder: The only way to have a microwave in your room is by having a MicroFridge. Orders received before August 10th will be delivered prior to the start of the academic year. See more information. 


Fall Check-In 2019

Welcome New Students! Looking for information about Fall Check-In 2019? Find dates and details on the New Students website. Any questions or concerns? Contact our team at or 212-854-2779. Can't wait to meet you!

Check-Out Spring 2019

The end of the year is almost here! Start planning for Check-Out now.

Check-Out Timeline

  • Non-seniors must check-out by noon on Saturday, May 18, 2019, or within 24 hours of their last exam, whichever comes first.
  • Seniors must check-out by noon on the day following University Commencement, Thursday, May 23, 2019.
  • RA/SRA must check out by noon on Friday, May 24, 2019.

You may leave earlier if you wish, but there are no refunds for early departure.

Personal extensions cannot be granted. Students with sponsored extensions and those staying for Interim Housing will receive a separate email with instructions.

See more Check-Out info about building access, street closures, and bin rentals. 

Fall 2019 Check-In

While you’re making travel plans – continuing students should add Fall 2019 Check-In to your calendar: Saturday, August 31.


No Individual Intern Housing for Summer 2019

Due to a variety of residence hall projects and upgrades we will, unfortunately, be unable to house individual interns for summer 2019. 

We are sorry for the inconvenience and we look forward to housing summer interns in the future.

No Early Arrivals for 2019-20 Academic Year for East Campus and Wien

Due to summer renovation projects, please note that no early arrivals will be approved for students living in Wien or East Campus for the 2019-20 academic year. To ensure that work is not interrupted and to ensure student safety, no exceptions will be made.

No Community Meal for SIC House in 2019-2020 Academic Year

Community Meal has been discontinued for SIC residences for the upcoming 2019-2020 academic year. Students living in SIC residences will not be charged the additional $100 that was previously included in the room rate to fund the meal.

3-2 Engineering Combined Plan Lottery applications - due by 4:00 p.m. January 24

As previously announced, space constraints in the residence halls mean that only a limited number of 3-2 Engineering Combined Plan students currently living with us will have the opportunity to participate in 2019 Room Selection and select into traditional undergraduate housing for the next year. We expect to be able to house approximately 64 of the students currently residing with us.

In order to determine how many current Combined Plan residents are interested in on-campus housing for their second year, we will administer a Combined Plan housing lottery on January 28, 2019, in advance of spring Room Selection. To participate in the lottery, please complete the Combined Plan Lottery Application beginning on Tuesday, January 22 through Thursday, January 24 at 4:00 p.m. Please note that only one application is permitted per individual or group.

Please do not hesitate to contact us via email at if you have any questions.