Arrival Information

Welcome new students!

Arrival

We know that many of you are travelling from around the world to join us, and that your travels may be disrupted. If you are travelling to New York over the weekend or on Monday, we advise you to check airports, airlines, Amtrak, and NYC mass transit (MTA) for weather-related travel updates, as there may be delays or cancellations. Please see the links below.

Please remember to check the Columbia University Medical Center homepage and the recorded advisory hotline at 212-305-7300 for updates from the University.

*Note: Only students who submitted a photo online will receive IDs at check-in. Students who did not submit a photo online before the August deadline will be able to get an ID during regular business hours at the ID office on or after August 28th. Lines may be long, so please be patient or return at another time during the week.

Directions

Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) is located west of Broadway on 168th Street. Street addresses for most buildings fall between 600-722 West 168th Street, New York, NY 10032.

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Parking on campus is extremely limited and students are encouraged to take public transportation.

Arriving By Public Transportation (MTA)


  • Subway: Take the 1, A, or C trains to the 168th Street station. From midtown Manhattan, the A train provides express service.
  • Bus: A number of city buses serve the medical center, including the M2, M3, M4, M5, and M100. For additional bus and subway information, please call the Metropolitan Transit Authority at 718-330-1234.

FAQ

Q: I’m not able to attend the first day of Orientation. What do I do?
A: If you are not able to check-in on the first day of Orientation between 8:30–10 a.m., you are welcome to join the orientation programming in progress. First, stop by the Office of Student Affairs (Rosenfield Building, Lobby Level, Suite 1014) between 10:30 a.m.–6 p.m. on Tuesday or 9 a.m.–6 p.m. on Wednesday—Friday of Orientation week to pick up your name tag, ID,* and carrier bag.

Q: I’m not able to attend Orientation at all. What do I do?
A: When you arrive on campus, stop by the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) during business hours (Monday—Thursday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.) A member of the OSA staff will provide a quick review of the week and answer any questions you may have. Unfortunately, almost all of the sessions offered during Orientation will not be offered during the academic year, so we encourage all students to attend if they are able.

If you have any other questions before you arrive, send us an msph-osa [at] columbia.edu (email)