FIT is home to more than 2,300 students, based on a first-come, first-served basis. Three residence halls (Alumni, Nagler, and Coed) are located conveniently across the street from FIT's campus. These halls typically house incoming freshmen and new students. FIT also has a newer residence hall, George and Mariana Kaufman Hall, located on West 31st Street between Ninth and 10th avenues, which typically houses upperclassmen. Although some students think it is a far walk from campus, others think the newer rooms are worth the distance.
Students can take advantage of the reasonably priced campus housing, especially since they are located in one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Manhattan. The Department of Residential Life hosts several social activities a semester, which give students a chance to meet others.