Outdoor Spaces

About Our Outdoor Spaces

Columbia's Morningside campus offers grass and hardscape areas that can be used for a variety of outdoor or tented events, from casual picnics to formal, seated dinners.

All events in Outdoor Spaces require a University sponsor.

First-time Users: Request a Quote          Returning Users: Log-in to EMS

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During Academic Year

Outdoor spaces can be reserved by Columbia students, faculty and staff during the academic year from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m. Spaces are available to outside guests as well, if they have a University sponsor.

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Summer & Winter Breaks

Outdoor spaces are available to students, faculty, staff, and outside guests with a University sponsor between 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m. during academic year intersessions.

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Submit the quote request form and we will contact you with additional details and estimated pricing. Faculty, staff and students can log into EMS to obtain estimated pricing.

Relevant Policies for Outdoor Events

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Columbia University Events Policies

All events at Columbia must comply with the University's Events Policies.

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Policies Related to Outdoor Events

Please also refer to the information on our site regarding barbecues on campus, events with alcohol, and filming on campus if they apply to your event.

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Tabling in Outdoor Spaces

Tabling is permitted in various outdoor spaces. Activity must comply with all guidelines for use of lawns and hardscapes. Tabling events may not include additional fixtures such as tents, booths or inflatables.

Available Outdoor Spaces