Moving Tips


  • Pack your belongings for ease in handling. Use trunks, suitcases, and sealed cartons, which can be moved easily and quickly. Avoid bringing loose belongings.
  • Remember to bring with you, rather than ship, the items you’ll need during the first few weeks of school. Shipped items may not be immediately available.
  • Every box should have your full name and address clearly labeled and securely affixed to at least two sides on the outside of the box. Put your name and address on the inside of the box as well.
  • If your shipment consists of more than one box, number them “1 of 4,” “2 of 4,” “3 of 4,” etc.
  • Pack electronic equipment and other fragile items in the manufacturer’s original container and padding. If this is not possible, make certain to pack each item separately and protect all sides with at least two inches of protective padding.


  • Do not ship any packages weighing more than 50 pounds or which have a combined length and girth of more than 130 inches.
  • Make certain to employ a reputable shipping agent, insure all your packages, and use a shipping method that provides package tracking. In the event that a package is not received on time, searching by tracking number is the only way to locate your shipments.
  • Remember, the insurance and shipment of your package(s) is an arrangement agreed upon by you and your shipping agent. Columbia University and its agents maintain no responsibility in these areas.

Weather Conditions and Seasonal Clothing

For those of you who are not from the northeastern United States, we have also provided a short description of weather conditions in New York City and suggested clothing for each season (see chart below). Please be aware, however, that New York weather often varies from year to year.

Season Temperature Suggested Clothing
Early Fall Warm to hot Shorts, t-shirts, summer shoes
Late Fall Cool Lightweight sweaters, fleece, jackets, jeans, long-sleeved shirts
Winter Very cold and wet with freezing
rain and snow
Rain gear, boots, gloves, winter jacket or oversized jacket with lightweight lining that allows for layering
Spring Variable - Rainy and cool to
sunny and warm
Early and late fall clothing is suitable in the spring as well

Things to Bring / Things Not to Bring




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.

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