Housing at Teachers College
Residential Services At Teachers College
The Office of Residential Services extends a warm welcome to you as you consider joining our residential community.
The Office of Residential Services at Teachers College, Columbia University, complements the institutional mission of the College by striving to provide housing that is convenient, clean, and safe for campus residents, their families and guests. The department is committed to creating a stimulating, inclusive, and caring environment that supports the out-of-classroom experience and enhances intellectual, personal, and professional development. We collaborate with other campus departments to meet the unique needs of our graduate student population and provide uncompromising quality, innovation, and continuous improvement in a multicultural community.
Teachers College has approximately 650 spaces available for single students and 75 apartments for students with families. Bancroft, Grant, Sarasota and Whittier Halls are historic buildings similar to other early 1900’s New York City apartment-style buildings. Our newest building, 517 West 121st, opened in the fall 2004 semester, and Bancroft was renovated in summer 2015.
Eligibility for Housing
In order to be eligible to live in student housing, students must be enrolled in a degree program at Teachers College and registered for 1 billable credit during the fall and spring semesters. To maintain eligibility to renew the housing contract past mid-May, residents must be enrolled and registered for a minimum of 9 credits or equivalent each semester (fall and spring). Two-thirds of each semester’s credits (6 points per term) must be billable (i.e. not Certificates of Equivalency). Semester courses that are defined by the Registrar as full-time, qualify a resident for full-time status.
Housing Contracts extend for one calendar year, beginning with the summer term. Residents beginning occupancy in the summer must be enrolled and registered for a minimum of 1 billable credit during the respective summer term. Any resident who renews their contract is not required to register for summer sessions and may remain in the residence hall, but must re-enroll for the upcoming fall semester and live in Teachers College housing for the upcoming fall semester.
To remain eligible for summer housing if a resident is vacating in the summer (at the conclusion of Summer A or Summer B) the resident must be enrolled for the summer or have documentation from the College demonstrating an affiliation with the College during the summer. If the resident is teaching in public schools or has dependents in public schools, the resident is permitted to remain in housing until the conclusion of Summer A.
Full-time employees of Teachers College are not eligible for on-campus housing. Residents who become Teachers College full-time employees are not eligible for Teachers College housing, and will be required to vacate Teachers College housing at end of the current contract period.
When to Apply for Housing
Housing offers are based on availability of units, geographic priority, and date of receipt of application. Applicants outside a 30-mile radius of the Teachers College campus have the highest priority for housing. To complete an application you should visit our website at www.tc.edu/housing and complete our online housing application.
An application for housing can be submitted as soon as a Teachers College applicant is admitted. It is recommended to apply as early as possible. Housing applications will only be considered active once the admissions deposit has been paid. Unfortunately, given the limited number of spaces available, we may be unable to accommodate all requests for housing.
Students will be notified by the Office of Residential Services of their housing status at the beginning of each round for that application period. Notification that a housing space is available will be accompanied by instructions about how to select an available room and sign the housing contract, which is done through the myTC portal. A non-refundable $750 reservation fee is required to hold the space. This fee will be credited to a student's account upon move-in, and may be used to pay for the semester housing charges.
There is a transfer period twice per year in which students may request a change of assignment. Students may choose to exercise the transfer option if they are unsatisfied with their original assignment.
Applications will be processed beginning (dates approximate):
- May 15th: Fall Term
- November 15th: Spring Term
- March 15th: Summer A Term
- April 15th: Summer B Term
Once offered an assignment in Teachers College housing, the housing application may not be deferred to another semester. Hence, the applicant would need to submit a new housing application and fee for the desired semester. The Office of Residential Services must be notified via e-mail if a student decides to defer an application. A housing application may be deferred for a maximum of one year, provided an assignment was never offered.
- Students may submit an application for housing once they are admitted, even if they have not yet paid their admission deposit. No offer for housing, however, will be made until students have paid the Admission deposit, as established by the Office of Admission.
- Individuals interested in summer-only housing should visit our website at www.tc.edu/housing for a Summer Conference Housing application.
- Students are responsible for notifying the Office of Admission (if an incoming student) or the Office of Registrar (if a continuing student) of any changes in mailing address, telephone number, and/or email address.
Single Student Housing Info
Three buildings are available for single-student housing. They are Bancroft Hall, Whittier Hall and 517 West 121st.
Bancroft Hall is located at 509 West 121st Street. It was constructed in 1910 and completed a full renovation in 2015. There are three types of housing options for single students in this residence hall, including one-bedroom apartments and shared apartments (two and three bedrooms). All assignments include a private bedroom. Room sizes vary in all accommodation types.
