Get the American College Experience
As an international student you are typically paired with American roommates to enhance the intercultural experience. One benefit that comes with on-campus living is housing during academic year breaks. If it is too expensive to head home, you’re welcome to stay on campus. You also will have a chance to experience the American culture by taking part in events in the hall and socializing with other residents in your building. When you stay with us, you will get a true college experience.
- You are required to live on campus for one year (two semesters) unless you are age 21 by Sept. 1 or Jan. 1 of the semester you begin your studies at SUNY Cortland.
- You will have a chance to prioritize your housing request using the online Housing Preference Form. We try our hardest to accommodate your preference, but you may be assigned to any of the halls listed.
- Students 23 and over are given priority for West Campus Apartment assignments.
- Housing during breaks is available.
Items Provided by the Campus
- Some pots, pans, and kitchen items might be available at West Campus Apartments, but are not guaranteed.
What to Bring
- Bedding like sheets, pillows, comforters and towels.
- A telephone calling plan
Plan on staying in a hotel if you arrive before the hall opening date or after the hall closing date.
Your Housing Options
Basic Residence Hall Information
- All of the residence halls at SUNY Cortland are coed
- Males and females reside in the same building
- Males are assigned to the same room as other males; females are assigned to the same room as other females
- Floors are coed, housing males on one side and females on the opposite side
- Fitzgerald Hall has a floor that is coed by every other room
- Whitaker is coed by every other room
- West Campus Apartments has male only, female only, and coed apartments available
- Male only: houses only male students in each single bedroom
- Female only: houses female students in each single bedroom
- Coed: houses both male/female in the same apartment — residents have their own bedroom and share the common spaces such as the living room, kitchen and bathroom
Whitaker Hall Smallest residence hall – only 60 students total, approximately 15- 20 are international
Fitzgerald Hall Mixed residence hall with freshmen, transfers and upper class students — 183 students total
West Campus Apartments 15 individual apartment buildings with 4 apartments in each building
Leadership House Separate application and interview required to reside in the Leadership House
There are several breaks throughout the academic year that the residence halls will close and you will be unable to stay in your room. Break housing is available to all who complete the break housing form.
SUNY Cortland breaks when the residence halls are closed:
- Thanksgiving Break, November 25-November 30
- Winter Session Break, December 11-January 23
- Spring Break, March 13-22
- International students assigned to halls other than West Campus Apartments may need to move to a lounge or empty room in another residence hall during the break.
- The SUNY Cortland Room and Board License and the SUNY Cortland West Campus Apartment License are the documents that you will agree to abide by when you go online to fill out the new student Housing Preference Form.
- Additional policies are also listed in the Code of Student Conduct.
- The alcohol drinking age in New York state is 21 years of age. Students under the age of 21 are not allowed to drink alcohol or to be in the presence of someone who is drinking alcohol.
- SUNY Cortland is tobacco free meaning there is no use of tobacco products, including smoking, anywhere on the campus.