Guests & Visitors

Updated August 25, 2021

Beginning May 10, 2021, all Columbia Residential residents may now host visitors or guests as long as they remain in compliance with the updated guest policy, outlined below. 

NOTE: This policy applies only to residents in Columbia Residential and does not apply to undergraduates in Columbia College and SEAS. Undergraduates in CC and SEAS may review Guests ​for more information.

Keep in mind that all residents in Columbia Residential, including those in single-occupancy, couple & family housing, may not host group gatherings in their apartments, per the Enhanced Health & Safety Policy & FAQs about the Compact Requirements. For now, group gatherings are not permitted on campus for socializing, including in housing.   

Residents are permitted to host a guest overnight in their apartment if they remain in compliance with the following provisions: 

  • Residents may host a guest overnight for up to two nights per month. (Exception: Residents in New Residence Hall at 517 West 121st Street are not permitted to host any guests at this time, per TC Residential Services) 
  • Hosts living in apartment shares and dorms must provide notice to their roommate(s)/suitemate(s) prior to a guest's arrival. Columbia Residential encourages roommates to communicate and complete a roommate agreement at the start of their roommate relationship, to make sure that all residents can express their preferences and agree on expectations of living together. For more information, review Roommate Rights, Responsibilities & Respect for Community
  • Any resident who hosts a guest overnight for more than two nights will be issued a guest violation, which may require mediation and/or reporting to Student Conduct & Community Standards (students only). 
  • Guests must always be accompanied by their host; guests may not access the building or apartment without their host present, and hosts may not give their keys to their guests. 
  • Residents may not accept any payment, service, barter or other remuneration from a guest in exchange for the guest's ability to stay in a room or apartment. The University considers any such payment to be a violation of the housing agreement. 
  • Guests must be accommodated in their host's room and are not allowed to sleep in empty bedrooms, lounges or public spaces. 
  • Hosts are responsible for the actions of their guests during their stay. Guests must abide by all Columbia Residential policies, Federal, State and City laws. 
  • Residents with concerns regarding guests should talk to the host, and then, if necessary, with Columbia Residential. 
  • Failure to abide by the terms of the guest policy may result in guest privileges being revoked. Students found in violation of any Columbia Residential policy will be reported to Student Conduct & Community Standards
  • Columbia Residential, Public Safety and other University staff reserve the right to revoke a guest or visitor's access to the building if the guest disturbs or creates any difficulties for other residents.

Residents of the following buildings must also abide by their building's guest policy: 

  • New Residence Hall (517 West 121st Street) -- Guests are permiited, and guest passes are required. Guests will be asked to provide proof of vaccination or a negative PCR COVID test dated within the last 7 days to the Public Safety Officer if there is one present in their building. If Public Safety is not present in the building, residents are responsible for confirming their visitors are vaccinated to make sure that they are keeping themselves, neighbors, and community safe.
    • Residential Services guest passes are available for 2 or more days with a maximum of 7 consecutive days and may be obtained from the Office of Residential Services. 
    • Guest passes are limited to guests who provide proof of vaccination.  Residents must register their guest on the TC Housing Portal before coming into the office with their guest to retrieve a guest pass.
    • Guests must comply with all College and residential policies. Guests must wear facial coverings at all times when in community/shared spaces and guests must also complete the VISITOR HEALTH SCREENING SURVEY each day they visit and show a green checkmark to Public Safety when present or the resident, when Public Safety is not present. More information can be found on the TC Preparedness website.
  • 600 West 113th Street -- Only Columbia Residential residents may host a guest, and hosts must sign in their guests at security. Additionally, guests must complete a paper attestation upon arrival, available at the security desk.