All About Your Room - Residence Halls

Your Room

Each Residence Hall room type varies in size and layout. Room sizes, shapes, and layout vary from building to building—even room to room—on any given floor.

  • Double rooms in the residence halls come in two basic shapes. These are approximations.
    • Rectangular, measuring approximately 18’ long by 10’ wide. These rooms are generally located in the high-rise sections of the residence halls.
    • Square, approximately 12’ long by 14’ wide. These rooms are generally located in the low-rise sections.
  • Approximately 120 triple rooms are located throughout the residence halls.
    • These rooms are larger to comfortably accommodate three students. Triple rooms have a wide variety of shapes and vary in size.
  • Quadruple rooms are scattered among the other rooms in the Residence Halls and house four students.

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.

All rooms have window shades and are carpeted. A small number of residence hall rooms have no carpeting in anticipation of meeting an ADA accommodation. Students without accommodations may be placed in these rooms. 

The room you are assigned to may be different than the room shown during RIT Housing tours. We are not able to accommodate tours to specific individual rooms.

Technology

TigerTV/STREAM 2 and SHOWTIME ANYTIME® are free for all students living in RIT housing

Once you are on campus and are connected to the RIT campus network you can immediately log into TigerTV/Stream 2 and start watching your favorite sports, shows, and movies. This includes 20 hours of DVR storage.

Get Started:

  • Download the Stream2 App from the App Store to your device. If using a laptop or web browser go to webplayer.mystream2.com
  • Download instructions can be found here
  • Open the app and select Rochester Institute of Technology as your institution
  • Log in using your Rochester Institute of Technology username and password
  • You must be on the RIT campus network to stream TigerTV

Once living in RIT Housing you can stream SHOWTIME ANYTIME® on your favorite device, both on and off-campus. Instant and unlimited access to 1,000’s of choices on any device, whenever you want.

Get Started:

  1. Download the SHOWTIME ANYTIME® app or go to SHOWTIMEANYTIME.COM
  2. Click on “LOG IN”
  3. Select “SEE ALL PROVIDERS” and click on “APOGEE”

If you need assistance - please contact the Stream2- 24/7 help and support desk.

FOR SUPPORT:

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.

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.

Room Details

We have four different varieties of furniture throughout the residence halls. For each student, bedrooms come with a:

  • bed
  • desk with drawers
  • chair
  • dresser
  • closet/wardrobe
  • one recycling can and 7-gallon wastebasket per room

All beds rise approximately 28 inches from the floor, and if you feel as though you need more space, you can purchase bed risers to place underneath the beds. Bed risers should follow these standards:

  • Square in shape
  • Approximately 3"x3"
  • No greater than 5-7 inches in height

A MicroFridge (microwave/refrigerator/freezer) will be provided in all residence hall rooms to allow students to prepare and warm their food. Students are not allowed to bring their own refrigerators or microwaves. All other appliances that are intended to cook food are prohibited.

To comply with fire-safety regulations, we limit appliances to clocks, televisions, personal computers, printers, DVD players, surge-protection outlet strips, stereos, fans, hairdryers, curling irons, hot rollers, electric razors, and electric toothbrushes. Any hot beverage appliance that has an automatic shut off can be used in a student room. All appliances must be UL-approved.

Cooking meals in residents’ rooms is not allowed. 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. No appliance may have an exposed heating element.

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. 

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.

You are welcome and encouraged to express yourself and decorate your room! Please note that material that might be used to attach posters to your walls should not leave any residue, oil spots, or sticky glue and should not mar the wall surface. Please review the terms and conditions available in the myLife portal for a list of prohibited items and fire safety regulations.

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.

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. 

Floor Plans

Floor plans are available for each floor in each Residence Hall. View differences between rooms, proximity to stairs, restrooms, and other amenities.

Note: RIT computer account login is required to access the floor plans.

View Floor Plans

section of a floor plan showing rooms in a residence hall

Building Details

There will be a TV on each floor's shared lounge.

The post office is located in the tunnels 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.

The mailing address format for the Residence Halls is as follows:

(Your Name)
(Your Room Number and Building)
5000 Nathaniel Rochester Hall
Rochester NY, 14623

There are seven free laundry rooms throughout the tunnels connecting the residence halls. Students should provide their own detergent and dryer sheets. 

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.

Your 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.

  • 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.

Accommodations & Services

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.

All residence hall buildings have ADA-accessible bathrooms on every floor. Some residence hall rooms and bathroom facilities have already been adapted to support wheelchair users and others with mobility needs. Other room or floor accommodations may be made for those who have various types of disabilities.

Any student needing disability-related accommodations will work with the Disability Services Office (DSO). The process to apply for accommodations is detailed here. DSO encourages students to reach out about their access needs as soon as possible.  While students may apply for accommodations at any point during their time at RIT, there is a soft deadline for housing-related requests, typically in early May.  Housing accommodations approved after this soft deadline will stipulate they are “pending availability.” Any housing accommodation requests made in the Spring term will also be pending availability. Please contact the DSO with any questions.

Students with disabilities who wish to have a service or assistance animal on campus must register with the Disability Services Office (DSO). For more information on service and assistance animals at RIT, review this policyReach out to the DSO with any questions.

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