UIIS Access

The Columbia Global Centers are located in nine countries and provide the University with a worldwide network of expertise that facilitates engagement, research, and learning for students, faculty, and the public. The nine Global Centers—Amman, Beijing, Istanbul, Mumbai, Nairobi, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, and Tunis—are now welcoming students with upgraded technology, equipment, and full-time, onsite, trained staff. . In addition, we are offering students access to Columbia-designated space at WeWork locations in the seven cities below to convene, collaborate, study, or just hang out. The University has also arranged for dedicated space for its students in Tel Aviv and in Athens. We also offer access passes to Columbia students in 80+ cities to use at any WeWork location in their city.

In order to access any of these locations, students must first register here. You must register even if you did so in the fall.

Access a Columbia-Designated WeWork space

beijing
Beijing

Parkview Place
3F, Building 1, Zone A, 2 East 4th Ring Rd
Chaoyang
Beijing 100016

Longfu
Beijing

95 Longfu Si Jie
Building 1, Long Fu Wen Chuang Park, No. 95 Long Fu Si Street
Dongcheng District
Beijing 100000

Shanghai
Shanghai

188 Huaihai Middle Lu
188 Huaihai Middle Road
Shanghai 200021

Kerry
Shanghai

Kerry Parkside
1155 Fangdian Road, Pudong
Shanghai 201203

Upperhills
Shenzhen

UpperHills Loft
Level 4, Loft B, The Town, UpperHills
5001 Huanggang Road, Futian District
Shenzhen

Hong Kong
Hong Kong

LKF Tower
33 Wyndham Street
Hong Kong

Seoul
Seoul

Gangnam Station II
7 Teheran-ro 5-gil
Gangnam-gu
Seoul 06134

Singapore
Singapore

City House
36 Robinson Road
Singapore 068877

London
London

21 Soho Square
London W1D 3QP

WeWork All-Access Pass Locations

Students in over 80 additional cities can access any WeWork facility (Monday-Friday, 9:00am-6:00pm), where they can enjoy comfortable, safe, and quiet study spaces and avail themselves of generous amenities. The below is only a selection of locations - the full list of possible access locations can be found HERE.  (Please note that access within the United States is not possible.)

Argentina - Buenos Aires   |   Australia - Melbourne   |   Australia - Sydney   |   Belgium - Brussels   |   Brazil - Porto Alegre   |   Brazil - Rio   |   Brazil - Sao Paulo   |   Canada - Montreal   |   Canada - Toronto   |   Canada - Vancouver   |   China - Chengdu   |   China - Guangzhou   |   China - Hangzhou   |   China - Nanjing   |   China - Suzhou   |   China - Wuhan   |   China - Xi'an   |   Colombia - Bogota   |   Colombia - Medellin   |   Germany - Berlin   |   Germany - Munich   |   India - Bengaluru   |   India - Delhi   |   India - Gurugram   |   India - Hyderabad   |   India - Mumbai   |   Indonesia - Jakarta   |   Italy - Milan   |   Japan - Tokyo   |   Japan - Yokohama   |   Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur   |   Mexico - Mexico City   |   Netherlands - Amsterdam   |   Peru - Lima   |   Philippines - Manila   |   Poland - Warsaw   |   Russia - Moscow   |   South Africa - Cape Town   |   South Africa - Johannesburg   |   South Korea - Busan   |   Spain - Barcelona   |   Spain - Madrid   |   Sweden - Stockholm   |   Taiwan - Taipei   |   Thailand - Bangkok   |   UAE - Abu Dhabi   |   UAE - Dubai   |   UK - Cambridge   |   UK - Edinburgh   |   Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh City

Virtual tour of Columbia-designated space in Beijing

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Overview

The spaces are available to any currently enrolled Columbia University undergraduate or graduate student, as well as any student who has deferred their admission, or is a recent alumni.

There are four types of spaces for which students can register. In brief, they are:

  1. Columbia Global Centers - in Amman, Beijing, Istanbul, Mumbai, Nairobi, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, and Tunis.
     
  2. Columbia-designated WeWork spaces - in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Seoul, Singapore, and London. 
     
  3. WeWork All-Access Pass locations in 80+ cities 
     
  4. Partnership Spaces - in Athens and Tel Aviv, which are special arrangements providing dedicated space for Columbia students.

The Columbia Global Centers are permanent University outposts that promote and facilitate the collaborative and impactful engagement of the University’s faculty, students, and alumni with the world. Starting fall term 2020 through spring 2021, Centers have been repositioned as study and community spaces for students.

