First-Year Check-In

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WELCOME TO COLUMBIA HOUSING

Check-In preparations are underway. This page will serve as your hub for all Columbia Housing Check-In information and has been updated following the email sent to students on July 26. Pre-arrival reminders and other day-of logistics will be shared in August.

In the meantime, please review the information and resources below. We can't wait to meet you in August!

Information about upperclass, transfer, or Combined Plan Check-In is available here.

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Important Dates & Deadlines

THE LION PASS

On the day of your arrival, you will need to present your Lion Pass. The Lion Pass is a document that lists your arrival time and building and room number. It will be sent to you in August. 

Please print your Lion Pass in advance of your arrival to avoid delays. 

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU ARRIVE

General Check-In - August 28

General Check-In for first-year students is on Sunday, August 28

Students who participate in bag drop on Saturday, August 27 should skip to step 3, Complete Check-In at Your Assigned Station, of this process. 

Students received their Check-In time and day via email from Columbia Housing. Please plan to arrive during your assigned Check-In time. You can also check your assigned time in the homepage sidebar of the Housing Portal.

You should arrive with a printed copy of your Lion Pass. The Lion Pass will be sent to students in August.

Unload zones vary by building. Please follow the arrival instructions linked in the table below.

Note: U-Haul trucks are not permitted in unload zones.

Streets around your building may be closed to facilitate move-in. While you may park temporarily to unload your belongings, all day parking in those locations will not be allowed.

Check-In stations will be staffed by Columbia Housing. When you arrive, you will pick up your Columbia University ID (CUID) card. Your CUID will be encoded with your building access and in most buildings, will also function as your room key. 

Check-In Station locations vary by building, but all stations will be located at or very near to the unload zones.

In June, students received their room assignment from Columbia Housing. You can also see your assignment in the homepage sidebar of the Housing Portal

Elevators are reserved for moving belongings to rooms and for disability access. Individual access to residential floors may be restricted to stairs. 

The WIR is an online report that records the conditions of the room and furniture at the time of Check-In. It serves as the basis for charges for any damage and/or loss attributable to the resident during occupancy. The WIR will become available through the Housing Portal once you have checked in and must be completed within 48 hours of Check-In or by September 7, whichever is sooner. 

Learn more about the WIR

Welcome to Academic Year 2022-2023!

Below are some resources that you may find helpful as a resident in Columbia Housing:

Convocation is scheduled for after Check-In activities have ended. The time and location of convocation will be communicated to you by your school over the summer.

Bag Drop - August 27

Bag Drop is on Saturday, August 27

Bag drop is available only for students who received confirmation via email from Columbia Housing on June 30. 

Get your heavy lifting done a day early! We strongly recommend moving all of your belongings on bag drop day as your items will have elevator priority. On Sunday, you may not be able to use the elevator for your belongings and any remaining items will need to be carried up the stairs. 

If you are unable to participate in bag drop, please notify Columbia Housing immediately.

Students will need to return to campus on Sunday, August 28 for formal Check-In.

Students received their Check-In time and day via email from Columbia Housing. Please plan to arrive during your assigned Check-In time. You can also check your assigned time in the homepage sidebar of the Housing Portal.

You should arrive with a printed copy of your Lion Pass. The Lion Pass will be sent to students in August.

Students may not bring more than two guests to their bag drop appointment. 

Unload zones vary by building. Please follow the arrival instructions linked in the table below.

Note: U-Haul trucks are not permitted in unload zones.

Streets around your building may be closed to facilitate move-in. While you may park temporarily to unload your belongings, all day parking in those locations will not be allowed.

The Welcome Station will be staffed by members of the Residential Life team.

In June, students received their room assignment from Columbia Housing. You can also see your assignment in the homepage sidebar of the Housing Portal

Elevators are reserved for moving belongings to rooms and for disability access. Individual access to residential floors may be restricted to stairs. 

You have until 4:00 p.m. to unpack your belongings. After 4:00 p.m., all students and their guests must vacate the residence halls. Students are not permitted to spend the night. 

When you return on Sunday, you will skip to step 3, Complete Check-In at Your Assigned Station, of the process in the General Check-In tab.

Sunday Reminders:

  • Check-In Stations will be in the same locations as bag drop Welcome Stations. Students were sent a Check-In time on July 26. Based on appointment availability and the student's personal schedule, they may select a different Check-In time. Please log in to the Housing Portal to review or change your time. You must check in by 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 28. 

  • The unload zones and elevators are reserved for students who are moving their belongings into the residence halls on Check-In Day. Students who participated in bag drop will not have elevator priority on Sunday. If you plan to bring additional items on Sunday, please be prepared to carry them. 

  • Students will be issued their Columbia University ID (CUID) card when they Check-In. In most buildings, the CUID functions as the room key. 

International First-Year Students - August 27

Check-In for international first-year students is on Saturday, August 27

Students received their Check-In time and day via email from Columbia Housing. Please plan to arrive during your assigned Check-In time. You can also check your assigned time in the homepage sidebar of the Housing Portal.

You should arrive with a printed copy of your Lion Pass. The Lion Pass will be sent to students in August.

Unload zones vary by building. Please follow the arrival instructions linked in the table below.

Note: U-Haul trucks are not permitted in unload zones.

Streets around your building may be closed to facilitate move-in. While you may park temporarily to unload your belongings, all day parking in those locations will not be allowed.

Check-In stations will be staffed by Columbia Housing. When you arrive, you will pick up your Columbia University ID (CUID) card. Your CUID will be encoded with your building access and in most buildings, will also function as your room key. 

Check-In Station locations vary by building, but all stations will be located at or very near to the unload zones.

In June, students received their room assignment from Columbia Housing. You can also see your assignment in the homepage sidebar of the Housing Portal

Elevators are reserved for moving belongings to rooms and for disability access. Individual access to residential floors may be restricted to stairs. 

The WIR is an online report that records the conditions of the room and furniture at the time of Check-In. It serves as the basis for charges for any damage and/or loss attributable to the resident during occupancy. The WIR will become available through the Housing Portal once you have checked in and must be completed within 48 hours of Check-In or by September 7, whichever is sooner. 

Learn more about the WIR

Welcome to Academic Year 2022-2023!

Below are some resources that you may find helpful as a resident in Columbia Housing:

Convocation will be held on Sunday, August 28. The timing and location will be communicated to you by your school.

FIRST-YEAR BUILDINGS

Learn more about the residence halls available to first-year students by clicking on the tiles below.

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