Incoming First-Year FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

To better help our incoming first-year freshmen students become acquainted with RIT Housing, we have gathered the most frequently asked questions for your convenience. In this section, you will find answers to many of the top questions regarding living on campus. Please note additional information can be found within the links to the answers and throughout the website.

General FAQ's

Incoming first-year freshmen and students returning from co-op are guaranteed housing.

    • Incoming students Move-In dates by appointment:
      • Sunday, August 15
      • Monday, August 16
      • Tuesday, August 17
    • Parents/Guardians will have to follow the RIT visitors' Move-In policy.
    • A limited number of carts will be available for use.
    • Additional Move-In information will be provided in July.

    The dates below highlight each step in the application process. 

    May 1, 2021

    There are two deadlines:

    • May 1, 2021, is the deadline to pay the admissions deposit for Regular Decision admissions.
    • May 1, 2021, is the deadline to apply for Special Interest Housing in order to be considered for fall membership. Essays are accepted in the myLife portal.

    May 18, 2021

    Deadline to complete an RIT housing contract in order to self-select. The deadline is also for linking with a self-selected roommate. 
    In order to self-select a room during room selection, incoming first-years must complete an RIT housing contract by May 18, 2021. All incoming first-year students coming directly from high school are guaranteed RIT housing. Students who complete a contract after May 18 or do not self-select during room selection will be assigned a room and roommate by the RIT Housing staff.

    May 20

    Room selection appointments are emailed.
    Students should check their RIT email for the date and time that they will be able to select their room. Their appointment confirmation email will have details on how to select a room.
    This appointment is the earliest that they may visit the myLife portal to select a room. Appointments are assigned based on the order in which the student's tuition deposit is paid. Those who paid earlier will have early appointments. Roommates who are grouped will have the same appointment.

    June 1- June 18

    Students with appointments can self-select rooms in the myLife portal.
    Appointment times are spread out between June 1 to June 18, 2021, to visit the myLife portal and select their room. Students may select a room even if they do not select a roommate. Please note, there are three ways to search for a roommate and create roommate groups in the myLife portal. Before searching for a roommate, keep in mind:

    • Only students who have completed a 2021-2022 RIT housing contract will be in the pool of available roommates. Once a student starts a contract, they are added to the list of available roommates.
    • Sending a request to a student to be a roommate will automatically form a roommate group. If the requested student accepts the request, that student will automatically be joined to the group.
    • The option to delete a group is available throughout the process.

    A student can return to the portal to search for roommates. As more students complete their RIT housing contracts, the list of available roommates grows. 

    Learn more about the application process here >

    How to Apply:

    • 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

    Graduate and Transfer students are assigned to RIT housing on a space-available basis. Placement in RIT housing is not guaranteed. Once your tuition deposit is paid or waived, you will have access to the RIT Housing contract.

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    Housing Features FAQ’s

    The majority of our rooms in the residence halls are double rooms. The high-rise building rooms are generally rectangular (18’x10’) and low-rise building rooms are generally square (12’x14’). Suites are found in Peterson, Residence Hall D, and Ellingson and are made up of three double rooms that are connected by a shared bathroom.

    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
    • microfridge

    All mattresses are 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

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    77% of our residence hall bathrooms are corridor-style. Corridor-style bathrooms contain between two and three stalls and showers. 

    • One gender-neutral/ADA private bathroom is on each floor 
    • In each residence hall there two to four communal bathrooms on each floor.
    • Suites are located in Peterson, Residence Hall D, and Ellingson and are made up of three double rooms that are connected by a shared bathroom.

    The bathrooms are maintained once a day by our Facilities Management Services (FMS) staff.

    blueprint of bathroom

    There are approximately 140 washers and 140 dryers found within 7 laundry facilities throughout the tunnels. It is free to use the laundry facilities and they are equipped with wifi access and power outlets.

    Students are not allowed to have any cooking appliances in the residence halls. If a student needs a kitchen for accommodation reasons, they will need to register for a DSO accommodation to receive access.

    Residence halls with air conditioning are Gleason, Ellingson, Peterson, Nathaniel Rochester Hall (NRH), and Res Hall D.

    • WiFi5
    • 802.11ac ethernet
    • Ethernet ports are in each room.

    Living FAQ’s

    Single rooms may be available during room selection; however, they are generally reserved for students with accommodations. Students will need to contact the Student Disability Services office to register for accommodation for a single if applicable.
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    Honor housing is located in Gibson Hall.  Freshmen honor students are preassigned to honors housing. If you wish to be assigned with someone specific be sure to create a roommate group before May 18. Being in honors does not require you to live only on the honors floor, you can choose to reassign yourself to a different room during room selection. 

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    • The deadline to apply to a Special Interest House is May 1st.
    • Each special interest house has a selection process for selecting their new freshmen members. 
    • To apply to be a member of a Special Interest House complete the required essays that can be found in your RIT housing contract at mylife.rit.edu
    • All Special Interest Houses are located in Colby and Nathaniel Rochester Halls (NRH) residence halls.
    • All are co-ed.

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    In the spring semester of your first year, you will have the opportunity to participate in Housing Selection, the process by which you will select your housing for the next academic year. Appointment times are based on class order with current first-year students going first, followed by second-, third-, fourth-, and fifth-year students. On-campus housing is not guaranteed to students other than incoming first-year freshmen and students returning from a co-op.
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    Roommate FAQ’s

    There are three ways to search and select a roommate through the housing application process.

    Navigate to mylife.rit.edu

    1. Search by Details
      Obtain the other student’s RIT username and search to add.
    2. Search by Profile
      Search profile questions and answers to find a match.
    3. Search by Suggestions
      Search potential roommates based on compatibility.

    Students are not required to link with a roommate and may participate in Room Selection even if they do not select a roommate. Students participating in Room Selection will self-assign into an available space within a room or will be assigned a roommate.

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    Personal Item FAQ’s

    • 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, instant pot, air fryer, etc.

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    • Bike racks are available in select areas around the outside of the residence halls and in the tunnels.
    • Sports equipment is stored in your room or you can reach out to your coach for additional options.
    • RIT does not have on-campus storage when students move home or leave on co-op.
    • First year students can bring a car.
    • Their car must be registered with parking and transportation.
    • General Parking fee is $50/semester or $100 for the year.

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