Housing Information for Graduates
Vacating Your University Housing
All Columbia Residential 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 Columbia Residential vacancy procedures. If you are unfamiliar with vacancy procedures, you can find them on the Columbia Residential website (facilities.columbia.edu/housing). Failure to vacate properly may result in the forfeit of your deposit.
Columbia Residential will send all students a graduation vacancy notification e-mail on February 15 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 Columbia Residential. If you have any questions regarding vacating University housing, please contact Columbia Residential directly. Failure to submit requested vacancy information to Columbia Residential 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 Columbia Residential 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 Columbia Residential Unit
For information and regulations regarding the subletting process, please read the sublet guidelines on the Columbia Residential website (facilities.columbia.edu/housing/guidelines). All University-owned apartments (including those in Law-only buildings) are subject to Columbia Residential’s sublet policies, and students subletting these apartments must complete the Columbia Residential's 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 Columbia Residential Owned Buildings: Including the Arbor
If approved, you will be granted a lease/contract extension with the following dates:
- All law school buildings: TBD
- Furnished Columbia Residential units: TBD
- Unfurnished Columbia Residential units: TBD
No further extensions are accommodated.
All graduating law students will be notified of extension policies, deadlines, and procedures via email by February 15. If your address makes you eligible, and you do not believe you have been contacted, but are interested in this program, please email [email protected] and [email protected] as soon as possible as application deadlines are strictly enforced.