How to Register
All current undergraduate students must complete an online application stating their housing intent for the following academic year, whether they intend to live on- or off-campus, study abroad or participate in other special housing programs.
To register for housing, log in to the Housing Portal and click on the ‘Application’ tab in the upper left-hand corner. Carefully follow the instructions on each page of the application.
At the ‘Category Declaration’ step, select the appropriate housing category. It is imperative to select the correct category, whether applying as an individual or as a group.
Please note that changes cannot be made to a student’s category declaration once selected.
There are four Category Declaration options:
- Special Housing includes students who will be Resident Advisers (RAs) or RA Riders, members of fraternities and sororities, those participating in the Living-Learning Center and Special Interest Communities.
- Non-Columbia Housing includes students who are studying abroad, moving off campus, living at Barnard, etc.
- In-Person Group Selection enables groups of 2 to 8 students to choose suites and double rooms together. Note: students who select this category are permitted to participate in Online Selection if they do not make a selection during In-Person Group Selection.
- Online Selection is an online process conducted individually or for groups of 2 to 8, on the Housing Portal, whereby students can select corridor-style single rooms, full or half-filled doubles near each other. Groups and individuals who designate Online Selection as their original Category Declaration are not eligible to participate in In-Person Group Selection.