Move-In Information

Move-In Information


We are excited to welcome you to housing at Teachers College!  Below you will find information about the following:

  1. Action items required prior to move in
  2. Move-In Information
  3. Information about living on campus

I. Actions Items Required Prior to Move-In:

If any of these steps below are not complete at the time of your arrival then we will not be able to give you keys or allow you to move in.

To check in real time if you have completed these steps, you should return to our housing portal, click New Application, continue your application, and look at the Application Confirmation page.


All new and returning students, staff, faculty, and TC housing affiliates must be fully vaccinated in order to access campus. No one will be issued keys unless 1) vaccination documents or exemptions are approved before arrival date, or 2) preapproved vaccinations within 72 hours of move-in.  All individuals who plan to access campus must Upload Documentation 10 days in advance to arrival.

All residents and their affiliates are required to submit a COVID-19 PCR diagnostic test that was taken within 14 days of arrival to campus. You should be tested before you arrive to campus and submit the results so that your TC ID card will work the day you arrive. Test results should be submitted to the TC Preparedness website.

  • All students must complete a 30-minute online COVID-19 health & safety training course
  • You will receive an email with instructions once you are set up in the training system
  • If you are unable to access the training, please email Ed Kurzum at esk2147@tc.columbia.edu

All incoming residents must have their immunization records approved by Insurance and Immunization Records Office or you will not be able to move in.

New York State Public Health Law requires that all students document immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella, as well as document that they either have received the meningitis vaccine or have declined to receive it.

For questions about your immunization records, please contact the Insurance and Immunization Records.

528 West 121st St., Room 155
Phone: (212) 678-3690
Fax: (212) 678-3681
Email: health-immunization@tc.edu

TC ID Card

  • All students must upload a photo for their TC ID prior to move-in
  • Please visit the Card Services website for instructions.
  • Please upload your photo 2 weeks prior to your move-in date to have your ID ready at check-in.
  • Your ID card will be in your key packet when you move in if you upload your photo by deadline.

Family Residents: Affiliate ID Photos

If you have affiliates living with you, we strongly encourage them to upload ID photos as well. This will expedite your check in process. In order to do so, all affiliates must first activate their UNI.

After they activate their UNI, visit the Card Services website for instructions. The requirements for these photos are the same as for your ID photo.

Please upload photos 2 weeks in advance of arrival to have your ID ready at check-in.

Grant and Sarasota Residents: ConEdison Account

Students in Grant and Sarasota must set up accounts with Con Edison for electricity. Students may do this online at www.coned.com by clicking on “my account” and following the instructions. If you need assistance or further clarification on this process, please contact the Office of Residential Services at 212-678-3235.

II. Move-In Information


During the application process, residents will sign up for a timeslot to pick up their keys. Residents are required to check in during their scheduled timeslot otherwise their assignment will be canceled. Once residents check in, they can take as long as they like to move their belongings into their room.

Upcoming move-in dates:

  • Summer A Move-In:  May 16 - May 27
  • Summer B Move-In: July 1 - July 15
  • Fall Move-In: August 29 - September 16

You MUST arrive to pick up your keys during your scheduled time above. If you do not arrive during your time you will not be allowed to check-in. You do not need to complete your move-in during the one hour timeslot, you only need to arrive to pick up your keys during that time frame. You can change your move-in time by visiting the Housing Menu and returning to your application.

Move-ins for every hall will take place in the Whittier Hall lobby, located at 1230 Amsterdam Avenue. A limited number of students are scheduled to check in every 1 hour to maintain social distancing.

Unsure of what to pack?  Check out our  for recommendations of items to bring with you to TC Housing on our Packing Checklist!

Given that quarantine requirements are subject to change, if you are traveling from out of NY State, please check with New York State Travel Advisory and follow any NY state guidelines that are required. 

The best place to unload your vehicle is directly in front of your respective residence hall. Bins will be made available to assist you in the transportation of items from your vehicle to your unit. Bins may be obtained at Whittier Hall basement, New Residence Hall lobby, and Bancroft Hall lobby.

To avoid being ticketed or towed, please pay attention to all parking signs. Unloading areas will be marked off in front of each residence hall. TC does not have parking spaces, so we recommend street parking or local garages.  The nearest garage is located at 532 W 122nd Street.

Orientation dates and times will be communicated via email.

 

III. Information for Living on Campus


TC will continue to update its COVID-19 Policies and Procedures throughout each semester. Please check our College Preparedness site for up-to-date information including any requirements for accessing campus, including housing.

All rooms are equipped with Wi-Fi. When students move-in they will receive an email with instructions regarding how to log on for internet access.

 

Mail and packages can be sent to your unit up to 1 week prior to your arrival. Please do not send packages before that time.

Things happen, make sure you have personal property insurance. Protect all of your personal property that you bring on campus.  Clink on the link to learn more:  https://www.nssi.com/get-started.

Residents MUST contact ONLY APPROVED VENDORS to install a personal AC unit. Approved vendors must be scheduled 48 hours in advance.

Approved vendors are Clinton Hardware at 212-222-8245 or Supercoolnyc at 929-400-7665. Residents must purchase their own personal AC unit as rental options are not available.

Visitors to student residential buildings are allowed. Residential Services guest passes are available for 2 or more days with a maximum of 7 consecutive days and may be requested via our Housing Menu. Guests must comply with all College and residential policies, including TC's campus access requirements

Family members who accompany admitted students for the purpose of move-in during the beginning of the Fall semester will be able to access residential halls for limited periods of time during these activities and do not need to register with Public Safety. All individuals assisting with the move-in and out of students during the year will need to comply with all visitor health and safety protocols.

For information regarding our policies and living on campus please visit our Guide to Campus Living.

If you have any questions or if we can be of assistance in any way, please let us know!  We look forward to meeting you!

Selema Moliga
Associate Director
sm4165@tc.columbia.edu

Jenn Cultrara
Assistant Director
jc4679@tc.columbia.edu

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