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Housing contracts and assignments

Room and board rates

View room and board rates for each residence hall.

Housing contract

Any student wanting on-campus housing must complete and sign a housing contract. The housing contract is for one year, or for the fall and spring semesters. Contracts are binding for the contracted time period and generally will not be cancelled as long as the student remains enrolled at Columbia College. Students will be able to submit an electronic contract via CougarTrack after admission has been granted. All returning students will receive information from the Office of Residential Life regarding the renewal process. No student can sign up for a residence hall space until a housing contract has been submitted. Questions regarding the housing contract should be addressed to the director of Residential Life at (573) 875-7450.

Important roommate and room selection dates:

  • February 1: Complete roommate profile and begin searching for a roommate.
    Application for Cougar Village and Hughes Haven is available.
  • February 26: Deadline to submit application for Cougar Village and Hughes Haven.
  • March 15 - July 12: Room selection opens for returning residents.
  • April 1 - July 12: Room selection opens for new residents.
  • July 12: All roommate and room selection processes close. All assignments will be made by Residential Life staff.

Roommate and room selection process:

In March, students may begin self-selecting their residence hall and room for fall semester. Students are able to search for a potential roommate by name or browse attributes they desire in a potential roommate. Once a roommate match is made, a student can proceed to select a room based on the timeline mentioned above. When selecting a room, students can view a roster of room numbers and students' names. 

Some parameters have been set based on sex and new/returning students space. When logging in, available rooms will be displayed based on those parameters. 

Students who choose not to select a specific space will be automatically placed in mid-July.

Please be aware that all assignments are subject to change.

The college reserves the right to establish room and roommate assignment procedures. Roommate assignments are not made on the basis of race, color or creed.

Housing for students with disabilities

Residential Life recognizes that students with disabilities who live on campus may have special needs that require special accommodations. Any student with a special need is asked to contact Residential Life to discuss his/her situation. Residential Life is committed to finding solutions and offering assistance and accommodations.


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