Prayer and Meditation Spaces

Columbia University offers a number of prayer and meditation spaces on the Morningside, Manhattanville, and Medical campus available for use by students, faculty, and staff.

St. Paul's Chapel Interior. Photo by Jenna Bascom.

St. Paul's Chapel

Open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm during the summer. Due to private events, the Chapel opening hours may be changed without prior notice on any given date. Opening times vary when classes are not in session.  

St. Paul's Chapel is open Monday-Friday, 9am-9:30pm, and Saturday & Sunday, 12pm-8:30pm, during the academic year.

The Nave

The Nave is open for quiet prayer and meditation during Chapel opening hours.

The Chamber

The Chamber is a room on the lower level of St. Paul's Chapel that is open for meditation. CUID holders who wish to use the Chamber for quiet meditation, must first email [email protected] to be added on to a list for access.

Muslim students and community members praying in the lobby in Earl Hall.

Muslim Prayer Rooms


110 Earl Hall


Brooks Hall, Room 102


Geffen 280

Presbyterian Hospital

1st Floor, Pauline A. Hartford Chapel

Milstein Hospital 

Milstein Chapel, 2nd Floor

Hammer Health Science Building  

Lower Level 2-221

To access the prayer room in Hammer, which is non-denominational and open to all, make an online request through [email protected]. They will activate your access usually within 24 hours.  

The request should include:

  • The name of the employee (or student);
  • The student’s UNI;
  • The student’s card number

New York-Presbyterian Hospital

The Pauline A. Hartford Memorial Chapel is non-denominational and open 24/7. 

Please contact [email protected] for further information or additional needs.