Please note that the following information pertains to parking at the Morningside Heights, Manhattanville, and Arbor parking facilities only. For information regarding parking at the Medical Center campus, please visit the webpage of the CUMC Facilities Parking Office.
- Parking Committee Assignments
- 24-Hour and Commuter Parking
- Semester Parking
- Summer Parking
- Daily & Special Event Parking
- Parking Alternatives
The Parking Committee generally meets on the second Wednesday of every month; applicants assigned parking spaces are notified within three business days of the meeting. Once a space is offered, the applicant has one week in which to accept before being required to reapply. Please note that only complete applications are forwarded to the Parking Committee for review.
Approved parkers without proof of a home address withing the parking eligibility parameters and/or a vehicle registered to the parker, spouse or same sex domestic partner as recognized by Human Resources may not begin parking until this is provided.
University parking is extremely limited. Alternative parking in commercial garages in the Morningside campus area is available. For a list of garages, click here.
Who is eligible for 24-hr Parking?
Residents north of West 96th Street and south of West 145th Street, from Central Park West (or its equivalent) to Riverside Drive or in leased University housing outside this area who are:
- Active full-time Columbia faculty members
- Officers grade 14 and above
- Affiliates registered with the Office of Disability Services
- Barnard faculty only if living in University housing.
All residents of the Arbor, including post-doctoral officers of research and graduate students, are eligible for parking in the Arbor Garage.
Interchurch Center Garage
As per Interchurch Center policy, spaces there are only available to those working in the building, and accordingly eligibility for assignment to this garage is limited to faculty and administrators with University-leased offices in Interchurch Center.
Who is eligible for Commuter Parking? Commuter parking applicants must reside outside the borough of Manhattan and be:
- Active full-time Columbia faculty members
- Officers grade 14 and above
- Affiliates registered with the Office of Disability Services are eligible
- Adjunct Columbia faculty members only on the days they teach
- Students enrolled in evening and Saturday classes, who may park from 4:30 p.m. to 11:00 pm. on weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays on class days only. A current class schedule must be provided.
Who is not eligible for University parking?
- Students (except for Arbor residents and those with evening and Saturday clasess)
- Post-doctoral fellows (except for Arbor residents)
- Senior staff associates and staff associates
- Officers below grade 14 (except summer parking)
- Support staff (except summer parking)
- Parkers who live outside the parameters listed above
- Affiliates of institutions other than Columbia University except as noted above
How do I apply for 24-hour or commuter parking?
Complete the online application below and fax a copy of your vehicle registration(s) to 212-854-2891.
Whose car can I park in my parking spot?
Vehicles must be registered to the applicant, his/her spouse or his/her same sex domestic partner as recognized by Human Resources. Proof of such relationship must be provided with the application. All information provided for this purpose will be maintained confidentially by the Parking Department solely for confirming compliance with the University's parking policy and will be released only if required by law.
Semester parking for adjunct professors is available each semester on the days they teach and on one additional day for departmental responsibilities. Any other days must be authorized in writing by the department head. Parking is in the IAB garage located at 418 West 118th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive. Parking is available in the ETG garage only for adjuncts who teach after 4:30 pm. Semester parking is not available to Manhattan residents.
Click on the appropriate semester application below to apply online. Applications are not complete without the following information that must be mailed to Columbia University, Residential Finance and Parking, 400 West 119th Street, New York, NY 10027 or faxed to 212-854-2891.
- Vehicle Registration(s)
- Class schedule
- Check payable to Columbia University for the appropriate fee
- Departmental authorization for additional days, if applicable
- Departmental authorization form
If your parking fee is charged to your department, you must include the signed Departmental Authorization Form. Non-qualified parking paid by a department may be considered to be a taxable benefit under IRS regulations; please see IRS Publication 15-B for more information.
Your parking sticker(s) will be mailed to you once all completed documentation is received.
