Doctoral students in the Arts and Sciences are eligible for five consecutive academic years of guaranteed student housing, starting with their first semester of registration if 1) they apply for housing by the deadline specified in the acceptance letter; 2) they remain registered and in good academic standing in their program and good administrative standing in the Graduate School.
To apply for housing, complete the application on the Columbia Residential website. For your Columbia UNI and PID number, please refer to your acceptance letter.
Request for Extension
Registered doctoral students in good standing may request through the Columbia Residential portal an additional year at the end of their fifth and sixth years, for a maximum of seven consecutive academic years in Columbia Residential housing. GSAS reviews and makes final decisions on all application and extension requests.
End of Eligibility
The standard housing lease ends at the end of the academic year, on May 31. Doctoral students in their first seven years are no longer eligible for housing upon completing the dissertation defense, regardless of the outcome; doctoral candidates are required by Columbia Residential to vacate campus housing within 60 days of the defense.
If a doctoral student does not apply for housing; declines an initial offer of housing; or chooses to leave his or her housing assignment before the five-year period ends, any subsequent request for Columbia housing may not be granted.
For more information about university housing, see the Columbia Residential website.