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Resources for New Students

Each first-year residence hall has live-in student staff members who serve as community organizers, resources, and mentors. Each hall also is supervised by a professional staff member who lives on campus. For more information on the residence halls available to first-year students, please visit our Housing Options page.

Housing Process for Incoming Students

Incoming first-year students will submit a housing preference form over the summer before being matched with a roommate and receiving a housing assignment in August. 

Residential Commons

Colgate's living and learning program houses first-years and sophomores and supports students throughout their college years by fostering a welcoming, enriching, and supportive community.

A student's Residential Commons membership is determined by the building where they are assigned to live in their first year. Housing assignments for new students are made using the housing preference information they submit to Residential Life in the summer before they arrive at Colgate. All students continue to be affiliated with their Commons through sophomore year.

Residential Commons

What to Bring

As you consider bringing optional items for comfort and convenience this fall, please pack as lightly as possible.

  • XL twin size sheets, mattress cover
  • Bedspread or comforter, blankets
  • Pillow and pillowcases
  • Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, etc)
  • Shower caddy, shower shoes, towels
  • Clothes hangers
  • Laundry basket or bag, detergent, softener
  • Backpack, school supplies
  • First-aid kit and digital thermometer 
  • Heavy jacket, water-repellent boots, raincoat, umbrella, hat and gloves, layered clothing
  • Personal computer and all electronics chargers
  • Powerstrip with surge protector
  • Keychain or lanyard for room key
  • Cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer
  • Headphones, ear plugs
  • Room decor, 3M Command strips
  • Can opener, cups, coffee mugs, silverware, reusable water bottle, and filtered pitcher
  • Desk lamp (no halogen bulbs)
  • Fan
  • Lockable storage
  • Flashlight

Subject to confiscation and/or disciplinary action 

  • Candles, incense, halogen lamps, neon signs, flammable liquids, fireworks,
  • Appliances that require excessive currents (air conditioners, large refrigerators) or appliances that have open coils or do not have an automatic shut-off device
  • Appliances with an open heat source (toasters, toaster ovens, hot plates, sandwich makers)
  • Charcoal or gas/propane grills
  • Space heaters
  • Extension cords without an installed circuit breaker or surge-protection device
  • Tapestries
  • Pets
  • Cinder blocks
  • All weapons, including firearms, knives, air pistols, paintball, decorative or any other weapons
  • Alcohol, drugs, or drug paraphernalia (this includes “decorative” alcohol bottles and drug-related items)

Remember, if it doesn’t fit in your car, it won’t fit in your room! If you have questions about what you’re allowed to bring, please check the Colgate Student Handbook or call residential life at 315-228-7367.