During June, July and August, there is a temporary increase in available parking and broader eligibility criteria- all active Columbia University staff may apply; the restriction to administrative officers of grade 14 and higher is lifted during the summer, but the other policy criteria, including geographic eligibility qualifications, still apply. Current students are eligible for 24-hour parking at the Arbor garage in Riverdale, and students registered for summer classes with a home address outside of Manhattan may apply for commuter parking in the International Affairs Building garage.
Vehicle registration(s) must be faxed to 212-854-2891 for an application to be complete. Students must provide their class schedule. A full payment by check made payable to Columbia University must be submitted before parking. Faculty and officers may be eligible for payroll deduction.
Summer commuter parkers must reside outside Manhattan. Summer 24-hour parkers must reside north of West 96th Street and south of West 145th Street or live in University housing if outside those boundaries (e.g., the Arbor, in the Bronx). Some additional eligibility requirements may apply.
Commuter parking is in the IAB garage located at West 118th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive. 24-hour parking for staff is available in the 560 Riverside Drive garage located at Riverside Drive between West 125th Street and Tieman Place, and the Arbor garage, located at 3260 Henry Hudson Parkway in the Bronx. Summer parking for students is restricted to the Arbor garage.
As per University policy, the primary use of the limited space in the Morningside garages is to provide regular parking for eligible faculty, and after they have been accommodated, senior administrators, and accordingly daily parking is extremely limited during the academic year, particularly on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. When there is sufficient space for daily parking, it is made available to visitors to campus participating in classes, meetings, and events and to faculty and administrators in connection to a specific University business purpose, and a $15 daily charge applies.
Requests should be made no later than noon one business day prior. Earlier requests are greatly appreciated, and also more likely to be approved as requests meeting eligibility criteria are accommodated by time of submission up to available capacity. Same-day emergency requests must be made by calling the Parking Office at 212-854-9455 first; when such requests can be accommodated, they carry a $15.00 additional charge. Should space be available, it will be assigned in either the IAB garage, located on West 118th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive, or the Engineering Terrace Garage, located at Amsterdam Avenue and West 119th Street.
Payment may be made by University departmental account or by check made payable to Columbia University- no cash or credit card payments can be accepted by attendants. No refunds will be issued for approved requests.
- Departments may request daily parking for University visitors that must be charged to a departmental account.
- University affiliates may request parking for a day subject to availability.
- Prospective students, their parents and other visitors on University business may apply for daily parking during the months of June, July, and August.
Requests submitted prior to 3 p.m. on business days will be responded to by the end of that day; requests submitted after 3 p.m. or on weekends or holidays will be responded to by noon of the next business day.
Special Event and Seminar Parking
Special event and University Seminar parking is available only by departmental request for weekday evenings, Fridays, and weekends in the ETG and IAB garages. Approval of the request is subject to availability. The department will be charged for the use of the facilities.
The following list of commercial garages in the Morningside Heights campus area is provided to assist you in your search for private garages within the Morningside Heights campus vicinity. Please note that this list should not be interpreted as a recommendation of these establishments. Garages are listed from south to north.A number of web sites allow for easy location of private garages along with a comparison of rates. Best Parking and Parking Carma are resources cited frequently, although there might be others and mention of these websites should in no way be considered an endorsement.
B OPERATING CORP.
137 West 108th Street between Amsterdam & Columbus Avenues
151 West 108th Street at Amsterdam Avenue
West 108th Street Parking
234 West 108th Street between Broadway & Amsterdam Avenue
545 West 110st St at Broadway
512-520 West 112th Street
400 West 113th Street
114th Street between Broadway & Amsterdam Avenue
Claremont & West 120th Street
EASY CROSS PARKING
225 St. Nicholas Avenue at West 121st Street
532 West 122nd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam Avenue
69 St. Claire Place a.k.a. 712 West 125th Street
603-11 West 129th Street Between 12th Avenue & Broadway
635 West 131st Street
*Monthly commuter parking is available at these two facilities only.
Parking on New York City Streets
Metered and non-metered parking is available on New York City streets; please see the Department of Transportation (DOT) website for parking information and traffic advisories.