Graduate Life

Resources and events to enhance your student experience

Graduate Student Center

Located in 301 Philosophy Hall, the Graduate Student Center offers a dedicated space on campus for formal and informal interaction among graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty across disciplines and schools. Please use your Columbia ID card to enter.

The center's café, Nous Espresso Bar, offers food and beverages for purchase.

Hours of Operation

Graduate Student Center

Monday through Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Nous Espresso Bar

Fall and Spring Summer
  • Monday through Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: Closed

The Graduate Student Center and Nous Espresso Bar are closed on university holidays.

Reserve Space

Submit a request to reserve the Seminar Room (302 Philosophy Hall), located next to the Graduate Student Center.

About the Graduate Student Center

From Fall 2013 to Spring 2014, renovations took place on the third floor of Philosophy Hall to convert the space into a new Graduate Student Center.

Enhancements to the space, which features a lounge and conference room, include:

  • new café services
  • a state-of-the-art acoustic system designed to reduce background noise
  • an audio-visual system that can be used for presentations, conferences, and film screenings
  • new chairs and tables that can be reconfigured for different setups
  • upgrades to the center’s electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems