First-Year Students

About First-Year Housing

Incoming students have guaranteed housing for up to four years based on their guaranteed housing status (for more information visit Loss of Guaranteed Housing within Guide To Living's Room Assignments and Room Transfers) and their admission standing. Housing options are varied – singles or suites, halls or brownstones – and depend on class year and availability. An incoming student is considered to be anyone joining the Columbia community for the first time, including First-Year Students, Transfer Students, Exchange Students and Visiting Students.

Residence in Columbia Housing begins in late August or early September and continues until mid-May, including all University holiday breaks. Visit the New Students website for additional information about Check-In. Students continuing their studies at Columbia may also stay throughout the year by registering for summer housing

Residential Options

All first-year students are housed on South Lawn, the heart of undergraduate life at Columbia. Proximity to Butler Library, Alfred Lerner Hall, John Jay Dining Hall and Columbia Health make these residence halls a convenient connection to the Columbia community.

Four different housing options are available to first years: Carman, Furnald, John Jay, and the all-class integrated Living Learning Center in Wallach and Hartley. Each hall has a unique set of features and benefits, from singles in corridor-style residences to shared doubles with an adjoining bathroom. Students should review each residence hall to learn more and help narrow down their preferences.

Once all options are considered, complete the Columbia Housing First-Year Application to indicate your preference for a particular hall, a single or double room, a single-sex floor or to submit a roommate request. Housing assignment notifications will be sent via email by late June/early July. Please note that only Carman and Furnald offer single-sex accommodations. John Jay, Hartley and Wallach do not have single-sex floors.

Special Communities

Special housing options are available for all students who wish to apply. First-year students are not eligible to live in FSL and SIC Housing.

Living-Learning Center

The Living-Learning Center (LLC) is comprised of Hartley and Wallach Halls, and is the only all-class, integrated residence hall at Columbia University. Learn more about the Living-Learning Center (LLC) and the program application process.

Disability Accommodations

Accommodations are provided for students whose disabilities substantially limit their ability to live in Columbia’s traditional housing arrangements. Please visit disability accommodations to learn more.

First-Year Residential Requirement

The residential experience is an essential component of a Columbia education. All First-Year students are expected to live on-campus. If there is an extenuating circumstance that warrants additional discussion, please contact Residential Life via email or by phone at 212-854-6805. If you plan to submit a request for consideration to commute, you should indicate this when prompted on your application in the Housing Portal.