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!

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.