Whittier Hall is located at 1230 Amsterdam Avenue (at the corner of 120th Street) and was constructed in 1901. There are several different types of housing accommodations offered in this residence hall. All assignments include a private bedroom. Room sizes vary in all accommodation types.
In the single rooms, kitchen and bathroom facilities are shared by approximately 20 students. Suites are self-contained units with three to six private bedrooms. Residents of suites share a kitchen, bathroom, and common area. Studios, one- and shared-two-bedroom apartments all have a private bathroom and kitchen. Microwaves are provided for students in suites, studios, and one- and shared-two-bedroom apartments. A microfridge (a microwave attached to a refrigerator unit) is provided in the single rooms.
517 West 121st opened in the fall 2004 semester. The building contains 252 units. Some have private kitchenettes, while most units share community kitchens which are distributed throughout the building. The efficiency units are approximately 200 square feet in size, and each one contains a private bathroom.
All single student housing units are fully furnished. Residents must, however, provide their own linen, cooking utensils, and other household items. All units come with cable TV service, and wired and wireless internet.
Single Student Housing Average Semester Rates
(2019–2020 Academic Year)
- One Bedroom: $10,811-$11,432
- Two Bedroom Share: $6,517-$7,481
- Three Bedroom Share: $6,386-$6,907
517 West 121st
- Efficiency: $8,636-$8,959
- Studio*: $10,026-$10,475
- Single Room: $4,655-$6,159
- Suite Room: $5,214-$6,278
- Single Room with private bathroom*: $6,154-$6,569
- Studio*: $7,648-$10,098
- Two Bedroom Share*: $6,521
- One Bedroom*: $10,025
Please note: Rates are subject to change and typically increase 4-6% each year.
Family Housing Info
Family housing is available for both traditional and non-traditional families. To be eligible for family housing, students must demonstrate that the applicant and the individual(s) with whom the applicant is applying to reside share a qualifying family relationship. Qualifying family relationships under current policy include the following: (a) marriage, (b) presence of minor or dependent child(ren), or (c) domestic partnership (a long-term relationship between the two adults). Relationships that do not qualify for family housing status include: parents, grandparents or siblings of applicants, other than a minor sibling for whom the resident is the legal guardian.
Documentation of Family Status
All persons applying for family housing must submit proper documentation along with their application. The following are acceptable forms of documentation:
- Copy of a current marriage certificate.
- In the case of a single parent, birth certificate(s), adoption papers, or other appropriate documentation of legal guardianship.
- Notarized affidavit declaring that the applicants share a domestic partnership.
The approved affidavit form is included in the application.
Those who apply as Domestic Partners must include one of the following along with the signed and notarized affidavit:
- Copy of a joint lease naming and signed by both applicants and their landlord;
- Joint tax returns for one calendar year immediately preceding the application;
- Notarized letter on bank letterhead signed by a bank officer indicating a joint saving and/or checking account for at least one calendar year;
- Affidavit of Domestic Partnership from New York City or any city, which registers unmarried couples who are in a committed, ongoing family relationship.
Family Housing Options
Teachers College maintains three family housing apartment buildings: Bancroft, Grant, and Sarasota Halls.
Bancroft Hall, located at 509 West 121st Street, is an eight-story residence hall with approximately 100 apartments. Each apartment has a bathroom, living room/dining room area, kitchen, and bedroom(s). The front apartments face 121st Street. The rear apartments face a courtyard, which connects Bancroft to Grant and Sarasota Halls. A security officer is on duty 24 hours a day at the Bancroft Hall front desk. Bancroft Hall completed a major renovation in 2015. Housing rates vary according to the size and location of the apartment. Electricity, heat and hot water are provided at no additional cost. Wireless internet and cable TV service are included in the housing rates. All apartments come fully furnished.
Grant and Sarasota Halls, located at 514 and 512 West 122nd Street, respectively, are six-story buildings with four one-bedroom apartments on each floor. The two front apartments have an entry foyer, living room, bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom. The two rear apartments have a long hallway with the bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, and living room opening into the hallway. Housing rates vary according to the size and location of the apartment. Residents must pay monthly electric charges separately. Heat and hot water are provided at no additional cost. Internet and cable TV service are included in the housing rates. All apartments come fully furnished.
Family Housing Average Semester Rates
(2019–2020 Academic Year)
- One Bedroom: $10,811-$11,928
- Two Bedroom: $13,048
Grant and Sarasota Halls
- One Bedroom: $9,400-$11,557
Please note: Rates are subject to change and typically increase 4-6% each year.
