Residential Life

Ferris Booth Dining Hall

Residential Life

When you’re completely engrossed in conversation with your new floormates as you look out over the city lit up by a million lights … When you’re sitting next to an amazing alum at one of the frequent residence hall dinners … When you’re having hot chocolate with suitemates while you help them pick out Halloween costumes … When you bump into a professor you had last term who wants to know all about what you’re up to — at times like these you will suddenly realize that Columbia is more home than home base and the people around you are more family than just friends.

Columbia University Housing: First-Year Residence Halls (youtube video)

Columbia University Housing: First-Year Residence Halls

“Carman 6 was the best floor to live on. The suite-style living and spacious halls encouraged a social environment right off the bat and made transitioning to college and meeting new people really easy. ”

Behind-the-scenes video room tour of Carman Hall from Arman Azad ’20CC (youtube video)

Behind-the-scenes video room tour of Carman Hall from Arman Azad ’20CC 

“As a first year student, I lived in a single room on the third floor of Wallach Hall. I loved that it balanced privacy and community.”

Jake O.

Meet and Eat with Chef Marcus Samuelsson (youtube video)

Meet and Eat with Chef Marcus Samuelsson

Moving Into Columbia (youtube video)

Moving Into Columbia 


of all undergraduates live on campus all four years; housing is guaranteed for all four years


clubs and organizations – the most interesting, rewarding, close-knit and fun Columbia micro-communities
“Hartley is the best first-year dorm because the RAs organize awesome activities to help you adjust to college life, meet friends and experience New York. I kayaked on the Hudson, carved Halloween pumpkins and took a workshop on healthy dorm cooking, all with my suitemates.”

Matthew J.


undergraduates; one of the most diverse student bodies in the country
“John Jay was the best residence hall because I had a gorgeous view of Low Library, I never had to leave the building to eat and my floor was full of people who became so close throughout the year. Everyone’s doors were always open, and by the end of the year, I knew almost everyone that lived in the building and what floor they lived on.”

Daniela Q.


Morningside Campus

Columbia's Morningside Campus

Columbia's Morningside campus as seen from the air. Low Library's cuppola is seen in the foreground.


residence halls
“This year in Watt, my roommate will be a fellow Computer Science major. Our room décor will include multiple computer monitors filled with broken and functional code, computer science books on the shelves and floor and possibly cupcakes with the Linux penguin on them.”