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.
To apply for housing, you must be enrolled full-time in one of the following Columbia University schools or programs:
- Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons (VP&S)
- College of Dental Medicine (CDM)
- Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS)
- School of Nursing (SON)
- Mailman School of Public Health (MSPH)
- Programs in Human Nutrition (IHN), Physical Therapy (PHYT), Occupational Therapy (OCCT), or Genetic Counseling (GC)
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).
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.
If you'll be enrolled full time in a CUIMC school or program beginning in the fall (excluding all incoming students of CDM’s postdoctoral programs or SON’s master to direct entry program; see below), apply for on-campus housing beginning April 26. We will continue to accept applications until we reach capacity.
Our team will send out housing notifications will be sent via email from early July through late August, based on availability. Once an offer is made, you will have 3 days to accept the offer and pay a $500 housing commitment fee.
If you'll be enrolled full time in a CUIMC school or program beginning in the spring, apply for on-campus housing starting October 1. Our team will send out housing offers via email starting in early December. Once an offer is made, you will have 3 days to accept the offer and pay a $500 housing commitment fee.
Incoming Masters Direct Entry Nursing Students and Incoming Dental Graduate Students: February 1-March 31
If you are a newly admitted student who requires either single or couples housing and will be enrolled in one of the following programs, apply for on-campus housing between February 1 and March 31:
- Masters to Direct Entry (SON)
- Dental postdoctoral programs (CDM)
- Endodontics (CDM)
- Orthodontics (CDM)
- Periodontics (CDM)
- Prosthodontics (CDM)
- Advanced Education in General Dentistry Certificate (CDM)
Our team will send out housing notifications via email beginning in early April. Once an offer is made, you will have 3 days to accept the offer and pay a $500 housing commitment fee.
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 single VP&S (MD or MD-PhD only) and single GSAS applicants are guaranteed dormitory-style accommodations in 50 Haven Ave. However, these applicants may apply for housing in other residential buildings: Georgian Residence; Towers 1, 2, and 3; and 154 Haven Ave. Accommodations in other buildings are assigned based on availability.
To ensure fairness, housing is not first-come, first-served. We assign housing based on an applicant’s 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)
- Currently matriculated CUIMC students
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
To apply, log-on to the CUIMC Housing Portal and select "Apply Now" in the menu bar. You will be asked to provide some demographic information, your program and desired move-in date, along with your apartment/building preferences.