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 Furnald Hall on 115th Street and Broadway. The dorm features single rooms with hall bathrooms. 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, and booster shots are strongly recommended (6 months after second dose). 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.

If a student or staff member has been exposed to COVID-19, whether or not they have to quarantine is dependent upon their booster shot status. Students and staff that have a booster will not be required to quarantine if they are asymptomatic. Students and staff that do not have a booster will be required to quarantine for 5 days.

We expect that all students will be 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. 

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). 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 6:30pm

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 and may not leave your hall until it's time for breakfast in the morning. Lights-out is at 11:30pm

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 Furnald Hall