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Online access to your residential account, including late stay or early arrival requests, room selection, and more.



Housing Options

Read a full list of our housing facilities and find the perfect place to spend your next year at Colgate. Information for current juniors interested in private off-campus housing for their senior year is also available.



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Student Leadership Opportunities

The Office of Residential Life employs over 60 Community Leaders (CLs) who live in residence halls, houses, townhouses, and apartments.  If you’re interested in becoming a CL, applications are due at the end of January for the following academic year. For more information about becoming a CL, please contact

More about community leaders
CLs are part-time student staff members of the Office of Residential Life. They live in the residence halls so that they can directly engage their peers in growing as individuals by becoming active and engaged learners and socially and civically responsible citizens. They help students learn about new challenges in residential living including self-care and risk reduction strategies. CLs are also responsible for facilitating the development of the larger learning community. They play a critical role in ensuring that each residential community is conducive to learning and empowering residents to co-create the residential experience they desire. CLs work closely with the staff and faculty in the Office of Residential Life and their Residential Commons in building intellectually-engaging residential communities and in the creation of communities throughout Colgate.

Housing Policies and Processes

General housing process
The following policies and conditions are applicable to all students, including those who elect to live in gender-inclusive housing residing with a person of a different gender. Students acknowledge an understanding of the terms of this policy and agree to be bound by them.
  1. All students must be undergraduates and eligible for university housing.
  2. Student must have the roommate code of each roommate prior to the selection process and fill the capacity of the requested space.
  3. Issues related to room assignments and vacancies should be directed to the Assistant Director for that specific area. Roommate difficulties and/or a desire to receive a new room assignment will require a meeting with the Assistant Director. Contact the Office of Residential Life at 315-228-7367 to schedule an appointment.
  4. If a roommate cancels their housing or moves out of the room for any reason, the remaining students must identify a new roommate to fill the vacancy within a timeframe established by the Office of Residential Life. If the vacancy is not filled during the allotted timeframe, the Office of Residential Life will assign an interested student to the vacancy or relocate the remaining resident(s) to another vacancy; room-type matching cannot be guaranteed.
  5. Colgate University is committed to the goal of fairness and equity in all aspects of the educational enterprise, and to a campus environment where all members of the community feel safe and respected. Acts of discrimination and harassment are serious violations of our community values.
  6. Aligning with most universities, Colgate University discourages students who are in a romantic relationship from living together in a residential housing unit.
  7. Incoming students may request gender-inclusive housing options at the time of their housing preference submission. Individual room assignments will be based on your housing preference form.
  8. Students who have disablity-related housing needs can request accessible accommodations.
Room and room assignments for sophomores
Here are a few key points about room selection for your sophomore year:
  • Students make their own roommate arrangements.
  • Room selection is based on a random lottery system during the spring of your first year (applications for interest housing must be submitted earlier).
  • The availability of rooms and suites varies by residence hall, so preferences cannot be guaranteed.
  • Sophomores may choose to apply for individual interest housing options (i.e., Wellness Living or the Harlem Renaissance Center) as well as the academic Sophomore Residential Seminars program.
Room and roommate assignments for juniors and seniors
Juniors and seniors make their own roommate arrangements. Students seeking a traditional residential experience will select housing based on the block housing process or a random housing lottery. Students interested in participating in or forming interest-base communities will apply for interest housing. The availability of each residence type varies, so preferences cannot be guaranteed.
Private off-campus housing
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. More about the off-campus housing process
Gender-inclusive housing statement
The Office of Residential Life is committed to providing a living environment that is welcoming for students of all gender identities. Students have the option to live on campus with whomever they choose, regardless of biological sex, gender, gender identity, or gender expression. Incoming students may request gender-inclusive housing options at the time of their housing preference submission.

Restrooms throughout Colgate's residence halls may be labeled as gender-inclusive, men's, or women's restrooms. Regardless of the label, Colgate, the Office of LGBTQ+ Initiatives, and the Office of Residential Life support students using the restroom that they feel most comfortable in. For a list of gender-inclusive restroom options, check out the campus map and click "Gender-Neutral Restrooms.
Social hosting process
The social hosting process is in place to ensure that large social events with alcohol on campus are both safe and enjoyable for all students. Events with fewer than 25 attendees do not need to register.
Learn more about social hosting