Incoming First Year

First Year students living on campus are embedded in learning communities of diverse interests and lifestyles where they can develop friendships and engage in new experiences in a safe and residential atmosphere. First Year students entering directly from high school who do not live with a parent within a 30-mile commuting distance are required to live in RIT housing for a full academic year. Students may choose from 13 different residence halls.

Residences halls offer a secure, supportive, and inclusive living and learning environment. Laundry, utilities, and all functional amenities are included. Free transportation shuttles, secure card swipe access, RIT Public Safety patrols, and an on-site RIT Residence Life community staff makes RIT Housing the perfect place to begin the RIT journey.

How to Apply

Our team is dedicated to supporting you during your time at RIT. We provide housing options with versatile terms and conditions that meet your unique needs.

Selecting your housing is easy with myLife, our online portal that enables you to complete all of your housing business, from submitting housing contracts and searching and selecting your roommates to requesting preferred housing and submitting maintenance requests.

  • Housing contracts for spring semester 2021 will become available in late October.
  • Once your tuition deposit is paid or waived, you will have access to the 2020-2021 contract for spring.
  • This contract will be for spring semester only. If you require housing for the 2021 - 2022 academic year, you will also need to submit a 2021-2022 full academic year contract which is available in early January.
  • Assignments for spring semester are made in late December / early January.
  • When you are assigned, you will receive an email with instructions on how to view your assignment details, roommate information, and spring arrival guide instructions.
  • Visit the myLife portal to complete your RIT Housing contract.
  • Housing contracts for the 2021 - 2022 academic year will become available in early January.
  • Once your tuition deposit is paid or waived, you will have access to the 2021-2022 RIT Housing contract. 
  • Visit the myLife portal to complete your RIT Housing contract.

To complete a Housing and/or Dining contract, follow these instructions:

  • Visit the myLife portal
  • Log in with your RIT computer account username and password
  • Click on the Housing & Dining Applications icon.
  • Select academic year that applies to you
  • You are now ready to begin filling out your RIT housing contract
  • Complete each section of the application

Housing Options

Residence Halls

RIT Housing has thirteen Residence Halls to choose from—high rises with wonderful views and low rises with beautiful courtyards. Located on campus, Residence Halls are their own community connected by a set of underground tunnels with easy access to dining, postal services, Residence Life support staff, and some academic buildings. 


- Residence Halls
Room Size
Per Semester, Per Person
Per 2 Semester, Per Person
Per Summer, Per Day
Multiple Occupancy
Single Occupancy
Large Single
Single with Bathroom
Double as Single

Special Interest & Lifestyle Housing

If you're passionate about a field of study or a special topic, you may want to live in one of our seven special interest houses (floors in our residence halls). If you want the variety of people and experiences gained from living in a residence hall but like the idea of floors designed for a particular lifestyle, consider choosing a lifestyle floor.
Special Interest Housing 
Lifestyle Floors 

students gather in the Engineering House lounge which is painted with a yellow wall and their blue E H logo