Housing Options


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Are you looking for housing in New York City? Here is the lowdown on the help Columbia can offer:

Does the School offer any student housing?

The School receives a small allocation each year from the University Housing Office, and preference is given to students who are relocating to New York, with priority placed on those who are traveling the greatest distance (e.g., abroad, the West Coast, the Midwest). Although accommodations for graduate students are limited, we encourage all of our students to apply to University Apartment Housing (UAH). Even if you do not receive housing right away, UAH does maintain a waitlist and it is possible you will be offered an assignment later in the year. Types of University housing include apartment shares, dormitory-style rooms, studio/efficiency units, and one- and two-bedroom units (prioritized for couples and families). For more details about housing types, availability and costs, go to the Types of Accommodation page on the UAH site.

Can you give me some tips on finding housing off campus at an affordable cost?

Columbia University’s Off-Campus Housing Assistance (OCHA) manages a database known as the Housing Registry, which includes available rooms and apartments in non-Columbia-owned buildings and sublets of units in Columbia-managed housing—go to registration page.  Prospective roommates can also post and search profiles on this site.  In addition, OCHA offers one-on-one counseling for your housing search, and is supported in these efforts by cooperative relationships with two New York City real estate/relocation agencies. For further online resources, visit OCHA’s webpage “Housing Resources.”

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Special Note to Online Campus Students: Should you decide to spend a semester on campus, you may wish to peruse the list of short-term temporary housing options compiled by Columbia’s Office of Work/Life.



Columbia has several housing resources available to accommodate visitors. The School of Social Work building is located on Amsterdam between 121st and 122nd, and the following three resources are available nearby:

Guest houses at Union Theological Seminary

One avenue over from The School of Social Work, and one block away from the subway, is the Columbia Union Theological Seminary. Admitted students are allowed to reserve guest rooms at a discounted rate. More information can be found here.

accommodations2Guest houses at Teachers College

Teachers College is just around the corner from The School of Social Work, and offers guest housing year-round to admitted students. More information can be found here.

hotel_icon1Rooms at Hotel International

Located several blocks south of The School of Social Work, Hotel International is an off-campus hotel that offers several resources for those traveling to New York City for the first time. For more information about these, head to their website.

other-accommoOther accommodations…

For help with other aspects of traveling to the School of Social Work, please head to Columbia University’s Travel Portal. Here you will directions to campus from airports such as LaGuardia, JFK, and Newark.


  • These directions guide you to the main campus at 116th; The School of Social Work is just 4 blocks north at 1255 Amsterdam Ave.
  • This portal will also guide you to “preferred NYC hotels” and ground transportation reservations with Columbia rates.