Life At RIT
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.
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 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:
Here are tips to discuss with your student on sharing a room/apartment:
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.