A view of Jerome Greene Hall, campus, add Drapkin Lounge as seen from Amsterdam Avenue overpass

Overview and Guarantee

Columbia Law School guarantees housing for all first-year students who (1) apply for housing by May 1 of the year they matriculate and (2) maintain continuous academic residence at the Law School for the three years of the J.D. program. A majority of students use this housing guarantee and live on campus for the entire three years at Columbia.  

Columbia Residential manages on-campus leasing for all graduate students. Graduate student housing is located within a 10-block radius of campus and maintained by a dedicated staff of live-in superintendents and university facility staff. A majority of the buildings are pre-war elevator buildings and maintain the charm of Manhattan’s West Side. 

Within the umbrella of graduate housing, law students may apply to live in either general graduate housing or Law-preferred housing. While a specific assignment is not guaranteed, it is important to understand the differences between them when expressing housing preferences.

The primary difference between general graduate housing and Law-preferred housing is that in general housing, you could be living with students from one or more of the 13 graduate schools at Columbia. In Law-preferred housing, you would be living with a majority of your peers from the Law School. 

Amenities in both types of housing vary by building. Please use the chart below to compare amenities in select law-specific buildings.

 

Lenfest Hall

*Law-preferred

Lionsgate

*Law-preferred

400 Block of W. 115th St.

*Columbia Residential Graduate Student Housing

420 W. 116th St.

*Columbia Residential Graduate Student Housing

The Arbor

*Columbia Residential Graduate Student Housing

Columbia Residential Graduate Student Housing

International House

Address

425 W. 121st St.

520 W. 112th St.

403, 411, 415, and 419 W. 115th St.

420 W. 116th St.

3260 Henry Hudson Pkwy E.

Various addresses between 110th St. and 125th St.

500 Riverside Drive

Distance to Law School

5 blocks

4 blocks

1 block

0 blocks

Shuttle Service Provided

<10 blocks

8 blocks

Rent*

$2,450-3,350

$1,500-3,900

$1,450-2,500

$1,800-3,150

$1,200-3,250

$1,150-3,700

$1,500-2,400

Tenants in Building

208

48

236

66

229

N/A

N/A

Shared Apartment with Private Room

N

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

Studio

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

Couples/Family Housing

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Utilities Included

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Elevator

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Varies by Building

Y

Washer and Dryer in Unit

N

N

N

N

Y

N

N

Laundry Room

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Furnished

Y

Variable by Unit

Variable by Unit

Variable by Unit

Variable by Unit

Variable by Unit

Y

*All rates listed in the above chart are for the 2022-2023 leasing period. Rates for the 2023-2024 lease year will be available in late April to early May.