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Housing Options

You may browse the below information to get a feel for the type of on-campus housing that is available to Columbia Law School students. For additional information including rental rates—which are below market value for the Morningside Heights area of Manhattan—visit the Columbia Residential website.

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425 West 121st Street
Between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive

 

An example of alumni commitment to enhancing the quality of student life is Lenfest Hall, the gift of H. F. (Gerry) Lenfest ’58 and his wife, Marguerite. Lenfest Hall is a high-rise building located between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive. Each year, Lenfest is home to more than 200 Law School students, with singles, couples, and families living in 25 one-bedroom and 184 efficiency luxury apartments. Lenfest’s 209 student residences are comprised of private studio/efficiency apartments ranging in size from 320 to 412 square feet and one-bedroom apartments ranging from 380 to 648 square feet. Many units offer spectacular views of Morningside Park and historic Riverside Church, and others look onto Lenfest’s private bamboo garden or West 121st Street. All afford a sense of privacy and quietude difficult to obtain in Manhattan.

Lenfest apartments are fully furnished with carefully designed, space-saving furniture, to accommodate a variety of arrangements and functions. Each apartment has its own kitchen and bathroom. The building’s amenities include 24-hour door attendants; public spaces such as as a lounge, game room, and study areas; Ethernet and campus phone service in each apartment; and wireless Internet in the garden and public areas. Some utilities are included in the rent, electricity is billed monthly to your student account.

Since vacancies are limited, interested Law School students should indicate their preference for Lenfest in the housing application. Please note: Tenants in Lenfest are not eligible to transfer into other forms of Columbia Residential housing, but if they wish, they may remain in their Lenfest apartments for all three of their years at the Law School.

For more details, including rates, please visit the Columbia Residential website, click on the "School-Specific" tab, then on "Columbia Law School Housing."

420 West 116th Street

Between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive

420 West 116th Street is a nine-story, early 20th century building directly across the street from Greene Hall, the main Law School classroom building. This block is also home to several Law School faculty families, senior administrators, and the President of Columbia University. 420 West 116th Street has both furnished and unfurnished studio/efficiency and one-bedroom apartments, with Ethernet. Utilities are not included in the rent. Residents in the building have immediate access to the Law School, while still enjoying privacy in their own apartments (available to either single students or couples).

Students interested in 420 West 116th Street or the Law School buildings should indicate this preference on their Columbia Residential application. The number of rooms in these apartments will be limited, depending upon how many Law School students living there graduate in a given year. Please note that this building has unique floor plans unit to unit, individual square footage, and layouts that vary widely.

For more details, including rates, please visit the Columbia Residential website, click on the "School-Specific" tab, then on "Columbia Law School Housing."

419 West 115th Street

403, 411, 415, and 419 West 115th Street
Between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive

West 115th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive features apartment buildings featuring apartment in law-preferred buildings, where our law students have a higher preference to apply to as these buildings occupy a higher population of law affiliates. The majority of the units are apartment shares, in which three students share the common areas (living room, kitchen, and bathroom) of an apartment, with each having an adjacent private bedroom. The majority of these apartments are furnished, with Ethernet and utilities included in the rent.

Students interested in 420 West 116th Street should indicate this preference on their Columbia Residential application. The number of rooms in these apartments will be limited, depending upon how many Law School students living there graduate in a given year. Please note that this building has unique floor plans unit to unit, individual square footage, and layouts that vary widely.

For more details, including rates, please visit the Columbia Residential website, click on the "School-Specific" tab, then on "Columbia Law School Housing."

Lionsgate Hall

520 West 112th Street
Between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway

Lionsgate is a high-rise building located in the heart of Morningside Heights. The University owns a limited number of furnished and unfurnished efficiencies, plus one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartment shares, and makes these units available exclusively to Law School students. Many units have terraces and beautiful views of the surrounding neighborhood. Each apartment has its own kitchen and bathroom. Studio/efficiency units range from 380 to 471 square feet. One-bedroom units range from 530 to 620 square feet. Shared units begin at approximately 530 square feet, with individual rooms starting at approximately 101 square feet.

Lionsgate has a 24-hour door attendant, as well as other building amenities. Single students, couples, and students with children may apply for Lionsgate. Since vacancies are very limited, interested Law School students should indicate their preference for Lionsgate in the housing application. Utilities are not included in the rent. Tenants in Lionsgate are not eligible to transfer into other forms of Columbia Residential housing, but if they wish, they may remain in Lionsgate for all three of their years at Columbia Law School.

For more details, including rates, please visit the Columbia Residential website, click on the "School-Specific" tab, then on "Columbia Law School Housing."

Various Addresses
between 110th and 125th Streets in Manhattan
and in Riverdale in the Bronx

Amenities and apartment style in these buildings vary. For more details, including rates, please visit the Columbia Residential website.