• Students may cancel their request to live on campus for the Summer Term by April 26 at 11:59pm with no fee.
  • Students may cancel with no fee charged for the Fall Term up until room assignment.
  • Following these dates, cancellation fees for returning students will be assessed as outlined below.
  • Cancellations can be requested via the Housing Portal as detailed at the bottom of this page.
  • Please note: International students who are approved and assigned housing, but find later that they have travel or visa issues will not be assessed a cancellation fee.

Summer Terms 2021

Fall Term 2021


The Cancellation Policy for Columbia Housing varies based on an individual’s affiliation, the program, event, the type of housing, date of application, and reason of cancellation.

The Terms and Conditions of a resident's Occupancy Agreement are binding for the entire occupancy period. However, under certain circumstances, Housing permits the termination of the Occupancy Agreement and thus the cancellation of housing, subject to the conditions described below, including payment of charges for administrative expenses.


A resident who desires to terminate their Occupancy Agreement must submit notice to Housing. The resident will continue to be charged for occupancy until proper notification has been received by Housing, the premises have been vacated, and the keys have been returned, including in-person deactivation of the University ID card for electronic lock and building access. Notice of withdrawal, cancellation of admission, or cancellation of registration to other University offices does not constitute notice to Housing. 

Terms and conditions regarding refunds and charges to students will be deemed amended to the extent required by applicable laws in effect as of the date of this Agreement. In that connection, to the extent required by law, Columbia Housing may waive the administrative fee as well as all or part of the charges described below to students who cancel this Agreement because of withdrawal, graduation or a leave of absence. If such charges are waived, the student will continue to be responsible for the prorated charge for occupancy through the end of the day on which the effective date of check-out occurs.

Refunds due to students will be credited first to government-funded financial grants, loans and other aid. The remaining balance, if any, will be distributed to the student.

Cancellation Procedure

Students can cancel housing through the Housing Portal.

  1. Log into the Housing Portal
  2. Select the application to be cancelled (e.g., academic year, summer)
  3. Choose “cancel application" from the drop-down menu
  4. Sign and agree to the cancellation terms

Students can also cancel housing by email or by Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested, to Columbia Housing, 2960 Broadway, MC 3004, New York, NY 10027.