The WeWork designated spaces offer temporary solutions for the Spring term. Seven WeWork sites that are located in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Seoul, Singapore, and London have a Columbia-designated space set aside for the exclusive use of students. These spaces will not be utilized by other non-Columbia tenants or WeWork members.

These are WeWork sites that do not have special Columbia-designated spaces. Students in 80+ cities will be given a WeWork All-Access Pass to these sites.

Unfortunately this specific Global Centers’ agreement with WeWork limits use to outside the United States.  To identify potential study spaces for your use within the US, please contact your respective school.

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What to do:

  • Register here, if you have not done so already. 
  • The Center you indicate will send you a welcome letter to arrange a first visit.
  • Visit and enjoy!
  • For each subsequent visit,  complete the Daily Facility Terms of Use agreement at the Center. This MUST BE COMPLETED the day of every visit.

What to bring: 

  • Columbia University ID or proof of admission or affiliation.
  • Your laptop computer and headphones. 
  • Face covering, which must be worn at all times

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  • Fill out the registration form, check the Beijing WeWork option, and then check the box to indicate your interest in also accessing the Beijing Center
  • Check the overview of study rooms at the Beijing Center
  • Book your seats by scanning the QR code of the seat registration system
CGCBJ Seat Reservation QR code

Here is the QR code of the Beijing Center's assistant. Please scan it if you'd like to join WeChat chat groups in China and connect with your fellow students on social media.

CGC BJ

What to do:

  • Register here, if you haven't done so already. 
  • Download the attestation app here.
  • Visit, pick up your membership card, and enjoy!
  • For each subsequent visit, sign-in and acknowledge daily attestation on your app. This MUST BE COMPLETED the day of every subsequent visit.

What to bring:

  • Government-issued ID
  • Your laptop computer and headphones 
  • Face covering, which must be worn at all times  

Upon arrival:

  • Show the WeWork employee at the front desk your ID 
    • For the London location, this includes passport 
  • Inform them that you are there to collect your key card 
  • WeWork will confirm your identity, request that you sign some paperwork, direct you to the Columbia-designated space, and you are all set!

 

(go here to see locations)
 

What to do:

  • Register here, if you haven't done so already. 
  • Download the attestation app here.
  • Visit, pick up your membership card, and enjoy!
  • For each subsequent visit, sign-in and acknowledge daily attestation on your app. This MUST BE COMPLETED the day of every subsequent visit.

What to bring:

  • Government-issued ID
  • Your laptop computer and headphones 
  • Face covering, which must be worn at all times  

Upon arrival:

  • Show the WeWork employee at the front desk your ID 
  • Inform them that you are there to collect your key card 
  • WeWork will confirm your identity, request that you sign some paperwork, direct you to the Columbia-designated space, and you are all set!

 

If you do not have a UNI or Columbia email address, please contact cgc@columbia.edu.

Prepare For Your Visit

  • Your laptop, a face covering, and headphones. 
  • Columbia ID for a Columbia Global Centers space. 
  • Government-issued ID for a WeWork space.
    • For the London location, this includes passport. 

After you have been issued a WeWork card, you will not need to show your ID to the WeWork representative for subsequent visits.

 

We will send a daily list to WeWork of every student who has registered. We will then send you an email informing you that you have been given access to a WeWork location.  Do not visit a WeWork location if you have not received your confirmation email.

For a Columbia Global Center space, you will arrange your visit via email with the Student Outreach Coordinator, whose contact information was shared with you in a letter from the Center’s Director. Remember to bring your Columbia ID or proof of admission or affiliation.

For a WeWork space, there is no need to make an appointment. You can visit during normal Monday-Friday WeWork business hours (9:00am-6:00pm, local time). But remember to bring your government-issued ID and, in the case of London, also bring a passport.

WeWork Community Managers will only be checking your government-issued ID on your first visit (for the London location, this includes passport). If you are visiting a Columbia Global Center, you will need to bring your Columbia ID, or proof of admission or affiliation.

Hours Of Operation

Centers are open Monday to Friday according to the following hours:

  • Amman: 9 am – 9 pm
  • Beijing: 9 am - 6 pm
  • Istanbul: 9 am – 9 pm
  • Mumbai: 9 am - 6 pm
  • Nairobi: 9 am - 6 pm
  • Paris: 9 am – 9 pm
  • Rio de Janeiro: 9 am - 6 pm
  • Santiago: 9 am - 6 pm
  • Tunis: 9 am – 9 pm

Columbia-designated WeWork spaces are accessible twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. 

