Housing Information for Graduates
Vacating Your University Housing
All University Apartment Housing (UAH) leases and contracts terminate on May 31. Graduating students may vacate any time in the month of May without penalty. Please remember regardless of your final vacancy date, it is your responsibility to follow all UAH vacancy procedures. If you are unfamiliar with vacancy procedures, you can find them on the UAH website (facilities.columbia.edu/housing). Failure to vacate properly may result in the forfeit of your deposit.
UAH will send all students a graduation vacancy notification e-mail on February 22 to confirm your graduation status and allow you to select your vacancy date. You must confirm your vacancy, request extension, or apply for bar housing (see below for eligibility) directly with UAH. If you have any questions regarding vacating University housing, please contact UAH directly. Failure to submit requested vacancy information to UAH can result in a substantial delay of any possible deposit refund and denial of any extension request.
Options for Bar Study
If you are interested in staying in the area of the University during the month(s) of June and July, you may do the following:
- Sublet a University Apartment Housing (UAH) unit
- Consult with the Off-Campus Housing Assistance (OCHA) Office to secure your post-graduation accommodations in the city
- Apply for a Bar-Housing extension
Subletting a UAH Unit
For information and regulations regarding the subletting process, please read the sublet guidelines on the UAH web site (facilities.columbia.edu/housing/guidelines). All University-owned apartments (including those in Law-only buildings) are subject to UAH’s sublet policies, and students subletting these apartments must complete the UAH sublet application, and follow all sublet guidelines.
The Off-Campus Housing Assistance (OCHA) office provides counseling assistance to Columbia students and affiliates in their search for rental housing in non-Columbia-owned properties in the metropolitan area. OCHA maintains an online database called the Housing Registry, which contains listings of non-Columbia-owned rooms and apartments for lease, sublet, or share, long or short term, throughout the metropolitan New York City area. Visit OCHA’ s Web Site to search the Housing Registry, view a video on apartment hunting in New York City, get answers to frequently asked questions and find online links to housing resources. The OCHA office also provides printed information such as lists of realtors and temporary housing, maps and more.
Although OCHA’s services are provided free of charge, some listers and all real estate agents and brokers charge fees.
OCHA is located at 401 West 119th Street, between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive (on the NW corner of Morningside Drive). They may be reached at 212-854-2773; their fax number is 212-854-5333.
Bar Housing Extensions
Graduating students who are in good standing with the university may apply for an extension to their existing housing contract. Eligible buildings include:
- Law School Buildings: Lenfest, 400 W. 115th Block, 420 W. 116th & Lionsgate
- All UAH Owned Buildings: Including the Arbor
If approved, you will be granted a lease/contract extension with the following dates:
- All law school buildings: May 31, 2018 to July 26, 2018 at Noon (day after the New York Bar exam)
- Furnished UAH units: May 31, 2018 to July 26, 2018 at Noon (day after the New York Bar exam)
- Unfurnished UAH units: May 31, 2018 to July 30, 2018 at Noon
No further extensions are accommodated.
All graduating law students will be notified of extension policies, deadlines, and procedures via email by February 16. If your address makes you eligible, and you do not believe you have been contacted, but are interested in this program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com as soon as possible as application deadlines are strictly enforced.