Do early decision students receive housing priority?
Colgate places all first-year students at the same time. We take great care in housing students because we know how important it is for a student’s first year experience. Accordingly, we ask all new students to complete a First-Year Housing Preference Form so we can get to know what’s important to you in an ideal living situation. We will then use these responses to match roommates and to place students on residence hall floors and within Residential Commons. The First-Year Housing Preference Form does not ask for building or room style preference and instead asks questions that will help us place you within a community that will meet your needs.
Can I choose my residence hall?
Housing assignments for first-year students are made by the Residential Life staff taking into consideration your First-Year Preference Form responses. As an incoming first-year student, you will receive our housing preference form early in the summer just after the May 1st deposit deadline. This form will ask questions that allow us to match you with roommates along critical similarities. Your responses and that of your peers will also allow us to assemble residence hall floors and residential commons communities. To best maintain the integrity of this process, students are not able to indicate a specific residence hall or roommate preference.
Students in later class years may choose their residence hall, depending on availability. Through a variety of housing options including special interest communities, block housing, and our lottery system, students have many options for housing. The lottery system determines the order in which students make their selections and numbers are assigned to students in random fashion each class year. We promise many opportunities later in your Colgate career to learn all about these processes.
Can I select my own roommate as an incoming student?
Professional staff in the Office of Residential Life will assign students to rooms and roommates using the information you share with us in the housing preference form (available to all new students on your Housing Portal early this summer). Because Colgate endeavors to create residential communities that provide students with opportunities to learn about a person's story, background, and part of the world that they may have never before experienced, we do not permit roommate requests. We feel confident that there will be many ways for you to build meaningful connections with your roommate, floor-mates, and Residential Commons throughout your first year at Colgate. Our hope is that the residential experience is an integral part of your Colgate experience and will help you grow and learn alongside your curricular pursuits. A community of students, faculty, and staff will support, challenge, and advise you along the way in your first year.
When will I know where I will be living?
We know that learning who your roommate is and where you will be living during your first year at Colgate is important to you. We are as excited as you about welcoming you to your new home and helping you get settled in to your new community. For that reason, we endeavor to deliver this exciting news to you as soon as possible. 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 early August.
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 8:30a.m. - 4:30 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 for a limited number of spaces off campus. The 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.