Housing Pre-Payment and Billing


A $500 online pre-payment is required to complete an application for on-campus Housing. The pre-payment will be credited toward your first semester housing costs on your student account. This pre-payment is an out-of-pocket expense. It cannot be covered by financial aid from federal, state, institutional or private sources, including loans, as those funds are not typically disbursed to students until the school year begins. We regret that we are not able to waive or defer the pre-payment for any student.

Applicants will be able to make their housing pre-payment with a Credit Card or e-Check. Complete instructions will be provided within the online Housing Application.

In recognition of the disruption COVID-19 may have caused to our studnets' enrollment plans, we are refunding housing prepayments to students who need to cancel their contracts. All refund requests should be directed to the Residence Life office at residencelife@colum.edu or 312-369-7803.

Campus Housing and Meal Plan Billing

Campus housing and meal plan charges are included on your student tuition account along with your tuition and fees. Housing and meal plan charges for academic year contracts (Fall & Spring semesters) are billed by semester. The fall semester portion of your contract (50% of the total academic year charges) will be included on your Fall tuition account. The spring semester portion will be billed in January. The Residence Life Contract Terms and Conditions are binding; therefore, students will be held responsible for all financial obligations under the agreement. Residents agree to comply with the policies and regulations of the College and the Residence Life Office that are effective, or shall become effective, during the contract period. Notify the Residence Life Office to discuss any extenuating circumstances that may affect your housing status and contract. 

Fees and fines

Students may incur additional fines and fees at the discretion of the Residence Life Office. Additional information can be found in the Residence Life Handbook.

Failure to check out properly can result in additional charges:

Contact Residence Life:

30 East Balbo Dr, 2nd Floor 
Chicago, IL 60605-1996
call: (312) 369-7803
fax: (312) 369-8074
e-mail: residencelife@colum.edu



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