Specialty Housing

Rental Rates and Billing 

Effective May 10, 2017, all students will be assigned to housing billed by semester. Please note that rental rates are estimated by month on this page.

For information on billing and payment options, please visit Student Financial Services.

Community Specific Housing

In addition to typical student housing described here, there are a number of buildings which are unique in some way. Some are for students with particular interests or affiliations with certain schools and/or academic programs. Others are unique in terms of location and amenities. Additional eligibility requirements for each building are outlined below. 

The Arbor

The Arbor

 

Student housing is available at The Arbor, our newest facility located in Riverdale, The Bronx. This building was completed in the summer of 2008. The majority of units available at The Arbor are "Apartment Share" style, with some couples and family housing also available. These luxury apartments are more spacious than typical UAH units, with greater amenities, such as dishwashers and laundry machines in each apartment.

Parking is available for an additional fee.

Shuttle service is available. Shuttle Track can be downloaded from the App Store or Google play

Click here to see photos of the Arbor as well as additional information on the Riverdale Community

2018 - 2019 Monthly Rates*

  Range  Average Rent 

Apartment Share

$1224 - $1556 $1337

One Bedroom (Couple/Family)

$2037 - $2399  $2187

Two Bedroom (Family)

$2979 - $3917  $3366 

*Please note that while monthly rates are estimated above, student tenants are billed by term. Rental rates vary depending on apartment/room size, layout, location, furnishings, and building amenities.   

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International House (I-House) - 500 Riverside Drive

UAH has made a special arrangement to lease a limited number of single rooms from International House (I-House). You must be 21 years of age or older to be eligible to live at I-House. Depending on your school, you are eligible for specific housing accommodations at I-House:

To apply for one of these single dormitory-style rooms, students must fully and accurately complete both the UAH application and the appropriate I-House application (see links below). The I-House application completed and emailed to uah@columbia.edu.

Approval for I-House 

In order to be housed at I-House, an applicant must be approved by International House and also be allocated housing by his or her school. Assignments are made based on availability. Students approved for housing at I-House are not eligible to apply to transfer during the contract period. UAH assigned residents will be given an opportunity to transfer to a UAH unit at the once their contract ends in May. Subletting is prohibited.

General Information and Application

2018-2019  UAH-eligible Students (Non-Law) Law School LLMs
Types of Accommodations  Furnished Dorm-style units  Furnished apartment shares & studios 
Type of housing Single student housing only  Single and couple housing 
Monthly Rates* $1115 - $1240

Shares: $1500 - $1700
Studios: $2000 - $2300 

Supplemental Application Required UAH I-House Application  Law School I-House Application 
Transfer Eligibility  Not eligible to transfer during contract period  Not eligible to transfer during contract period 
Vacancy  If eligible for more time, may request to transfer into UAH after May, or vacate I-House  LLMs must vacate I-House by May 31

*Although the rental range is estimated above, these fees are billed per-semester to the Student Financial Services account. These estimations do not include the additional fees outlined in the section above.

 

How to Apply for I-House

  1. Create an account in My Housing Portal and apply for housing. (See How To Apply.)
  2. Also complete the appropriate application (either UAH or Law School I-House application, linked in the table above)
  3. Send the I-House application to uah@columbia.edu, along with your personal statement and passport size photo.  
International House

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600 West 113th Street

The majority of students housed in 600 West 113th Street are undergraduates in Columbia College, the School of Engineering and General Studies. All UAH assigned rooms are furnished and utilities (except cable television), campus telephone and Ethernet service are included. Students share kitchens, bathrooms and all common areas. Porter service provides basic cleaning services for kitchens, bathrooms and common areas. Rental fees are charged by semester to your Student Financial Services (SFS) account.

Amenities - This full service building has a 24-hour security desk, laundry room and 2 elevators. The building is located on the corner of Broadway and West 113th Street.

2018 - 2019 Monthly Rates*

 

Range

Average Rent 

Furnished Single Room 

$849 - $1186 

$1002

Furnished Double Room

$675 - $943

$764

*Please note that while monthly rates are estimated above, student tenants are billed by term. Rental rates vary depending on apartment/room size, layout, location, furnishings, and building amenities.   

