How to Apply

Housing Portal 

Applying for Columbia Residential


For information on housing eligibility, the application and approval processes, the waitlist, moving in, and more, see Housing Essentials.

Important Dates 

September 5 Fall 2019 Waitlist closed
October 1 Spring 2020 application opens
November 1-December 13 Schools make Spring 2020 housing approval decisions
November 12-December 19 Housing selection rounds scheduled; approved students receive email notification of their scheduled selection round the Friday before
December 20 Spring 2020 Waitlist information sent to applicants not approved for housing
December 26 First Spring 2020 Waitlist round
January 20 Spring 2020 application closes
January 21 Final Spring 2020 Waitlist round
March 1 Fall 2020 application opens
April 1-June 30 Schools make Fall 2020 housing approval decisions 
July 14 Fall 2020 Waitlist opens

Apply for Housing 

If you are a new student who has never applied for housing, please complete the following steps:

  1. Accept your offer of admission to your program/school
  2. Activate your Columbia UNI
    You must activate your UNI before applying for housing; students without an active UNI cannot apply for housing.
  3. Create an account through the Housing Portal
    You'll need your UNI and your CUID (a 9-digit number: Cxxxxxxxx), which is usually sent to you with your admissions materials or found by logging into SSOL.
If you already have a Housing Portal account, please log in with your UNI. 
Review Types of Accommodations before completing your application. Once logged into the Housing Portal, you may submit your application or request changes, as needed. 

Additional Information

Maximum of Two Applications Considered per Semester: If you receive a housing offer and decline it or it expires, you may submit one more application to be considered a second time. Subsequent applications will not be considered. 

Incomplete or Inaccurate Applications: Incomplete or inaccurate applications cannot be forwarded to your school for consideration. We will contact you for correction or completion, which may delay the review process.

Disability Services: Accommodations are provided for students whose disabilities substantially limit their ability to live in Columbia's traditional housing units. Students must follow the University's Disability Housing Accommodations Procedures & Guidelines. For information, see Housing Essentials.

International House: If you are interested in applying for International House (I-House) through Columbia Residential, you must ALSO complete the I-House application. See this section of our site for more information. 

Security: In order to insure proper security and confidentiality, the Housing Portal is located on a secure server. All the data submitted through the portal is encrypted for maximum protection from anyone trying to intercept this information.