Billing and Payments
All students* who have accepted an offer for housing are billed via Student Financial Services (SFS). Students should visit the SFS website when ready to set up their billing account and make the first payment. With questions about student billing, students may contact Residential Finance at email@example.com.
Beginning August 16, 2020, all student housing through Columbia Residential is billed on a monthly basis. The monthly housing charge should appear on the student account during the first week of each month, and payment for each month is due on the due date on the bill where that charge appears. Students should review the SFS billing schedule for more information about statements and due dates. Rent for the first month is pro-rated based on the move-in date.
Continuing students who were previously billed per semester will see their first monthly housing charge on their student account mid-August. The charge will be prorated and will cover rental charges for the period between August 16-31, 2020.
Benefits of billing via Student Financial Services
- Several payment options, including online check, wire transfer, and in-person payments.
- A $750 pre-payment credited against the first month's bill instead of a full month's rent as a security deposit
- Ability to manage all University financial obligations in an accessible online account
*Students in Leased Units
A small number of students who moved into leased units prior to 2017 are billed through the Office of the Controller. Residents billed by the Office of the Controller must pay by check and should contact that office directly with questions about their bills or payments.
Faculty, staff and postdocs are billed on a monthly basis. Billing and payment is managed by the Office of the Controller. Residents billed by the Office of the Controller must pay by check and should contact the office directly with questions about their bills or payments. The Office of the Controller can be reached at REBilling@columbia.edu.
When they accept a housing offer in the Housing Portal, faculty, staff and postdocs are asked to confirm whether they have a U.S. Social Security Number or Tax ID Number. Providing this information at the time of acceptance allows Columbia Residential to make sure that the appropriate security deposit tax forms are included in the lease before it is sent to the resident for signature. Residents who have a U.S. Social Security Number or Tax ID Number will complete Form W9, and residents without one will complete a Form W8-BEN and must provide a copy of their visa.