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Union Theological Seminary (UTS) - 600 West 122nd Street

UAH has made special arrangements with Union Theological Seminary (UTS) to lease approximately 30 dormitory style units on the sixth floor in a building known as Hasting Hall. Please note that units in other floors of Hasting Hall, as well as other UTS residential buildings, are not available to UAH approved tenants. UAH tenants must abide by UTS housing guidelines.

Occupants in this building have private rooms. Rooms are furnished with an extra-long twin bed, a dresser, a desk, and a chair. Personal refrigerators and microwaves are allowed in rooms but are not provided.

Two multi-stall bathrooms are shared by the suite, and each contains two showers. One large kitchen is shared by the all occupants in the suite. The building features central air, radiator heat, and WiFi. Laundry facilities are available across the courtyard at McGiffert Hall.

2018 - 2019 Average Monthly Rates*

Furnished Dormitory Room   $1254
*Although the rental rate is estimated above, these fees are billed per semester to the Student Financial Services Account. Units vary in terms of size and layout.

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Beit Ephraim (Kosher Housing) - 535 West 112th Street

The Bayit, Columbia's Pluralistic Jewish Food Co-op, is a 28-member community with a Kosher kitchen. It is open to undergraduate, General Studies, and graduate students. The cost is approximately $1121 per month and these fees are billed by term to the Student Financial Services account. 

For more information and application instructions, visit the Beit Ephraim website or email bayitrecruiter@gmail.com

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Carlton Arms, 362 Riverside Drive

Dormitory Style

Guide to Living at Carlton Arms

Dormitory-style accommodations are offered at the Carlton Arms building. These rooms are located off a corridor and are either private (one student per room "single suite room #1") or semi-private (two students per room "shared suite room # 2"). Rental fees for these units are charged by the session/semester to your Student Financial Services (SFS) Carlton Armsaccount. Dormitory-style accommodations are used to house single students only, and most floors and suites are co-ed. Family members and friends are strictly prohibited from sharing the accommodations with student residents. Pets are strictly prohibited in these accommodations. Violation of these policies will result in termination of the student housing contract and the student will no longer be eligible for University housing.

Amenities - Students share the kitchen, bathroom, and any common areas. All rooms are furnished and include utilities (other than cable television) and Ethernet service.

362 Riverside Drive has a 24 hour manned security desk located at the main entrance.

For more information on the American Language Program, see the ALP Web page.

2017 - 2018 Monthly Rates*

 

Range

Average Rent 

Furnished Single Room 

$879 - $1232 

$1063

Furnished Double Room

$754- $1112

$874

*Please note that while monthly rates are estimated above, student tenants are billed by term. Rental rates vary depending on apartment/room size, layout, location, and building amenities.   

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Law School Housing

A number of buildings are available only to Columbia Law School Students. The rooms and apartments are assigned directly by the Law School For information on the "400" block of West 115th Street, 420 West 116th Street, Lenfest, and Lionsgate, see the following sections:

"400" block of West 115th St., 420 West 116th St. (Law School only)

Law School housing on the "400" block of West 115th Street is in five elevator apartments located between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive. These units are apartment shares, in which three students share the common areas (living room, kitchen, and bathroom) of an apartment, with each having an adjacent private bedroom. These apartments are furnished. Ethernet service and utilities (except cable television) are included in the rent.

420 West 116th Street is a nine-story, early 20th century building directly across the street from Greene Hall, the main Law School classroom building. This block is home to several Law School faculty families, senior administrators, and the President of Columbia University. 420 West 116th Street has furnished and unfurnished studio/efficiency and one bedroom apartments. Ethernet service is included in the rent. Utilities are not included in the rent.  

Tenants in these units are not eligible to transfer into other UAH buildings.

2018 - 2019 Monthly Rates*

 

Range 

Average Rent 

 Apartment Share 

 $1351 - $1672

 $1498

 Studio/Efficiency

 $1862 - $2193

 $2030

 One Bedroom (Couple/Family)

 $2139 - $2476

 $2308

*Please note that while monthly rates are estimated above, student tenants are billed by term. Rental rates vary depending on apartment/room size, layout, location, furnishings, and building amenities.  

