Campus Housing

Location
Rochester, NY
Undergrads
12,393
Tuition
$33,258
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: A bedroom in Riverknoll is by far the best housing you can get, due to it's price, proximity to campus, good heating and lack of supervision. However, the rest of the housing is ridiculously expensive and a ridiculously long walk away from class. Especially in the freezing cold. Not to mention the bus system in Rochester which rides people from those apartments to class has never exactly been known as the world's most reliable bus system.

1 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Not that many options and living off campus in apartments is expensive.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Depending on where you are living your situation would be different. We have several places where students live: Residence halls (mandatory for freshmen), global village, Perkins, River knoll, The inn, University commons, Parkpoint, and greek houses. The best places to get into are University Commons, Global village or Greek housing because of their closeness to the academic side of campus and the commodities it offers as in being fully furnished. After that you have the Residene halls which are relatively good to live in and then perkins (which you have to furnish), parkpoint and riverknool which is more like living in a house.

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4 College Student

Campus Housing: The dorms are a long walk from the academic side of campus, but offer an opportunity to socialize and have fun. The spaciousness depends what hall you live in, because the layouts are different in each hall.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I am a commuter student so I have no experience dealing with the housing system. But I can tell you that the dorms are pretty average in terms of age and space. Some of my friends have told me about a few incidents, particularly when a water main broke around a campus store within the residence halls. They have also told me that the air conditioning and heating isn't always up to snuff. So yeah, the campus housing at RIT is decent, but not the best in the world.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 828th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 1194th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 1207th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 1376th
    Shortest Walk to Class

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alecia Crawford
Hometown
Candor, NY
Major
Advertising and Public Relations
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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.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
7,062
Average Housing Costs
$6,309
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
65%
Number of Dormitories
13
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
5
Best Dorms
Building 28, Building 30, Gleason
Worst Dorms
  • Ellingson
  • Helen Fish Hall
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Closet
  • Desk
  • Desk drawer set
  • Dresser
Also Available
Theme or “lifestyle” floors, such as alcohol- and substance- free, intensified study, over-21, nonsmoking, and Greek housing are all available by request through Residence Life.
Available for Rent
AC units
Did You Know?
One feature RIT is very proud of is its special-interest housing. Special-interest houses such as Photo House, Art House, Computer Science House, and House of General Science allow students to live on a floor with a group of students with similar interests. It is not required that a student be academically involved with the major in question; if he or she is interested in computer science, art, or is just friends with those who are, then they are eligible to live on one of the lifestyle floors.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Building 28
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 138
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: No, men only
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Independent all-male floor, Kappa Delta Rho House, Phi Delta Theta House, Delta Sigma Phi House, Phi Sigma Kappa House
Building 30
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 138
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Large lounge area, males and females are on single-sex floors
Building 32
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 64
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Zeta Tau Alpha House, Sigma Sigma Sigma House, some floors are for males only
Carlton Gibson Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 292
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Intensified study floors, nonsmoking, some floors for males only
Eugene Colby Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 215
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Art House, Unity House, International House, House of General Science, some floors for females only
Frances Baker Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 138
Bathrooms: Shared by the floor
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Alcohol/substance-free and Honors housing, nonsmoking
Helen Fish Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 357
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Alcohol- and substance-free floors, Wellness floors, some floors for men only
Kate Gleason Hall
Floors: 7
Number of Occupants: 331
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Smoke-free building
Mark Ellingson Hall
Floors: 12
Number of Occupants: 600
Bathrooms: Shared by floor or suite
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Singles, doubles, single-sex suites, triples
Special Features: Intensified study floors, nonsmoking
Nathaniel Rochester Hall
Floors: 8
Number of Occupants: 331
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Engineering House, Computer Science House, Photo House
Peter Peterson Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 102
Bathrooms: Shared by floor or suite
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Single, double, single-sex suites
Special Features: 21-and-over floor, alcohol- and substance-free floor, some floors males only, nonsmoking
Sol Heumann Hall
Floors: 8
Number of Occupants: 328
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Some floors for males only, nonsmoking
Tower C
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 23
Bathrooms: Shared by suite
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Single-sex suites
Special Features: Some floors are for males only

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Colony Manor
Bathrooms: One full, or one and a half
Coed: Yes
Room Types: One-, two-, or four-person apartments
Special Features: All utilities included, computer lab in building, volleyball and basketball courts, two Ethernet jacks
Perkins Green
Bathrooms: One full
Coed: Yes
Room Types: One- or two-bedroom apartments
Special Features: All utilities are included, one or two Ethernet jacks in each apartment, in ideal location near residence halls, academic buildings, Gracies, and the Commons
Raquet Club
Bathrooms: One and a half
Coed: Yes
Room Types: One-bedroom apartments for one or two people
Special Features: All utilities included, one Ethernet, three miles off campus in country-like setting
Riverknoll
Bathrooms: One full
Coed: Yes
Room Types: One bedroom apartment, two- or three-bedroom townhouses for one, three, or four people
Special Features: All utilities included, no Ethernet connections
University Commons
Bathrooms: Two full
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Four-bedroom apartment for four people
Special Features: All utilities included, one Ethernet jack per bedroom and one in living room, furnished individual leases

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