Types of Accommodations

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Types of Accommodations - Rental Rates and Accommodation Information

Most Columbia Residential 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, 20 minutes from campus by shuttle bus.

Studio or 1-Bedroom Share $1000 $975-$1200  Shared bedroom (two residents in one room). Apartment residents share ALL common spaces (bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, living area, etc.). Single students only.

2- or 3-Bedroom Share

$1220 $1000-$1669 Each resident has a private bedroom; all apartment residents share common spaces (kitchen, bathroom, living area, etc.). Two or three bedrooms in each unit. Single students only.
Single Dorm Room $1080 $815-$1170 Private bedroom. Kitchens, bathrooms and other common areas shared with all suite residents. Single students only.
Shared Dorm Room $877 $760-$1112 Shared bedroom (two residents in one bedroom). Kitchens, bathrooms and other common areas shared with all suite residents. Single students only.
Studio/Efficiency $1607 $1250-$2221 One-room unit with private bathroom and kitchen. Prioritized for couples, but some assigned to singles.
1-Bedroom $1889  $1531-$2456 Couples & families with children only. Living room, kitchen, bathroom and one bedroom.
2-Bedroom $2266  $1641-$3389 Families with children only. Living room, kitchen, bathroom and two bedrooms. Limited availability. 


Community Specific Housing - Rental Rates and Accommodation Information

In addition to the typical Types of Accommodations mentioned above, there are a number of buildings within the Columbia Residential inventory which are unique in some way.  Some are for students with particular interests or affiliations with certain schools and/or academic programs. Others are unique in terms of location and amenities.

General Things to Know

Rental Rates and Billing 

Effective May 10, 2017, all students will be assigned to housing billed by semester. For information on billing and payment options, please visit Student Financial Services.

2019 - 2020 Rental Periods 

Semester  Start Date  End Date  Number of Days 
Summer 6/1/2019  8/15/2019  76 
Fall  8/16/2019  12/31/2019  138
Spring 1/1/2020  5/31/2020  152
Rent is pro-rated. The billing start date will be indicated on the housing agreement. In most cases, billing starts the date the agreement begins.

Furnished Units

Student housing is either furnished or unfurnished. Furniture may not be removed from furnished units. All accommodations contain a stove and a refrigerator. Based on the apartment/room size and layout, furnished housing generally contains the following:


  • Extra-long twin bed (full size bed for couples)
  • Dresser
  • Desk and desk chair

Living rooms and kitchens:

  • Couch and additional chairs
  • Table with chairs

Responsibilities of the tenant:

  • Linens
  • Dishes, cutlery, cooking utensils
  • Air conditioners 
  • Dishwashers - Only available at The Arbor
  • Area rugs - Students are responsible for providing rugs that cover 80% of the floor area to comply with the terms of the lease.


Card operated laundry facilities are available to all residents, typically in the basement or adjacent building.


Pets are strictly prohibited in housing, except for service animals and those pets kept in aquaria. Students with service animals must register with the Office of Disability Services (ODS)