Moving In

We're excited that you're joining our housing community at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and want to ensure your move-in goes smoothly. Take a moment to check out our housing overview to learn about our lease and contract signings, what to expect when arriving to campus, key housing policies and more.

On-Campus Housing Overview

See below for addittional move in-related information.

Key Pick-ups

Only the person whose name is on occupancy agreement may pick up the keys. You'll have to present an acceptable form of identification, preferably a photo ID.

For August and September 2021 check-ins, please proceed as follows:

  • Students must first select a move-in date and time slot appointment by completing the request form which will be sent out via email.
  • If you are moving into Tower 1, 2 or 3, please go directly to the front desk of your building to pick up your keys.
  • Students moving into 154 Haven Ave. must pick up keys at 60 Haven Ave, if they are moving-in Monday-Friday. Weekend key pick-up will be available at 154 Haven Ave during the month of August.
  • If you are moving in to 390 Fort Washington, please go to the Tower 1 (60 Haven Ave) front desk.
  • All students who are moving-in afterhours can pick-up their keys with the 60 Haven Ave door attendants, regardless of their assigned building.  

Move-In Day Parking

Limited street parking is available. Double parking is permitted on scheduled move-in days while you unload your belongings. Vehicles must not be left unattended. For more parking information, see Getting To and Around Campus.

When moving in, you may see the door attendants in Towers 1, 2, and 3 to borrow a hand-truck or dolly. You must provide a CUIMC ID. While door attendants in other buildings cannot offer this resource, residents of other buildings are can request a hand-truck or dolly at Towers 1, 2, and 3.

Seeking long-term parking? Due to limited availability, parking in CUIMC facilities is not available to students. Read more about commercial parking options.

Moving Company Requirements

When using a moving company to move into CUIMC housing, you must provide the following to the Office of Housing Services:

  1. Copy of a certificate of insurance from an admitted insurance company. Admitted means filed with and subject to the laws and regulation of the state the company is admitted in. See an example.
  2. Confirmation of auto and general liability coverage with minimum liability limits of $2 million
  3. Confirmation of worker’s compensation coverage
  4. The certificate of insurance should also name the Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York as an additional insured.

Send a copy of the certificate of insurance to at least two business days before your move-in date.

You will be responsible for leaving the building and its premises in broom-clean condition and for removing boxes and other trash generated in the move.

Mail and Packages

When sending packages to your new residence, keep in mind that the Office of Housing Services can't receive any packages on your behalf before your official move-in date.

50 Haven Ave. mailing address:
Your Name
50 Haven Ave., Box B#
New York, NY 10032

Georgian Residence mailing address:
Your Name
50 Haven Ave., Box G#
New York, NY 10032

Towers 1, 2, and 3; 154 Haven.; or 390 Fort Washington mailing address:
Your Name
Building Street Address
Unit #
New York, NY 10032

Package Pick-up Locations by Residential Building

  • 50 Haven Ave.: Residents may pick up their packages at the 50 Haven Ave. Mailroom, Room 109, open Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • 154 Haven Ave.: Residents may pick up their packages with the door attendants in Tower 2.
  • 390 Fort Washington Ave.: Packages may be delivered to the lobby; however, if a package needs a signature, you must sign for it. Security will not sign or hold packages.
  • Georgian Residence: Students living in Georgian Residence can pick up their packages at the 50 Haven Ave. Mailroom, Room 109, open Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • Tower 1: Residents may pick up their packages from the door attendants in Tower 1.
  • Towers 2 and 3: Residents may pick up their packages from the door attendants in their respective buildings.

Room/Apartment Conditions

Your CUIMC unit should be clean and in good condition when you move in. All fixtures and appliances should be in working order. Maintenance requests can be placed online or in person at the Office of Housing Services, located on the lobby level of 50 Haven Ave.

Gas and Electric

If you live in Towers 1, 2, and 3, 154 Haven Ave., or 390 Fort Washington, charges for gas and electric are not included in your rent. You are responsible for making arrangements with ConEdison for service and payments. It usually takes a few days to have service turned on. If you're moving into an apartment where other students are already living, you won't need to set up service.

To set up service with ConEdison, call 1-800-779-6943 or go to If you have questions concerning your gas and electric bill, or any delays in getting your service turned on, contact ConEdison directly.

Cable TV and Internet

If you want to set up cable TV service in your CUIMC unit, contact Spectrum at 212-222-5388 or via the Spectrum website.

The majority of CUIMC buildings have wireless internet service, provided with no additional charge by CUIMC IT. For information regarding computers, email, and ethernet installation, visit CUIMC IT or call 212-305-HELP (4357), option 5.

Air Conditioner Installation

Window air conditioners are provided by the Office of Housing Services in each bedroom of 50 Haven Ave. and Georgian Residence. Students in the Georgian Residence who wish to have an air conditioner installed in the common area of their apartment must purchase one on their own. The air conditioner must be installed by the Office of Housing Services. Air conditioners should not exceed 5,000 BTUs and cannot be more than 15 inches high or 27 inches wide. Window frames will not be cut to accommodate oversize units.

Air conditioner installation and removal forms are available at the Office of Housing Services, located on the lobby level of 50 Haven Ave. There is a $25 installation charge and $20 removal charge.

Towers 1, 2, and 3 and 154 Haven Ave. have central air conditioning.

390 Fort Washington has window  air conditioning units installed and are maintained by the Office of Housing Services. 

Renter's Insurance

When you live on campus, it is important that you protect yourself financially against personal property losses by acquiring renter’s insurance. Renter’s insurance can provide you with coverage for damaged, lost, or stolen personal items as well as personal liability in the event that someone is injured in your apartment or you damage property that belongs to others. Renter’s insurance can also provide you with the financial means for acquiring temporary living facilities in the event that your residence becomes uninhabitable due to severe weather damage or some other disaster.

CUIMC does not offer renter’s insurance, but you can learn more about how to determine your coverage, survey your items, and find a provider through the Insurance Information Institute.