Transferring

Transferring

Student tenants living in Columbia housing may request to transfer by submitting an application on the Housing Portal. Transfer approvals cannot be guaranteed and are dependent on eligibility and availability of housing.

Transfer requests are evaluated on a rolling basis between September 15 and May 15. 

Applications received outside of these dates will be evaluated only as units become available. 

Transfer Eligibility Requirements

CURRENTLY LIVING IN TRANSFER ELIGIBILITY 
UAH UAH 
Law School Housing  Law School Housing 
General Studies Housing General Studies Housing 
International House 

At end of contract only  *Law students ineligible 

Bayit Ineligible 


To be eligible to transfer, a student must:

  • Be a current tenant in UAH
    Priority is determined based on length of time in housing and reason for transfer. In general, students in their first year of housing do not receive priority
  • Be a full-time student with continued eligibility for housing. Students in their last semester of housing eligibility may not transfer
  • Be in good standing with Student Financial Services
  • If requesting to transfer to couple or family housing, provide acceptable documentation to prove couple or family status. Due to the limited availability of couple and family units, priority is determined based on length of time in housing and the reason for transfer.

Transfer Types

General Transfer

For students in UAH units who would like to move to another UAH apartment or room. Please note that due to limited availability, students in their first or last year of housing are typically not prioritized for transfer. 

Room to Room Transfer

For a student in a UAH unit who wishes to move in with a friend who has a vacant room in their apartment share or dorm suite. You will need to indicate the address and room number on the transfer application. 

Group Share Transfer 

For two or more students in UAH units who would like to live in the same apartment. Please note that availability for group transfers is very limited. 

Transfer Approvals

If approved for a transfer, you will be notified by email. If approved, you may:

  • Log into the Housing Portal to view the housing offered to you
  • View the unit: as long as it is vacant, you may view the unit M-F 9-11:30am or 1-3:30pm. Visit the UAH office during those hours to pick up a viewing slip on the day you'd like to view the unit
  • Accept the housing offer: log into the housing portal to accept the offer, choose an appointment to sign the new agreement 
  • Sign the new housing agreement: At the time of your appointment, come to the UAH office to sign the new agreement. Please keep in mind that you will need to provide two new passport-sized photos for each occupant; previous photos cannot be reused. Documentation of couple or family status is also required for those moving into couple or family housing
  • Vacate your previous unit: If you are transferring from one UAH unit to another, UAH will create a move out notice on your behalf; you do not need to create one yourself. You will receive the keys for the new unit on the day you sign your new housing agreement, and you will have until 4pm on the following business day to remove your belongings from the previous unit and return the keys to the superintendent. Billing for the previous unit will end on the date you return keys, and billing for the new unit will begin on the following day
  • Declining the housing offer: Should you choose to decline the housing offerred to you, you may remain in your current unit. You may reapply for a housing transfer at a later date

HOUSING PORTAL

If you have questions please contact us at 212-854-9312 or email uah-transfers@columbia.edu.