SIPA is given a limited allocation of housing units for full time students by the Columbia University Housing Office. 

Priority is given to new incoming students (who have paid their admissions deposit), students who do hot have a credit history in the United States, and who have submitted their application early.

Housing is therefore not guaranteed and students should be prepared to consider alternatives to University Housing.

University Apartment Housing (UAH)

Students who are interested in Columbia University Housing are urged to review detailed housing information, and to apply for UAH accommodation via the online application process, at the Columbia University Apartment Housing website.

Housing decisions are made by SIPA in May and throughout the summer (until mid-July). However, actual assignments are made and communicated directly to students by University Apartment Housing (UAH).  

The Fall 2019 Sign-Up Code is: LION0203.

Most approvals have already been determined. Students not approved for University Housing will be placed on a wait list in August.

You should also review the information on their website to find answers to most of your questions: deadlines, coordination for requesting specific roommates, revising move-in dates, questions about payments, etc.

If you have questions concerning housing assignments, policies, and procedures you should contact University Apartment Housing (UAH).

Please remember that UAH housing is not guaranteed, and you should be prepared to consider alternatives to University Housing.

Off-Campus Housing Assistance Office (OCHA)

The Columbia Off-Campus Housing Assistance Office (OCHA) is an important resource for finding non-university housing near campus or in other parts of the city. Please visit the Off-Campus Housing Assistance Office to learn about its services (including online apartment listings for rentals and sublets).

Other Housing-Related Resources:

International House

Students may apply to International House through their UAH application OR DIRECTLY if they are interested in obtaining accommodation there. Please visit the I-House website for more information.

Educational Housing Services

Coming to Columbia guide: this is a guide for International Students but there is a nice section on temporary housing that could help you get started.

Office of Work/Life Rental Guide

Columbia’s American Language Program (ALP)

SIPA Househunters FB

CU Housing FB

NYC Rooms & Roommates FB

Craigslist

Streeteasy

Guidance on how to go about the housing search can be find in this Housing Document.

 
Housing Contacts:

Your SIPA liaison with the UAH Offices is Tan Nguyen, assistant dean. E-mail questions to the Office of Student Affairs if you have questions concerning the approval process.

If you have questions concerning housing assignments, policies, and procedures you should contact University Apartment Housing (UAH).