Move In (2016-2017)

[Move In]



Check-In Dates, Times, and Locations

New First Year Students

Residence hall check-in for First Year Students is Sunday, August 28, 2016, in the Barnard Hall Lobby (regardless of which residence hall you are assigned to). Some international students who fit into specific categories may be invited to participate in a special pre-Orientation Program by the Office of International & Intercultural Student Programs.

Students should arrive to check-in based on the floor of their room assignment.  As we have over 600 students moving in at the same time, we ask that students and families abide by the move-in time provided.   We are unable to accommodate any requests to move-in or drop off items in rooms earlier than the FY Move-In day.

Floor Check In Time on Sunday, August 28 2016
Floors 7 & 8 Arrive between 8am and 9am
Floors 5 & 6 Arrive between 9am and 10am
Floors 3 & 4 Arrive between 10am and 11am
Floor 2 Arrive between 11am and 12noon

More information will be available in the 2016 FYF Move-In Newsletter, which will be posted in early August.

Information about and schedules for the New Student Orientation Program (NSOP) is available at If you have questions about Orientation, please contact For more new student housing information, visit


New Transfer & Visiting Students

Fall 2016 Check-In is available Monday, August 29, 2016 (time TBA)

All students will check-in in the Barnard Hall Lobby (regardless of which residence hall you are assigned to.
Spring 2017 Spring Visiting International Student Program (VISP) only:
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 (time TBA)

Spring Transfer & Visiting Students only:
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 (time TBA)

All students will check-in in the Barnard Hall Lobby (regardless of which residence hall you are assigned to).

Information about and schedules for the New Student Orientation Program (NSOP) is available at If you have questions about Orientation, please contact For more new student housing information, visit

Please note that early check-ins are unfortunately not available.


Continuing & Readmitted Students

Fall 2016 Residence Hall Check-In for continuing students (including readmitted students, students returning from study abroad, etc.) will be 9am-5pm on Saturday, Sunday, & Monday, September 3-5, 2016

Check In will take place in the lobby of each residence hall.

The Columbia ID Center (Kent Hall) is typically open on the Saturday of check-in weekend for students who have lost their IDs over the summer (please check ID Center website for confirmation of date/time).
Spring 2017 Continuing students (including readmitted students, students returning from study abroad, etc.) who are new to campus housing for the Spring will be be able to start moving in after 9am on Saturday, January 14, 2017.

Students will need to show their Student ID to their residence hall Front Desk in order to get their key packet.  Students will also need to sign their Housing Contract at the Residential Life & Housing office (110 Sulzberger) the following week (9am-5pm Tuesday-Friday, January 17-20, 2017).

If you will be moving into a Columbia residence hall, please see for check-in information.  Columbia students living in Barnard residence halls are subject to the move-in dates above.


Early Check-Ins

Only students officially involved in coordinating NSOP activities (ex. Orientation Leaders) will receive permission to check-in early prior to the Continuing & Readmitted Student Check-In Weekend (Saturday & Sunday, September 3 & 4, 2016).  This will be coordinated by the sponsoring dept. (students do not need to email Res Life). Permission & move-in instructions are typically emailed to approved students by the 2nd week of August.

Students who receive permission to check-in early are not allowed to give access to campus housing to other students (or their belongings) who do not have early check-in permission.

Unfortunately, early check-ins for personal reasons are not available.


Late Check-Ins

The Residential Life & Housing office (110 Sulzberger) will be open for late check-ins from 9am-5pm on Tuesday, September 6, 2016.  
If you arrive on campus after 5pm on Saturday/Sunday/Monday, please go directly to your residence hall front desk.  If you do not have a roommate or suitemate who is able to let you into your room, you are permitted the courtesy of a one-time entrance into your room/suite -- you will need to show your Student ID in order to check out the Emergency Lock Out key (for up to 15 minutes only) so that you may unlock your room.  You will then need to officially check-in the next day (see dates/times/locations above) in order to complete your paperwork & sign for your keys.
Please note that we cannot issue your room keys to anyone besides yourself (ex. friends or family).
In order to retain your room assignment, you are required to complete your check-in by 5pm on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. If a later check-in is necessary, this must be arranged prior to that date/time by contacting to explain your requested late check-in.  If you fail to complete check-in or coordinate late check-in by September 6, you may forfeit your room assignment. 