Residence Halls at a Glance
|Sarasota Hall||Grant Hall||Whittier Hall||517 West 121st (New Residence Hall)|
|Population||Family housing and single-student housing||Family housing||Family housing||Single-student housing||Single-student housing|
|Location||509 West 120th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam)||512 West 122nd Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam)||514 West 122nd Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam)||1230 Amsterdam Avenue (between 120th and 121st Streets)||517 West 121st Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam)|
|Capacity and Layout||
35 one-bedroom apartments, 50 two-bedroom apartments, and 8 three-bedroom shares for single students; two-bedroom apartments may be used as single student shares or family units.
|24 one-bedroom apartments; 4 apartments total per floor||24 one-bedroom apartments; 4 apartments total per floor||350 residents; approximately 35 residents per floor; single, suite, one-bedroom apartment, two-bedroom shared apartment, and small and large studio options||237 residents; approximately 10 units per floor; efficiency and studio options|
|Furnishings - All units are furnished||All units: desk with hutch, desk chair, sofa/loveseat, easy chair, dining table and chairs, extra-long full bed in one-bedroom apartments and in the A bedroom of larger apartments and extra-long twin bed in additional bedrooms, dresser, refrigerator, electric stove/oven||All units: desk, desk chair, lamp, sofa/loveseat, easy chair, dining table and chairs, full extra-long bed, 2 dressers, refrigerator, electric stove/oven||All units: desk, desk chair, lamp, sofa/loveseat, easy chair, dining table and chairs, full extra-long bed, 2 dressers, refrigerator, electric stove/oven||All units: twin bed, desk, desk chair, wardrobe/closet, dresser, lamp; Single rooms: microwave, small refrigerator; Large and Small Studios, one-bedroom apartment, and two-bedroom shares: kitchenettes, microwave, small refrigerator||All units: desk, desk chair, dresser, bookshelf, microwave, refrigerator. Efficiencies: extra-long twin bed and Studios: stove/oven and extra-long full bed|
|Kitchen Facilities||Private kitchen in each apartment||Private kitchens||Private kitchens||Single units: community kitchens; small and large studios, and one-bedroom apartments: private kitchenettes; two-bedroom and suites: shared kitchen||Studios: private; Efficiencies: community kitchens (every other floor)|
|Bathroom Facilities||Private bathroom in each apartment||Private bathrooms||Private bathrooms||Single units: community bathrooms; small and large studios, and one-bedroom apartments: private bathrooms; two-bedroom: and suites: shared bathroom||Private bathrooms|
|Study and Community Spaces||Lounge on the first floor, fitness room in basement||Residents may use any community space in any residence hall||Residents may use any community space in any residence hall||Computer room with internet connection; study & TV lounges and a fitness room||Computer room/study lounge with internet connection, TV lounge, fitness room and courtyard area|
|Laundry||Credit/Debit Card and coin-operated washers and dryers||Credit/Debit Card and coin-operated washers and dryers||Credit/Debit Card and coin-operated washers and dryers||Credit/Debit Card and coin-operated washers and dryers||Credit/Debit Card and coin-operated washers and dryers|
|Air Conditioning||Each apartment will be provided one air conditioner for the common area. Residents desiring additional units will rent from a TC approved vendor.||Non-air conditioned. Residents will rent from a TC approved vendor.||Non-air conditioned. Residents will rent from a TC approved vendor.||Non-air conditioned. Residents will rent from a TC approved vendor.||Central; individually regulated thermostats. electricity surcharge included in housing charge|
|Telephone||Not included||Not included||Not included||Not included||Not included|
|Internet||High-speed data connectivity and wireless (Wi-fi)||High-speed data connectivity and wireless (Wi-fi)||High-speed data connectivity and wireless (Wi-fi)||High-speed data connectivity and wireless (Wi-fi)||High-speed data connectivity and wireless (Wi-fi)|
|Mail and Packages||Mail delivery by USPS; package pick-up at Residential Mailroom (Whittier Hall)||Mail delivery by USPS; package pick-up at Residential Mailroom (Whittier Hall)||Mail delivery by USPS; package pick-up at Residential Mailroom (Whittier Hall)||Mail sorted by staff; package pick-up at Residential Mailroom (Whittier Hall)||Mail sorted by staff; package pick-up at Residential Mailroom (Whittier Hall)|
|Security||24-hour security desk; swipe card access to building||Swipe card access to building with 24 hour monitored cameras||Swipe card access to building with 24 hour monitored cameras||24-hour security desk; swipe card access to building||24-hour security desk; swipe card access to building|