Throughout the first two years on campus, students live within the living and learning community of their Residential Commons. As juniors and seniors, students may make choices in their residential assignment in line with their own personal interests and growth.
This may mean joining a community of peers such as a fraternity or sorority, or an interest house such as the outdoor-themed residence, the Loj. Alternatively, students may elect to reside in an apartment with close friends, employing and developing key life skills such as meal preparation and housekeeping.
In their junior and senior years, students may choose from among the following styles of housing:
Students may elect to live with a small group of roommates in one of three apartment-style residential complexes:
- University Court Apartments
- Parker Apartments
- Newell Apartments
With full kitchens and restrooms in each apartment, residents are able to develop domestic skills such as preparing their own meals and maintaining the cleanliness of their residence. Some residents may still elect to purchase a partial or full meal plan for campus dining facilities according to personal preferences.
Colgate’s townhouses can accommodate larger groups of students than the apartment options. Both eight-person and 16-person units are available.
Featuring two bathrooms, laundry facilities, and a full kitchen, residents are able to develop domestic skills such as preparing their own meals and maintaining the cleanliness of their residence. Some residents may still elect to purchase a partial or full meal plan for campus dining facilities according to personal preferences.
Students who have joined one of the campus’s recognized fraternities or sororities may elect to seek housing within that organization’s residence. Living in a fraternity or sorority house allows students to fully engage the leadership, academic, athletic, service, and interpersonal opportunities such a community provides.
Interest housing allows individuals with shared passions to integrate them into their residential experience. Interest communities are expected to contribute opportunities and events for others outside of their interest to engage with their interest over the course of the year the community is active. Interest communities may be placed in a Broad Street house, apartments, or townhouses.
Block housing allows for group sizes that are not otherwise available in the housing lottery. Participants do not need to have an expressed interest or affiliation. Blocks may be placed in a Broad Street house, apartments, or townhouses.
A junior or senior may wish to remain highly engaged with their residential commons and to serve as an unofficial mentor to younger students in that community. Such a student may pursue housing in the Broad Street residence affiliated with their commons. In addition to serving as residences to juniors and seniors, these facilities provide space to support social gatherings within the commons communities.