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For our non-residential programs, participants are responsible for arranging their own accommodations*. The links below provide detailed hotel listings and information. When searching for a hotel, we recommend looking for hotels on the Upper West Side or Midtown West of Manhattan. They are the closest neighborhoods to Columbia University.
*If you are unsure if your program is residential or non-residential, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
What to Pack
The dress code for the program is business casual. We also encourage you to bring a light jacket or sweater to wear during the classroom sessions as room temperatures may vary.
Bring fitness clothes and sneakers if your hotel has exercise facilities. Wear comfortable shoes and casual clothes if you have time to explore New York.
Note: Distances are approximate and travel times will vary according to traffic and weather conditions. Please allow for delays.
If you don't mind sharing a ride and making multiple stops along the way, this is a good option to consider.
The light rail AirTran links terminals at both JFK and Newark, which also provides quick service to airport parking, car rental companies and mass transit stations connecting to the City’s five boroughs.
Car and Taxi Services
For travel from most New York City airports to Manhattan, you will find taxi stands outside every terminal. Please do not accept rides from anyone who approaches you. Please wait at a taxi transportation booth outside of the terminal. These booths will be clearly marked.
Please note the flat fare for yellow taxis from JFK is $52 plus tolls and optional tip. There is no flat-rate service between LGA and Manhattan, but a typical ride into midtown will cost between $25-$40 (depending on traffic) plus tolls and optional tip.
If you would like to arrange car service in advance, there are a number of car services servicing the New York area. Below is a short list of car service providers:
Directions to Columbia University Campus
Four Manhattan bus lines stop in front of the main entrance to the Columbia campus which has main entrances at 116th Street and Broadway and 116th Street and Amsterdam Avenue.
The #1 train provides direct access to the Columbia University Campus. The station stop is 116th Street and Broadway. #1 train route and station stops.
If you require special accommodations while on campus, Columbia’s Disability Services office can coordinate reasonable accommodations and support services for Columbia visitors. Accommodations include note taking, sign language interpreters, or assistive technology. Please notify your program manager at least 10 days in advance of the program to request these services. Certain accommodations, such as sign-language interpreting services, require advance notice to coordinate.
Please note that you are responsible for complying with all visa and other applicable US regulations. Because our programs are short-term professional development programs, and not degree granting, generally our students do not require a student visa, but a B1 business visa.
For information regarding travel into the United States, refer to the US State Department website. Under University policy, we cannot contact an embassy directly on behalf of a participant. Please note that the visa process may be very lengthy, therefore we strongly encourage all participants to begin the process immediately upon enrollment.