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Housing Selection

Jo Qiao on Saturday, 12 November 2016. Posted in Residence Life, Student Life

Fall is here in Rochester! That means that the time to select housing for next upcoming semester or academic year is coming up. It is crucial for first year students to watch their emails for the date because the on-campus housing selection process happens in November for the next full academic year. If you want to be in on-campus housing, you need to watch out for the dates. In this blog, I will talk about key factors to consider when choose housing.

Renewal sign-up
For renewal of on-campus housing sign up, the date is from November 1st to 4th. If you are an upperclassman who lives in University Commons, Colony manor or ect. and decides to stay in the same place, you should sign up for renewal for the next year during this time period. After signing up, you can add roommates from November 7th to 13th. If you are a freshman who wants to room with your upperclassman friend, this is time for the upperclassman to add you in their housing group, ensuresing you to get into the apartment.

Room selection sign-up
If you are a freshman and you decide to live in on-campus housing, you are required to complete 17-18 full academic year contract and request your roommates between November 16th-27 th. After that, you will be sent an appointment time through your RIT email on November 29th. In early December, you can go online to select your housing during your appointment time. All the housing selection is completed online through

If you need more housing selection information, the following are open info sessions:

Sunday, October 23
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Ingle Auditorium

Wednesday, November 2
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
CSD Student Development Center

Tuesday, November 8
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
CSD Student Development Center

Living on campus

On-campus housing includes the Residence Halls, Global Village, University Commons (UC), Perkins, Colony Manor, the Raquet Club, RIT Inn and Greek housing. You can find benefits of RIT housing options on the RIT Housing website:

However, if you cannot get into the housing options you want, what are your other options? Would you want to live off campus? Let's evaluate some key factors I found to be important when I was choosing my housing.


Do you have a car? Transportation is a key player when choosing housing. If you have a car, you will have more variety and options for your housing selection. However, if you don't have a car, you can use the RIT bus system. For RIT apartments and off-campus apartments, there are buses connecting each apartment complex to campus. The wait time in the morning (or busy time of the day) is around 10 min to 15 min and 30 min at other time of the day. There is an app you can download for the various bus schedules.


Some on-campus apartments have relatively more affordable rent. To be noted, on campus housing rent is billed by semester. If you choose to live in the Residence Halls, you have to move out for both winter and summer break. You can keep your belongings in your Residence Hall room over winter break, but the buildings will lock for a portion of intercession - during which you may have to find alternative housing options if you plan on staying. If you live in an apartment, you are allowed to stay in the apartment over the winter break but you need to pay rent to stay over the summer. 

Off-campus apartments that are close to campus can be a little more costly, depending on where you go. For Park Point and the Province (very close, off-campus apartment complexes), the rent for 1 person is per installment. For example, if you want to rent a room in park point, you have to pay 800 dollars per month and all your roommates will pay the same amount each month as well.


Living on campus, you can always eat at on-campus dining locations. It's nice to have a kitchen so you can give yourself some more variety every now and then. If you you live off-campus, you may need to consider how you will get your groceries if you don't have a car. If you decide to live in dorms, you have to choose a meal plan (mostly because you do not have easy access to a kitchen most of the time). 

Sharing space

Another key factor is how you fair with sharing common areas. Do you mind sharing a space with other people or sharing a room with others? Studios, or 1 bedroom apartments, tend to be more pricy. If you don't mind sharing, you can live somewhere with a roommate, which reduces a lot of financial burden.

Resources to find housing

You can join the RIT housing facebook group to look for housing. The group is exclusive to RIT students. People post a lot about finding roommates, leasing, subleasing, etc. If you do decide to live in an off-campus apartment (far away from RIT), you should probably have your guardians to look over the leasing contract and etc. Hope this helps, and good luck with your future housing selection process!