Spaces for Gathering or Dining on Campus

Updated: September 15, 2021

Currently, there are no limits on the size for academic (instructional, orientation, and commencement) gatherings given where we are in our monitoring plan. Administrative and research gatherings are presently restricted to 500 outdoors and 250 indoors. For now, however, social, religious, and extra-curricular gatherings are restricted to 50 persons outdoors and 25 indoors. Finally, it is important to note that any food and beverages must be “grab and go” through September 30.


Need a place to gather on campus? See below for a list of spaces on the Morningside Heights and Medical Center campuses.


On the Morningside Heights Campus

Tents & Open Spaces

  • Large open tented space in paved plaza adjacent to International Affairs Building and East Campus that can be reserved by schools & dept during the day, and available to campus community outside reservable hours. See the Event Management website for details.
  • Accommodations include large round folding tables with folding chairs and temperature control
  • Large open paved space with elevated plaza and supplemental terrace areas adjacent to Avery Hall, Schermerhorn Hall, and Fayerweather Hall
  • Accommodations include round metal tables with integrated bench seating, concrete benches, metal benches, and continuous landscape planter wall/bench seating
  • Large open tented space in paved elevated terrace adjacent to Dodge Hall that is available to campus community daily from 9am to 10pm
  • Accommodations include round metal tables with integrated bench seating and temperature control

Accommodations include round metal tables with integrated bench seating.

  • Large open paved space with large planter areas and supplemental terraces adjacent to Fairchild, Schapiro CEPSR, and Pupin
  • Accommodations include round metal tables with integrated bench seating and linear landscape planter wall/bench seating
  • Open tented space with scattered lounge seating available for community use.
  • Open tented space with scattered lounge seating available for community use.
  • Open space in paved terrace adjacent to Havemeyer Hall and Mathematics Hall
  • Accommodations include round metal tables with integrated bench seating and adjacent open lawn/green and canopy trees
  • Large open space with paved dining area, open lawn/green with planter areas, fine crushed gravel plazas, memorial sculpture, and canopy trees adjacent to John Jay Hall, Wallach Hall, and Hartley Hall
  • Accommodations include round metal tables with metal chairs, round metal tables with integrated bench seating, concrete benches, and linear landscape bench seating
  • Open space in paved terrace adjacent to Kent Hall and Philosophy Hall
  • Accommodations include round metal tables with integrated bench seating and adjacent open lawn/green and canopy trees
  • Large open space with open lawn/green and supplemental paved terraces adjacent to Lerner Hall, Furnald Hall, and Pulitzer Hall
  • Accommodations include round metal tables with integrated bench seating, concrete benches, and linear landscape bench seating
  • Large open tented space on Furnald Lawn elevated terrace that is available to campus community daily from 9am to 10pm
  • Open tented space with scattered lounge seating available for community use.
  • Large open elevated plaza with large planter areas and supplemental terraces adjacent to Philosophy Hall, Jerome L Greene Hall, and international Affairs Building
  • Accommodations include round metal tables with integrated bench seating, wood picnic tables, and linear landscape planter wall/bench seating
  • Open tented space in paved elevated terrace adjacent to Uris Deli that is available to campus community daily from 9am to 10pm
  • Accommodations include round metal tables with metal chairs and temperature control
  • Open space in paved elevated terrace adjacent to Uris Hall
  • Accommodations include round metal tables with metal chairs
  • Open tented space with scattered lounge seating available for community use.
  • Open space in paved terrace adjacent to Wien Hall and Jerome L Greene Hall
  • Accommodations include round metal tables with integrated bench seating, planter areas, and canopy trees

Café Dining Areas & Dining Halls

Coffee bar with light fare on the First Floor of Lerner Hall. Table & seating accommodations are provided in adjacent outdoor areas. Beginning September 9, food/coffee service will be available from 9am – 5pm, (M – F). Café East will resume food service for the Fall 2021 semester.

