Visiting The Forum

Open to the entire university as well as the local New York City community, The Forum is a multi-use venue that houses a state-of-the-art auditorium, meeting and event spaces, and a public atrium complete with ample seating and free Wi-Fi.

Whether you're planning to attend an event, coming to take advantage of the communal work areas, or simply exploring the Manhattanville neighborhood, we look forward to welcoming you to The Forum.

Plan Your Visit

  • The Forum's ground floor Atrium is open to the public seven days a week, except for university holidays, from 8 AM to 8 PM*

  • The Forum's office hours are Monday through Friday between 9 AM and 5 PM

*Please note: Fall 2021 brings a return to in-person classes for Columbia’s academic programs. As we monitor this return to campus during the continuing pandemic, Columbia’s buildings have restricted access. During this time, The Forum will be used for academic and administrative activities, and access is limited to Columbia I.D. holders. Events other than student-facing instruction will be mostly hybrid or virtual. To learn about upcoming virtual events hosted by The Forum, please visit our Events page. We look forward to welcoming you back into The Forum’s community space in the near future, once the Covid risk has significantly diminished.

The main entrance to The Forum is at the northwest corner of 125th Street & Broadway. There are additional entryways at 605 W. 125th Street, 3207 Broadway, and the intersection of 125th and 129th Streets.

125 St Waterfront LLC
69 St. Clair Place, New York, NY 10027 (Between St. Clair's Place and West 125th)
212.665.4929 | 4-minute walk

GMC Parking
532 W. 122nd Street, New York, NY 10027 (Between Broadway and Amsterdam)
212.961.1075 | | 9-minute walk

MTP 129 Street Parking
3270 Old Broadway, New York, NY 10027 (at 133rd Street)
212.280.7487 | 6-minute walk

Columbia University is committed to providing an accessible and welcoming environment for faculty, staff, students, and visitors and encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities.  Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access for an event at The Forum should contact [email protected] in advance of the occasion to arrange the necessary accommodations.

The entryways at 601 West 125th Street and 605 West 125th Street are accessible to wheelchairs.  Elevators are available to transport guests to each venue floor and to the public, accessible restrooms on the concourse level.

The Forum also offers Assisted Listening Devices (ALD) available for use in the auditorium and in meeting rooms. A photo ID must be provided in exchange for an ALD. 

Additional help with access needs for persons with disabilities can be obtained from the Office of Disability Services, located on the first floor of Wien Hall or available by phone at 212-854-2388 Ext: 2378 (Voice/TDD). 

Any unclaimed property found at The Forum should be handed over to the Public Safety desk in The Forum lobby. Found items will be turned over to Columbia’s Manhattanville Public Safety Operations desk (212.853.3301). A lost item database is maintained by Public Safety.

For more information about how to check on a lost item please click here.

Explore The Neighborhood

The Forum serves as the gateway to Columbia's developing Manhattanville campus, which includes the Jerome L. Greene Science Center, the Lenfest Center for the Arts, and soon, the Columbia Business School. The Science Center, located across the street from The Forum, is home to Dear Mama cafe and the Manhattanville Market food hall.

To learn more about the campus and other restaurants in the neighborhood, visit the Columbia Neighbors website or read through the Columbia Magazine feature story, "Welcome to Manhattanville."