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.

By August 7, 2020, you will receive an email from Columbia Housing including your housing assignment, move-in day and time and mailbox assignment before the academic year begins. To control campus density, move-in will span several days. You will be assigned a specific move-in day and time between August 31 and September 4

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 Additionally, Columbia Housing is maintaining an FAQ regarding the upcoming academic year.