Resources for Students

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And we love helping bring it all together. If you're a Columbia student, start here—we've collected everything you need to know to prepare and plan for an event. After you review with your adviser, we're here to help.

Don't forget that we have an entire new suite of virtual event services you can utilize to continue holding student group meetings and other events, even while maintaining social distance.

Recognized Student Groups need an Event Management System (EMS) account to book space and services.


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During the Academic Year

During the academic year, Recognized Student Groups are permitted to hold events on campus beginning the first day of classes through the last day of classes each term. Recognized Student Groups do not pay room rental fees in Event Management-booked venues during the academic year when classes are in session. The only exception is Faculty House, at which rental fees are applied year-round.

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During Academic Recess

Recognized Student Groups are not permitted to program during winter and summer recess. Those groups that request access to programming space during these periods will be referred to the Event Management team for additional information as room reservation fees and other support and service charges will be charged.  

How To Get Started

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Event Planning Guide

Review a step-by-step guide for planning a successful student event to ensure you don't miss any important policies or procedures.

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Student Event Policies & Guidelines

See all policies and guidelines related to student events. It'll help you avoid problems and get the most out of your events.

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How to Reserve Space & Request Services

This brief step-by-step guide will show you how to use our Event Management System (EMS) to reserve space within our venues as well as request additional services.

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Student Event Budgeting Guide

Click here for a guide to help you forecast the budget for your event. Actual pricing may vary based on exact details.



Event Planning Resources

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Pre-Calendar Period

During the pre-calendaring period, recognized student groups will be able to request space in Lerner Hall for the next semester.

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Advance Calendaring

Advance Calendaring allows recognized student groups to request calendaring of events in Lerner Hall more than a semester in the future.

Funding Assistance

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Technical Services for Student Events: Discounts & Requirements

Recognized student groups receive discounted rates for technical services. Review rates and requirements for requesting technical services for student events.

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President & Provost's Fund

The President and Provost's Student Event Fund (P&P Fund) is available to all recognized Columbia University student groups. The fund provides financial support to events which benefit the University community through collaboration and creative programming on campus.

Our Venues

The following venues can be reserved for student events. 

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A number of Columbia classrooms can be reserved for meetings and seminars (food and catering not permitted.) Though managed by the University Registrar, our team can help you find the ideal classroom space based on your event capacity and needs, as well as help you book your reservation if necessary.

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Earl Hall

Earl Hall is home to Columbia's religious and community service activity. It also provides spaces suitable for film screenings, performances, conferences, seminars, meetings, and lectures.

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Faculty House

Faculty House is our premiere event space and the perfect place to host special events, as well as upscale seminars, meetings, events and banquets. (Note: Students do not receive a discount on space or services at Faculty House.)

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Lerner Hall

As Columbia University's Student Center, Lerner Hall offers 250,000 square feet of meeting, performance and event space for Columbia University students throughout the Academic Year.

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Low Library

Low Library, one of the most iconic buildings on Columbia's Morningside Campus, provides a gorgeous backdrop to any event. (Note: Student events at Low Library require special approval.)

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Outdoor Spaces

Columbia University's campus is the perfect backdrop for your event. From open-air plazas, to shady, tree-lined courtyards, we have a space for every need.

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Residence Hall Lounges

Residence Hall lounges are perfect for student group events, social gatherings, meetings, and performances.

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Saint Paul's Chapel

This beautifully detailed and recently-restored chapel will provide a beautiful backdrop to any religious ceremony. The Chapel provides Catholic, Episcopal, and Hindu services throughout the academic year.

Our Services

Below are the additional services that Event Management provides outside of reserving event spaces on campus. From catering to AV/technical services, to furniture rental, security services and more, we can provide everything you need to hold an event that truly impresses.