Many students choose to live on campus all four years at RIT. A good majority of these students feel that living on campus is convenient, mainly because of the proximity to classes and school facilities, and because they don’t have to worry about paying rent every month. Also, utilities, including Ethernet, local phone bill, and cable, are included in the rent that students do pay. However, it is true that Residence Life is usually not very helpful, and students have to be persistent in order to get answers from them. As for the dorms at RIT, they are all in good condition. Each dorm was recently renovated, and all dorms undergo thorough inspection each summer to ensure that each facility stays up to par. You will be charged for any damage done to your room at the end of the year, so it is important to record the condition of your room when you move in. Be sure to jot down (or take pictures of) any problems or deficiencies that you may notice.
On-campus apartments can be a great, affordable living option for students, but they are hard to come by. The best way to go about getting an on-campus apartment is to check the housing Web site. There are always lists of people who are looking for roommates, sometimes due to co-op. Apartment living is a bit more relaxed than dorm life, and students generally feel a bit more on their own. There are no RAs watching over you, and it is easier to get away with having a drink now and then. Parties are tolerated by administration in all RIT apartments—to a certain extent, of course. There are rules that students are expected to follow: no charging fellow students a fee to drink, parties are to be kept small (usually under 20 students), and (here’s the big one) no underage drinking. For the most part, you won’t have a problem with Campus Safety as long as you keep the party fairly quiet after midnight. Also, it is important not to let your guests congregate outside; drunken college students normally have a tough time keeping quiet.