Plan Your Arrival

A great part of your experience as a first-year student at Columbia University is learning to be open to new situations and experiences. Your first room, roommate, and residence hall in college will definitely be experiences that you will never forget.

You will receive an email from Columbia Housing on Monday, June 30, with your housing assignment, roommate information (if applicable), mailbox assignment, and confirmation of your Dining Plan. If you don’t receive this email, or haven’t signed your Occupancy Agreement online, please email Detailed information about Columbia Housing and the residence halls is available at

In the meantime, here are some useful tools to help you make the necessary arrangements for your arrival on campus to ensure that your move-in experience is as stress-free as possible:


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 and New Student Orientation Student Leadership (NSOP) participants

August 25, 2016 - 10:00am

International Student Orientation Program (ISOP) starts

August 28, 2016 - 8:00am

First-Year Check-In

August 28, 2016 - 8:00am

Exchange Students Check-In

August 29, 2016 - 7:00am

First-Year Check-In