Contract Renewal Campaign

What is Contract Renewal Campaign?
Contract Renewal Campaign (CRC) is an opportunity for current Columbia College students and residents to choose the specific room they want to live in for the 2015-2016 academic year. Students will easily be able to complete a contract for on-campus housing online; no need to come into the Residence Life office!
Contract Renewal Campaign begins Monday, February 23rd, 2015 and goes through Friday, March 6th, 2015.
Who is Qualified?
If you are a current Columbia College on-campus resident or full-time student, you are able to participate in the Contract Campaign. Keep in mind that all returning students must end the Spring 2015 semester with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher to be eligible to live on campus.
What You Need
Housing Prepayment
Students will need to provide a non-refundable $250 prepayment online when completing the housing contract. This mandatory non-refunadble payment is applied to your first semesters’ housing costs, and cannot be waived.
DO NOT USE CCCPAY TO MAKE THIS PREPAYMENT.

Medical Insurance Policy
All residents are required to have medical insurance coverage during the contract period. You will need to enter your medical insurance policy info online when completing a housing contract.  
What to Expect
The entire process will be completed online. Your sign-up date will depend on your housing status at that time. The first week of CRC will be dedicated to students requesting the same exact space (apartment and bedroom) they had for the previous semester. The second week will be open to all current residents and current students. This means that any space that was not spoken for in the first week will be available for selection. Additional details will be posted here soon!
Housing Contract Terms
Please be advised, all submitted housing contracts are binding. Do not submit a contract if you are using it as a backup plan or if you're unsure about living on campus.
Once you complete a housing contract, you have agreed to the terms of the contract and understood that you are responsible for all financial obligations under the contract. You will be held accountable to the full academic years' costs.
Academic & Annual Housing
There are 2 types of housing we offer to students: Academic & Annual.

Academic - these contracts are available for spaces in all of our residence halls. This option allows students to live on campus for the Fall and Spring 2015-2016 academic year.
**Academic Contract dates are August 29th, 2015 through May 15th, 2016.

Annual - this type of housing is only for spaces at The University Center. This option gives students the opportunity to live on campus for the 2015 summer and for the Fall and Spring terms of the 2015-2016 academic year.
Please be advised: Your summer housing will be in a designated apartment-style space and will differ from your academic year space. You will be required to complete a summer housing contract, in addition to the academic year contract. 
**Annual Contract dates are May 18th, 2015 through May 15th, 2016.

On-Campus Residence Halls

731 South Plymouth Court
Columbia's premier residence center, Plymouth Court, houses the main offices of Residence Life and approximately 350 Columbia College Chicago students. (see more)

The University Center - 525 South State
Since the Fall of 2004, the University Center (UC) has created a home away from home for approximately 1,700 college students from Columbia College Chicago and nearby DePaul & Roosevelt Universities. (see more)

The Dwight - 642 South Clark
Columbia’s newest addition to on-campus housing! This building was originally built in 1911 as the headquarters of the Dwight Brothers Paper Company. The Dwight has been fully renovated, but still stays true to its heritage as a place of aesthetics and creativity. (see more)

2 East 8th Street
Located in the heart of Chicago's South Loop, 2 East 8th offers comfortable & afordable apartment style living and is just a few blocks away from Columbia College. (see more)

The Flats - 829 South Wasbash
The Flats is a brand new residence hall, which opened their doors in the Fall of 2013. Students will occupy fully furnished apartments from the 8th to 12th floor. (see more)

Students with Disabilities
If you require special room accommodations due to an ADA recognized disability, please contact the Residence Life Office in writing, via email: residencelife@colum.edu

These disabilities may include (but are not limited to):
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Communication Disorders
  • Psychological Disabilities
  • Deafness/Hard-of-Hearing
  • Blindness/Visual Impairment
  • Other Health or Physical Impairment

For additional accommodations outside of housing, please visit The Services for Student’s with Disabilities Office (SSD) website.
Roommate Requests
Roommate Requests can be accommodated, but the process will vary depending on each persons housing and/or student status.
  • If you CURRENTLY live in one of our Residence Halls and you would like to stay in that SAME EXACT ROOM, you would be completing your online contract during the Same-Room Sign-Up portion of Contract Renewal Campaign (CRC). If you have a friend that currently attends Columbia College, and would like to room with you for 2015-2016, that person would need to complete their online contract during Open-To-All segment of Contract Campaign. Please be aware, the availability of the space may change during the first week of CRC, as that space will still be an available option for other inquiring students.
  • If you and a friend currently attend Columbia College and you both would like to find on-campus housing with each other, you would both need to select your room(s) during the Open-To-All segment of Contract Campaign. We recommend that you both sign up at the same time, to ensure that you both can select the same space. Please be aware, the availability of spaces will change frequently, as they will be an available option for other inquiring students.
  • If you want to live with a friend that does not currently attend Columbia College, but plans attend and to live on campus for 2015-2016, your friend would need to request you as a roommate when completing the housing application. You would need to accept that request via the online housing portal, in order to make the request mutual. Please know that we do try to accommodate these requests, but they are not always successful. This is due to the fact that housing assignments for new students are based on availability AND when the student submitted their housing application.

