First-Year Check-In



Check-In preparations are underway. This page will serve as your hub for all Columbia Housing Check-In information and will be updated over the summer with important pre-arrival steps and Check-In logistics.

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

NSOP volunteer greeting a student

Bag Drop Option on August 26

Get the heavy lifting out of the way the day before Check-In by participating in Bag Drop! During Bag Drop, students and two guests will have early access to the student's room to move belongings to campus. Bag Drop times will be assigned between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on August 26. The room must be vacated by 5:00 pm. Students will not be permitted to stay overnight Saturday.

The deadline to request Bag Drop has passed. Confirmation of Bag Drop will be provided with the student's room assignment by July. 

Please note: students may be assigned to participate in Bag Drop.

Indicating your interest in Bag Drop does not guarantee participation. Students will receive confirmation of Bag Drop with their room assignment.

Bag Drop Day

  • Students are limited to two guests 

  • Elevators in building are available only for the purpose of moving belongings to the student room and for those who need for disability access 

  • Individual access to residential floors may be limited to stairs 

  • The room must be vacated by 5:00 pm. Students will not be permitted to stay overnight Saturday 

Check-In Day

  • Students must return on Sunday, August 27 to complete formal Check-In

  • Students will be issued their University ID card at Check-In 

  • Access to the room will be via the stairs. Elevators will be reserved for students moving belongings to their rooms 

Important Dates & Deadlines


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