For All-Access Pass holders, WeWork facilities are open to you 9am-6pm, Monday - Friday.

On your first day, key cards may be collected from a WeWork location (for Columbia-designated spaces and All-Access Pass locations) Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm.

Columbia students’ access to WeWork locations will end 11:59pm local time on April 30th.

While At The WeWork Location

We expect you to abide by the University’s Code of Conduct. For details of those obligations and responsibilities, please refer here.

No. The use of the space and the amenities (coffee, water, printing) are free.

Students will not be charged for using printers at WeWork locations.  But WeWork may re-evaluate their free printing policy if they believe there has been abuse of this privilege.

Contact cgc@columbia.edu to address this question.

Yes. A WeWork employee on site will show you the steps you need to take to book a conference room through the WeWork app.

As a general rule, no. But you may review WeWork buildings’ amenities here.

All basic necessities are free of charge; you can grab coffee and tea, book conference rooms, have free use of the printing services and WiFi network, and other amenities.

This varies by WeWork building.  Students can look up detailed information about a WeWork building, or through the WeWork app. WeWork does not operate parking lots, but your WeWork Community Team may have recommendations on parking options nearby.

Of course. The WeWork communal spaces are designed acoustically to allow those in the space to speak at a moderate volume without disturbing others. If more privacy is needed, WeWork offers a variety of secluded space options.

Yes. Please refer to their webpage here.

Health And Safety

Each space has been designed to accommodate the appropriate number of students following strict health and safety guidelines. All private offices and conference rooms will have maximum occupancy limits posted outside the room.

Yes, if it is a communal space. If you are in a private office, and you are alone, you do not need to wear a face covering.

Yes, you will need to be physically distant at all times. Chairs have been marked to show where you should not sit. Students should not remove any markers or tape.

Every student who comes to a Global Center or WeWork location is required to complete a Facility Terms of Use app on the morning before accessing the location. If a student enters a location without completing the Facility Terms of Use, the student’s access may be suspended.

 

When you are in a private office, and you are alone, you don’t need to wear a face covering.

Yes. Please adhere to all health and safety procedures when using any shared amenity either on or off a Columbia-designated WeWork floor.

Yes, you may order lunch to be delivered to you, and, yes, you can eat with your friends, as long as you remain physically distant.

Every student and visitor is required to follow all health and safety rules, and to notify WeWork / Columbia Global Centers staff of any violation.

 

 

If you feel ill, you should stay home and not put your fellow classmates, WeWork members and employees, or Global Center staff at risk of being infected.

Access Questions

Guests are not allowed - Columbia-designated spaces are only available for registered Columbia students.

Students in the seven cities with a designated Columbia space are able to use any location in their city.

An All-Access Pass gives the bearer the ability to access any WeWork location in the city in which it was issued.

No. All-Access Passes can only be used in the city in which it was issued.

Access ends April 30th.

Using Other Spaces

If you would like to change the location for which you have registered access, please send an email to cgc@columbia.edu.

No. All-Access Passes do not allow for access to Columbia-designated spaces.

Other Questions

You will need to arrange your own housing if you plan to utilize a location that is not near your current residence.

Yes. There are three types of volunteer opportunities, which you will find below.  Go here to discover what is available and to sign up.

No. But you can download the WeWork app to stay informed of updates about your WeWork space. Once WeWork has your information in their system, you may download the WeWork app using the email address associated with your access.

Yes, for cities with designated-spaces. For a link to the group chat related to your particular designated-space city, please email cgc@columbia.edu and request the link.

No. We are not issuing Columbia IDs at any of these locations.

Students should register for WeWork access with the name on their government-issued ID. If there are issues surrounding a student name, contact cgc@columbia.edu.

To transfer your membership to a different location, contact cgc@columbia.edu.

 

Yes. To host an event at a WeWork site, contact cgc@columbia.edu. To host an event at a Global Center, contact your local Student Outreach Coordinator.

Connecting With Fellow Students

Every Columbia-designated WeWork space has an affiliated WeChat and WhatsApp group. If you have registered and wish to join a group, the follow-up email will contain information on how to join the chat group, or you may contact cgc@columbia.edu. To connect with other students at a Global Center, contact your local Student Outreach Coordinator.