Cancelling Housing

Updated September 21, 2020

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

To provide greater flexibility prior to the start of the Fall 2020 semester, cancellation fees were waived between March 17 and August 31, 2020.

For Spring 2021, since classes end in April, cancellation fees will be waived for students who cancel housing and move out between April 15 and May 31, 2021. Rent is prorated for move-outs that occur in April 2021, but rent is not prorated in May; students who move out in May will be billed until May 31.

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

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 move out of 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 [email protected] for more information on submitting the request and required supporting documentation.

Requests submitted without supporting documentation will not be considered. Acceptable supporting documentation includes proof of a recent, significant and unexpected change to your financial situation or plans. Kindly note, medical documentation cannot be considered or accepted through this waiver request process, but students who go on an official medical leave of absence may be eligible for a waiver.

All waiver requests and supporting documentation must be received within 10 days of the move-out date. Requests received more than 10 days after the move-out date 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