Graduation and Summer Conference Housing

Graduation and Summer Conference Housing

Conference Housing

Summer Conference & Graduation Housing:

Graduation and Summer Conference Housing within the Office of Residential Services at Teachers College, Columbia University is open to students, parents, staff, faculty and affiliates of the Columbia community.

Our mission is to create a welcoming environment by providing unparalleled customer service, creating welcoming accommodations and exceeding your expectations.

Start Date: 5/16/2023
End Date: 8/16/2023

Information has been updated for summer 2023.

All reservations will be booked online, similar to our Guest Housing process. There is no application process.

Reservations for all dates will begin in our portal as follows:

  • April 12 at 10am EST for TC students in degree programs 
  • April 17 at 10am EST for everyone else

This means you will not be able to book or request to book a room until that time.

To make a reservation as an individual or a group, you can view availability and book online via our portal:

Book Online

An e-mail address is required to book a room. Guests must be a minimum of 18 years with valid photo ID to check-in. 

Prior to the dates above we recommend you visit our portal and click Short-Term Housing to register for an account (if you do not already have one).

Our spaces are limited but may open up as reservations are cancelled

All units are private with a bathroom, are air conditioned, and are furnished with a desk chair, floor lamp, dresser, wardrobe or closet, and a micro-fridge (combination microwave oven and refrigerator/freezer). Community kitchens are available on a number of floors for Private Twin residents.

Private Twin
twin XL size bed, no kitchen, comfortably sleeps one

1-3 nights $127.00/night
4-14 nights $117.00/night
15-29 nights $97.00/night
30+ nights $87.00/night


Private Full
full XL bed, kitchen, comfortably sleeps two

1-3 nights $147.00/night
4-14 nights $137.00/night
15-29 nights $117.00/night
30+ nights $107.00/night

*We do not have rooms with two beds 


Students in degree-granting programs at Teachers College are discounted $10 per night.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be received via our portal, phone, or email in accordance with the below payment schedule to avoid any charges. Once your due date has passed, the full amount charged is non-refundable. No deposit is required to secure your reservation like in past years.


Guests must login to our online payment system and pay their reservation in full by the appropriate deadline:

RoomsNightsPayment Due Date
1 - 5 1 - 6 2 business days before check-in
1 - 5 7 - 14 2 weeks before check-in
1 - 5 15+ 1 month before check-in
6+ 1+ 1 month before check-in

COVID-19 Requirements

All guests must comply with any requirements listed in the TC Visitor Policy. As of January 1, 2023, proof of vaccine is not required unless you are a TC student or staff member.

Weekend policy 

Guests wishing to make a reservation for dates including Friday, Saturday, or Sunday are required to make the reservation to include all three nights and will be charged accordingly. You can arrive or depart on a weekend but you will be charged the full weekend per our policy.

Check-in: 3:00 pm

Guests should check-in at the security desk located at 517 West 121st Street (New Residence Hall), located between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway. The security desk is staffed 24 hours a day. Guests must present photo ID upon check-in and guests must be a minimum of 18 years with valid photo ID to check in.  

Check-out: 10:00 am

All keys and guest swipe cards should be returned to the drop-box located at the front desk of New Residence Hall.

Late check-out policy

Late check-out is based on availability. Guests interested in a late check-out should call 212-678-3235 at least one business day prior to their departure date. Approved check-outs after 10 am but before 3 pm will result in a charge of half-day rate, and after 3 pm will result in a charge of a full-day rate.

What To Pack

We recommend that you bring:

  • Hangers
  • Extra blankets/towels/linen/wash cloth if desired
  • Alarm Clock
  • A small garbage bin
  • Surge protector
  • Snacks & drinks (each room has a micro-fridge)
  • Pots, pans, utensils, microwave safe containers

Room Amenities Not Provided

Iron/ironing board, hangers, coffee pot, television, DVD player, alarm clock, trash bins, cookware utensils.

Cable Television

All rooms are provided with a standard cable package. There is no additional charge for this service and to take advantage of this, guests must have a cable-ready television.

