What will your residence hall room have?
Each room has a bed, desk, desk drawers, chair, dresser, closet/wardrobe, wastebasket, and a recycling bin for each occupant. All rooms are carpeted* and have window shades. * Some residence hall rooms have no carpet in anticipation of meeting an ADA accommodation. Student without accommodations may be placed in these rooms.
Throughout RIT’s residence halls, double, triple and quad rooms vary in size and layout from building to building, even room to room on any given floor. We have four different varieties of furniture that are randomly placed in all types of rooms. Please wait until your arrival to determine the dimensions of the room and the furniture. Students who are unsure about whether an item will fit in their new space are advised to move-in first and then add additional items. The room you are assigned to may be different than the room shown during RIT housing tours.
We are not able to accomodate tours to specific individual rooms.
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88% of the rooms in the residence halls are doubles. A small number of single, triple and quad rooms are located throughout the residence halls. Rooms are designed to accommodate the number of students assigned.
*Beds in triples and quads are no longer bunked.
Our mattresses have a vinyl covering for health and sanitary reasons. Due to safety requirements, only RIT mattresses can be used. We recommend that you bring a cotton mattress cover to place over the vinyl covering. Mattresses in all rooms are twin XL (extra-long). All rooms have window shades. Curtains are not needed and prohibited.
Room Condition and Cleaning Responsibilities
Room care and cleanliness are the responsibility of the students who share the room—one reason we ask students about their cleaning preferences. Rooms must be kept clean for health and safety reasons. Vacuum cleaners may be obtained from your resident advisor. The common areas of the buildings (bathrooms, lounges, etc.) are cleaned regularly by Facilities Management staff.
No pets are allowed except for fish. Piranhas, oscars, and other carnivorous fish are not allowed. The tank size may not be larger than 10 gallons.
A resident with a disability who would like to request the use of a service or assistance animal due to their disability must contact the Director of Disability Services.
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Telephones and phone lines are not provided. If you desire a phone line to be activated in your student room, you need to contact the RIT Service Center at 585-475-5000 or help.rit.edu to request a line be activated. There will be no charge for the activation and line. You will, however, need to bring your own telephone. On-campus and local calling will be available with an active phone line, but long-distance calls require a calling card.
All rooms have an overhead light, but we suggest that you bring your own lamps. Torchier or any style lamp(s) that use a halogen bulb 300 watts or more is prohibited. Torchier style lamps that use a compact florescent or incandescent bulb are permitted.
Connections to the RIT Computer Network
All residence halls have wireless network access. Additionally, an Ethernet jack is provided for every student in a residence hall room, which allows you direct access to the RIT network and the Internet. To access the RIT network, you must have an RIT computer account and agree to abide by the RIT code of conduct for computer and network use. Students are responsible for protecting their own computer systems with UL-approved surge protectors.
Storage space is not available. We suggest that at the beginning of the year you attempt to send home as much of your excess luggage, boxes, and crates as possible.
Personal Property Insurance
RIT strongly encourages all students to maintain insurance coverage for their personal possessions while attending school. RIT assumes no responsibility for losses of students' personal belongings.
RIT is pleased to offer Personal Property Insurance through CSI Insurance Agency, Inc. The CSI Student Personal Property Protector Plus® is underwritten by Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company and offers several different limit and deductible options providing students greater flexibility to select the type and amount of coverage that best serves their needs. All CSI policyholders are automatically eligible to purchase ALL risk coverage for photography related equipment that is rented or borrowed for short term periods up to an additional $25,000 in value per occurrence.
The plans are available through:
CSI Insurance Agency, Inc.
Please refer to the Student Personal Property Brochure for additional details and exclusions. Also included are annual rates, additional general information about the program, and an application form.
Cooking meals in residents’ rooms is not allowed. Microwave ovens are prohibited in residents’ rooms. Only microwave ovens purchased by RIT Housing Operations can be used in public areas. Any hot beverage appliance that has an automatic shut off can be used in a student room. Appliances that are intended to be used for cooking are prohibited; examples are, but not limited to, rice maker, toaster, toaster oven, cake pop, George Foreman grill, etc... Refrigerators, 5 cubic feet or smaller, are allowed in residents’ rooms
The post office is located in the tunnel area underneath Nathaniel Rochester Hall (NRH). It is a fully functioning post office for mail and package pickup. Mailboxes are available if you choose to have one but are not required to receive packages. Mail is delivered once a day and picked up twice a day at posted hours. You can ship some of your items prior to arriving on campus if you live far away.
There are seven free laundry rooms throughout the tunnels connecting the residence halls. Students should provide their own detergent and dryer sheets.
Fire Strobes for Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing Students
Rochester Institute of Technology is proud to be recognized as the only technical institute in the world that provides educational opportunities in a college setting for deaf or hard-of-hearing students. The National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), a college of RIT, was established by Congress in 1968 and is funded through the U.S. Department of Education. This college admits qualified students from every state in the nation, as well as other countries, and has a strong national network for job placement.
Strobe light warning equipment is provided in each room where a deaf or hard-of-hearing student might live. All deaf or hard-of-hearing students will be assigned to fire-strobed rooms.
Accommodations for Students with Disabilities and Special Medical Needs
All residence hall buildings have handicap-accessible bathrooms on every floor. Some residence hall rooms and bathroom facilities have already been adapted for wheelchair mobility. Other rooms or floor accommodations may be made for those who have other physical, medical, or learning disabilities.
All requests for special housing based on medical or disability needs must be placed with the Office of Disability Services. Severe allergies that cannot be managed with medication are the only types of allergies that may qualify for a special housing accommodation. For fall entrance, please submit the Application for Services for Students with Disabilities by May 1 and contact the Office of Disability Services at 585-475-2023 as early as possible to discuss your needs.