Application Process for Faculty, Staff and Postdoc Housing

Faculty, eligible staff and postdocs approved for housing may self-select an apartment that best fits their needs. This process may begin as early as one month prior to their intended move-in. 

Approved applicants will be invited to participate in a housing selection round, during which they may review a list of available units (including address, apartment number, square footage, rent and building amenities) and rank three choices. Faculty, eligible staff and postdocs whose application status is Single or Couple may choose from studio and one-bedroom units, and Families with Children may choose from one-, two- and three-bedroom units (three-bedroom units reserved for faculty only). 

For more information about housing selection, please review FAQ | Faculty, Staff & Postdoc Housing Selection.

Faculty, eligible staff and postdocs approved for housing will be sent up to two housing offers, viewable in the Housing Portal. To accept an offer, a security deposit (equivalent to one month's rent) must be paid before the offer expires. The security deposit will be returned upon vacancy according to the terms of the lease. 

For more information about scheduling a viewing of your housing offer, please review Viewing a Housing Offer

Unfortunately, photos of apartments are not available. Also, while it is unlikely that it will occur, the University reserves the right to change your assignment at any time prior to move-in. 

Signing the Lease 

  1. Accept an offer
    Pay the security deposit and schedule move in appointment.
  2. Sign the Housing Agreement
    The housing agreement will be sent by email 10 days prior to move in date through DocuSign. Agreement start/appointment date changes cannot be accommodated within 10 days of move-in. Appointment changes must be requested at least 14 days prior to the scheduled move-in date. For more information, please review Housing Agreements & Renewals.
  3. Pick up keys and move in
    Please review Moving In for more information.

Any faculty, eligible staff or postdoc with a disability who needs to request housing accommodations are urged to apply for housing as early as possible. These employees must contact the Office of Human Resources for more information: Hana O. Bloch, Senior Manager, Leave Management and Workplace Accommodations at (212) 851-0662; Email: hb356@columbia.edu