Given that university-owned housing cannot be guaranteed, we strongly urge all students, including international students to look into alternative arrangements. Below are some helpful resources to assist your search for housing outside of the university.

There are 3 main sources for finding non-university housing that we recommend. They are:

1. The Off-Campus Housing Office (OCHA)
Located at: 419 W. 119th St. Lower Level, (off Amsterdam Avenue)
Their listings can also be accessed at http://www.columbia.edu/cu/ire/ocha/
The following userlogin and password are needed to access the listings:

Userlogin: ocrhousing
Password: ochazdf

2. Real-estate brokers who offer discounted rates for Columbia Business School students: (Be sure to ask about landlords who are offering to pay partial fees! The maximum fee you should pay is 12% of one year’s rent).

(a) Jeremy Cooper
Cooper and Cooper Real Estate (Columbia Business School graduate who lives in the neighborhood)
Phone: (917) 821-2396

(b) Carlos Spaventa
Charles Rutenberg NYC
Phone: (917) 405-0221

(c) Alexandra Sullivan
A.C. Lawrence & Company
Phone: (646) 853-2196

3. Other alternatives:

General search (student favorite)

American Youth Hostel (short term)
Location: Amsterdam Ave. / 103rd

Phone: (212) 932-2300

International House
Location: 500 Riverside Drive / 123rd

Phone: (212) 316-8436
Web Site: http://www.ihouse-nyc.org

Other useful information:

Networking with current students and with your own incoming classmates (through the Facebook group) is an excellent method to find roommate apartment shares.

One word of caution - if any real estate broker or anyone else in your apartment search asks for money in advance, do not deal with that person!

We look forward to seeing you at Columbia Business School very soon. Our Admissions Office and the Housing Office will do their best to make your transition to student life as painless as possible.

Information current as of July 2010