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Residential Services

Office of Residential Services

Guest Housing

Welcome to Guest Housing at Teachers College, Columbia University!  We offer accommodations to students, families, guests, staff, faculty members and affiliates of the Columbia community.  

We are located at 517 West 121st Street, only steps away from the Columbia University community and a short walk to local eateries, shopping areas and subway stations.



Our accommodations are available through the Office of Residential Services at Teachers College, Columbia University. We are located in the vibrant and historic neighborhood of Morningside Heights.

Our Guest Housing building was built in 2004. It includes 16 guest rooms designed to bring a feeling of comfort and relaxation to our guests.

The Office of Residential Services strives to achieve satisfaction for our guests by applying our service standards and unparalleled dedication. We will work continuously to exceed your expectations by anticipating your needs and improving our quality guiding principles. The values you can expect from our staff, establishment and community are: Appreciation, Respect, Integrity, Safety & Security.


We offer 3 different types of rooms:

  1. Standard Room
    • Most rooms include 1 full size bed
    • ADA room includes 1 twin size bed
  2. Kitchenette Room
    • 2 full size beds
    • Kitchenette
  3. Apartment Room
    1. Separate bedroom with 1 full size bed
    2. Pull out couch in living room that sleeps 2
    3. Full kitchen

Each of our 16 guest rooms has all of the comforts you would expect from a hotel. Each room features:

  • Simmons HealthSmart Beautyrest World-Class Pillow Top Double Bed
  • Desk & chair
  • Floor lamp
  • Lounge chair
  • Luxury linens
  • Nightstand
  • Malin + Goetz bathroom amenities
  • WiFi & wired Internet connection
  • Central air conditioning/heating
  • Microwave & refrigerator
  • 40-inch LED Television with premium cable channels
  • Telephone with unlimited local calls (no charge)
  • Private bathroom
  • Daily towel change (business days only)
  • iHome radio with iPhone/iPod docking station
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Single-serving coffee maker

Front desk for Teachers College Guest Housing at 517 West 120th Street

Reservations - Now Online!

To make a reservation for 1 room at a time, you can view availability and book online:

Book Online

If you need more than 1 room at a time in a group reservation, please call (212) 678-3235 or e-mail from 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday - Friday. During the summer months (June - August) our office closes at 1pm on Fridays.

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. No reservations will be accepted during Thanksgiving and Winter Break.


Our rates are based on your nightly stay and the type of room you reserve.

 Standard Room
1 Bed
2 Full Beds
 Apartment with Full Kitchen
Full Bed & Pullout Couch
1-2 nights $157/night     $175/night     $195/night
3+ nights $147/night   $165/night   $185/night

If paying by TC index you will receive the lowest rate for that room type regardless of number of nights stayed.

Check-In: 3:00 p.m.

Guests can retrieve their room key and arrival packet from the building front desk located at 517 West, 121st Street. Guest must be a minimum of 18 years old, with a valid photo ID to check-in.

Check-Out: 10:00 a.m.

Upon departure, guests must leave their room key at the front desk in the key drop box provided.

Weekend Policy

Weekend departure and arrival will be booked and charged as three days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday).  For example: If a guest checks out on Saturday, the guest will be charged for Saturday and Sunday night.  If a guest checks in on Saturday, the guest will be charged for Friday night. The same applies to holidays when our office is closed.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be received via 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.


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

RoomsNightsPayment Due Date
1 - 5 1 - 7 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

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 the departure date.  Approved check-outs after 11am, but before 2pm will result in charge of half-day rate, and after 2pm will result in a charge of a full-day rate.

Luggage Storage

Guests can store luggage prior to check-in or after check-out at the Whittier Hall mailroom located at 1230 Amsterdam Avenue. Call our office to inquire about mailroom hours. The office opens at 9 a.m., Monday - Friday, except for holidays.


Pets are not permitted to enter the building.


Smoking is prohibited on the Teachers College Campus including guest rooms and within 50 feet of any buidlings.



Other Accommodations

The Office of Residential Services provides this listing only as a resource, and we cannot endorse any particular property as these properties are not affiliated with Teachers College.

Area Schools

Union Theological Seminary - Landmark Guestrooms
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International House
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Hotel Lucerne
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Excelsior Hotel
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Hotel Beacon
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Hotel Newton
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Days Inn on Broadway
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Riverside Tower Hotel
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Hostelling International New York
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Morningside Inn
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Broadway Hotel
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Hotel Marrakech
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NYLO New York City
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