Students with Disabilities

About Disability Housing Accommodations

Accommodations are provided for students whose disabilities substantially limit their ability to live in Columbia’s traditional housing arrangements.


Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis, according to documented need and prevailing standards for reasonable accommodations. Housing accommodations are made following confirmation of a student’s disability status and the determination that his or her disability necessitates adjustments to the living environment within available housing options. With this in mind, the University has established procedures to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to Columbia’s housing resources. Please note, Barnard students are not eligible to be Disability Riders. 

Apply for Disability Housing Accommodations

Students must follow the University’s Disability Housing Accommodations Procedures & Guidelines available with the Disability Housing Accommodations Registration Form. The Disability Housing Accommodations Registration Form must be submitted by the stated deadline for consideration of requests. While registration forms submitted after the stated deadline will be accepted, Columbia cannot guarantee it will be able to meet applicants’ accommodation needs, including any needs that develop during the semester. While applications for housing accommodations are considered after the deadline, approved accommodations are subject to the availability of housing assignments.

Please refer to the Disability Services website for deadlines.

Assignment Procedures

When a student is approved for disability accommodations, Columbia Housing is informed of the approval, and a student is assigned based on the recommendations. 


For further information regarding Disability Housing Accommodations, please visit the Disability Services Housing Accommodations webpage or contact Disability Services at or 212-854-2388.