Move-in Information

Thank you for choosing Columbia Residential as your University home! We look forward to having you as part of the community. Please review the information below for more information about signing your housing agreement and preparing for your move. With any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Incoming residents schedule a move in appointment at the time they accept their housing offer.

Appointment changes must be requested at least 15 days prior to scheduled move-in date. Agreement start/appointment date changes cannot be accommodated within 14 days of move-in.

The housing agreement is sent to incoming residents 14 days prior to move-in. The agreement is sent through DocuSign to the email address on file in the Housing Portal

  • Once the housing agreement is signed by the incoming resident, changes cannot be made to the agreement and billing start date.
  • Housing agreements must be signed within 48 hours of receipt.
  • If unable to access the document for any reason, please contact us prior to the move in date.
  • Once the agreement is processed by Columbia Residential, typically within 48 hours of completion, a copy of the executed agreement will be sent to the resident's email address.
  • Move in instructions will be emailed 48 hours prior to the scheduled appointment.
  • Move-ins and key pickups must be scheduled Monday through Friday between 9 p.m. and 3 p.m., excluding holidays. Weekday moves and key pickups must be completed by 4 p.m. Residents who move items outside of these hours will be charged $50 per hour (2-hour minimum)
  • If a moving company will be completing your move, a Certificate of Liability Insurance (COI) is required and must be sent to residential@columbia.edu at least 48 hours prior to the move. 
  • Lionsgate Move Ins Only: Lionsgate (520 West 112th Street) residents must follow procedures outlined in the Lionsgate Move In/Move Out Guidelines.

Singles
Residents will receive move in instructions by email 48 hours prior to the appointment. Please follow the instructions in that email and meet building staff to pick up the keys and move in. Note that residents will need to show ID to building staff to pick up the keys.

Couples and Families
Come to the Columbia Residential office 30 minutes prior to the scheduled appointment to complete Couple & Family Certification. The office is located at 401 West 119th Street.

The following is required:

  • Photo ID for each resident
  • Birth certificate for each dependent child (if applicable). 
    • Families with dependent children 18 and over must show proof that each child is a legal dependent. A legal dependent is defined as a child under the age of 19 (or under 24 if enrolled as a full-time student).
  • Partner and/or children must be present at time of move in. If the partner and/or children are not present, the resident must provide proof of their arrival date, which must be within 30 days.
    • If such proof is not provided, the resident will not be permitted to move in. Failure to comply with these regulations may result in a reassignment or the termination of the housing agreement.

After completing the Couple and Family move-in process, proceed to the move-in appointment with building staff. Note that residents will need to show ID to building staff to pick up the keys.

Residents will receive move in instructions by email 48 hours prior to the appointment. Please follow the instructions in that email and meet building staff to pick up the keys and move in. Note that residents will need to show ID to building staff to pick up the keys.