Incoming Freshmen

Housing Options

All freshmen live in one of the following freshmen resident halls:

Students can also indicate an interest to live in affinity housing as freshmen.

All freshman halls have been renovated in recent years and offer unique living opportunities for our first-year students. Most freshmen will share a double room with another freshman student; however, there also are a limited number of single rooms and triple rooms.


Early Decision Students

Students who have been accepted to the University of Rochester through the early decision process can request a specific residence hall. Early decision students will receive a residence hall preference sheet in a separate mailing. In order to guarantee this assignment, students must return the form by June 1. We cannot guarantee placement to any requests made after June 1.

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Nonsmoking Housing

All University housing is smoke-free. If you or your roommate chooses to smoke, it must be 30 feet from any building. We still ask you to indicate your smoking status and preference for a smoking or nonsmoking pairing on the housing application.

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Susan B. Anthony Hall

SBA Freshman residence hall.

Named for the famous local suffragette, this hall contains four interconnecting wings: Gannett, Gates, Morgan, and Hollister. All floors are coed, some with male and female corridors; others alternate men’s and women’s rooms on the same corridor. There are lounges with kitchenettes on each floor. Susan B. Anthony Halls features a rooftop solarium, several large meeting and programming areas, and a beautiful formal lounge overlooking Fauver Stadium and the river.

The hall also contain one of the two major student dining centers (Danforth Dining Center) and Hillside Market. The Customer Service/ID Office (ID cards, dining services, etc.) is also located on the first floor, while the Office for Residential Life and Housing Services is located in the basement office suites.

For more information, see the Susan B. Anthony Hall handbook and floor plan.

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Genesee Hall

Genesee hall

Genesee Hall, which overlooks its namesake the Genesee River, features four residential floors housing approximately 150 freshman students. The hall has both single and double bedrooms, and each floor has six individual bathrooms—each containing a private shower, sink, and toilet behind a lockable door. There are also three single bedrooms with attached handicapped-accessible bathrooms.

The Varsity House is located in the first two floors of the building and, includes locker rooms for the men’s and women’s outdoor teams, as well as sports medicine and team equipment rooms. The main level will be dedicated to academic and student life services with meeting rooms and offices.

Genesee Hall was built with a commitment to sustainable design, construction, and operational practice.

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Gilbert Hall

Gilbert residence hall

Gilbert Hall is the largest residence on the Freshman Quad. It houses approximately 300 students, primarily in double rooms. Gilbert Hall has:

For more information, see the Freshman Quad Handbook, Gilbert Hall on Facebook, and the Gilbert Hall floor plans.

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Hoeing, Tiernan, and Lovejoy Halls

Tiernan residence hall

Hoeing Hall, Tiernan Hall, and a portion of Lovejoy Hall all house freshmen. Lovejoy Hall will house both freshmen (housed together) and some upper-level students. The halls feature floor lounges and kitchenettes to support floor activities. The main floor of Hoeing features a seminar room, and the main floor of Tiernan features a large group lounge. Both offer large laundry/vending areas and study areas as well.

For more information, see the Freshman Quad Handbook, the Hoeing floor plan, the Tiernan floor plan, and Lovejoy floor plan.

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Affinity Housing

Affinity housing is a popular housing option at Rochester for freshman. Affinity housing options center on lifestyle themes that participants agree to follow in order to remain in the living area. Typical affinity themes include:

The available options are indicated in the housing application packet. Not all options are offered in every building.

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Special Interest Housing Affiliations

Special interest housing (SIH) is popular at Rochester. While SIH is not a direct part of the freshman housing program, freshmen can participate in SIH programs and can join them as freshmen associate members.

At Rochester, special interest housing (theme and Greek) is space set aside in the upper-class residence halls where a group of upperclassmen, sharing common interests and seeking to integrate these interests with their residential life, live together.

Over time, new programs are created and older ones are disbanded. Programs we anticipate for next year include the:

There are 15 residential fraternity and sorority groups in residence halls and Greek houses. Other programs may develop prior to school in the fall.

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