Housing Essentials

Columbia University Housing for Faculty & Staff

Please note that the Office of the Provost has issued a statement that explains how the University assigns its limited housing resources. Click here for more information.

Below you will find all you need to know about Columbia University faculty and staff housing. Use the quick links below for easy navigation.

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General Information

The University's Housing Priorities Committee, which is chaired by the Provost, sets guidelines which govern the type of housing for which officers are eligible. It also determines the assignment of certain types of apartments, including those typically leased to senior faculty. Columbia University Facilities directly manages the assignment of all other University apartments, subject to availability, following guidelines provided by the Housing Priorities Committee.

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Eligibility and Priority 

At present, because the demand for housing greatly exceeds the supply of available apartments, only full-time, compensated Officers of Instruction, Research, and Libraries  are eligible to apply. Part-time Officers are not eligible for University housing. In general, priority for housing is given first to full-time Officers of Instruction. Newly appointed Officers moving to New York from outside the Tri-State area are considered for housing first. Applications from new Officers already living in New York and immediate environs are given lower priority.

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Applying for Faculty & Staff Housing 

Eligible officers must apply for housing online. You will receive E-mail confirmation of your application after applying.   

Click here to access My Housing Portal. You will need to create an account before accessing the portal.

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Description of Buildings and Apartments 

Most Columbia apartments are located in prewar elevator buildings. A smaller number are located in postwar buildings built between the 1960's and present. 90% of buildings are located within easy walking distance of the Morningside campus, while a few others are 30-45 minutes from campus by public transportation. Apartment sizes vary from studios to larger family units. In most cases, apartments and buildings are serviced and maintained by Columbia University staff.

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Leasing, Utilities, and Moving In 

Faculty and staff tenants will receive detailed information from the Manager of Faculty & Staff Housing about lease signing, arranging for utilities and moving in.

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Contact Us

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us or call (212) 854-9429


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