Life At RIT
At RIT there are two departments that work with your student in support of their residential experience:
Housing Operations: Responsible for the administration of housing assignments, student access, and the maintenance of the apartments, suites, and Greek circle.
Center for Residence Life: Provides staffing and expertise to support the development of a strong, positive community in residence halls and apartments on campus.
Special Interest Houses
Special interest housing offers students a close-knit community of residents who share similar interests. Members are selected through an application process; applications are due May 1. With limited residential space for these organizations the groups have both “on-floor” and “off-floor” members. Selected members must pay annual dues and are expected to attend weekly meetings and participate in projects and activities throughout the year. Special Interest Houses include: Art House; Computer Science House; Engineering House; House of General Science; International House; Photo House; and Unity House.
Lifestyle floors offer students the opportunity to live on a floor that fosters a preferred environment or interest. These floors include: substance-free; intensified study; study abroad; wellness lifestyle; and gender inclusive.
Students may use this online portal to search for available housing within RIT apartments and suites or to fill a vacancy in an RIT apartment or suite.
For many students, moving away for college is the first time they will have to share a room. This can be challenging enough, but sharing space with a stranger can make it tougher. At RIT, all students, even incoming first-year students, get to select their preferred roommates. Incoming students moving into residences halls can read this guide on selecting rooms and roommates. If your student plans to move into non-RIT housing, the Center for Campus Life has information for commuters, including finding roommates.
Here are some tips to discuss with your student about selecting a roommate:
Here are tips to discuss with your student on sharing a room/apartment:
There is often a very idealized view of what a roommate in college is and the role that person will play in your student's experience. Often, to strive for mutual respect, similar short-term goals, and a person that you can resolve minor disputes with, is more important than that life-long friendship.