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Each year Columbia University housing--both official and unaffiliated, on-campus and off--has to accommodate some 27,600 students. And that's just the tip of the NYC-student-iceberg: at any given time there are more than half a million college and university students living here in New York City... more people than the entire population of such US cities as Sacramento, Omaha, and Miami. And they ALL need a place to live!
The good news for those of you seeking Columbia housing, whether students or faculty members, is that there are always plenty of great options on the Columbia campus itself, or in the surrounding neighborhood.
Given the sheer size of the University's student population, it's no surprise that Columbia student housing varies a great deal. Undergraduates seeking Columbia housing are guaranteed a place to live on or near campus for up to four years, depending upon your standing.
All first-year students, for example, are given Columbia housing in one of the dormitories overlooking the South Lawn campus. Columbia student housing options increase throughout your time at the school as undergraduate, allowing you choose from on-campus singles or suites, great halls or more intimate brownstones. You can learn more on the Columbia University Housing pages.
Columbia University Housing for Grad Students
Columbia University housing is different for graduate students as well as students enrolled in Columbia's School of General Studies. Under the auspices of the University Apartment Housing offices, these students have access to neighborhood housing at a subsidized monthly or term-based rent, in nearby units either furnished or unfurnished, in a classic apartment share situation, or a dormitory-style room. There are also studios, one- and two-bedroom Columbia housing units available for couples and families.
Columbia students and faculty seeking unaffiliated off campus housing should start their search in the nearby neighborhoods of Morningside Heights and Manhattan Valley, both within easy walking distance of the main campus.
This area has all of the expected college-town stores and services—lots of cheap restaurants and cafes, coffee shops, bookstores, and bars—but the great thing about New York City is the ease and reliability of public transportation, which means that there are any number of great neighborhoods to live in and you'll still be just a quick subway ride away from class.
Most obviously, anywhere on the Upper West Side is prized Columbia student housing, though this can be expensive. Better to head north, to Harlem, Hamilton Heights, Washington Heights, and even Inwood, all of which, while perhaps not as classically pretty as other Manhattan communities, are much less expensive and are on the same subway lines—the 1, 2, 3, A or C—as the main Morningside Heights campus.
Urban Edge always has lots of listings for no fee rental apartments in all of these neighborhoods, for those wishing to avoid paying for a broker. We also suggest the Columbia University housing webpage.