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What is the Housing Registry

The OCHA Housing Registry lists non-Columbia-owned, furnished and unfurnished rooms and apartments for rent. Most of the listings are located in the New York metropolitan area.

Listings are posted for three weeks or until the lister removes or directs OCHA to remove the listing, or OCHA dertermines, it its sole discretion, that the listing should be removed.

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LIST a Room/Apartment in the Housing Registry

Listings are displayed on our Web site. The most efficient way to submit listings is by establishing an online account with OCHA which will allow you to place listings from your own computer. Request an online listing account by sending an e-mail to

All listers must be aware that their listed apartments or rooms are offered in accordance with applicable University, city, state, and federal statutes and regulations governing equal opportunity and non-discriminatory access to housing. OCHA, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to remove or modify any listing.

Listers who charge a fee to rent their units MUST clearly disclose it along with the amount when placing the listing. Listers who charge a fee without clearly disclosing it, will have their listings cancelled and will not be allowed to list apartments or rooms with OCHA in the future.

All listings are automatically removed from the system after three weeks. Listings may be renewed, removed or modified at any time directly by listers with online accounts. 

Request an online listing account by sending an e-mail to

Once you have your login you are ready to list your property. Please save your login information, as it will be valid for future use.


Click above to go to the area for listing your room or apartment and follow the instructions. Both user name and password must be typed in lower case. Your listing will appear on the internet within 24 to 48 hours of the next business day pending OCHA management review.

When you try to connect with the Columbia Web server for the first time, your browser may indicate that it is being presented with a certificate signed by an unknown authority and ask you to proceed through a set of dialog boxes before permitting you to connect to the site. Do not panic. Most browsers come with a pre-loaded list of certificates. Unfortunately, the Columbia CA certificate is not one of these. Follow the onscreen directions on how to accept Columbia's certificate. Click here for more detailed instructions.

For maximum security, if you are using a shared workstation, we strongly recommend that you exit or restart the browser before leaving the workstation.

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Tips for Completing the Listing Form Online

When you list an apartment or a room with the OCHA Registry, you will have a choice of being contacted by e-mail, telephone or both by potential tenants.

Your e-mail address will be kept confidential. Potential tenants will not be able to see your e-mail address unless you write back to them.

In the field "Unit Location," please enter street coordinates instead of a street address. For example: If your apartment is at 420 W. 119th Street, Apt. 3B, you might put down "On 119th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive on the 3rd floor."

Once you have listed your room or apartment, an "Ad Posting" confirmation page will appear on the screen containing your confirmation number and the date the listing will be removed. You will also receive an e-mail with the same information. Please keep the confirmation code. You will need this code to renew, remove or modify your listing.

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How to Renew, Remove or Modify a Listing

If you have listed your room or apartment through your OCHA online account, and would like to renew, remove or modify the listing, follow the instructions that were e-mailed to you when you established your online account. Click here to view the instructions.

If you did not list your apartment online, contact the OCHA office so that we can renew, remove or modify the listing for you.

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Need Help?

If you have any questions, need help, want to report any problems, or to make suggestions, please email or call (212)854-2773.

OCHA is located at 401 West 119th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive. 

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