We're Here for Your Student

The residence life and housing staff want you as the parent and family of your student to know what is happening while they are away at college. Sending your child to college is a time of transition for everyone, and we will work hard to make it a smooth transition.

Please visit this page for regular updates, new information and ways you can help your student be successful while they are at SUNY Cortland.

News and Updates

New Student Housing Preference Form and Roommate Requests

New students: the Housing Preference Form will be available for you to complete on Tuesday, December 1. Review information on completing the Housing Preference Form and selecting a roommate.

Winter Session Housing

If you are taking a class on campus during winter session, you can sign up for winter session housing. Forms are due on Wed., Dec. 16.

Student Staff Applications Now Available

Are you interested in applying to be a staff member for fall 2016? You can apply on myRedDragon by Feb. 4.

Free Parking at West Campus Apartments

All residents of West Campus Apartments are eligible for free parking. Visit the WCA Web page for guidelines.

For Parents of International Students

Supporting your student’s education, especially at a college located in a different country and culture, can be exciting and concerning. You can rest assured that SUNY Cortland faculty members, staff, students and programs are focused on your student’s well-being. Download the International Student Guide PDF to learn more about helping your student prepare for a successful experience.

Stay Connected

envelope with stamp

If you would like to send your student mail or a package, please address it like this:

Residence Halls

Student name
Room # Hall name
Cortland, NY 13045

West Campus Apartments

Student name
Building # West Campus Circle, Apt #
Cortland, NY 13045

Leadership House

Student name
Leadership House, Room #
94 Prospect Avenue
Cortland, NY 13045

For more information regarding USPS, UPS, and FedEx mail delivery, visit Mail and Package Deliveries.

Keep in touch with your student by sending Hugs from Home. Choose from gift cards, gift baskets, flowers or balloon bouquets. You can also opt to send a Care Package.

On-Campus Living

Our 17 residence halls provide a comfortable, safe, fun and friendly living environment for your student.

READ MORE about on-campus living

Off-Campus Living

The city of Cortland is a safe community with numerous housing options for students.

READ MORE about off-campus living

Housing Requirement

Freshmen/Freshmen Transfers

Required to live on campus for four semesters or two full years.


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 is considered local; home address will be verified)
  • You are married
  • You are a veteran

*If you are a new student who qualifies to live off campus, please complete the New Student Off Campus Approval Form

Campus Safety

There is no higher priority at SUNY Cortland than the safety of the campus community, and we take many steps to maintain a safe environment.


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.