Campus Map & Directions

* Measurements on residence hall floor plans are approximate. We encourage you to refrain from purchasing and/or cutting carpets, drapes. etc. until you move into your room and take exact measurements.


Unloading & Parking

The area in front of each residence hall is reserved for unloading only.

Please do not leave your car double parked without someone in it.  Unattended and/or double parked cars block others from accessing the buildings and may be ticketed or towed by NYPD.

For a list of parking garages and rates, please visit

A limited number of carts will be available for use from the front desk of each residence hall. A $20 CASH deposit and a photo ID is required to borrow a cart for one hour.


Recommended / Prohibited Items in the Residence Halls

Please consult this list for recommended and prohibited items. Save yourself room in your car, suitcase, etc, by leaving things behind that are not allowed!

Because space is tight, we encourage students to bring only the essentials.  It's easier to purchase needed items after you move in  than bringing too many belongings with you and not having room to storage them.  Additionally, we encourage you to refrain from purchasing and/or cutting carpets, drapes. etc. until you move into your room and take exact measurements.


Sending Packages & Mail

All students receive their mail & packages* at Student Mail Services in Altschul (students keep their mailbox all 4 years).  Mail & packages must not be addressed to the student's building & room number (they will be returned to sender).

Please note that Student Mail Services will not accept any packages or mail for students until 3 days before a student's check-in day.  For example, packages & mail for First Year students will be accepted starting Thursday, August 25 (or on Wednesday, August 31 for returning students ).  If you are sending items via the mail, UPS, FedEx, etc; please instruct them not to deliver the packages until that date or later.

For more information about packages and mail (including how to find out your mailbox number and combination), please visit

* Students in Cathedral Gardens ONLY may receive packages (not mail) at CG (more information).

Columbia students living in Barnard residence halls must use their Lerner Hall Mailbox for mail and/or packages.


Summer Storage

If you stored items over the summer with, the company will contact you with information on when & where you'll be able to pick up your belongings.  Typically, they are situated on Broadway near the main gate with boxes in alphabetical order.  

During the pick-up time window, students should retrieve their own boxes.  The College cannot store or hold on to anyone's boxes should they go unclaimed.  If you are not present to retrieve your boxes, please contact to coordinate appointing another student to claim your boxes.  

For more information or questions, please contact Mr. Angelo Reda at (516) 729-5169 or  


Go Green! (Have an Environmentally-Friendly Move-In)

The College and Residential Life & Housing are committed adopting sustainable practices. Help us save the environment by planning a "Green" move-in!

  • Get rid of stuff before you move it! You will have a limited amount of space in your room, so bring only the essentials to make your move lighter and more energy efficient.
  • Instead of buying brand new cardboard boxes, ask your local liquor, grocery, hardware, or dry goods store for boxes. Or, use reusable plastic tubs.
  • Instead of packing your boxes with newspaper or bubblewrap, use your towels or bed linens.
  • After moving in, break down your boxes and put them in the recycle bin (in the Quad, take them to the basement); or better yet, flatten them and save them or send them home for a future move!

For more information about recycling and "being green" on-campus, visit


Refrigerator Rentals (Quad & Elliott)

If you would like to rent a refrigerator for your room, check out Collegiate Storage & Rental. Renting a fridge instead buying one means you don't have to worry about finding a place to store it for the summer or taking it back home.

Elliott residents: please note that only the smaller cube refrigerator fits into the special fridge alcove in your room.  If you wish to rent a larger refrigerator, we encourage you to wait until after you move-in to see if you will have the floor space available for it.


Computers in the Residence Halls

Computer labs are provided in the Quad, 616, and Plimpton Halls and in academic buildings (Lab locations).

For information about connecting to the internet from your residence hall room, visit Student Computing.


Nearby Hotels for Parents / Families

For hotel information and reservation links, visit