Office for Residential Life
& Housing Services

General Information

Frequently Asked Questions


What is Residential Life and Housing Services?

The Office for Residential Life and Housing Services is a department of the University that provides housing and a sense of community for approximately more than 3800 residents. Communities are areas within the residence halls where freshmen, upperclassmen, special interest floors, fraternity, sorority, and our hall councils interact. Each residence hall is comprised of coeducational living arrangements. The main Reslife Office, located in 020 Gates Wing of Susan B. Anthony Hall, provides direction and assistance to all administrative capacities pertaining to student housing. If you have questions concerning official housing matters speak with yourArea Office. If you need more information or clarity you may feel free to seek further assistance from the main Reslife Office staff. The Office for Residential Life and Housing Service’s address is 020 Gates Wing - SBA Halls, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14624 or you may call (585) 275-3166, between the hours of 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.

When can I officially move into my Freshman residence hall?

The official date to move into the residence hall is posted each academic year on the website and mailed to your home prior to check-in. You should have plenty of time to contact your roommate(s) and arrange for travel.

2014 Move-In for Freshmen:

  • International Students may move in on Monday, August 25 at 9:00 a.m.
    (Check your email for specific check-in information and locations.)
  • Domestic Students may move in on Tuesday, August 26 at 9:00 a.m.
    (You will receive a packet via USPS with all your Freshmen Move-In Day specifics.)

When can I officially move into Upperclassmen residence halls and apartments?

The official date to move into the residence hall is posted each academic year on the website. These move-in dates occur after Freshmen Orientation and Upperclassmen are asked to wait until the weekend to move in. You should have plenty of time to arrange your room before classes start.

2014 Move-In for Upperclassmen:

When do the residence halls officially close?
 
Spring Semester undergraduate residence halls close the day after commencement. Rooms and hallways are cleaned, repaired, and utilized by summer housing, conference events, and sports camps.
 
Move-Out Day 2015

  • Domestic and International students must move out of their Spring Housing Assignment on Monday, May 18 by 12:00 p.m.
    (See your Area Office for specific information.)

What is the cost of each room type in the residence halls?

The University of Rochester offers several different types of living arrangements competitively priced. Freshmen housing largely consists of double rooms – both with single gender floors and co-ed floors, conveniently located near dining facilities, and the academic buildings. Upperclassmen housing has a variety of options: double rooms, singles, suites of 6-8 people, and two, three, and four person apartments. Upperclassmen housing rates vary by locations.

See Room Rates

How do I request a room change?

If you would like to request a room change, please come to the Residential Life & Housing Services Central office located in 020 Gates Wing, of SBA Hall (outdoor entrance). Make sure to be detailed and reasonable in your request. The Office for Residential Life will contact you prior to any move and you would have the right to accept or decline the new assignment. When you are offered a new room assignment, you will be given 48 hours to make a decision on whether to accept or decline the new assignment. Failure to decide within the specified time limit will result in the offer being withdrawn. If you refuse 3 offers, you will be placed at the end of your class year and considered for a room change after your fellow classmates have had the opportunity to choose. Requests will be honored in time and date order, if and when space becomes available.

How are freshman placed in a housing assignment?

Incoming freshman housing placements are made at the discretion of our Undergraduate Assignments team at the University of Rochester. Housing contracts/applications are due June 2 for on-time consideration.  Assignments are made randomly, with attention paid to preferences, as noted on the application.  We cannot guarantee that everyone will get their first or second choice, but we do our best to try and match up interests.  Late applicants will be housed but will have a lessened likelihood of being placed in a first or second preference for housing type.

How big are the rooms in my residence hall?

Room types vary from hall to hall. Please see the link to your assigned hall to for further room approximate size information. See RocRes

Are cooking facilities available in the residence halls?

Yes, most halls do have limited cooking facilities, but not all. Check out our website for specifics on cooking facilities and Campus Dining options.

