Parking & Directions

Getting to campus during Commencement Week can be challenging, especially on Commencement Day. Plan your travel to and from the Morningside campus accordingly. 

Getting to Campus

In general, New York City's excellent public transportation system will be the best way to get to and from campus during Commencement Week.

  • 1 train at 116th Street subway station. *Please note that the 116th Street subway station is not wheelchair accessible; the nearest accessible subway station is 96th Street.
  • M4, M60, and M104 buses at 116th Street and Broadway
  • M5 bus at 116th Street and Riverside Drive
  • M11 bus at 116th Street and Amsterdam Avenue
  • Campus shuttles for students coming from CUIMC and Manhattanville campuses will be available. Visit Columbia Transportation or download the Passio Go! mobile app for more information.


There is no on-campus parking available during Commencement Week. Due to the number of visitors to campus and the space limitations of many garages, allow ample time to find parking. A list of nearby garages is provided below. Please call ahead to confirm availability. (This list is intended for reference only and does not constitute a recommendation by the University). 

There is limited parking available on the street. If you do find a spot on the street, take careful note of postings indicating parking restrictions. Many streets surrounding campus are blocked off and kept clear during Commencement Week. Cars parked in restricted areas are at risk of being towed.

If you are driving to campus with a guest requiring assistance, there are gates on Amsterdam Avenue designated for guests with disabilities, those with limited mobility, and the elderly. Learn more about Disability Services on Commencement Day.

Street Closures

Many streets surrounding the Morningside Campus will be closed to both traffic and parking by the New York City Police Department during Commencement Week. These street closures are subject to change, so please visit the Commencement website regularly as you plan your trip.

Closed on Commencement Day:

  • West 114th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue, 12:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • West 116th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive, 12:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Nearby Parking Garages

Below is a list of nearby parking garages. (This list is intended for reference only and does not constitute a recommendation by the University).

125 St Waterfront LLC

627 West 125th Street
Between St. Claire’s Place and West 125th
Open 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (Mon–Fri)
Open 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Sat-Sun)

Claremont Parking Corp.

Riverside Church
West 120th Street
Between Claremont Avenue and Riverside Drive
Open 6:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. (Mon–Fri)
Open 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. (Sat-Sun)

Manhattan Parking 110 LLC (small cars only)

543 West 110th Street
Between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue
Open 6:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. (Mon–Sun)

MTP 3300 Broadway Corp

3270 Broadway (Broadway & 131 Street)
212- 280-7487
Open 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Mon–Sat)
Open 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Sun)

MTP 125th Waterfront LLC

69th St. Clair Place (W 125th & Hudson River Greenway)
Open 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (Mon–Fri)
Open 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Sat–Sun)

Quickpark (small cars only)

808 Columbus Avenue
Additional Entrance at the corner of West 97th Street
Open 24/7

Uni Facility Corp

631 West 131 Street
Between Broadway and 12th Avenue
Open 9:00 a.m. –11:45 p.m. (Mon)
Open 9:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m. (Tues—Fri)
Closed Sat—Sun

West Side Parking (small cars only)

234 West 108th Street
Between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue
Open 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.