View our resources and services for students at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.
Disability Services facilitates equal access for students with disabilities by coordinating reasonable accommodations and support services. Disability Services liaisons are designated faculty or staff from each school, academic program, or campus service who work with Disability Services to coordinate accommodations for students with disabilities. This group also provides assistance to students with temporary injuries and illnesses.
Health and Wellness
Our Student Health Service provides a full range of primary care medical services, mental health services, and health promotion and wellness services. Our clinical staff has physicians, a nurse practitioner, nurses, medical assistants, psychiatrists, psychologists and health educators. We aspire to model the quality of care we hope students will provide to clients/patients throughout their careers.
The following divisions are part of Student Health Service:
- Medical Services
- Mental Health Services
- Center for Student Wellness
- AIMS (Addiction Information and Management Strategies)
- Insurance and Administration
Most health profession students at Columbia University Irving Medical Center live in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, which is where our campus is located. The Office of Housing Services works to make the medical center feel like your home away from home. Options for housing include:
- On-campus housing: a practical and cost-effective way to live in Manhattan. All of our residential buildings are located on campus, within easy walking distance of academic buildings, labs, the library, the Bard Athletic Center, and public transportation. Learn more about how to apply to live on campus.
- Off-campus housing: you can explore our off-campus housing options that include rooms and apartments available for rent in non-Columbia University-owned properties.
Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs
The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (ODMA) at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons (VP&S) was established in 1968 to directly support the college’s focus on recruiting, counseling, and nurturing a diverse student body.
The VP&S Club is the most comprehensive student activities organization in American medical education, currently sponsoring over 70 co-curricular and extracurricular organizations. These organizations represent the vast interests and talents of our medical students, including athletics, the performing arts, student advocacy, and community service.
Recreation and Athletic Facilities
Physical fitness is important to emotional and mental wellness and there are places on or near CUIMC for students to use, including:
- 50 Haven Ave. Athletic Center at CUIMC has a 20-yard swimming pool, two levels of new cardio equipment, one squash court, a gymnasium, an aerobics/multi-purpose exercise room, lockers, showers, and saunas. The facility is handicapped accessible.
- Dodge Fitness Center at Columbia's Morningside campus has two full-size gyms, two swimming pools, 17 squash and handball courts, a fully-equipped exercise and weight room, judo-karate room, fencing room, wrestling room, indoor track, and two saunas. CUIMC students may access this facility for an annual fee.
- Baker Athletics Complex at the northern tip of Manhattan at 218th Street and Broadway is Columbia’s main outdoor athletics facility where the Lions compete. It has a football field and stadium, a baseball field, soccer field, running track, seven tennis courts, and several practice fields.
Columbia Transportation provides an intercampus shuttle to travel between the Morningside, Manhattanville, and Medical Center campuses; Lamont Observatory; Harlem Hospital; and the Metro North and 96th Street stops. This service provides efficient, timely, and safe travels for our students, faculty, and staff.