Off-Campus Housing Assistance Office (OCHA)


Columbia’s Off-Campus Housing Assistance (OCHA) office assists Columbia students and affiliates in their search for rental housing in the metropolitan area. OCHA manages a database known as the Housing Registry which includes available rooms and apartments in non-Columbia-owned buildings and sublets of units in Columbia-managed housing. Prospective roommates can also post and search profiles on this site. In addition, OCHA offers housing search counseling and is supported in these efforts by our cooperative relationships with two New York City real estate/relocation agencies.

Citi-Habitats – Student Discount on Broker’s Fee

Bouchra Hourmati

Bouchra is one of the premier real estate agents at Citi-Habitats. She is located in their Upper West Side branch and has relationships with the landlords in the area. Bouchra is also a parent so she is sensitive to housing needs for families. Because of CUFSN’s special relationship, members will receive a reduced broker’s fee.
Academic Resources

Tutoring (GS)

Success In 3D For Student Veterans 

Family Resources

– Columbia University Family Support Network

The CUFSN is a student-run organization focused on providing a support network for Columbia Undergraduate and Graduate Students with families. By creating a platform for families to connect to one another, offer one another family-to-family peer support, and share their resources, our goals are to:
  • Build a community for Columbia Students with families.
  • Create and serve as a centralized resource for families to communicate and disseminate information.
  • Voice the issues faced by Columbia Students and their family members.
  • Advocate for University-wide policies that will affect and improve the quality of life for Columbia Students and their family members.

– CUFSN Co-op List

Connect with other student families looking to offer, form or host shared childcare. To get involved just fill out the form located in the link below. Answer 10 easy and quick questions and you will be added to the CUFSN Babysitting Co-op Contact List. Once your form is processed, you will receive an invitation and a link to access the contact list. This will allow you to see what other CUFSN members are in your area so that you can both connect with each other for play dates, ask for advice about resources in your neighborhood or assist one another with childcare.

Link to Form: Here

– CUFSN Spouse/Partner Contact List

Connect with other spouses/partners of Columbia University Students and see what else you have in common other than having an incredibly studious significant other. To commiserate, lend advice or just invite a group for drinks to celebrate your successful efforts to deal with spouse/partner’s Finals week with grace, fill out the form below and you will be added to the CUFSN Spouse/Partner Contact List. Once your form is processed, you will receive an invitation and a link to access the contact list, allowing you to see what other CUFSN spouse/partner members are in your area. This way you can connect with each other for coffee, suggest a trip to the museum, form a book or sports club and share advice on how you’ve successfully managed to deal with your absentminded professor in the making.

Link to Form: Here

– CUFSN Member Survey

We at CUFSN have been diligently working with various student groups, the student government, University Senate, Deans of your school and University administrations and offices in order to collect information and raise awareness on the issues faced by you and your family. We think we know what your challenges are but only you can really tell us so please take a minute to fill out this form so that we can better understand your unique challenges and ensure that services and events accurately reflect your needs. Your feedback will dictate what services and events CUFSN should focus on as well as help us to advocate for issues that are important to you. As a student with a family, we know the limited amount of time you have and that this challenge keeps you from being able to become more active in your community. While we know you exist, the University may not. So help us to make sure your voice is heard by filling out the form below. We promise that we tried to make it as easy and painless as possible!

Link to Form: Here
Childcare, Tutoring and Home Assistance

– Barnard Babysitting Service

  • Office: 212.854.2035(Please note that during the months of September and January they experience a very high volume of phone calls so your messages might not be returned right away.)
  • Email: Address: 49 Claremont Avenue, NY, NY 10027 (on the corner of 119th Street) second floor of Elliott Hall
  • Website:
  • “The Barnard Babysitting Service, founded in 1965, links student babysitters with New York City families for one-evening or weekly jobs and even opportunities to accompany a family on vacation. The agency has about 1500 registered employees and over 2500 clients looking for sitters….Parents only need to pay a $25 annual fee and get a note from the family’s pediatrician to list babysitting opportunities with the service. Because of security reasons, the sign-up system is not online. Instead, sitters sign up for jobs in binders located in the agency’s office, which is next to Barnard’s Office of Career Development Center in Elliott Hall.” (Pandolfi, Columbia Spectator 11/14/06)
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– Office of Work|Life

  • Deborah Ashe
  • Director of School and Child Care Search Service
  • Office: 212-851-9180
  • Email:
  • Website:
  • Columbia University’s Office of Work/Life fosters the well-being of the Columbia community and its people in their pursuit of meaningful and productive academic, personal and work lives. The Work|Life website provides a central location for relevant policies, programs and services available through Columbia University ranging from Adult & Elderly Care, Breastfeeding Support, Childcare & Schooling, Housing Information and Wellness.

– Columbia Center for Career Education

you can post an opportunity for personal part-time or temporary employment (i.e. babysitting, help in your home, tutoring, etc.) by following the instructions below. Use the “Temp Time” as your employer name. This is a general account for use by individuals who are posting jobs NOT offered by a company.
  1. Visit
  2. Click on “Click here to Register” link
  3. Type in “Temp Time” in the Find Your Organization space
  4. Place a check mark next to Temp Time and click “Continue”
  5. Fill out your contact information and create a username and password which you will use to log into check applications or post another opportunity. You may list N/A for any non-applicable fields such as department/division.
  6. Once you have logged in and completed your profile information (found under “My Profile” at the top of the screen) select “New Job” under “My Job Postings” at the top of the screen.
  7. Fill in all the fields that you can in the “Position Information”, “Posting Information” and “Control Information” categories.
  8. Click “Save” when you have finished filling in the fields.
Please keep in mind that all postings must follow Equal Employment Opportunity Laws that prohibit discrimination based on race, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetic information. The Center for Career Education reserves the right to make a determination of the appropriateness of the positions being offered for the populations it serves. For additional policies please visit

– Go City Kids

This website has great resources for parents new to the Big Apple. You can find anything from activities for your family to babysitting. This site is powered byParentsConnect the same folks who bring you Noggin, Nick Jr., Nickelodeon, Nick@Nite and The N. Funun stuff for kids because they know how important it is to keep kids happy. But they also know that kids aren’t the only ones who need stuff just for them, which is why they decided to create a website for parents too. Their motto is: We’re not perfect, we’re parents. And we mean it! Once you are on the GoCityKids website you can also find links to their other network of sites like BabyNamesWorld, the most popular pregnancy destination on the Web and one of the top five family websites in the world. They help parents with kids of all ages: preconception through pregnancy, and baby through teen. And their community is growing bigger and bigger every day.