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Residential Life

At Columbia, the majority of undergraduate students live on campus. Students’ friendships, academics, and extracurricular activities extend into the residence halls, creating an active campus life and vibrant residential community.

Residential Life works to foster strong residential communities and facilitate the ongoing development that occurs outside the classroom, supporting students by creating safe and inclusive living and learning environments where creativity and connections can flourish.

Through its programs, initiatives, and outreach, Residential Life – its professional and graduate staff, resident advisers, hall councils, and special interest communities – focuses on enriching community, enhancing wellness, instilling accountability, and celebrating diversity.

Staying on campus over Thanksgiving Break? Join Residential Life staff for fun progams and events!

  • Make Your Own Candy Turkey
    Wednesday, November 23 |910:30 p.m. | Schapiro Main Lounge
    Create your own turkey using Reese's peanut butter cups, Oreos and candy corn with Residential Life staff members. In addition to your candy turkeys, holiday desserts such as pies and apple cider will be provided.

  • International Thanksgiving Celebration and Potluck
    Wednesday, November 23 | 68 p.m. | Broadway 14th Floor East Lounge
    A dinner will be held in the student lounge upstairs with cuisine from two to three restaurants that serve food from various cultures (food may include Cascabel Taqueria, Masawa, V&T, etc.) Take a photo with a Polaroid camera and add to the Wall of Gratitude throughout the evening. This will also be a potluck event so feel welcome are to bring food to share from a culture that is meaningful to you.

  • Macy's Parade Trip and Thanksgiving Dinner
    Thursday, November 24 | 9 a.m.6 p.m. | Carlton Arms
    Resident Advisers (RA) will take Extended West Campus residents to see the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade at 96th Street at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, returning to Carlton Arms 8A to cook a traditional meal together.

  • Thanksgiving Football Night Watch Party
    Thursday, November 24 | 8:30–10:30 p.m. | Ruggles Hall Basement Lounge
    Residents are invited to join a Thanksgiving football watch party as the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Indianapolis Colts. Dessert will be provided.

  • Thanksgiving Break Movie Outing
    Friday, November 25 | 14 p.m. | Schapiro Hall
    Resident Adviser Sadi will lead West Campus residents the new Harry Potter movie,  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them at the AMC theater on 86th Street. Take a break from the stress of school, watch a fun movie and meet other Columbia students!

  • Extreme's Thankful Kitchen
    Friday, November 25 | 79 p.m. | 47 Claremont Basement Lounge
    Extreme West will be having a “Thankful Kitchen”, where you can write thank you cards to your loved ones with provided envelopes, postage stamps and construction paper! While creating these notes, you will have the opportunity to enjoy soul food from Harlem’s famous soul restaurant “Amy Ruth’s.”

  • Thanksgiving Dinner 
    Friday, November 25 | 8:3010 p.m. | Ruggles Hall Basement Lounge
    A "mini- Thanksgiving dinner" with vegetarian holiday themed foods will be made for students to enjoy.

  • Living Learning Center (LLC) Thanksgiving Movie and Dinner Trip 
    Sunday, November 27 | 4–8:30 p.m. | Wallach Hall Main Lounge
    Resident Advisers of the LLC will take to the new Harry Potter movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them at the AMC theater on 86th Street. Afterwards, students can share a meal together at a local eatery.

Residential Life


515 Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Call: (212) 854-6805

Fax: (212) 854-6815

Office Hours

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

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