Cancelling Housing

Updated April 29, 2020

In light of the University's response to COVID-19, Columbia Residential will waive cancellation fees for all residents who cancel housing between March 12 and August 15, 2020. Rent will be prorated based on the move-out date for these residents.

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 with questions.

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 Moving Out.

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.

**Rent is not prorated during these periods, 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.