Explore Campus Services

The following information describes some of the services that are provided on campus. We hope this information will help you get settled into your new home quickly.

Cable Services

Most Columbia Housing–operated residence halls have cable service from CUtv, which is operated by Columbia University Information Technology (CUIT). 

Available Locations

CUtv service features over 100 channels and is provided by Housing in the common areas of:

  • Broadway
  • Carman
  • East Campus suite lounges (no flats or individual rooms)
  • Furnald
  • Hartley suite lounges
  • Hogan suite lounges (no individual rooms)
  • John Jay
  • McBain
  • River
  • Ruggles basement lounge and fitness room
  • Schapiro
  • SIC House
  • Wallach
  • Watt and Woodbridge apartment common areas

CUtv is not available in individual rooms. 

Contact CUtv

For assistance with CUtv, please call the CUIT Service Desk at (212) 854-1919 or send email to askcuit@columbia.edu.

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Computing at Columbia

Columbia University Information Technology (CUIT) provides Columbia University students, faculty and staff with central computing and communications services including email, PawPrint printing services, computer security and other software licensing, online course management, web publishing and student information applications.

CUIT manages Columbia’s high-speed Ethernet network, as well as the wireless network.

CUIT also manages an array of computer labs, terminal clusters, ColumbiaNet kiosks that allow you to use the Internet, and electronic classrooms, and provides a variety of technical support services including the CUIT Helpdesk.

For technical support, contact CUIT at 212-854-1919 or visit the CUIT website.

Columbia Dining

Columbia Dining is committed to providing our community of students, faculty and staff with two things – great food and great service. We understand the diversity of student life...one day you need to grab a quick bite on the way to class, the next day you want to enjoy a leisurely dinner with your friends. In trying to meet everyone's needs, we've created a wide variety of options that allow students to dine according to their lifestyle and schedule. The common thread, of course, is that you will always enjoy fresh, healthy and delicious food. 

From international cuisine to made-to-order pasta, Columbia Dining is all about options! Our 3 First-Year Dining Plans offer a wide variety of appealing and nutritious foods at convenient locations and hours and are specifically designed to encourage community building among new undergraduate students.

We invite you to come explore the Columbia Dining website: Plan your menu, see what locations are open, track nutritional info, learn about resources for special diets or leave feedback. Also, remember to like Columbia Dining on Facebook to stay in the know on the lastest news, events, contests, and more. Oh, and don't forget to eat!

Our dedicated Registered Dietitian, Christina Lee, is available on-site as well as online to address individual questions and concerns related to food allergies, intolerances and dietary preferences.  Please contact Christina via email or by phone at (212) 854-3353 with questions, to schedule a consultation or to discuss personal meal planning.

Are You Looking to Change Your Dining Plan?

To make changes to your Dining Plan, fill out our convenient online change form.


Environmental Initiatives

Columbia University is making great strides to go green. There are lots of opportunities for you to do your part, even before you get to campus. To learn more, visit the Environmental Stewardship website and read about Columbia Housing's Sustainability Initiatives.

LED Bulbs

When purchasing desk lamps for your room, we encourage you to buy LED bulbs. 


EcoReps are a group of students who work in partnership with Columbia Housing, Columbia Dining and the Office of Environmental Stewardship to provide peer to peer sustainability resources for Columbia students. This means publicizing available environmental services to students, serving as a bridge of communication between students and the administration, and facilitating campus projects for a reduced university ecological footprint. CU EcoReps is one chapter of a national student movement. Applications for members open in early Fall and Spring each term, and first-year students are encouraged to apply. Visit the EcoReps website for more information

Give + Go Green

EcoReps, in conjunction with Columbia Housing and local charities, organize a campaign to help make donating your stuff to local charities easy during Check-Out. Students need simply bring their unwanted items to a drop-off location instead of throwing them in the trash. EcoReps take care of the rest. Donated items are sold to students at the Green Sale, which takes place during Fall Check-In.

Housekeeping and Maintenance Requests

Columbia University Facilities handles housekeeping and maintenance requests for all residence halls and brownstones. To place a non-emergency maintenance request, go to the Housing website, select “Request Maintenance” and follow the instructions. Examples of maintenance requests include lock changes or repairs, missing furniture, malfunctioning plumbing, repair or replacement of safety equipment, and lack of heat or air-conditioning, if applicable.


Laundry facilities are located in each residence hall and are accessible 24 hours a day. Using LaundryView Online, you can check for machine availability and cycle timing through the Housing website (go to housing.columbia.edu and click "LaundryView"). Laundry is free to undergraduate students living in the residence halls.

Columbia Mail

Undergraduate mail is coordinated by Columbia Mail. Columbia University issues mailboxes and mailbox keys to undergraduate residents of Columbia Housing only. A student retains the same mailbox for the duration of his or her residence in Columbia Housing, unless s/he takes a voluntary leave of absence, withdraws from classes, or moves off-campus.

