All new freshmen/freshmen transfers are required to live in on-campus housing for their freshman and sophomore years (or four semesters). Sophomore and junior transfers arriving in the fall have a one-year (or two-semester) housing requirement. On-campus housing is not guaranteed for juniors and seniors; however, we have been able to provide housing for juniors and seniors who request it and adhere to the room selection deadlines.
Yes, the following students are excepted from the SUNY Cortland on-campus housing requirement:
You must fill out the New Student Off Campus Approval Form if you feel you meet one of these exceptions. We will send you a letter to inform you if your exemption from living in campus housing is approved. To access the form in myRedDragon: go to the student tab; under the Residence Life and Housing section, select the Housing Process and Information link. From the applications menu select New Student Off Campus Approval Form.
Freshmen can have cars on campus and are required to park in the Route 281 lot. All cars must be registered with University Police and must display a parking permit sticker. Visit the University Police Parking Web site for additional information.
Our campus is tobacco-free. This means that no one is permitted to smoke or use tobacco anywhere on campus. New students are asked on their Housing Preference Form if they are smokers. To accommodate students who have allergies and asthma, we try to place smokers in a room together.
Yes, all students who sign up for on-campus housing (excluding the Leadership House and West Campus Apartments) are required to purchase a meal plan. Students assigned to the West Campus Apartments do not receive a meal plan unless they request one. Meal plan information is available at the ASC website.
All of the residence halls are coed. Double rooms are occupied by two students of the same gender except for the gender inclusive floors in Casey Tower where we assign without consideration of gender. Most low rises are coed by floor, which means that usually half of a floor is male and the other half is female. Coed floors have a female-designated and male-designated bathroom. There are gender inclusive apartments at West Campus Apartments and some floors on campus that are coed by every other room (double rooms are same gender, but your neighbor may be of another gender).
Residence life and housing uses the information on the new student Housing Preference Form to create a waiting list for the designed singles on campus. Students must agree to pay the higher cost for a single. Spaces are filled using seniority and date of deposit and date you submitted the housing preference form. There are more than 200 designed single rooms on campus and an additional 240 designed single rooms available at West Campus Apartments.
Both offer a common area that is shared by suite- or quad-mates. Quads are smaller and do not contain any furniture. Suites have a larger common area, similar to a living room, that offer seating for all occupants. Both suites and quads have bathrooms available for use by the suite- or quad-mates.
SUNY Cortland is committed to upholding and maintaining all aspects of the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. If you are a student with a disability and wish to request accommodations, please contact Student Disability Services, Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-1, 607-753-2066. Information regarding your disability will remain confidential and will only be divulged with your knowledge/permission for a housing accommodation. Types of accommodations available at SUNY Cortland include: single bedrooms, bedrooms with private bathrooms, bedrooms with strobes and bed shakers, and wheelchair accessible buildings, bedrooms and bathrooms. If you require housing accommodations, you must put your request in to Student Disability Services and they will contact residence life and housing with a recommendation.
Students must follow the opening arrival schedule. Any variations from this schedule will require you to fill out the online early arrival request found on myRedDragon for advance approval to arrive early. Please note that in order for you to arrive early you will be required to work five hours on the welcome team each day you arrive early to campus. New students may come in one day early and returning students up to two days early. There are no early arrivals permitted for the spring semester.
New students have until May 1 to request their deposit back. New students accepted after April 1 have 30 days from the date of the acceptance letter to request their deposit back. No deposits are refunded after the beginning of the semester.
In general, freshmen are assigned a room with another freshman, and transfers are assigned a room with another transfer or with a returning student.
You can sign in to myRedDragon to find your roommate, hall and room assignment information the first week of August. For the spring semester, this information will be available on myRedDragon in January.
Students will find on myRedDragon their hall assignment and room number before they arrive on campus. Additionally, students will have the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email address (if possible) no later than the first week of August. Please note: The housing and roommate assignments are subject to change up until opening day.