For information on complete reopening, please visit: https://dining.columbia.edu/content/blue-java-cafe-lerner-hall-0

Café with grab-and-go options on the First Floor of the Columbia Engineering School at Mudd Hall.

This location opens September 9 and will operate 9am – 5pm Monday through Friday. For information on reopening of café, please visit: https://dining.columbia.edu/content/blue-java-cafe-mudd-hall-0

Small café with coffee bar and grab-and-go options on the Lower Level of Avery Hall.

Currently, table & seating accommodations are provided, and food service is not provided through winter break. For information on reopening of café please visit: https://brownies-cafe.com/

Café with coffee bar and light fare on the First Floor of Philosophy Hall.

Currently, table & seating accommodations are provided, and food service is not provided.

For information on reopening of café, please visit: http://www.nousespresso.com/

Dining space with food stations and grab-and-go options on the Third Level of Lerner Hall. Currently, table and seating accommodations are not provided. Grab-and-go food service resumes Friday, September 3.

For information on reopening, please visit: https://dining.columbia.edu/content/ferris-booth-commons-0

Café space with coffee bar and grab-and-go options on the Sixth Floor of the International Affairs Building.

Currently, table & seating accommodations are provided, and food service is not provided.

Late night dining space with food stations and grab-and-go options on the Lower Level of John Jay Hall.

Currently, table & seating accommodations are not provided. Grab-and-go food service resumes Friday, September 3.

For information on complete reopening, please visit: https://dining.columbia.edu/content/jjs-place-0

 

Dodge Hall

Small coffee bar on the First Floor of Dodge Hall. Currently, table & seating accommodations are provided in adjacent outdoor terrace, and coffee service is not provided.

Please visit: https://joecoffeecompany.com/locations/columbia-dodge-hall/

Northwest Corner Building

Coffee bar with light fare on the Second Floor of the Northwest Corner Building. 

Currently, table & seating accommodations are provided in adjacent outdoor plaza, and coffee & food service is provided 8am – 6pm (M – F).

For information on complete reopening, please visit: https://joecoffeecompany.com/locations/columbia-university-northwest-corner

Pulitzer Hall

Coffee bar with light fare on the First Floor of Pulitzer Hall. 

Currently, table & seating accommodations are provided in adjacent outdoor terrace, and coffee & food service is provided, 8am – 6pm (M – F), 9am – 4pm (Weekends)

For information on complete reopening, please visit: https://joecoffeecompany.com/locations/columbia-pulitzer-hall

Dining Hall with food stations and grab-and-go options on the First Floor of John Jay Hall.

Currently, table & seating accommodations provided in adjacent outdoor areas. Grab-and-go food service will resume Sunday, September 5. Beginning Tuesday, September 7 the dining hall will operate Sunday - Thursday: 9:30am - 9:00pm. No indoor seating provided.

For information on complete reopening, please visit: https://dining.columbia.edu/content/john-jay-dining-hall

Café space with food stations and grab-and-go options on the First Floor of Uris Hall.

Currently, outdoor table & seating accommodations are provided in the adjacent outdoor terrace, and indoor seating is not provided. Blue Java Café opens Tuesday, September 7, and will offer grab-and-go service 9:30am - 5:30pm Monday - Friday. Uris Deli also opens Tuesday, September 7 and will offer grab-and-go service 8am – 5pm Monday – Thursday and 8am – 3pm Fridays.

For information on reopening of café, please visit:https://dining.columbia.edu/content/lenfest-cafe-0

Café space with food stations and grab-and-go options on the First Floor of Uris Hall.

Currently, outdoor table & seating accommodations are provided in the adjacent outdoor terrace, and indoor seating is not provided. Blue Java Café is currently providing food/coffee service, 8am – 5pm (M – F). Uris Deli is closed.

For information on reopening of café, please visit: https://dining.columbia.edu/content/uris-deli-0

On the Medical Center Campus

Some on-campus dining services and resources remain modified. As per current University Eating and Dining Guidelines, any food and beverages must be “grab and go” through September 30.