How it Works


Room Selection in 6 Easy Steps

Room Selection is an annual process during which current undergraduate students select on-campus housing for the following academic year. Students choose from a variety of housing arrangements that include living with a group in doubles, suites, or apartments, or living in a single in a corridor-style room or studio apartment.

Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the options and selection steps.

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What About First-Year Students?

First-Year students do not participate in Room Selection, but are instead assigned to one of our First-Year residence halls.

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Explore our Buildings

Use our Residence Hall Directory to research your options. Learn more about Special Living Communities. Attend info sessions and building tours

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Understand Eligibility, Point Values and Special Populations

Confirm your eligibility and determine if any special circumstances, like living in FSL housing, working as an RA, or requesting a disability accommodation, apply to you. Learn about your expected point value and how that will impact your appointment time.

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Mark Your Calendar

Note important dates and deadlines, including the deadline for students to register for a disability accommodation. Missing a critical step in the process could impact your ability to secure on-campus housing.

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Pick a Group Leader

If you plan to form a group, decide on a Group Leader. Have an open and detailed conversation as a group about where you do and don’t want to live. During selection, the Group Leader will have the responsibility to make a choice on behalf of the whole group. 

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Register for Room Selection

Register for Room Selection. All Columbia students must register, even if they intend to live elsewhere next year. Registration lets us know your intended plan and is important in maintaining guaranteed housing status. 

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Select a Room

After registration closes, individual students or groups will receive a lottery number and appointment time. During your appointment time, students can pick from available options. After you select your room, be sure to sign the Occupancy Agreement. Your assignment is not finalized until you and all members of your group have submitted the Agreement through the Housing Portal

Important Dates & Deadlines

There are no upcoming events.

Updates for AY 23-24

  • Additional singles in Hartley Hall will be allocated to sophomore housing, available exclusively to rising sophomores during Room Selection. (In exchange, Furnald singles will be offline for Room Selection and allocated to additional first-year housing.)
  • ADP will no longer be part of the Columbia Housing portfolio starting Fall 2023.
    • Current ADP residents interested in living in Columbia Housing for AY 23-24 may register and participate in Room Selection, and choose from our portfolio.
    • If you choose to live in ADP next year, register your housing status as moving off-campus. Your status will be changed to non-guaranteed and you will no longer be eligible to participate in Room Selection.
  • Point values were adjusted by 10 points so that rising juniors and seniors enter Room Selection with point values of 30 and 40 (previously point values were assigned at 20 and 30).
  • Floors 1-3 of River will be offline for Room Selection as they are used for Special Interest Communities.
  • More data from last year’s Room Selection: based on feedback from students, we’ve expanded the data on each building page so you can see how students selected into that residence hall. Look for the “Room Selection Data” section on every building page to learn more.
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Room Selection Videos

Check out our collection of videos designed to help you learn more about our residence halls and the Room Selection process. Many of the videos feature your fellow students providing their personal tips and recommendations, including our featured video, "How Room Selection Works" which was created in collaboration with the Residence Hall Leadership Organization (RHLO).