The New York City housing market can be overwhelming, but Columbia is dedicated to helping its students find safe, affordable housing. Incoming Columbia Engineering Graduate students can leverage the following resources to secure housing, both On and Off-campus.

Columbia Off-Campus Housing Assistance

The Columbia University Off-Campus Housing Assistance office helps students find safe, convenient, and cost-effective rentals for all students studying at the university.  The office also supports students with sublet questions, finding roommates and other important housing questions.
 

International House (I-House)

International House is a vibrant residence and program center of more than 700 graduate students and trainees representing more than 100 countries. It is perhaps the most culturally diverse student community in all of New York City. An independent, non-profit organization, I-House fosters daily interaction among its residents through an array of programs, attractive facilities and residential life designed to foster diversity of thought and experience.

Temporary Housing

The Office of Graduate Student Affairs has aggregated some temporary housing resources across New York City. All accommodations are made between the guests and establishments. University staff does not offer assistance with bookings and is not responsible for any arrangements made with the listed establishments.

Housing Message Boards

Columbia Engineering - Housing Search is a group page hosted on Facebook.com and monitored by Graduate Student Affairs.

General Timeline Information

Timeline

  • The application is typically available in March for Fall Semester and in October for Spring Semester. The Fall 2018 Application will open March 15, 2018.
  • There is no housing application for Summer terms.
  • Typically, approvals for Fall term are made between July and August.

Incoming student housing applications will not be considered until Columbia Engineering has received your Admissions Response Form and Admission deposit confirmation.

International Students must also have their I-20 from ISSO before they are considered for housing.

Housing Approval Process

  • Priority is given to incoming Doctoral track and funded students. 
  • Approvals for additional applicants are taken into account after Doctoral student allocations have been made.
  • Approval for housing includes, but is not limited to, a student’s application date, date of admissions deposit, and academic department recommendation.

Fall 2018 Incoming Students

  • You will receive an email from Graduate Student Affairs to your personal e-mail address (provided during the application process) within 7-10 business days of accepting your admission offer.
  • This email will contain your PID, UNI, housing code, and a link to the housing application, via My Housing Portal.
  • If you do not receive this e-mail within 10 days, please contact seas_gsa@columbia.edu to inquire further.
  • Priority is given to incoming doctoral students. Allocation and notification are typically made in late June to early July.

Continuing Students

  • If you had applied for housing as a new student, your account should remain active and should not need a new housing code.
  • If you are making a new account, please contact seas_gsa@columbia.edu for the current year's housing code. Your PID can be found in SSOL.
  • Please be advised that continuing students are usually placed on the waitlist. Learn more about the waitlist process.
  • Allocations and notification are typically made in late June to early July.

Approved Housing Applications

Approved Applications

  • If you decline the housing offer, you will lose your on-campus housing approval.
  • Students will have the opportunity to transfer to other housing twice a year if necessary. However, applications for transfer are not guaranteed. 
  • Students wishing to change from single to couples housing will have the opportunity to transfer later in their tenure through the usual transfer process with University Apartment Housing.

Conditions required to maintain on campus housing status

  • Full-time student status (12 credits per term) during the academic year.
  • Housing is granted for a maximum of 5 years or the length of your original admitted degree program (whichever is less). 
  • MS-Track and/or PhD students enrolled in the degree program beyond the maximum housing limit must petition to request a housing extension through the Office of Graduate Student Services.

Approved Students Must Reapply for Housing in the Following Conditions

  • MS-only students - if they later apply to an advanced degree beyond the MS level (i.e., PhD program).
  • If admitted to a new academic department within SEAS (i.e., Mechanical to IEOR).
  • Failing to graduate within designated term while enrolled in housing.
  • When returning from a Leave of Absence.
  • Withdrawing from an academic program.
  • Upon graduation.
     

Further Questions

For further information, the Housing Office has put together a comprehensive FAQ.

If you need to find Off-Campus housing, the resources on the right side of the page are excellent sources of help and advice.

Housing Presentation on NYC Rental Market

Please go through the following presentation, Navigating the NYC Rental Market.