Student Housing Waitlist

The Fall 2021 Waitlist will open in June 2021.


  • Students with active housing applications will be scheduled for waitlist housing selection, pending availability of housing. Information about the housing selection appointment will be sent to the Columbia email address once an appointment is confirmed.
  • Students who miss their appointment will have their applications deactivated. They must submit a new application to be considered again. Students may submit a maximum of two housing applications each semester.
  • Students must be enrolled full-time and eligible for housing to participate in waitlist housing selection.
  • Housing through the waitlist is subject to availability and is not guaranteed.
  • Complete an application in the Housing Portal
  • Participate in waitlist housing selection at the time of your scheduled appointment. 
    • After the waitlist has opened, appointments will be confirmed by email for those who applied and are eligible. 
    • All appointments will take place on a Monday or Thursday between 10 AM and 4 PM. 
    • Waitlist housing selection will be available during the assigned appointment, in the Housing Portal under the Assignment tab. Click Housing Selection during the appointment to view and select an available unit. Review the Student Housing Selection FAQ for more information.  
    • Selections must be confirmed through the Housing Portal during the appointment only. No email responses or late responses will be considered, and reassignments cannot be accommodated.  
    • Students who receive an offer will have two business days to accept or decline the offer. Offer expiration dates cannot be extended.  
    • A $750 reservation fee is required to accept a housing offer received through waitlist. Once paid, the reservation fee is refundable only if notice is received in writing before the cancellation waiver deadline. Review Reservation Fees & Security Deposits for more information. 
    • If an appointment time or offer expires or is declined, students must reapply to be considered again. A maximum of two housing applications may be submitted each semester. 
  • While waitlist assignments are based on housing selection, the needs of the unit are also taken into account. As such, requests for specific units cannot be guaranteed. 
  • Waitlist applications expire at the end of each semester. Students interested in housing for the next semester must submit a new application to be considered again.  
  • Additional details about the unit will not be provided. The only information available about the unit will be available in the Housing Portal during waitlist housing selection.  
  • Housing through Columbia Residential isbilled monthly through Student Financial Services.  
  • Should applicants no longer need housing, they should retract the housing application on the Housing Portal to remove themselves from the waitlist.