Living in New York

Campus Address

116th Street and Broadway, New York, NY 10027
+1 (212) 854-2772
#1 Subway line – 116th Street stop

City of New York

311 (telephone number for various city resources)

General Emergencies


Columbia University Campus Safety

Morningside: 212-854-2797
Emergency: 212-854-5555

NYPD – 24th Precinct

520 West 126th Street
New York, NY 10027
(212) 678-1311
1 train – 125th Street

St Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital
1111 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10028
1 train – 116th Street

New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University Medical Center
630 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032
A/C/1 train – 168th Street

Duane Reade
2864 Broadway
New York, NY 10025
(212) 316-5113

Rite Aid
2833 Broadway
New York, NY 10025
(212) 663-3135

Columbia University Libraries
Columbia has 22 libraries spread across campus, with over 10 million books.  Butler Library is the main academic library of the university.  Please refer to the interactive map for additional library information.

New York Public Library
2900 Broadway
New York, NY 10025
(212) 864-2530

534 West 112th Street
New York, NY 10025
(212) 768-0435

Directions to the Morningside Heights Campus.


These items should travel with you in your carry-on, in case your luggage is lost.

  • Important documents (passport, visa, itinerary, plane tickets, etc.)
  • A valid passport with a long-stay student visa (unless you have an exemption), original and photocopy.
  • Your original birth certificate and a certified (official) translation. This document is proof of your civil status.
  • Computer with charger
  • Camera with cords
  • Outlet adapter/Power converter
  • Sheets/bed linens
  • Bath towels
  • MP3 Player/iPod
  • Enough cash to last you a few days until you open your American bank account
  • Pants (2-3 pairs—you can substitute a pair or two with skirts or khakis if going to warmer climates)
  • Sweaters/Sweatshirts (2-3)
  • T-shirts
  • Long sleeve shirts (good for layering)
  • Underwear (one week’s worth)
  • Pajamas (2 pair)
  • Warm slippers
  • Socks (a week’s worth; include a few pairs of wool socks if you’re going to colder climates)
  • Swimsuit
  • Workout clothes
  • Thermal underwear
  • Coat/Jacket (water resistant with zip pockets and removable lining)
  • One nice outfit (dress pants/skirt/dress) for special/formal occasions
  • Decent walking shoes
  • Flip flops
  • Warm hat, gloves, and scarves

Most toiletries can be purchased once you arrive, but be sure to pack enough for a few days until you make your first trip to the supermarket or pharmacy.

  • Sunglasses/extra eyeglasses/contacts

With other toiletries, it is easy to find just about everything you will need in New York City.

  • Alarm clock
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Purse/backpack
  • Umbrella or raincoat
  • Watch

All of these items can be purchased upon your arrival

  • Hairdryers and electrical appliances
  • Decorations, posters, etc.
  • School supplies such as folders, notebooks, pens, pencils, etc.
  • Multiple electronics that may need power converters and adapters (see note below)

Check with your airline to determine how many pieces of luggage you are allowed on your flight. Most students pack far more than they need. You will be able to buy many of these things once you arrive in New York City, so you should pack just enough to get you through until you can go shopping.

Limit yourself to the essentials

You will no doubt acquire things during the program. When packing for your trip, try to limit yourself to the two-bag rule so that you aren’t bogged down on your return trip.

Bring clothes that are easily layered for various climate conditions, do not need ironing, can be drip-dried, and are comfortable and durable.

Call Your Bank

Make sure you call your financial institutions and let them know you’ll be traveling. Many banks have security protections in place that can mean your bank card will be shut off if you don’t let them know you’ll be traveling ahead of time.

Lastly, you should keep your money, important documents, valuables, prescription medications, a change of clothing, and some toiletries in your carry-on in case your luggage gets lost.