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Incoming First-Year Students

Rooms and Roommates

All freshman halls offer unique living opportunities for our first-year students. Below is information on:



Rooms will have a:

  • Bed
  • Mattress
  • Desk and chair
  • Bookcase
  • Dresser
  • Closet space
  • Wastebasket

Beds in double and triple rooms are bunkable and loftable in a variety of configurations to customize your living area. All rooms have basic window coverings for privacy. Students must use the University-provided mattress. If there is a medical condition that requires a special mattress, University Health Service (UHS) will need to review the request and, if recommended, the student will need to provide proof that the mattress meets the University’s fire protection standards.

You need to bring your own:

  • Bedspreads
  • Pillows
  • Blankets
  • Rugs
  • Sheets (standard extra-long twin size, 36˝ x 80˝)
  • Pillowcases
  • Towels
  • Study lamp (must meet fire code)
  • Anything else to make your room seem more like home

Please review separate materials that describe what is not allowed under New York State fire codes listed in the fire safety checklist. We also have a limited supply of 36˝ x 90˝ beds and mattresses for students over 6'4". Please let us know if you require our longest mattress and bed frame.

New York State fire codes severely restrict cooking in student rooms. However, students may bring small refrigerators (no more than 4.5 cu. ft.) and small microwaves. These items should be stored within each student’s room. Check with your area office about other appliances before you bring them to the residence halls.

There are laundry facilities in each hall. You are responsible for doing your own laundry and cleaning your own room. The housekeeping staff cleans the bathrooms and public areas of housing facilities.

Every room on River Campus has a wired high-speed computer connection (ResNet), per student, to the University’s systems and the Internet as well as wireless connections. In addition, each room has a cable outlet providing 55–60 channels of local, national, and cable television, with additional subscription services available through Time Warner Cable.

Please read “Important Rules” and the housing contract in advance to make sure you know what you are allowed to bring.

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Room Assignments

When making room assignments, we try to take into consideration the preferences you indicate on your application/contract and related materials. Due to high demand for certain spaces, however, we may only be able to honor your second or third preference.

Rooms are restricted on the basis of gender only. We do not collect information, assign rooms, or make room changes on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, or other such factors.

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We believe that an important part of the residential learning experience is getting to know and interact with new friends in a new environment. We have tried a variety of methods of selecting roommates, and while no method has emerged as perfect, we have settled on one that works best for our students.

You will receive notification of your room assignment in early July. We will also include the name and contact information of your roommate(s) in case you want to get to know each other and make arrangements in advance for what to bring to make your room into your University home.

Unless both parties make a specific roommate request in writing on their application/contracts, we will pair you randomly with another freshman (most freshmen are assigned this way).

Three factors are used in the pairing process. First, student rooms will be assigned to students of the same gender. Second, we will honor your preference for a smoking or nonsmoking roommate. A third factor is the “Substance Free Room,” for students who voluntarily agree not to bring any form of recreational chemicals (tobacco, alcohol, etc.) into their residence hall room. Though responsibility for enforcing this agreement rests with the roommates, this is a way to make stronger initial roommate pairings.

We do not encourage best friends from home, twins, or siblings to be roommates—living together strains even the best relationships. However, we will honor mutual written requests from both students.

We will accept roommate requests until June 3. Sometimes we are able to accommodate a late roommate request. In these cases, the pair will be assigned based on the date of receipt of the late application. This can significantly affect the type and location of housing to which you are assigned.

Roommate Difficulties

If roommate difficulties arise, we will assist in mediating. If your roommate situation doesn’t work out, please talk with your resident advisor or area residential life staff. There are procedures designed to allow changes within or between buildings.

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Triples and Lounge Housing

In some years, we have more students applying for housing than we initially have spaces for. We do house students in triple rooms and occasionally in lounges converted to regular student rooms. We use large doubles as triples, and we do outfit lockable lounges with all the regular student room furniture. Housing charges are discounted for these rooms.

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Special Needs

Students requesting housing accommodation due to a disability must submit the request, with supporting documentation, be completed no later than June 1. Our housing assignment process occurs in June, and we will need a recommendation from the CETL team in order to consider and assign a student to a special accommodation.

Once assignments are made and mailed to students, it is difficult for us to undo a housing assignment and find another accommodation since, typically, all spaces have been assigned. Late submissions may result in our not being able to provide this accommodation initially, and a student would then need to wait until a vacancy occurs in an appropriate space.

Please indicate on your housing contract that you are seeking a special accommodation.

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