Off-Campus Housing Assistance (OCHA) assists Columbia students and affiliates in their search for housing in non-Columbia owned buildings located in the metropolitan area.

OCHA maintains a Web site and regular office hours to provide advice, resources and an online database of available housing.

Who Can Use OCHA?

Students, faculty, staff and alumni of the schools of Columbia University at the Morningside Heights, Medical Center, and Lamont-Doherty Campuses can use OCHA. Also included are Barnard and Teachers College, and if cross-registered at Columbia, students of Jewish Theological and Union Theological Seminaries.

When visiting our office you must bring proof of your affiliation by presenting either:

  • current Columbia identification;
  • letter of acceptance/appointment from Columbia;
  • proof of employment with Columbia; or
  • current alumni card.

If you have a ROOM OR APARTMENT TO LIST and you already have an online account to list,  Click here

Forgot your user name & password TO LIST? Send an e-mail to us at ocha@columbia.edu.

For more information about placing a listing click here.

NEW LISTERS - Do you have a room or apartment available? Send an e-mail to ocha@columbia.edu requesting an online listing account.

To SEARCH for an apartment or room for rent, click here.  For instructions on searching for housing, click here.


Office Hours:

Monday-Friday from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

OCHA is located at 401 West 119th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive.

Telephone number: (212) 854-2773
Fax number: (212) 854-5333
Email: ocha@columbia.edu

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