University Commons is a fully furnished apartment with four single bedrooms inside of each unit. Doors to the bedrooms lock from the inside and are accessible via a room key. University Commons has 24/7 card swipe access and blue light emergency phones.
We advise waiting 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.
We are not able to accommodate tours of the upperclassmen apartments.
All University Commons suites have wireless network access. 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.
Our mattresses have a vinyl covering for health and sanitary reasons and have a firm and plush side. 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 University Commons rooms are full sized. All rooms have window shades. Curtains are not needed and are prohibited.
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 are prohibited. Torchier style lamps that use a compact florescent or incandescent bulb are permitted.
Telephones and phone lines are not provided. If you desire a phone line to be activated in your student room, contact the ITS Service Desk 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.
Kitchens are provided in University Commons suites. Each kitchen contains an electric stove, oven, a full sized refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, sink, and cabinet space. Washers and dryers are provided in the units.
Students are allowed to bring in cooking items such as coffee makers, rice cookers, keurigs, etc., but they must remain in the kitchen.
Each building is card swipe access 24/7, and there are apartments inside of each UC building that are ADA accommodating (strobe lighting, accessible, etc.).
The post office is located in Global Village. 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.
The proper mailing address for University Commons is as follows:
Room care and cleanliness of common areas (bathroom, kitchen, living room, etc.) are the responsibility of the students who share the space—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 Residence Life.
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 Gallagher Student Insurance. The College Student Property & Renters Insurance is underwritten by Allianz 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 GSI 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 Gallagher Student Insurance (888-411-4911). Please refer to their website for additional details and exclusions. Also included are annual rates, additional general information about the program, and an application form.
All apartments in RIT Housing have ADA accommodated rooms and spaces for students with disabilities and special medical needs.
To discuss accommodation needs, contact the Office of Disability Services as early as possible at 585-475-2023. For fall term entrance, the Application for Services for Students with Disabilities must be submitted to Disability Services by May 1. RIT will make all efforts to accommodate your needs based on the availability of resources. Severe allergies that cannot be managed with medication are the only types of allergies that may qualify for a special housing accommodation.