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Incoming First-Year Students


Dorm room

Living on campus and taking advantage of the many resources available to you while at the University of Rochester is part of the experience. Freshman and sophomores are required to live on campus for this reason. According to the American Council on Education, college students who live on campus are more satisfied with their experience, earn higher grade point averages, and are more likely to graduate. There are many worthwhile options to choose from during your student years, both within the Residential Life system and in our community neighborhoods.

At Rochester, we house first-year students together. We provide safe, clean, furnished rooms with comfortable surroundings. Our main priority is to ensure that students are provided with an opportunity to have a community of peers, experience mutual respect with a roommate and a hall, share learning experiences with hall and floor mates, and get involved with the many University-wide activities and opportunities available.

Campus housing offers:

  • Renovated halls
  • Superior connectivity (voice, video, and data)
  • Convenient proximity to classes, libraries, and events
  • The opportunity to participate in on-campus activities
  • An atmosphere that encourages and supports relationships with others, including classmates, upper-level students, graduate students, and faculty and staff
  • Energetic residential, academic, support, social, recreational, and resource programs

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 Residential Life Office in 020 Gates Hall (Susan B. Anthony Halls), call (585) 275-3166, or email us at If we do not have an answer for you, we will either find it or connect you with someone who does.