Residential Experience

The University of Rochester is a highly residential campus. On-campus living is a major part of the Rochester college experience, and most students call the campus home for their entire four years. First and second year students are required to live on campus.


Campus Housing

Campus housing offers:

  • Traditional style residence halls
  • Opportunities to form relationships with others, including classmates, upper-level students, graduate students, and faculty and staff
  • Reliable connectivity (voice, video, and data)
  • Convenient proximity to classes, libraries, and events
  • Opportunities to participate in on-campus activities
  • Energetic residential, academic, support, social, recreational, and resource programs
  • On-site student and professional staff to help with transition and student support

The Office for Residential Life and Housing Services houses first-year students in traditional corridor style halls with engaging programming, supportive upperclassmen mentors, and comfortable spaces.

The First-Year Hill, including Susan B. Anthony and Genesee Halls, is located near Rush Rhees Library and features taller tower-style buildings close to athletics and dining services.

The First-Year Quad, including Gilbert, Tiernan, Hoeing, and Lovejoy Halls, sits on the traditional Residential Quad near Wilson Commons and the center of campus.

Most first-year students will share a double room with another first-year student; however, there also are a limited number of single rooms and triple rooms. Sometimes Lovejoy Hall is used as a first-year hall during large class size years. Students can also indicate an interest to live in affinity housing as a first-year student.

Housing for Transfer Students

Most University of Rochester students live on campus, and Rochester welcomes transfer students to join our residential undergraduate community as much as possible. However, we cannot always accommodate every transfer student who wants to live on campus.

Spring transfer students may find it easier to obtain housing on-campus. Transfer students are encouraged to fill out the application as soon as they receive it.

More Information

We encourage you to read the residential life materials carefully. They are designed to help you prepare for living at the University of Rochester.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to visit us at the Office for Residential Life in 020 Gates Hall (Susan B. Anthony Halls), call (585) 275-3166, or email us at