New Students

Housing Timeline for Fall Semester Start

  • Receive an acceptance letter from Admissions Office.
  • Pay the $200 admission deposit.
  • Receive an email with housing instructions for completing your new student preference form on myRedDragon beginning April 1.
  • Fill out and submit Housing Preference Form (view housing preference form instructions) via myRedDragon by June 1.
  • If you are requesting housing accommodations, you must provide medical documentation by June 1.
  • Housing assignment and roommate information is available on myRedDragon by August 1.

General Housing Information

  • Freshmen, including freshmen transfers, are assigned to live in a room with freshmen, even in mixed halls.
  • Transfers are assigned to live with either another transfer student or a returning student.
  • You can request roommates on your Housing Preference Form if you meet the June 1 deadline.
  • Room charges include cable TV, Internet, voice mail and local phone service.
  • Student resident assistants (RAs) and professional residence hall directors (RHDs) are available for support in each residence hall.
  • Returning students are not guaranteed housing their junior and senior years; housing will be determined on a space available basis and whether the posted housing deadlines are met.
  • It is anticipated that some freshmen will be tripled for the fall semester.
  • Housing assignments and tripling are based on a combination of the date the admission deposit is paid, the date the Housing Preference Form is received, and special interest and roommate requests.

Housing Requirements

  • All new freshmen are required to live on campus for four semesters or two full years.
  • All new transfers are required to live on campus for two semesters or one full year.

Automatic approval to live off campus*

  • You are over the age of 21 by August 31 for the fall semester and January 15 for the spring semester
  • You commute from home (50 mile radius from campus is considered local; home address will be verified)
  • You are married
  • You are a veteran

Do you meet any of the criteria? If so, complete the Off Campus Approval form, available on myRedDragon on April 1.

*Automatic approvals are available for incoming students only. By signing up to live on campus students agree to a one year (two semester commitment). For more information regarding the release policy please review our room and board license.

What to Expect...

...from your residence hall community

You are a member of your residence hall community. We believe a residence hall is more than a place for a break from classes; it is a vibrant and active community — the center for student life. We encourage you to develop an awareness of the many opportunities that this presents and challenge you to take advantage of this setting to increase your leadership abilities and social development.

It is important that each resident's actions contribute to the development of a strong, safe, positive community within the residence hall. As a community member, you are expected to contribute in a positive manner.

Advantages to Living on Campus

  • Greater satisfaction with the college experience
  • Higher grades than off-campus students
  • Greater accessibility for participation in educational and recreational activities
  • Exposure to different cultures and lifestyles
  • Contact with more students
  • A stronger connection to campus

Room Layout

The illustration below shows the basic room layout for most residence hall double rooms. The closets are generally built in and cannot be moved, except for closets in Alger, Clark, Glass Tower, and Higgins halls.

In a typical room layout, there is a closet, desk and bed on both sides of the room. There are two dressers in front of the window opposite the entry door, which swings inward.

To view the approximate room dimensions, visit the the individual residence hall pages.

For more information regarding residence hall rooms, please visit the FAQ for New Students or the individual residence hall pages.

Contact Us

Residence Life and Housing
Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-33

Phone: 607-753-4724
Fax: 607-753-5984

Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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