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Residential Services

The Office of Residential Services strives to meet the educational mission of the institution by fostering a multicultural campus community that supports students, faculty and staff in their academic and professional endeavors. The office is staffed by trained professionals in the field of student development and residential services related areas. Our office is open during the Fall and Spring, Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm. During the summer, the hours are Monday - Thursday, 9am - 5pm, and Friday 9am - 1pm. Individuals may request earlier or later appointments and they can be scheduled based on availability.

Teachers College residence halls bring together graduate students from all over the world in an environment that provides a unique opportunity to establish new friendships, explore other worldviews, and take advantage of all that New York City offers. Living close to campus affords students easy access to the library, classrooms, gymnasium, and other Columbia University facilities. Students may choose to take advantage of a wide range of planned residence hall activities, club meetings, departmental lectures, and cultural events that take place on TC’s campus in addition to the larger Columbia campus. Particular emphasis is placed on providing graduate students and their families with a stimulating, inclusive, and caring environment that enhances the out-of-classroom experience and fosters intellectual, personal, and professional growth.

Teachers College offers a variety of housing options for single and married students, students with domestic partners, and single parents. There are approximately 750 students living in 5 residence halls in the vicinity of the Teachers College campus. We have approximately 650 rooms/apartments for single students and 90 apartments available for families. Housing offers are based on availability of rooms/apartments, geographic priority, and the date of receipt of the completed housing application and supporting materials. Applicants who live outside a 30-mile radius of TC have the highest priority. The Office of Residential Services accepts applications up to one year prior to a student beginning their academic program at the College, and recommends the following timeline for submitting an application:

Fall term entry:  February 1
Spring term entry:  September 1
Summer term entry:  December 1

The residence halls are staffed by professional and graduate live-in staff members. These staff members work together to enhance the efforts of the Office of Residential Services to foster a safe, supportive and productive living environment for residents.


Community Assistants (CAs) are graduate students responsible for programming, community development, and crisis intervention for specific areas within the residence halls. The CAs are also responsible for several administrative functions including room inventories, check-in/check-out procedures, policy enforcement, documenting and keeping accurate records, following up on maintenance concerns and making appropriate referrals to other offices on campus. Students who are interested in these positions should contact the office in mid-December. The selection process takes place in early spring for staff appointments that begin in the summer.

The Associate Director/Assistant Director/Managers are full-time professional staff members who work to manage, direct and provide leadership for the overall residential community. This includes the areas of assignments and billing, community development, custodial management, guest and conference housing, Card Services, and Residential Mailroom operations. These individuals plan and implement staff hiring and training, oversee the conduct process, monitor and guide hall activities, oversee safety and security issues in the building, serve as resources for programming, and help ensure residents’ needs are being met.

The Office of Residential Services has a limited number of guest rooms located in our residence hall at 517 West 121st St. for short-term stays related to programs or business at Teachers College and Columbia University. Rooms may be reserved by faculty, staff, students and College conference attendees. 517 West 121st St. offers a TV lounge, computer lab/conference room, exercise room, and two beautiful courtyards. All are available for guests’ use. There are also community kitchens on every other floor in the building.

All rooms, except our ADA room, are furnished with central heat and A/C, microwave, refrigerator, TV with premium cable, DVD player, and one double (full-size) bed. Our ADA room has all of the same amenities as our standard rooms; however, it has a twin size bed and a handicap-accessible bathroom. All of our rooms feature private baths and are non-smoking. A daily towel exchange (during business days) is available.

To make a reservation, please call (212) 678-3235. A credit card is required to reserve a room.

The Office of Residential Services is committed to assisting incoming and matriculated students in securing affordable, adequate off-campus housing through resources and services to help you complete a successful search.

You may call the Office of Residential Services to schedule an appointment to speak to a staff member who can help you with questions about your search.

Throughout the year we conduct various Off-Campus Housing Workshops for interested students. These sessions are designed to provide you with strategies and resources you can utilize to successfully complete your search for an off-campus apartment. Also, you may find potential roommates. Please contact the Office of Residential Services for specific dates.

Another resource is the Off-Campus Housing Assistance Office (OCHA) which is managed and operated by Columbia University’s Office of Facilities. They provide counseling assistance to Columbia affiliates in their search for housing in non-Columbia-owned properties in the metropolitan area. They are located at 401 West 119th St. and their website is www.columbia.edu/cu/ire/ocha .

Residential Services

Dewayne White
Director of Campus Services

Whittier Hall, Suite 1B
(212) 678-3235
www.tc.edu/housing