Types of Accommodations

Types of Accommodations

Most University Apartment Housing units are located in the Morningside Heights and Manhattan Valley Neighborhoods, between 108th Street and 125thStreet. University housing is also located in Riverdale, the Bronx, about 20 minutes from campus by shuttle bus.    

Student housing consists of dormitory suite style housing and shared apartments, as well as a limited number of studio and one bedroom units which are prioritized for couples and families. A very limited number of larger units are available for students with two or more children.

Please note that rental rates estimated below do not include rates for our Community Specific Housing. More information on our Community Specific Housing can be found here.

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  Apartment Shares

Most students are housed in private bedrooms within "apartment shares" where the common areas are shared. Apartments typically have three or four bedrooms, and most are single-gender. Tenants are responsible for cleaning of common areas and their own rooms. Apartment shares are used to house single students only. Rent is billed monthly in most cases, depending on the building or unit type.

Spouses/partners, family members, and friends are strictly prohibited from sharing these accommodations with student residents. Pets are strictly prohibited. Violation of these policies will result in termination of the lease or student housing contract and the student will no longer be eligible for University housing.

Approximately 80% of the three bedroom apartments are furnished and include the cost of utilities (cooking gas and electricity). Two bedroom apartments are typically unfurnished, and utilities are usually not included in the rent.

2016 - 2017 Monthly Rates*

Range  Average Rent 
 $940 - $1,583  $1,150

*Please note that while monthly rates are estimated above, residents in certain building are billed by term. Also note that rental rates vary depending on apartment/room size, layout, location, furnishings, and building amenities.   

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Dormitory-Style Suite Room Accommodations

Rooms are either private (one student per room) or semi-private (two students per room). Rental fees for these units are billed in full by semester and are charged to your Student Financial Services (SFS) account. Dormitory-style accommodations are used to house single students only, and most floors and suites are co-ed.

Students share kitchens, bathrooms, and other common areas. All rooms are furnished, and utilities are included. Most rooms have campus telephone and Ethernet service. Some of the dormitory suite buildings, such as 362 Riverside Drive and 600 West 113th Street, have a security desk located at the main entrance.

Family members and friends are strictly prohibited from sharing the accommodations with student residents. Pets are strictly prohibited. Violation of these policies will result in termination of the student housing contract and the student will no longer be eligible for University housing.

2016 - 2017 Monthly Rates*

 

Range   Average Rent
 Furnished Single

 $773 - $1,109

$1025

 Furnished Double

 $721 - $1,056  

$832

*Please note that while monthly rates are estimated above, residents in most dormitory style housing are billed by term. Also note that Rental rates vary depending on apartment/room size, layout, location, and building amenities.    

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Studios/Efficiency Units

Studio units are very limited in number and demand greatly exceeds availability. Typically these are one-room units with a private bathroom and kitchen appliances along one wall of the room or located in a separate kitchen area. Couples or single students may live in studios but couples are given priority. Students applying as couples are required to provide appropriate documentation at lease/contract signing.

Amenities - One-room units with private bathroom. The kitchen appliances are along one wall of the room or located in a separate kitchen area. Most of these units are unfurnished and charges for utilities are generally not included in the rent.

2016 - 2017 Monthly Rates*

Range

 Average Rent

$1,226- $2,106 

$1,525

*Please note that while monthly rates are estimated above, residents in certain building are billed by term. Also note that rental rates vary depending on apartment/room size, layout, location, furnishings, and building amenities.

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One Bedroom Units

One bedroom apartments are very limited in number and demand greatly exceeds availability. Couples and students with children are given priority in assignment of one bedroom apartments. The limited supply of one bedroom apartments does not permit us to satisfy the requests of single students for these units. Documentation of couples' or family status is required at lease/contract signing. Rent is typically billed monthly.

Amenities - These apartments have a living room, kitchen facilities, a separate bedroom, and a bathroom. They vary in size and most are unfurnished. Utilities are generally not included in the rent.

2016 - 2017 Monthly Rates*

Range

 Average Rent

$1,453 - $2,330 

$1,792

*Please note that while monthly rates are estimated above, residents in certain building are billed by term. Also note that rental rates vary depending on apartment/room size, layout, location, furnishings, and building amenities.   

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Two Bedroom/Family Units

There are a small number of larger units that are suitable for families with children. Only students with dependent children may live in one of these apartments. Families with two or more children are given priority for these units. Documentation of family status is required at lease/contract signing. Only a very limited number of two bedroom apartments are furnished.

2016 - 2017 Monthly Rates*

Range 

Average Rent 

 $1,557 - $3,215

 $2,149

*Please note that while monthly rates are estimated above, residents in certain buildings are billed by term. Also note that Rental rates vary depending on apartment size, furnishings, layout, location, and building amenities.   

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Morningside Heights Campus

While some UAH apartments are located in Washington Heights, Manhattan Valley, and Riverdale, most student housing is located in the Morningside Heights neighborhood, within walking distance of the Columbia campus. The Columbia campus, with its main gate at 116th Street and Broadway, is the neighborhood's geographic center. Morningside Heights is home to a unique constellation of institutions, most of which date back to the turn of the century. Six institutions of higher learning-Bank Street College of Education, Barnard College, Jewish Theological Seminary, Manhattan School of Music, Teachers College and Union Theological Seminary-are within a few blocks of the Columbia campus. Eight churches and synagogues, including the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and Riverside Church, are located here, as is a major medical center, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital.

Four subway stations on Broadway at 103rd Street, 110th Street, 116th Street, and 125th Street, as well as numerous bus stops and the West Side Highway, provide Heights residents with access to the rest of New York City and the metropolitan area. Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue are the main commercial streets in the area, offering a variety of food markets, restaurants, shops, and bookstores.

Morningside Heights is one of the safest neighborhoods in New York. All University owned buildings are managed and operated by University employees and the University takes special measures to provide a secure living environment for all residents. The University's Department of Public Safety instructs and oversees all building personnel on security and safety procedures. All buildings have superintendents residing either in or very near the building. Columbia University's Department of Public Safety provides car and foot patrols for the entire UAH area. The Department also maintains strategically situated guard kiosks and provides emergency call boxes located throughout the area. The Morningside Area Alliance, a community service organization founded by the major institutions in the Heights, also provides security patrols. During the academic year, evening and night shuttle and escort services to locations throughout the neighborhood are available to all Columbia students.

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