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 and residence hall in college will definitely be experiences that you will never forget.

Your Housing Assignment & Check-In Schedule

As you are aware from the communications you've received from the University, our process for room assignments and check-in have changed this year to provide for adequate physical distancing and allow us to comply with public health guidance. 

All first-year students at Columbia College and The School of Engineering received an email from Columbia Housing including your housing assignment, move-in day and time and mailbox assignment. To control campus density, move-in will span several days. You will be assigned a specific move-in day and time beginning April 29, 2021. Please do everything you can to arrange to arrive at your assigned Check-In appointment.

Sign your Occupancy Agreement online by the deadline stated in your communication. Email [email protected]. Detailed information about Columbia Housing and the residence halls is available at including detailed FAQs regarding Check-In and living on campus.