Traveling to Columbia
Arrival by Car
If you are planning to arrive by car, expect to encounter a large volume of traffic in the immediate area of the check-in locations. Columbia Public Safety personnel will direct traffic flow in unloading areas. Please cooperate by following their directions.
Members of the orientation staff will also be on hand to assist you with unloading. Please note: a licensed driver must remain with the vehicle the entire time the car is being unloaded. Immediately after the vehicle is unloaded, it must be removed from the unloading zone. Do not leave belongings unattended. In addition, please be certain to lock your car and do not leave any valuables visible. If you park far from campus, public transportation by both bus and subway is available and runs north and south on Broadway.
Street parking is available on Broadway and parts of Amsterdam with a range of rates and restrictions. However, it is extremely limited. Please check street signs for specific regulations. Parking tickets are the responsibility of the vehicle owner. No parking is available on the campus. Information on area parking garages can be found on the Visitors page.
Arrival in the City by Bus or Train
Using the Subway from a New York Bus/Train Hub
Guests arriving by bus or train can access the subway from both Penn Station and the Port Authority Bus Terminal. You can catch the 1 uptown subway line to the 116th Street/Columbia University station.
From Grand Central Terminal (E. 42nd St.), you can take the Shuttle (S subway train) to Times Square/Port Authority (W. 42nd St.), where you can board the 1 subway to 116th Street.
For subway schedule and fare information, please visit www.mta.info.
Using a Taxi from a New York Bus/Train Hub
Taxis are also available and are a convenient means of travel when you are transporting luggage. The fare to Columbia is approximately $25 from Penn Station, the Port Authority, or Grand Central Terminal.
Arrival by Airplane
Depending on the airport you use, options for traveling to campus vary. For most airports a yellow cab is the simplest way to travel to Columbia. At LaGuardia, city buses are a viable option, while at Newark and JFK there is AirTrain service that connects to the subways.
When arriving by airplane, the easiest and recommended way to travel to campus is to take a yellow medallion taxicab directly from the airport. We highly recommend that you use this method of transportation if you are relatively unfamiliar with New York City. Taxi fare should be about $30 from LaGuardia, $45 from JFK, and $70 from Newark. You will also have to pay for tolls and tip.
Direct city bus service is available from LaGuardia Airport only. The M60 bus picks up passengers at each LaGuardia terminal every 20 minutes. It takes approximately one hour to reach campus, subject to traffic. The M60 stops on Broadway at West 116th Street. For schedule and fare information, please visit www.mta.info.
Privately owned licensed shuttle buses from Newark, JFK, or LaGuardia Airport to Manhattan are available for approximately $12-15. A bus will bring you to the Port Authority Terminal, where you can transfer to the subway or take a taxi to reach Columbia.
Subway service is available from Kennedy Airport, but the trip takes at least 90 minutes and is very difficult with luggage. Take the JFK AirTrain to the nearby subway station, where you can then take the A subway toward Manhattan. Transfer to the 1 uptown subway at the 59th Street/Columbus Circle station. For schedule and fare information, please visit www.mta.info.
From Newark, EWR AirTrain service runs to several Manhattan locations where you can connect with a subway or bus. The most straightforward path is to take NJ Transit to New York-Penn Station, where you can transfer from NJ Transit to the MTA, for a small additional fare, to the 1 uptown subway line.
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.