Outdoor and Tented Space

For the safety and health of our community, outdoor spaces will be available as community spaces and reservable event spaces for the Summer 2021 Term. Some reservable outdoor space is tented.

The University has issued new guidance around spaces, gathering and public health protocols. Visit the University COVID-19 website to learn more, then contact our team to plan your event.

Please remember that everyone is required to follow the Columbia Community Health Compact, including wearing a face covering and keeping 6 feet of distance when accessing public space on campus.


Select tented outdoor spaces may be reserved by Columbia schools and departments during the day. These spaces will also be available to the Columbia community outside of reservable hours.

*Final event occupancy numbers are subject to confirmation by the architects based on current state, city and University guidelines.

Event Parameters

  • Event reservation times may not exceed three hours to ensure that all community members have an opportunity to reserve tented space.
  • Events must take place at least two hours apart to allow time for set-up, break-down and sanitation.
  • Additional furniture rentals and/or modifications to pre-approved layouts are not permitted.
  • Audiovisual and catering services are available. Food is prepared onsite by the Event Management catering team and is individually packaged to comply with public health guidelines.
  • Events in tented outdoor spaces are subject to facilities charges related to catering and/or sanitizing.
  • Everyone is required to follow the University Columbia Community Health Compact, including wearing a face covering and keeping 6 feet of distance between yourself and others when accessing public space on campus.
  • Event organizers are responsible for ensuring that the event attendees adhere fully to all University, New York State and New York City event guidelines.

Requesting Tented Outdoor Space

Event applications can be submitted online through the EMS Web App. To submit an event request:

  • Log in to the EMS Web App using your UNI and password
  • Select ‘Tented Outdoor Space’ Template
  • Complete all fields, including second and third preferences for alternate dates and spaces

Outdoor Space (Not Tented)

The following outdoor spaces are available for use without reservation:

The below spaces are available for reservation by schools and departments. Again, be sure any activity planned complies with state and University guidelines.