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Accepting a Student Housing Offer

In order to accept the student housing offer, all of the associated paperwork and the housing security deposit must be received by the due date stipulated in your offer email.


First, please complete the on-line forms, including the Housing Contract, in your myTC portal. 

Follow the instructions below to submit the on-line forms, associated paperwork and the housing security deposit.

1. Log in to your myTC portal. We strongly recommended using Mozilla Firefox as your browser.

2. Click on the "TC Services" tab.

3. At the bottom of the list, you will see the "Residential Services" section. Please click on the "Housing Menu".

4. There will be a link called "Housing Contract Services" where you will find "Housing Contract Offer Letter".  The Letter will contain a list of the forms necessary to re-new your contract.

          ** Once you submit your housing contract, you will receive an email indicating your Housing Contract is pending approval.  If you do not receive this email, you should send email to housing@tc.columbia.edu immediately.


Second, a non-refundable security deposit of $750.00, payable to Teachers College, is required to hold your space for you.  The deposit will be placed in an interest bearing account, separate from your student account, and will be refunded to you 4-6 weeks after you vacate the residence hall, provided all provisions of the housing contract were met.  Payment of the security deposit will not show up as a credit on your student account. If you decide to cancel your housing assignment after you have submitted the Housing Security Deposit, it will be forfeited.   


The housing deposit may be paid via check or money order or via credit card.  The credit card authorization form is attached here.  Please follow the instructions on the bottom of the form regarding submission.


Credit Card Authorization Form 

Citibank and the IRS require that you fill out either the W-8BEN or W-9 Tax Reporting Form since your housing deposit is kept in an interest bearing account for the duration of your residency with us. Which form you must complete is explained below:


Third, if you are a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident please complete Form W- 9.  Please include your full name, domestic address, social security number, signature and date.  Please print the form, sign it, and send the original to the Office of Residential Services.

W9


If you are not a U.S. citizen or not a permanent resident please complete Form W-8BEN.  Please complete Part I, number 1 with your full name.  Please complete Part I, number 4 with your permanent address outside of the United States.  Please include your signature and the date in Part IV.  Please print the form, sign it, and send the original to the Office of Residential Services.

W8BEN