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.

Check-In 2018

Welcome Students!

First-Year Check-In is Sunday, August 26. Students should have registered for a Check-In time via the Housing Portal. 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.

Upperclass Check-In dates, locations, bin info and more are outlined here.  

Our team looks forward to seeing everyone on campus soon.


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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3-2 Engineering Combined Plan Lottery applications are due by 4:00 p.m. January 18

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 2018 Room Selection and select into traditional undergraduate housing for the next year. We expect to be able to house approximately 74 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 19, 2018, in advance of spring Room Selection. To participate in the lottery, please complete the Combined Plan Lottery Application by Thursday, January 18 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.

Need a parking garage near Columbia?

If you'll be driving to Columbia or in the surrounding community, there are a number of parking garages available in the area. Click here to download a list of the closest garages to campus.

The Student Mail Center is now located in Wien Hall

For those students living in our undergraduate residence halls, USPS mail as well as packages sent by couriers like Fed Ex and UPS are delivered to the Student Mail Center in Wien Hall. For returning students, this is a change, as student mail was previously received in Lerner Hall. For more information, including hours of operation, please visit Columbia Mail.

Rather than having to check a physical mailbox, students will be notified by email when either mail or packages are received, and can pick them up at the Student Mail Center. If not picked up within 7 days, a second email is sent and you have an additional 7 days before packages are returned. When shipped a package marked “perishable,” an email entitled “Perishable Item” will be sent to you. Perishable and oversized bulk packages are held for no more than 7 days, as no refrigeration is available.

  • You can also ship packages from the Mail Center. Outgoing mail can be deposited in any USPS mailbox or brought to the Student Mail Center. The Mail Center does not sell stamps.
  • You can begin receiving mail and packages up to 14 days before arriving on campus.

You should have already received your address along with your Columbia Housing assignment. Here’s a recap of what you need to know:

Your Address
Your mail should be addressed to you based on the following format:

Your Mail Address Format
Your Full Name

#### Columbia Student Mail
70 Morningside Drive
New York, NY 10027-7236

XXXX is your 4-digit mailbox number. Never write ‘box’ before the number.

This is your address for both letters and packages. Mail should never be sent to your residence hall address.

If you have any questions, please contact Mail Services at

Summer Housing Availability

Summer Housing Session 1 is underway -- but there is still Summer Housing for Session II available to Columbia, Visiting, and ALP Students. Learn more

Package Center Entry via Wien Lobby as of 10/3

Starting this Monday, October 3 the main entrance of Wien Hall should be used to access the Package Center. Enter the Wien Hall building doors, swipe at the guard desk, and proceed downstairs. The kiosks are at the bottom of the stairs. Check-in and then proceed through doors to the Package Center. 


Visit Columbia Mail online for information about services and hours of operations. Contact us via email at if you have any questions or concerns.