Cancelling Housing

Updated August 13, 2020

Cancellation Fee Waiver Extended to August 31, 2020 for continuing students

If your housing agreement/eligibility continues beyond August 15, you may move out of housing by August 31, 2020 without a cancellation fee. Rent will be prorated based on your move-out date. If your housing agreement/eligibility ends August 15, you must move out by that date and are not eligible for further extensions. 

Cancel housing & move out between April 15-May 31, 2021 with no cancellation fee

Since Spring 2021 classes end in April, residents may cancel and move out between April 15 - May 31, 2021 without a cancellation fee. Rent is prorated for move-outs that occur in April 2021, but rent is not prorated during May -- residents who move out during that period will be billed until May 31.

Make sure to review Move-out Information to prepare for your move. 

Please note, students in Columbia Residential who wish to stay in housing may do so until the end of their housing agreement; they are not required to move out. Students with questions or concerns should review the Housing & COVID-19 FAQ and contact

Standard Cancellation guidelines can be found below:

Residents who cancel their housing must provide notice of move-out to Columbia Residential in the Housing Portal according to the guidelines outlined below. Cancellation fees may apply. Residents who wish to cancel housing should also review Move-out Information.

Student Housing Cancellation Guidelines

Unless otherwise specified above, move-out is required within 30 days of affiliation/eligibility status change or withdrawal. If move-out does not occur within the specified time frame, a cancellation fee may apply. Residents who cancel housing in the month of December will be charged a cancellation fee unless their housing agreement ends in December.

*PhD students must vacate no more than 60 days after the defense date, regardless of when the degree is conferred. PhD student must have active housing agreement that includes the 60 day period to be eligible to remain for the full 60 days.

**Rent is prorated for move-outs that happen April 15-30, but rent is not prorated during the other periods outlined above, regardless of the reason for move-out.


Residents who overstay their housing agreement or fail to move out by their required move-out date may be charged a $1000 fee for overstaying. Additionally, the University may commence legal proceedings if a resident remains in housing beyond their required move-out date.

Cancellation Fee Waiver Requests

If you are charged a cancellation fee and you believe there are extenuating circumstances that may justify an exception to the cancellation policy, please contact us at for more information on requesting a fee waiver. All waiver requests and supporting documentation must be received within 30 days of the vacancy date. Requests received more than 30 days after vacancy will not be considered. Requesting a waiver does not guarantee a fee reversal. 

For information on canceling a housing assignment prior to moving in, please review Reservation Fees.

Faculty, staff and postdocs must provide 30 days notice prior to moving out; if such notice is not provided, a cancellation fee may apply.

Faculty, Staff & Postdoc Housing Cancellation Guidelines