Most hall or roommate changes will have to wait until the beginning of the following semester. Any room change requests should be discussed with your hall director. Requests to move to special interest housing such as Shea wellness and quiet floors can be made as space becomes available.
Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate roommate requests received after the May 31 deadline. The deadline enables us to finalize the housing assignment process in a timely manner.
Bed, mattress (33" x 80"), dresser, desk, desk chair, closet space, mirror, window blinds, recycling bin.
Sheets (twin extra long) except for West Campus Apartments, mattress pad, blankets, pillow, towels, study lamp, metal wastebasket, telephone, UL-approved multi-plug outlet with built-in circuit breaker. View a complete list of suggested items.
Due to fire safety concerns and very minimal storage space on campus, students are not permitted to bring their own furniture into the residence halls. This includes bed frames, mattresses, waterbeds, stuffed furniture or other items. Exceptions include bean bag chairs, papasan chairs and inflatable furniture.
A standard carpet size for all double rooms is 9'x12' or smaller.
Window sizes vary in each hall. Blinds are provided in all student rooms.
A lot of our furniture can be lofted. Once you arrive, you may put in a work order to have your furniture lofted, if it is available in your hall. We do not permit students to build their own lofts.
No. Shower curtains are provided.
Bed-risers, which are extenders that attach to the bed frame and provide more storage space under the bed, are already on all beds in the residence halls. Many of the residence halls have adjustable frames that permit the placement of dressers under the bed, so bed risers are not necessary. Use of cinder blocks or store purchased bed risers is not permitted.
If you are bringing your own refrigerator, each room is allowed one refrigerator that is UL-approved with three-pronged plug, tight-fitting door gasket and unfrayed feeder line. The maximum size for student refrigerators is 5.0 cubic feet. Refrigerators must be inspected by staff at check-in. Microfridges, a microwave-refrigerator-freezer combination, are the only approved microwaves for student rooms and are available to rent from ASC. Tripled rooms are allowed to have two microfridges. Also, students with medical documentation can be approved to have an additional microfridge.
We have two types of triples.
Cheney Hall, DeGroat Hall and Glass Tower Hall have some rooms that are larger than a standard double room and are designed to accommodate three students. Students who reside in these “designed triple” rooms do not receive a triple refund.
Mandated triples have three students assigned to share a standard-size double room. Students in mandated triples will receive a 25 percent triple refund for the number of days tripled.
You will find out when you receive your room assignment if you are in a mandated triple room.
The date your housing deposit is received, submission date of your housing preference form, the specific housing preferences you requested and housing availability are the determining factors for tripling.
The housing staff begins de-tripling during the summer, and will continue to do so until all tripled students have been offered the opportunity to de-triple.
In the past, a number of tripled students chose to remain tripled for a second semester because they enjoyed living with their two new friends.
All de-tripling is based on the date you paid the housing deposit. The students who paid first are the first students offered the chance to de-triple.
We will make every effort to keep students in the same residence hall they are living in, but tripled students are also informed of openings in other buildings.
Students in a tripled room receive a 25 percent refund of the room charge for the number of days they are tripled. If you choose to remain in a Triple after you are offered the chance to move out, you will sign a voluntary triple form and will not receive the 25 percent refund after the date you are offered to move out of your Triple. The Triple refund is issued after the student has been de-tripled.
Every residence hall room is equipped with two cable TV outlets. Because this service is included as part of the room charge, no extra charges are assessed. TVs and cable cords are not provided in the residence hall rooms. Each residence hall has a TV in a lounge for community use. To be compatible with the cable service, all TVs must have a QAM tuner. Visit our cable TV page for a list of known televisions with QAM tuners.
Every SUNY Cortland student receives a SUNY Cortland email account which all campus offices use to send students important information regarding billing, refunds, registration, housing, etc. For information on computer services for students, visit the Information Resources.
*myRedDragon is the campus portal that all students should sign into on a daily basis to receive important messages and information from campus offices.
Each residence hall room is equipped with two outlets for computer network connection and access to the Internet. All residence halls have wired and wireless access.