Dorm Life

Living on Campus

All students in Freedom & Citizenship receive free room and board at Columbia for the duration of the summer program. Students sleep in the dorms Sunday through Thursday night and sleep at home on Friday and Saturday nights. 

In 2019 students will reside in Wallach Hall on 115th Street and Amsterdam. The dorm features single rooms with 7 individual bathrooms per floor. Students are separated by gender and  supervised by undergraduate Residential Teaching Advisors (RTAs) who live in the dorms with the students.

Meals at F&C 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

Most students will live in single rooms, but you will have a chance to request a roommate if necessary. You will also have an opportunity to tell us what kind of roommate you would like if you don't know the other students. We can't guarantee we can honor every request but our goal is to make your living situation as happy as possible. 

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!


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) and drop it off at the American Studies office before class. 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 from the office 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 Monday after class.

When students return from the weekend they should go to American Studies to drop off their bags again and enjoy a bagel breakfast before heading to class. Students can pick up their bags and return to the dorms after the morning classes. 

Yes. Each night students are allowed to leave campus from 10 to 10:45pm and explore some of the Morningside Heights neighborhood. Students are allowed between 110th and 114th street and Broadway and Amsterdam. Curfew begins at 11pm, at which point students must be inside their suites or risk losing the privilege of dorming on campus.

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.

Columbia University Housing Video on Wallach Hall