Dorm Life

Living on Campus

We will have a fully residential program for summer 2022. Students will need to be vaccinated to join the program and follow Columbia University's COVID-19 precautions.

This summer students will reside in Hartley Hall on 115th Street and Amsterdam. The dorm features single rooms with semi-private bathrooms in large suites. Students are separated by gender and supervised by undergraduate Residential Teaching Assistants (RTAs) who live in the dorms with the students.

Students will sleep in the dorms on Sunday - Thursday nights, and go home on Friday and Saturday. 

Meals are in Lerner Hall at Ferris Booth. The Ferris menu includes daily hot specials, regular pizza and pasta, fruit and salad bars, and special Halal, Kosher, Vegetarian, and Vegan options at all meals.

Frequently Asked Questions about Dorm Life on Campus

Yes, students will live in the dorms this summer!

All students must be fully vaccinated with a booster shot if their last dose was before January 30, 2022. Students will also need to sign a campus compact indicating their willingness to follow the health guidelines from the university. You can learn more about Columbia's Covid-19 response here.

Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate for a minimum of five days. The first day of symptoms is considered day zero. Students will not be permitted to return to class or campus activities until day six. Students may be brought home to isolate.

Students who have close contact with someone who tests positive will need to get tested and wear a mask, but will not have to isolate as long as they remain asymptomatic and test negative.

All students will be in single rooms this year. 

Yes. And they get COLD! Bring warm pajamas!

Besides your school supplies and clothing for the week we recommend students bring:

  • Sheets to fit a twin XL bed
  • Blanket (it gets cold at night!)
  • Pillow and pillowcase
  • Towel(s)
  • Toiletries (soap, toothbrush/paste, deodorant, comb/brush, shampoo/conditioner)
  • Shower shoes

You can leave all this behind when you leave for the weekend on Fridays--your dorm room will be locked until you return Sunday evening!

View a complete packing list here.


Do NOT bring: Television, DVD player, microwave, mini refrigerator, air conditioner, or hot plate. They will not be allowed in your dorm room.

Weekends away from campus allow our students to catch up on sleep, do laundry, see family and friends, and eat some home cooked food. It also allows our residential staff to do all that too. 

Friday mornings students pack a bag with everything they want to take home for the weekend (i.e. laundry). Friday afternoons we take field trips and some of our destinations allow students to bring small bags (duffel bags and backpacks--not massive suitcases) which permits our students to be dismissed right from our field trip. Other students may choose to travel back to Columbia's campus to pick up their bags before going home for the weekend. 

Once students leave the dorms on Friday mornings and turn their key into their Teaching Assistant they are not permitted back in the dorms until Sunday evening at 6:00pm

Yes. Each night students are allowed to leave campus from 7:00 - 8:00pm for snacks and supplies. Students are allowed between 110th and 116th street and Broadway, and our residential staff patrol the area. 

At night, you're in the dorms beginning at 10pm, lights-out is at 11:00pm, and may not leave your hall until 6:30am the next morning.

Columbia Dining was rated #2 by The Daily Meal for best college food in America. Still, you may get sick of eating at Ferris three meals a day for 4 weeks. Students are allowed to store snacks and food in their dorm rooms, go to campus cafés during the day, and visit local food vendors in the evenings. Area favorites include Shake Shack, Chipotle, and Sweet Green.

We’re all about community, but we definitely understand the need to have time for yourself each day. Dorm time (1:30 - 2:15), Shower Time (3:15 - 4:00), and Wind Down Time (10:00 - 11:00) are all great opportunities to relax in your room.

Yes, but if the games are a distraction or hinder community-building, our staff may ask you to take them home. Games can be played during off hours (dorm time, shower time, wind down time) but not during any programming time. You may leave consoles and games locked in your room over the weekend if you choose. 

We encourage you to bring sports equipment and games to play with others during Parks & Recreation time.

Yes. There is one T.V. per suite which can be used during off hours (dorm time, shower time, wind down time).

Yes, but only during specified group times, which are during the daily off-campus hour (7:00 - 8:00pm), on field trips, and for the weekends (from Friday afternoon until Sunday evening). Students may leave (with prior permission from our executive director) for essential medical or religious purposes, but not during morning seminars (9:30 - 11:30am).

Nope! We encourage students to dress in a manner that is comfortable to the student and shows respect for their professor and peers. 

Columbia University Housing Video on Hartley Hall