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Access into Columbia Undergraduate Housing Policy (Formerly Known as Access to Residence Halls Policy)

Revised for publication, December 2014.



Please reference Access into Undergraduate Housing in the Guide to Living on the Columbia Housing website. The Guide to Living is a compilation of policies, procedures and services created by Columbia Housing and Residential Life for students living in the 19 undergraduate residence halls, as well as the brownstones.


General Policy

Students who currently reside in Columbia undergraduate housing have swipe access into most undergraduate residence halls, with the exception of brownstones that do not have a guard.


To enter any residence hall, residents must hand their University ID card to the security attendant to swipe for validation. Residents may enter the room or suite of a contractually assigned occupant by invitation only. Refusal to leave the room of another student at the request of the contractually assigned occupant(s) is prohibited. Access hours and guest policies may be different during holiday or vacation periods. Changes will be announced in advance.


Any student who does not have a current assignment in Columbia undergraduate housing is considered a guest. 


(See Guest Policy