The U.S. Postal Service and couriers like FedEx deliver mail directly to the Student Package Center. Student mailboxes are on the 3rd and 4th floor ramps of Lerner Hall. The Student Package Center, on the 4th floor across from Ferris Booth Commons, coordinates package shipping/delivery and pick up.

Address Format

Columbia Housing residents are assigned a mailbox number that they receive via email from Columbia Housing by early August.

When letters and packages are sent to your campus address, it is important that the following format always be used:

Student’s Full Name, #### 
70 Morningside Drive
New York, NY 10027

#### equals your 4-digit mailbox number.

The word “box” should never be used in the address and mail should never be sent to a student’s residence hall address.

See more information on the Mail website

Magazines and Newspapers

Some magazines are too big to fit into the Lerner mailboxes. If so, Columbia Mail will place a notification slip in your mailbox. Bring the slip to a mail representative at the 4th floor mail window on the ramp (not the Package Center) to retrieve your magazine. Newspapers are also kept aside. No notification will be issued for daily newspapers/periodicals.


When a package is delivered to the Student Package Center, a notification email is sent to the student for pick up. When a student is shipped a package that is clearly marked “perishable,” an email entitled "Perishable Item" will be sent to the student for pick up. All parcels are kept for 14 days. If not picked up within 7 days, a second email is sent letting the student know his or her package is scheduled for return. The student then has 7 days before that package is returned. Perishable and oversized bulk packages will be held for no more than 7 days, as there is no refrigeration available.

Receiving Mail

Columbia Mail usually receives two deliveries of mail a day. Magazines usually arrive with the afternoon delivery. Mail received before 12 p.m. is boxed before the end of the business day, while mail received after 12 p.m. may carry over to the next day.

Sending Mail and Packages

Outgoing mail can be placed in a USPS mailbox or in one of the outgoing mail slots on the 3rd and 4th floors of Lerner Hall. The Student Package Center provides FedEx shipping services to the Columbia community at discounted rates that are more competitive than FedEx online and in-store rates. The Package Center also sells packing supplies and miscellaneous items. Note that the Package Center does not sell stamps

Columbia Mail Website

Visit Columbia Mail online or email any questions to lernerhallmailservices@columbia.edu.

Phone Services

Each residence hall is equipped with a hall phone for outgoing local, toll-free and emergency calls. There are no phones appointed in rooms. If necessary, students can request a room phone by emailing housing@columbia.edu.

Property Insurance

The University assumes no responsibility for the resident's personal property while they live in the residence halls. The University strongly recommends that students living on campus purchase property insurance on their own, or ensure that they are covered by their parents’ property insurance. Insurance coverage is the responsibility of each individual student. If you wish to purchase an insurance plan, information is available at the websites listed below or at the Hospitality Desk in Hartley Hall. Columbia University has no affiliation with any of these companies and has provided this information strictly for your convenience and, of course, you can elect not to purchase property insurance or purchase property insurance from the carrier of your choice.

National Student Services

CSI Student Insurance Agency



Refrigerators are not provided in first-year residence halls. You may keep a refrigerator in your room as long as its volume does not exceed 2.5 cubic feet. Columbia Housing facilitates refrigerator-microwave combination unit rentals for students through MicroFridge. MicroFridge units are delivered to student rooms before their arrival. Note that other than MicroFridge combination units, which meet our size and energy requirements, microwave ovens are prohibited in rooms. If you do not wish to bring your own refrigerator, you may purchase one at the Columbia University Bookstore or at the EcoReps' Green Sale.

Columbia Housing has provided this information strictly for your convenience. Students have the right and ability to select the vendor of their choice.


Columbia Transportation

Columbia University provides a network of five shuttle services among its campuses and the surrounding community. Shuttles are available to all Columbia University affiliates with a valid University ID, free of charge.

To view routes, maps and detailed schedules, visit Columbia Transportation online.

Evening Shuttle and Escort Service

The Evening shuttle provides service along two different routes, in thirty minute loops across the Morningside and Manhattanville areas, for safe and convenient travel. The Evening Shuttle operates seven days a week from 6 p.m. every evening until 4 a.m. the following morning. All riders must present a valid University ID upon boarding the shuttle.

For those who prefer, Public Safety’s walking escort service, which sends two specially trained students to walk you to your door, is also available seven nights a week from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Columbia students, faculty, and staff can call 212-854-SAFE (7233) to request this service. Please visit the Public Safety website for additional information regarding the evening shuttle and walking escort service.


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.

August 14, 2017 (All day)

First Fall E-Bill statement emailed to students. Includes activity through Summer Term, estimated Fall Term charges and anticipated credits, and a 1.5% late payment charge on unpaid previous balances. 

September 15, 2017 (All day)

Payment Due Date for the First Fall E-Bill Statement. Visit the Student Financial Services website for the complete Billing Schedule.

September 30, 2017 - 11:59pm

Confirm insurance selection.