If you do not have a Roommate Request, you will eventually receive a Roommate Assignment.
Housing Prepayment
Students will need to provide a non-refundable $250 prepayment online while signing up for on-campus housing. This mandatory non-refundable payment is applied to your first semesters’ housing costs, and cannot be waived.
You will be provided prepayment instructions online while signing up for housing. DO NOT USE CCCPAY TO MAKE THIS PREPAYMENT.
On-Campus Housing Rates
Housing costs vary according to building, type of room, occupancy and location within the building. Prices are not yet official for the 2015-2016 academic year, but they will be listed here soon.
Meal Plan
Students that choose to live in Traditional-Style Semi-Suites (available only in the University Center) are provided with a MANDATORY meal plan, as these units do not include kitchens. The meal plan offers 15 meals per week during the Fall and Spring semesters. It also includes $690 in "flex" dollars to spend at the student’s discretion within the dining facility during the regular academic year. The cost of the meal plan is included in the price of the room. 

Students who choose to live in apartment style housing can sign up for an optional, supplementary 150-Meal Plan. The plan costs approximately $1,696, with 150 meals for the academic year (Fall and Spring semesters) and $280 in "flex" dollars to spend at the student’s discretion within the dining facility. Please understand that this plan is strictly supplementary, as it allows an average of five meals per week. Several hundred plans are available for purchase each year and are made available on a first-come first-served basis until all are sold.
Please note, these prices are currently subject to change.
Paying for Housing
In general, payment, either full or partial, is due on the first day of class each semester. If your anticipated financial aid covers the total amount of housing, tuition and fees due, you do not need to sign up for a payment plan. If your anticipated financial aid covers only a partial amount of your total due, you may sign up for a payment plan for the remaining amount due. If you do not sign up for a payment plan for the remaining amount due, you must make all the necessary financial arrangements to ensure that the remaining amount is paid to the College. Inquiries regarding the relationship between housing costs and student's financial aid package can be answered only by Student Financial Services.
Same Room Sign-Up
Monday, February 23rd at 9am – Wednesday, February 25th (ends at midnight)
If you CURRENTLY live in one of our Residence Halls and you would like to stay in that SAME EXACT ROOM for the 2015-2016 academic year, you would need to sign up online during the dates listed above.
Any room not claimed by its current resident during this time frame will be an available option for other students, starting Thursday, February 26th, 2015.
Please be aware that availability may be different for next year, and your current space may not be an option. If you have received this type of notification in your Loop email account, please view the information for Displaced Residents

**Please be aware that these dates and times are subject to change.
Displaced Residents
Thursday, Febraury 26th, at 9am – Friday, February 27th (ends at midnight)
If you received a notification (via your Loop Email account) informing you that your current room is no longer an option for the 2015-2016 academic year, you can select a different space online during the Displaced Residents portion of Contract Campaign. Any room not claimed by current residents is up for grabs. 

**Please be aware that these dates and times are subject to change.
Open-To-All
Monday, March 2nd, at 9am – Friday, March 6th (ends at midnight)
During this time period, Contract Campaign is open to ALL current residents and ALL currently enrolled full-time Columbia College students. For example, if you are attending Columbia but currently do not live on campus, you will still be eligible to choose your housing online during these dates. Current residents can also select their housing at this time, if they had not done so already during the previous week. As always, buildings and room styles are based on availability. 

**Please be aware that these dates and times are subject to change.
Download/Print Full Schedule
We are currently updating our brochure and will post it here soon!
Roommate Assignments
Roommate Assignments will be sent via email, starting the begining of July.
If a current student has signed up to be in your space and you really prefer not to room with them, please come into the Residence Life Office and we can try to find you a different space. We cannot force that individual to move out of your space.
Move-In Information
Move-In Day for returning students, whether you've lived on campus before or not, begins at the end of August. Exact dates will be posted here when available.

If you have any questions concerning the 2014 Contract Renewal Campaign that are not addressed in these FAQ's, please contact the Residence Life Office at residencelife@colum.edu