Can I choose my roommate?
Yes. On your new student housing preference form, please tell us whom you would like to live with and we will do our best to make sure you are assigned a room together. We ask that you limit to one other student. We will only assign mutually requested roommates.
Do early decision students receive housing priority?
No. All new first-year students are placed at the same time. Our students are housed based on the First-Year Housing Preference Form, not their building or room style preference.
Can I choose my residence hall?
All housing assignments for first-year students are made by the residential life staff. As an incoming first-year student, you will receive our housing preference form in May. This form will ask questions that allow us to match you with roommates along critical similarities. To best maintain the integrity of this process, you are not able to indicate a residence hall preference.
Students in later class years may choose their residence hall, depending on availability and ability to fill rooms. A random lottery system determines the order in which students make their selections.
When will I know where I will be living?
Housing assignments, including the building/room where you will be living and your roommates’ names, will be made available to you on your Colgate Housing Portal in late June.
How are housing assignments made?
Housing assignments are made by the Office of Residential Life using the information shared with us through the First-Year Housing Preference Form emailed to your Colgate email address in May.
What if I need to move in before my arrival date?
If you were granted permission to return to campus prior to your official arrival date, please follow the instructions provided to you by your sponsor and/or Residential Life. Arrivals that occur during the week (Monday - Friday) should make every effort to check-in between 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.. Arrivals on the weekend (Saturday and Sunday) are limited from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Please notify our office if you have an issue with arriving during our posted hours at 315-228-7367.
Is off-campus housing available?
We are a residential campus, meaning that each student is required to live in campus housing. However, there is a lottery process in the fall of a student's junior year in which students can apply to live off campus. The 250 students approved to live off-campus through the lottery take part in the Neighbor to Neighbor program, a collaborative effort between the Village of Hamilton and the Colgate community, and are granted permission to move off campus their senior year. Since you must be approved to live off-campus, we strongly advise that you do not sign a lease until you are certain of your status.
Do I have to clean my own bathroom?
Students who live in suite-style rooms with bathrooms (Bryan Complex, Shepardson, Whitnall, Read, and Brigham), apartments, and the townhouses are all responsible for cleaning their own bathrooms. Bathrooms in all other Colgate residences are cleaned by Facilities staff.
What kind of furniture will I have in my room?
Each residence hall room has one bed, desk, chair, dresser, closet or wardrobe, and data port for each student living there. The type of furniture varies between residence halls. Some rooms have beds that may be adjusted, others do not. Some beds are bunked, some are not.
All university furniture needs to remain in the rooms, and may not be switched with another room. Each residence hall room has a set of windows with window treatments, and each residence hall room has an individual door key and a door lock.
Are there laundry facilities in each residence hall? How much do they cost?
Yes. It costs $1.25 per load to wash and $1.25 per load to dry. The machines only accept payment via 'Gate Card, which is a swipe-card system through your student ID. You can manage your 'Gate Card account online.
How many people share the bathrooms?
The number of students sharing a bathroom depends on the living area, ranging from 20 to 40 students on a floor. In some suite-style living options and in townhouses and apartments, a smaller number share a common bathroom.
Can I have university furniture removed from my room?
No. You are required to keep the furniture that is provided in your room. You are also responsible for the condition and location of the furniture that you were provided.
What do I do if my cable does not work?
Time Warner is the cable provider for all of the residence halls, fraternity and sorority houses, college houses, and apartments. All problems with cable service should be directed to Time Warner at 1-866-339-8225.
Do I need property insurance for my personal belongings?
We encourage students to talk to their parents/guardians about property insurance. For those without such insurance, information regarding property insurance will be sent in a separate mailing over the summer. Please note that the university is not responsible for loss of property.
What is a community leader?
Community leaders are trained students employed by residential life as community organizers. They provide leadership and coaching in the residence halls. They are knowledgeable resources who are also trained in conflict resolution and crisis management. Community leaders also uphold community standards and policies and are on call nightly for emergencies.
What does it mean to be "smoke-free"?
In accordance with the New York State Clean Air Act, it is illegal to smoke in any and all indoor spaces on campus (residential and non-residential). This means residents are not allowed to smoke in their individual rooms, common areas, bathrooms, or any other area.
What is a suite?
A suite may consist of 3-6 students whose rooms are connected by a common living area or bathroom. Each bedroom has its own door for privacy. Bedrooms within suites hold one to four students.
What is the Harlem Renaissance Center (HRC)?
The HRC is a community learning center and home designed for sophomore, junior, and senior students who are interested in the culture and heritage of Africans and African Americans. The HRC was established with two goals in mind: to provide students with an educational atmosphere about the culture and heritage of Pan-African ways of life and to educate the Colgate community about African American culture.