Planning Your Visit

*Details below are to keep in mind for on-campus Commencement gatherings.

There are limited on-campus accommodations available for guests during Commencement Week.

The Commencement room package includes a double room with two twin beds and a shared bath for three nights. The suite package includes two double rooms (total of four twin beds) and a private bath for three nights.

For more information, updates, pricing, and to make reservations, please visit the Housing Services and Commencement Housing website.

In addition to on-campus housing, off-campus accommodations for Commencement Week are also convenient. Some area hotels may offer special rates to Columbia guests. For a list of these hotels, please visit University Commencement Housing. It is recommended that you make your reservations for hotels in the Columbia neighborhood early.

Please note that if neighborhood hotels become booked, the city's numerous midtown hotels are only a short subway ride from the University.

*Details below are to keep in mind for on-campus Commencement gatherings.

Please see Parking & Directions for more information.

Parking in Morningside Heights on University Commencement morning is challenging and on-campus parking is not available to the general public during Commencement Week. Public transportation, such as a subway, bus, or taxi, is recommended. If you must drive, please leave plenty of time to find parking and allow time for walking to campus. There are only a few parking garages near campus that fill up quickly during Commencement Week and cannot be counted on for convenient parking.

A shuttle bus is available to take guests with disabilities and their families to designated campus gates near the accessible seating area on Commencement Day. These passengers can be dropped off anywhere around the perimeter of the Morningside campus and will be shuttled to the designated gate. There is no designated parking for guests with disabilities.

Finally, city parking rules will be in full effect during Commencement Week; please take note of meters and other parking regulations. Many streets surrounding campus are blocked off very early on the morning of University Commencement. If you park in a location near campus the night before University Commencement, please diligently check for any signage indicating street closures. Failure to notice these signs may result in your car being towed.

*Details below are to keep in mind for on-campus Commencement gatherings.

Please contact the International Students and Scholars Office with this request. Their contact information is below.

E: isso@columbia.edu
P: 212-854-3587
International House North
524 Riverside Drive, 1st Floor

New York, NY 10027

*Details below are to keep in mind for on-campus Commencement gatherings.

Check the weather and plan accordingly, ceremonies will happen rain or shine. Bring your own reusable bottle to fill up at water stations and hydrate regularly.

*Details below are to keep in mind for on-campus Commencement gatherings.

Columbia is committed to global sustainability efforts. We encourage you to bring your own reusable bottle and fill up at any of our water refill stations available on Morningside Campus during Commencement Week. Locate water filling stations or find an Event Host, wearing a blue shirt, for assistance. 

Learn more about Columbia's Green Initiatives