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Lenfest Hall, West 121st Street (Law School only)

Lenfest Hall is located on West 121st Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive. This luxury high-rise building contains 181 studio/efficiency units and 28 one bedroom units. Lenfest's amenities include 24-hour security, public study rooms with wireless Internet connections, a bamboo garden and a card operated laundry room. Utilieis are includeed. All units are furnished with space-saving furniture that is able to accommodate a variety of arrangements and functions. Rent is billed by semester to your Student Financial Services (SFS) account.

Residents of Lenfest Hall must contact Columbia University Information Technology (CUIT) at (212) 854-1919 for more information on obtaining cable TV service.  

Tenants of Lenfest are not eligible to transfer into other UAH buildings.

2018 - 2019 Monthly Rates*

  Furnished  Average 
 Furnished Studio/Efficiency  $2267 - $2686  $2361
 Furnished One Bedroom  $2313 - $3116  $2476

*Please note that while monthly rates are estimated above, student tenants are billed by term. Rental rates vary depending on apartment/room size, layout, location, furnishings, and building amenities.

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Lionsgate, 520 West 112th Street (Law School only)

The University owns a number of furnished and unfurnished apartments in this high rise building on West 112th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway. Lionsgate has 24-hour security. There are studio/efficiency, one bedroom, and two bedroom units available. Some of these units may be available to students with children, depending upon unit availability. Tenants in Lionsgate are not eligible to transfer into other UAH buildings. Tenants should refer to Lionsgate Move In/Move Out Guidelines.

2018 - 2019 Monthly Rates*

  Range  Average Rent 
 Apartment Share   $1351 - $1754   $1530
 Studio/Efficiency  $2600 - $2980  $2883
 One Bedroom (Couple/Family)  $3218 - $3670  $3437

*Please note that while monthly rates are estimated above, student tenants are billed by term. Rental rates vary depending on apartment/room size, layout, location, furnishings, and building amenities.   

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Teachers College "New Residence"  - 517 West 121st St (GSAS, GS Only)

UAH has made special arrangements with Teachers College to lease a limited number of efficiency units at their New Residence Hall. These are only available to GSAS and GS students, upon approval by their schools. Only students 21 years and older can live in this housing.

These units each have a private bathroom. The smaller units, averaging 200 sq. ft. in size, share common kitchens distributed throughout the building and are equipped with a micro-fridge. The larger units, averaging 250 sq. ft. in size, have a private kitchenette.  All units are furnished with a bed (extra-long twin in the small unit, full in the larger units), desk, desk chair, table and chair, floor lamp, chest of drawers and closet/wardrobe. 

Students assigned to this housing are not eligible to transfer into regular UAH units.  Although we categorize these rooms as "efficiency units," this housing is not available to couples or families. 

Subletting is prohibited in this housing. 

Columbia students residing in the New Residence Hall agree to the rules, policies and regulations contained in "The Guide to Campus Living" at Teachers College

2018 - 2019 Monthly Rates*

Furnished Efficiency   $1418 
Furnished Efficiency (with kitchenette) $1687

*Although the rental range is estimated above, these fees are billed per semester to the Student Financial Services Account.  Units vary in terms of size and layout.

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Manhattan Valley Leased Properties (School of General Studies) - 18,  61/63 West 108th St & 950 Columbus Ave

A number of furnished apartment shares and a smaller number of efficiency units are available to eligible General Studies students, upon approval by the School of General Studies.  These units are located in the Manhattan Valley neighborhood, and the buildings are leased to the University by a third party landlord. Tenants in these units are not eligible to transfer into other UAH buildings.

2018 - 2019 Monthly Rates*

 

Range

Average Rent

Furnished Share

 $1015 - $1530

 $1243

Furnished Studio

 $1547 - $1742

 $1634

*Please note that while monthly rates are estimated above, student tenants are billed by term. Rental rates vary depending on apartment/room size, layout, location, furnishings, and building amenities.   

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