New Housing Students

Columbia University Irving Medical Center's on-campus accommodations are a practical and cost-effective way to live in Manhattan. All our residential buildings are located on campus, within easy walking distance of academic buildings, labs, the library, 50 Haven Ave. Athletic Center, and public transportation.

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To apply for housing, you must be enrolled full-time at Columbia University Irving Medical Center in one of the following schools or programs:

If you are not eligible for on-campus housing or prefer to live off-campus, you can search for apartments, rooms, and roommates on Columbia University’s Off-Campus Housing Assistance website (managed by the Morningside campus).

Application Timelines

Our housing assignment notifications vary by school and program start date. Refer to the information below to determine your appropriate application timeline. We will not consider any applications submitted outside of their appropriate application timelines. 

The housing application process is divided in two phases:

  • Phase 1: Application
  • Phase 2: Placement

Summer 2024 and Fall 2024 New Housing Students

  • Phase 1: If you'll be enrolled full time in a CUIMC school or program starting in the Summer or Fall, apply for on-campus housing beginning February 1, 2024. All new housing application will incur a $30 non-refundable application fee. 
    • The priority deadline for most new students to apply is May 1, 2024
    • School of Nursing Masters Direct Entry and College of Dental Medicine Post Graduates (Endodontics, Orthodontics, Periodontics, Prosthodontics, or Advanced Education in General Dentistry Certificate) should apply by April 1, 2024.
  • Phase 2: During Phase 2, all students will self-select their apartment and/or bedroom using the CUIMC Housing Portal. During selection, students will be able to see room details, such as floor plans, current occupants, current rates, and other amenities. Lastly, students will e-sign their paperwork and pay the $500 housing commitment fee.

New housing students who submitted their housing applications by the above deadline will be able to select their housing unit during the following dates:

  • April 15-April 19: Selection Time for Incoming Masters Direct Entry Nursing Students (MDE) and Incoming Dental post Graduates (Endodontics, Orthodontics, Periodontics, Prosthodontics, or Advanced Education in General Dentistry Certificate)  (group 1).
  • May 13 – May 14: Priority Selection Time for Guaranteed Programs (VP&S, GSAS, Genetic Counseling, Vassar 4+1) complete agreements and paperwork (group 2).
  • May 20-May 24: Selection time for all remaining applicants. To ensure fairness, housing is not first-come, first-served. We provide priority self-selection times based on distance from campus and program density (group 3).
  • May 20 and on*: Selection Times for current CUIMC students living off-campus. Selection Times provided throughout the summer as space becomes available.
  • May 28 and on: Selection Times provided throughout the summer as space becomes available for new students who were not initially offered housing and all remaining applications.

* Lottery process may take place if demand exceeds availability.

It is important to be mindful of the phase 2 selection windows so that you don’t miss the opportunity to find the right space for you. Priority will be calculated by distance from campus as detailed below.



Spring 2024 New Housing Students

If you'll be enrolled full time in a CUIMC school or program beginning in the spring, apply for on-campus housing starting September 13, 2023. Our team will send out housing placement information via email starting in early November. 

Students can expect to move-in as early as January 1 and no later than January 16.

Housing Placement

Whether you are single or planning to live with a spouse or domestic partner, we have housing options that will suit your needs. We also provide disability housing accommodations for eligible students. All newly admitted single VP&S (MD, MD-PhD and Genetic Counseling only) and newly admitted single GSAS applicants are guaranteed housing. 

To ensure fairness, housing is not first-come, first-served. An applicant invitation to live on-campus is based on home address, according to the following priority scale:

  • International applicants
  • Applicants within the United States coming from farthest west, then moving eastward
  • Applicants from the tristate area (New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut)

If invited to live on-campus, you will be provided a randomly generated selection time. Most students will have the opportunity to self-select their apartment/room. 

Due to limited room availability, you may be placed on a wait list based on the date we receive your application and your distance from campus. We will notify all students regarding the status of their application. If you have been placed on the waitlist, we will contact you if an accommodation becomes available.

We can't guarantee that you will be offered an accommodation that satisfies your first preference.

How to Apply

You will receive an email inviting you to apply for housing from once you have been added to the housing portal. If you are a new admitted student, the email will be sent out once your school or program has processed your admission and provided us with your information.   

To apply, log-on to the CUIMC Housing Portal and select "Application & Placement" in the menu bar. You will be asked to provide some demographic information, your program, and your desired move-in date. 

Cancellation Fees

The application fee is non-refundable. Students who wish to cancel their housing assignment prior to moving-in must notify the Office of Housing Service via email. The commitment fee is 50 % refundable through July 1, 2024. After July 1, the commitment fee is forfeited.

The cancellation fee is $1,750 and has the following deadlines to cancel:

For new fall 2024 students, July 15, 2024 is the last day to cancel without additional penalty.

For new spring 2025 students, December 15, 2024 is the last day to cancel without additional penalty. 

For current/continuing students, May 1, 2024 is the last day to cancel without additional penalty.    

Once the student has moved-in and wishes to cancel their occupancy agreement, they can review cancellation fees and moving out instructions.

Sample Occupancy Agreement

For your convenience, a sample copy of the 2024-2025 is available for download and review. Students will e-sign this agreement during Phase 2 of the Application & Placement process. 

Download 2024-2025 Occupancy Agreement

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