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 June 30 email. Important pre-arrival steps and other Check-In logistics will be shared in July.

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

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. 

In June, students received confirmation of their Check-In day. Please plan to arrive on that day. 

In our next communication in mid-July, students will be assigned a Check-In time between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

This information is also visible in the homepage sidebar of the Housing Portal.

In July, students will receive an email from Columbia Housing with their unload zone and arrival instructions.

In July, students will receive an email from Columbia Housing with their Check-In station.

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. 

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

The WIR records the conditions of the room and furniture at the time of Check-In. This report is the basis for charges for any damage and/or loss attributable to the resident during occupancy. It will become available to your through the Housing Portal once you have checked in.

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.

In June, students received confirmation of bag drop. In July, students will be assigned a bag drop time between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Plan to arrive during your assigned time. You can also check your assigned time in the homepage sidebar of the Housing Portal.

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

In July, students will receive an email from Columbia Housing with their unload zone and arrival instructions. 

U-Haul trucks are not permitted in the unload zones.

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 5:00 p.m. to unpack your belongings. After 5:00 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 must Check-In by 4:00 p.m.

  • 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

In June, students received confirmation of their Check-In day. Please plan to arrive on that day.

In our next communication in mid-July, students will be assigned a Check-In time between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

This information is also visible in the homepage sidebar of the Housing Portal.

In July, students will receive an email from Columbia Housing with their unload zone and arrival instructions.

In July, students will receive an email from Columbia Housing with their Check-In station.

Check-In tables 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. 

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

The WIR records the conditions of the room and furniture at the time of Check-In. This report is the basis for charges for any damage and/or loss attributable to the resident during occupancy. It will become available to your through the Housing Portal once you have checked in. 

Welcome to Academic Year 2022-2023!

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

HOW TO PREPARE

More services and information will be provided in July.

FIRST-YEAR BUILDINGS

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

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