Alfred Lerner Hall

Lerner is Columbia’s student union, home to Ferris Booth Dining Commons, two cafes, Roone Arledge Auditorium and Cinema, and several conference and multipurpose rooms. It also houses some administrative offices, including the Berick Center for Student Advising.

Buell Hall

The oldest building on the Morningside Heights campus (predating even Columbia’s existence), Buell is home to La Maison Francaise, the oldest French cultural center on an American campus.

Havemeyer Hall

Havemeyer is home to the Chemistry Department. Room 309, a classic-looking lecture hall, is known as the “most filmed classroom in America.” It appears in the moviesGhostbustersMona Lisa SmileKinseyMalcolm X and the Spider-Man trilogy.

St. Paul's Chapel

Columbia’s nondenominational chapel features sixteen stained glass windows with the coats of arms of historical New York families. 

Low Library

Low Library was the first Columbia building on the Morningside Heights campus and boasts the largest free-standing granite dome in the United States. It is home to the Visitors Center and administrative offices, including President Bollinger's office, and the Pulitzer Prize ceremony is held in the Rotunda annually.


Carman is one of the first-year residence halls and consists entirely of doubles in four-person suites. Famous former residents include Eric Holder, the former Attorney General of the United States, and songwriter-musician Art Garfunkel.


Furnald is one of the first-year residence halls and consists largely of singles. During World War II, naval officers in training took residence here, and the hall also housed graduate students and seniors at various points. Famous past residents include Spanish poet Federico García Lorca and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Herman Wouk.


Hartley and Wallach Halls are first-year residence halls and home to the Living Learning Center, a mixed-class community with dynamic programming. Famous former residents include poet Langston Hughes and writers Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg.

John Jay

John Jay is one of the first-year residence halls and includes a dining hall, a late-night eatery and a student lounge with a piano. John Jay also served as training quarters for US Navy midshipmen during the Second World War; they were required to refer to it as the “U.S.S. John Jay.” Famous residents have included actress Julia Stiles and former New York State Governor David Paterson.

Pupin Hall

Home of the Physics department, Pupin has hosted several breakthroughs in modern physics; it is where the uranium atom was first split (for which Pupin a National Historic Landmark) and where Isidor Rabi discovered nuclear magnetic resonance (leading to the laser and the MRI). Pupin is also home to the Rutherford Observatory, which hosts several stargazing events and lectures monthly.