How big are the beds in the rooms?

All beds within the University of Rochester residence halls are are standard extra-long twin size, 36˝ x 80˝.

How do I get specific information about my residence hall?

See RocRes

Where can I do my laundry?

Each residence hall is equipped with laundry facilities ($2.50 to wash and free to dry).

If I wanted to room with my friend, what process applies?

When you fill out your housing application, please include the name of the person with whom you would like to be your roommate. Your roommate must also submit a housing application with your name in order to be considered.

Is it possible to speak with your roommate before arriving freshman year?

Yes, once your roommate match is made, the Office for Residential Life and Housing Services will mail you both with contact information. Please discuss your plans prior to moving in to avoid two of everything.

Can I bring a small microwave or small refrigerator?

Yes. Please refer to our guidelines when purchasing microwaves and refrigerators. The size limit on any refrigerator is 4.3 cubic feet. Microwaves may not exceed 900 watts. Any refrigerator over that size will not be permitted into the residence hall. A micro-fridge which is an approved appliance with a combination a microwave and refrigerator can be rented for the academic year. Please visit www.refrigeratorleasing.com for more information.

Will my parents/guardians/friends be able to spend the night on move-in day (check-in)?

No, all visitors will be asked to leave your residence hall; however, there are several hotels in the area that may accommodate these persons.

Do the residence halls have Internet connection?

Yes. The University of Rochester has a robust Ethernet and Wireless systems.

What are the visitation policies/procedures/guidelines?

Visitation for the Residence Halls are established by the Office for Residential Life and Housing Services and are intended for academic and healthy socializing. Visitation is not designed for overnight co-habitation or extended stays. Please check with each area for more specifics.

What is the chain of command in Residence Life?

General concerns should be addressed to your Resident Advisors/Community Advisors (RA/CA), Graduate House Advisors (GHA), or Graduate Head Residents (GHR). Afterwards, please speak with your Resident Director (RD), Area Coordinator (AC) or Assistant Director (AD), and then the 020 Gates Wing, Main Reslife Office if necessary. Please encourage your student to seek out answers through the campus resources provided (i.e. Area Handbooks, Campus Policies, Housing Guidelines Brochure, and Housing Contract).

What amenities are available in my residence halls?

Each Residence Hall is equipped with such amenities as high speed Internet access, cable, vending machines, laundry facilities, and lounge areas.

What do I need to bring, what am I not allowed to bring?

Freshmen students will receive information via mail during the summer on what they need to bring and what is not allowed in the Residence Hall. Upperclassmen receive area specific handbooks listing items that are prohibited. In most cases, items prohibited in Freshmen areas, are also prohibited in upperclassmen areas. Only surge-protected power-cords and multiple outlet power-strips are allowed. Also, all lamps must have shades. View our Fire Safety Guidelines for more information.

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What safety precautions are taken in the halls?

All of our residence halls have sprinkler systems and updated fire prevention/warning systems. Furthermore, Residence Halls are equipped with the necessary safety and security hardware such as smoke detectors and alarm systems, all building access to student rooms are kept locked and each student is issued a University Identification Card (ID) which activates the doors in their respective halls. Room door keys are issued to each resident. All residents must present a valid University of Rochester ID Card upon when asked by a University official including student staff.

Does ResLife have a lost and found?

It is very important to mark your personal items with your name and/or student ID. Many students misplace phones, books, and even valuable items in lounges, hallways, and public spaces within our residence halls. Whenever an item is found in a residence hall during a weekday, our facilities workers will bring the item to the Area Office that is open between 8:30am – 5:00pm, Mondays through Fridays. The area office will then contact Public Safety, notifying them of the lost property. Items found in the evening and/or on weekends are reported directly to Public Safety. Lost and found property is stored with the Department of Public Safety. If you have lost an item or wish to report finding an item, please contact their office at (585) 275-2552 or call Public Safety dispatch at (585) 275-3333.