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Morningside Heights neighborhood, which is adjacent to the main campus, is made available to full-time SIPA students through University Apartment Housing (UAH).

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

Priority is given to international students (those students that do not have a credit history). As a graduate division, we are given an allocation that allows us to accommodate about 40% of the requests for University housing.

Other options in the Morningside Heights area include International House, an independent graduate student residence for both international students and U.S. citizens.

University Apartment Housing (UAH)

All admitted students are urged to review detailed housing information, and to apply for UAH accommodation via the online application process, at the Web site below:

Columbia University Apartment Housing (UAH)

Housing decisions are made by SIPA in May and throughout the summer (until mid-July). However, actual assignments are made and communicated directly to incoming students by University Apartment Housing (UAH). Move-in dates typically begin in late July and continue throughout August.

Students not approved by mid-July for University housing will be placed on a waiting list. Please visit the UAH Web site for an explanation of the waiting list process.

International House

Students are strongly encouraged to also apply directly to International House if they are interested in obtaining accommodation there. Please visit the I-House website for more information and an application.

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).

Housing Contact Information

Your SIPA liaison with the UAH Offices is Tan Nguyen, assistant dean. E-mail questions to 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).

For other housing-related resources, please  refer to this Housing Document.