Retailers in Neighborhood Open and Accepting Flex

Many Columbia retail tenants near the Morningside, Manhattanville, and Irving Medical Center campuses have modified their service and remain open to fulfill takeout and delivery orders. We encourage you to support local businesses should you be able. Read more about how Columbia is helping businesses during this public health emergency.

There are a number of local businesses in the Morningside Heights area that are still open and accept Flex. We will continue to update this information on a regular basis.

Open and Accepting Flex as of 3/31/20:

  • Chipotle
  • Dig Inn
  • Junzi Kitchen
  • Mels Burger Bar
  • Pressed Juicery
  • Shake Shack
  • V&T Pizzeria
  • Sliced by Harlem Pizza Co. 1215 Amsterdam at 121 Street
  • FieldTrip

Accelerated Check-Out Timeline for Undergraduate Residents

Undergraduate residential students in Columbia Housing have been advised to move out by Tuesday, March 17.

See Preparedness announcement for timeline and logistics, including information about packing/storage and financial support.

  • Students who are eligible to remain on campus must request to do so by today Sunday, March 15 at 2 p.m. EDT by completing the housing status form.
  • All other students must check out by Tuesday, March 17 at 11:59 p.m.

See FAQs for additional information.

Spring 2020 Housing Status

Today, the University announced all classes for the remainder of the semester will be conducted online. Students who are able to move out of undergraduate residence halls for the rest of the semester are encouraged to do so.

All students must complete this housing status form, as soon as possible but no later than Monday, March 16 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. This will help us maintain accurate occupancy records so that we can provide support services. Those who are able to are encouraged to complete an early check-out from the residence halls by Monday, March 30. Note that there will be further information regarding moving out on the Preparedness Housing FAQ page.

Updates on University operations will continue to be shared on the Columbia and Preparedness websites.

New Room Selection Website

Room Selection 2020 is around the corner! It's time to start thinking about where and with whom you would like to live with next year. Columbia Housing has launched a new website for Room Selection 2020. Go to

How Room Selection Works

Everything you need to know about how Room Selection works is outlined on our new site Stay tuned for helpful videos with the Residence Hall Leadership Organization (RHLO) to help you learn more. 

What's New

For upperclass students, there are changes to the Room Selection process you've participated in previously. Take advantage of the Information Session and tools on the website to be sure you understand what's different. 

Key Dates

  • 2020 Room Selection Information Sessions will take place in John Jay lounge at 6 pm by class.
    • For Rising Seniors and Barnard students: February 6
    • For Rising Juniors: February 13
    • For Rising Sophomores: February 20
    • The Housing team and RHLO members will be on site to answer questions.
  • Building Tours after Information Sessions.
    • Following each Information Session, the Residential Life team and RHLO will lead building tours to provide a first-hand view of available residences and rooms of current students.
  • Room Selection Registration is a required step for all students.
    • LLC Registration: Friday, February 21 - Monday, February 24 at 9 pm.
      • The process for students approved for LLC starts earlier than general Room Selection.
    • General Registration: Friday, February 28 - Thursday, March 12 at 4 pm.
    • All students must register on the Housing Portal before March 12 and state their intent for housing. This is required in order to maintain guaranteed housing status. This includes Resident Advisers, Special Interest Housing participants, Fraternity and Sorority Life members, students registered with Disability Services, Study Abroad participants, and/or students taking any type of absences.
    • To avoid cancellation fees, students intending to move off campus should also notify Housing of their intent by completing the registration process. 
  • Room Selection is online via the Housing Portal.
    • LLC Online Room Selection:
      • Wednesday, February 26
    • General Room Selection:
    • March 31 to April 30, excluding April 9, 10, 15, and 16
    • Appointment times will be posted in the Housing Portal after Registration closes.

Our team is here to help answer any questions you may have. Contact us via email at, call 212-854-2779 or stop by 118 Hartley.

Improvements to Room Selection 2020

In Spring 2020, Room Selection is getting a major upgrade: the entire process will be online. 
Columbia Housing, Residential Life and the Residence Hall Leadership Organization (RHLO) have been working together to modernize and simplify the Room Selection process. We want to give students more options and flexibility, reduce stress around the selection process, and just make things easier.
What does this mean?
Here are the key points you need to know:
  • All of Room Selection will be online and in real time.
  • Regroup will no longer be required: Groups will automatically pick the number of rooms or suites needed to accommodate their group size.
  • Group size will be expanded to a maximum of 10.
  • Lottery numbers will be categorized by class seniority, so it's easier to understand your ranking.
  • The timeline will be extended to allow for more time to form groups and register, and there will be a longer selection period. The overall process will still take place from the end of February to the end of April.
  • Barnard seniors can still choose to live with Columbia students in the residence halls, based on previously set guidelines.
  • The process for special living communities like fraternities and sororities, Special Interest Communities, and the LLC will not change and will still take place separate from general Room Selection.
Our teams have been working together every step of the way, reviewing details of the process and sharing with groups like the student councils and Housing Advisory Committee to hear feedback. We're now testing the new system and assessing feedback received.
Have questions? Save the Date for 11/19
Save the date for the evening of November 19: all residents are invited to the RHLO general body meeting, where logistics will be presented and questions answered. More details to come. As in the past, information sessions will also be held in February.

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!