Fraternity and Sorority Communities

About Fraternity and Sorority Housing

Fraternal organizations are a part of Columbia University’s long-standing history and are sponsored by Residential Life/Fraternity and Sorority Life. Learn more about the Fraternity and Sorority community at Columbia, guiding values, and how to become a member. Some organizations have residences coordinated through Columbia Housing. Organizations must remain in good standing in order to continue the privilege of occupancy.


Members of a given chapter who are Columbia College, SEAS and Barnard College students with guaranteed housing are eligible to live in Fraternity and Sorority Housing. Due to the Columbia-Barnard Housing exchange and the history of selection and placement in the respective houses, there is a cap on the number of BC students who can reside in each space. Following is the BC cap for each organization: 

  • DG - 4
  • KAT - 5
  • AXO - 2
  • SDT - 4
  • ADP - 6

Apply to the Fraternity and Sorority Program

Contact Residential Life for more information about the application process.

Assignment Procedures

Students in Fraternities and Sororities who plan to live in FSL Housing must register during the Room Selection registration period. Room assignments are made by the respective House Managers and are provided to Columbia Housing. After assignments are made, students in Fraternity and Sorority Housing must log into the Housing Portal to complete their Academic Year Housing application and indicate the corresponding category declaration, including completing the Statement of Intent step and the Occupancy Agreement step. Students who fail to complete their Academic Year Housing application during the Room Selection registration period lose their guaranteed housing status and must follow the Non-Guaranteed Housing application process.

Room Swap and Room Transfer request forms within Fraternity and Sorority Housing must be signed by the RHD or the Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life.

Fraternity and Sorority Housing is not available during summer session.