Central A/C

Each unit is equipped with central air conditioning/heat and a wall-mounted thermostat so that guests may maintain and adjust the temperature to their liking. New York City law requires that heat (if temperature dictates) be provided to tenants through May 31 which means that air-conditioning will not be available until June 1.

Fitness Centers

Whittier and Bancroft Halls have Fitness Centers that can be used by all guests. Use must be scheduled in advance by visiting our portal and clicking on Manage My Housing after you arrive.

Internet Access

Every unit has a high-speed Ethernet jack and Wi-Fi to provide Internet access. Internet access requires a login, which will be shared with you in advance. Wi-Fi can also be found in the common spaces on the first floor of your building.


A laundry room, open 24 hours, is located in the basement of the North building. Quarters and debit/credit cards are accepted. You can monitor the status of your washer or dryer by installing the CSCPay Mobile app. Choose the 517 West 121st Street location to view the status of your laundry.

Trash & Recycling

In accordance with New York City's Recycling Program, all of our buildings provide receptacles for recyclable items. These receptacles are located on each floor in the recycling room.

Trash chutes are available on each floor of New Residence Hall. Glass, boxes, hazardous materials and/or other large objects should be taken to the appropriate depository in the basement.


The Office of Residential Services does not clean occupied rooms. Rooms are cleaned prior to arrival of guests. In the event of an emergency, please call the front desk of your building and someone will assist you.


Each room is provided with a bedding packet. Beds are not made prior to arrival, and are the responsibility of the guest. The bedding packet includes:

  • A fitted and top sheet
  • A pillow
  • A wash cloth
  • A bath towel
  • Bathroom complimentary items (shampoo, conditioner, soap and moisturizer)
  • A light blanket

Luggage Storage

Luggage storage is available in our Residential mailroom located in Whittier Hall at 1230 Amsterdam Ave. This service is only available during regular mailroom hours, unless prior arrangements are made. Regular hours are Monday - Friday 9am - 7pm and Saturday 2pm - 5pm. The mailroom is closed on Sundays. If an early arrival or early departure necessitates luggage storage outside of these times, please call 212-678-3220 or visit the front desk of your building to receive assistance. 


Guests have access to the following shared spaces in New Residence Hall

  • Courtyard (First floor)
  • Television room (First floor)
  • Computer room (First floor)
  • Laundry room (Basement)
  • Vending machines (Basement)
  • Shared kitchen (located on your floor or the floor above or below you)

Campus Maps

To view a map of Teachers College and the Morningside Campus, click on the link below:


Shuttle Bus

The Shuttle Bus services provides transportation to faculty, staff and students in around the Morningside

Lamont, Manhattanville, Medical Center and Harlem campuses.

Visit their website at: to view their schedule and pick-up locations.

Transportation Office



Guests may check out a guest card from the Office of Residential Services.  Guest may request a guest pass to authorize building entry for his/her guest for no more than 14 days in a given semester, 7 days of which may be consecutive. Any person who has been issued a guest pass for 14 days in a given semester will be required to sign in at the desk for any subsequent visits to any Guest. All guests must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.


Children under the age of 18 must be under adult supervision at all times. Guest is legally and financially responsible for the actions of children under their care. 


All pets are prohibited in each of our buildings with the exception of documented service and comfort animals. Any animals need approval from the Office of Access before they can be brought into TC Summer Conference Housing rooms.

Prohibited Items

Waterbeds, open-coiled appliances, candles, incense, flammable fluids, halogen lamps, non-artificial trees, gasoline-powered or electric-powered bikes (mopeds) and motorcycles are prohibited.


Smoking is prohibited in all Teachers College buildings, associated courtyards and within 50 feet of any Teachers College buildings.        

In the event of an emergency please contact the front desk of your building. For general inquiries contact the Office of Residential Services.

Summer hours are Monday - Thursday 9am - 5pm and Friday 9am - 1pm.


Office of Residential Services

212-678-3235 (x3235)

New Residence Hall Front Desk

212-870-6100 (x6100)

Whittier Hall Front Desk

212-678-3220 (x3220)


212-678-3333 (x3333)


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