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Living on Campus

At RIT there are two departments that work with your student in support of their residential experience:

RIT Housing: Responsible for the administration of housing assignments, student access, and the maintenance of the apartments, suites, and Greek circle.

Center for Residence Life: Provides staffing and expertise to support the development of a strong, positive community in residence halls and apartments on campus.

RIT Housing Options

  • Residence Halls—The 13 residence halls house approximately 3,500 students, primarily first-year students.
  • Global Village—The newest residential complex, Global Village offers suite-style housing supporting many of our second-year students.
  • University Commons—Four-bedroom, suite-style housing that offers students a private room with a shared living room, kitchen, and two bathrooms.
  • Apartments— RIT has two apartment complexes with 500 apartments and townhouses. Apartments range in size from one to two bedroom units and townhouses have two bedrooms.
  • RIT Inn— Offers upperclass students a premium living experience and combines hotel amenities with student living accommodations. The RIT Inn is located off campus proper.
  • Greek Circle Housing—There are nine Greek Letter Organizations at RIT. Six fraternities and sororities occupy free-standing houses on campus in an area called Greek Circle. In addition, five organizations have space that include kitchen and lounge space in the A, B, C residence halls.

Special Interest Houses
Special interest housing offers students a close-knit community of residents who share similar interests. Members are selected through an application process; applications are due June 1. With limited residential space for these organizations the groups have both “on-floor” and “off-floor” members. Selected members must pay annual dues and are expected to attend weekly meetings and participate in projects and activities throughout the year. Special Interest Houses include: Art House; Computer Science House; Engineering House; House of General Science; International House; Photo House; and Unity House.

Lifestyle Floors
Lifestyle floors offer students the opportunity to live on a floor that fosters a preferred environment or interest. These floors include: Gender-inclusive; All male/All female; Honors; University Exploration; and Mainstream floors where both deaf/hard-of-hearing and hearing students live together.

For many students, moving away for college is the first time they will have to share a room. This can be challenging enough, but sharing space with a stranger can make it tougher. At RIT, all students, even incoming first-year students, get to select their preferred roommates. Incoming students moving into residences halls can read this guide to request a roommate. If your student plans to move into non-RIT housing, the Center for Campus Life has information for commuters, including finding roommates

Here are some tips to discuss with your student about selecting a roommate:

  • Do you share the same values as your roommate?
  • Do you feel comfortable talking to your roommate about issues or concerns regarding your room/apartment?
  • What kind of living conditions do you prefer? Are you ok with an occasional mess? Or do you prefer everything to be neat and in its place?
  • Do you prefer your room to be a quiet, personal space, or do you like hosting guests often?
  • Remember that your roommate does not need to be your best friend; it's more important to live with someone compatible with your lifestyle.

Here are tips to discuss with your student on sharing a room/apartment:

  • Be sure to speak up about your needs, and respect those of your roommate.
  • Making a roommate agreement right away is a good way to discuss potential issues before they arise and compromise about how you will share your space. Roommate agreements can be found on
  • Things to discuss with your roommate:
    • Should your room/apartment have quiet hours?
    • How do you feel about guests? Overnight guests?
    • Are you going to share groceries? If so, how will you split the expense?
    • How will chores be divided? Do you have a set schedule or clean as needed?
    • What are your study habits? Sleeping habits?
  • If you are sharing an apartment with utility costs, be sure to discuss how you plan to split these and who is responsible for making sure they are paid on time.

There is often a very idealized view of what a roommate in college is and the role that person will play in your student's experience. Often, to strive for mutual respect, similar short-term goals, and a person that you can resolve minor disputes with, is the most important.