Check-In is an exciting and busy time. In order to ensure everyone's experience is as stress-free as possible, the information provided here helps you start your planning now.

Living Arrangements

Your Room

Your room is furnished with a bed, chair, chest of drawers, desk, bookshelves, closet or wardrobe, a wastebasket and recycling bins. Your windows are covered with miniblinds or shades. Bed heights are adjustable (to a maximum height of 33 inches) to allow for storage under the bed. For bed height specifics, please refer to the Residence descriptions on the Columbia Housing website. Depending on your residence, the floors of your room may or may not be carpeted. In either case, you are welcome to bring your own floor covering. You will need to bring your own pillows, linens, and blankets. Your mattress is extra-long (80” x 36”), so it will require special extra-long sheets.

Please note that you must keep all furnishings in your room, including bed frames and mattresses, and that you may not bring any additional furniture into your living space. Due to space limitations, we are unable to provide alternative storage for any furniture. Refrigerators are not provided in first-year residence halls. You may keep a refrigerator in your room, but it must meet certain outlined specifications. Columbia Housing facilitates refrigerator-microwave combination unit rentals for students through MicroFridge. Refrigerators can also be purchased at the Green Sale during Check-In. For more information, visit the Explore Campus Services page.

Please refer to the Guide to Living online at for more information.


Carman and Furnald are equipped with central air-conditioning, while Hartley, Wallach, and John Jay are not. Central air-conditioning is active from approximately May 15 to October 1 each year, depending on the seasonal variations in outdoor temperature. Please note that personal air-conditioners are prohibited in individual rooms.


Laundry facilities are located in each residence hall and are accessible 24 hours a day. Laundry is free to undergraduate students living in the residence halls. Learn more.

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Campus Security

Safety Inside the Halls

Shortly after your arrival, you will receive a University ID card with a photo. Housing residents are given access to all 18 undergraduate residence halls and SIC House via their Columbia University ID. You may have visitors and guests according to the guest policies found in the Guide to Living. You must sign your guests in with the security desk attendant, and they must leave a photo ID with the desk for the duration of their stay.

Safety Outside the Halls

Morningside Heights is a safe neighborhood. Nevertheless, always be alert, especially at night or when traveling alone. If you feel unsafe at any time, call Public Safety at (212) 854-SAFE and an escort will be provided. Between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m., a University shuttle serves the Morningside Heights and Manhattanville areas. See the Columbia Transportation website for information on the evening shuttle.

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Deadlines Info

30 Days Before Registration

Submit proof of MMR immunity at least 30 days before class registration.*

Certify your meningitis vaccination decision online before class registration.

*If admitted less than 30 days before registration, your ability to register will be on hold until your MMR documentation is received and processed.

2 Weeks Before Your School Orientation

Submit a photo online for your University ID card. You will be able to pick up your card when you arrive on campus.

November 23, 2016 (All day)

Last day to enroll in the monthly payment plan (annual or Fall term only). Enrollment for the Fall term begins on June 1, 2016.

Past Deadlines

June 3, 2016 - 11:59pm

Final reminder to First-Years to complete Housing application.

June 30, 2016 - 5:00pm

First-Year Housing Assignments Are Released

August 12, 2016 (All day)

Last day to register a parent or other family member to receive the first Fall term statement.

August 16, 2016 (All day)

First Fall E-Bill statement emailed to students.

August 21, 2016 - 10:00am

Pre-Orientation Check-In for Columbia Urban Experience (CUE) participants

August 24, 2016 - 10:00am

Pre-Orientation Check-In for Columbia University Outdoor Orientation Program (COÖP) participants

August 25, 2016 - 10:00am

International Student Orientation Program (ISOP) starts

August 27, 2016 - 5:00pm

Exchange and Transfer Assignments Will Be Released in Late August Prior to Check-In

August 28, 2016 - 8:00am

First-Year Check-In (Please note that your Check-In date depends on your state.)

August 28, 2016 - 9:00am

Exchange Students Check-In