Office for Residential Life
& Housing Services

Incoming Freshmen


What’s in and not in a room?

Rooms will have a bed, mattress, desk and chair, bookcase, dresser, closet space, and a shared wastebasket per resident. Beds in double and triple rooms are bunkable and loftable in a variety of configurations to customize your living area. All rooms will have basic window coverings for privacy. Students must use the University-provided mattress. If there is a medical condition that requires a special mattress, University Health Services will need to review the request and if recommended, the student will need to provide proof that the mattress meets the University fire protection standards.

You will need to provide bedspreads, pillows, blankets, rugs, and anything else you want to make your room seem more like home. Students bring their own sheets (standard extra-long twin size, 36˝ x 80˝), pillowcases, towels, etc. Please review separate materials that describe what is not allowed under New York State fire codes (go to our website and click Fire Safety Checklist for the latest fire safety guidelines). If you are an extra-tall student, we do have a limited supply of 36˝ x 90˝ beds and mattresses. Please let us know if you require our longest mattress and bed frame.

Because personal study lamps do indeed reflect individual needs, and it has proven to be very difficult to provide and maintain this type of lighting, you should bring (or better, buy after you’ve seen your room) a study lamp. (Please note, New York State Fire Code allows shaded lamps and prohibits any type of “upward facing” bowl lamps—halogen or incandescent—in student housing.)

New York State fire codes severely restrict cooking in student rooms. Students may bring small refrigerators (no more than 4.5 cu. ft.) and small microwaves but little else, currently. These items should be stored within each student’s room. Check with your area office about other appliances before you bring them to school.

There are laundry facilities in each hall to keep things presentable. Speaking of clean, you’re responsible for cleaning your own room. The housekeeping staff cleans the bathrooms and public areas of housing facilities.

Every room on River Campus has a wired high-speed computer connection (ResNet), per student, to the University’s systems and the Internet as well as wireless connections. In addition, each room has a cable outlet providing 55–60 channels of local, national, and educational television, with additional subscription services available through Time Warner Cable.

Please read “Important Rules” and the contract in advance to make sure you know what you are allowed to bring.