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.

Spring Check-In 2019

Welcome Students!

Exchange and Visiting Check-In is Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from 9am-2pm in the Hartley Hall Lounge. Please make sure you have signed your occupancy agreement or you will not be able to check in.  The confirmation email provides directions and instructions for what to do upon arrival to campus. Have a question? Contact our team via email at or phone at 212-854-2779.

Returning Student Check-In  is Thursday, January 17, 2019 beginning at 9am at the Hartley Hospitality Desk.

Bin rentals will be available at the Hartley Hospitality Desk when you move in.

Our team looks forward to seeing everyone on campus soon.


Activation of Heating Systems

Dear students,


As we approach the midpoint of fall and outside temperatures begin to cool, please note that the Morningside Campus has begun its seasonal systems conversion from cooling to heating.  Beginning today, October 1, heating systems in all residences have been engaged and cooling systems will be turned off in buildings possessing them.

Throughout the month of October and often into November, New York City weather tends to fluctuate. These months are occasionally marked by significant temperature fluctuations within a 24-hour period. Until colder temperatures settle in, please anticipate that campus buildings may be warmer or cooler than desired.
For information about how heat regulations are governed in your building and how you may be able to manage the heat output in your space, please review the
NYC Heating Requirements as well as the Heating Policy section of the Guide to Living.  
Thank you in advance for your patience while each of the residences undergoes this seasonal conversion. Please do not hesitate to contact us via email at if you have any questions.

Best Regards,

Columbia Housing

Guide to Living 2018

Make sure to review the Guide to Living on the Housing website and familiarize yourself with the policies and procedures for living in residence halls. You are accountable for all of the information outlined. Important updates this year that you should know: 

  • Building lounges in the First-Year/South Field residence halls will no longer be reservable, with only a few exceptions. See the Common Areas and Usage Policy section for more.
    • Over the last academic year, we heard from a lot of students about the importance of more informal community space. With extensive feedback from Housing's Student Advisory Committee as well as a recommendation from the JED Social Connectedness committee, Columbia Housing and Residential Life agreed to implement the change to help support this goal. As always, we welcome additional feedback and will assess how to continue to improve the space for residential students.
  • Columbia Housing, Residential Life, and Fire Safety officers will conduct Health and Safety checks in student rooms during the academic year (fall and spring terms) to insure that fire safety equipment is in place and not damaged. See the Fire Safety Policy section for more.
    • Random room checks may also be conducted during any Fire Drill that occurs for this same reason.

Only double rooms available for Summer Session I and Full Summer Housing

Please be aware that, at this time, only double rooms are available for 2018 Summer Session I and Full Summer Housing. If you have any questions, please contact Frances Gonzalez, Assistant Manager of Student & Guest Accommodations at (212) 854-8134 or 

Be Prepared: In-Person Room Selection and Renovation Updates

As a reminder, In-Person Group Selection is April 2 to April 4 and April 9 to April 11 in John Jay Lounge.


Make sure you've reviewed all the information in the Room Selection section of our website to ensure you understand the process. In addition, review our Renovations page to help you develop your Room Selection strategy.


In particular, please note that, as part of ongoing repairs and upgrades, East Campus suites will not have traditional ovens or range stove tops during the 2018-19 academic year. Until the work is completed, Columbia Housing will provide a convection microwave oven and a hot plate for each suite in East Campus.  With hot air circulation provided by the convection functionality, these ovens provide a much higher level of cooking quality and flexibility than regular microwaves, including features that simulate traditional grilling and frying.  Students should be able to achieve results similar to what they could in a traditional oven. The hot plates being provided are 1000 watts in power, which will provide fast and efficient heating similar to a traditional range. Photos are available below.


Most other renovations taking place will not provide much impact on your daily life during the 2018-19 academic year but, again, please make sure you are aware prior to your Room Selection appointment.


If you have any questions about Room Selection or planned work in our buildings, contact us via email at or by phone at 212-854-2779.


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