Housing Available to First-Year Students
Housing assignments for first-year students are made by the Residential Life staff taking into consideration your housing preference form responses. As an incoming first-year student, you will receive our housing preference form early in the summer. This form will ask questions that allow us to match you with roommates along critical similarities. Your responses and those 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.
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.
Please note that all first-year students and sophomores are required to enroll in the Premier Gold plan
. In addition, all common spaces in first-year and sophomore areas, including lounges and bathrooms, are cleaned by Facilities staff. Students are responsible for cleaning within their own rooms.
Housing Available to Sophomores
Depending on availability, students may choose their residence hall for their sophomore year. Students who wish to remain in their Commons receive first priority through a Commons lottery process that takes place prior to the general lottery. The lottery system determines the order in which students make their selections and numbers are assigned to students in random fashion each class year. Sophomores have additional application-based housing options like Sophomore Residential Seminars and individual interest housing. Residential Life professional staff will communicate opportunities to learn about these processes prior to housing selection beginning in the Spring semester.
Please note that all sophomores are required to enroll in the Premier Gold plan
. In addition, common spaces in most sophomore areas, including lounges and bathrooms, are cleaned by Facilities staff. Students are responsible for cleaning within their own rooms. The only exception is that students in the Townhouses are responsible for cleaning their kitchens, bathrooms, and common areas.
76 Broad Street
76 Broad Street will not be used for student housing in the 2019-2020 academic year.
Harlem Renaissance Center
The HRC is a community learning center and home designed for sophomore students who are interested in the culture and heritage of Africans and African Americans. The HRC was established with two goals in mind: to provide students with an educational atmosphere about the culture and heritage of Pan-African ways of life and to educate the Colgate community about African American culture. The HRC is a part of the Hancock Commons, and is located in Crawshaw Hall.
In their junior and senior years, students may choose their residence hall, depending on availability. With special interest communities, block housing, our lottery system, and the private off-campus housing lottery for seniors only, students have many options. The lottery system determines the order in which students make their selections and numbers are assigned to students in random fashion each class year. Residential Life professional staff will communicate opportunities to learn about these processes prior to housing selection beginning in the Spring semester.
Please note that juniors and seniors are not required to enroll in a meal plan but may opt in to one
if they choose. For students living in Broad Street houses, common spaces, including lounges and bathrooms, are cleaned by Facilities staff while students are responsible for cleaning within their own rooms. Students living in apartments and townhouses are responsible for cleaning all areas, including kitchens, bathrooms, common areas, and bedrooms.
John C. Cushman III House - 102 Broad Street - Ciccone Commons Social House
Cushman House is the social house for the Ciccone Commons for juniors and seniors in the Ciccone Commons. The house has single and double rooms, as well as living, study, and dining spaces on the first floor.
Townhouses with space for 8 or 16 students are available, each with 4 or 8 double-occupancy bedrooms respectively, along with two bathrooms, laundry facilities, and a full kitchen. Typically, the 8-person Townhouses are reserved for juniors and seniors and are available in the lottery.
16-person Townhouses (8 Doubles)
8-person Townhouses (4 Doubles)
Group Interest Housing
Interest Communities provide the opportunity for groups of juniors and seniors to integrate their passions into their residential experience with formalized support from Colgate. Students in interest communities are expected to create opportunities for one another to engage around the interest indicated in their application. This may include programs and events for their specific interest community and/or the rest of the Colgate and Hamilton communities. Interest group leaders may work with the Office of Residential Life, the Center for Leadership and Student Involvement, and the Broad Street Association to bring their vision to life and serve as the primary liaison for their interest community throughout the year.
Interest Communities that are approved may be placed in a College House on Broad Street (non-Greek affiliated), a Townhouse, or group of apartments. Previous placement in a location does not guarantee placement in that same location in subsequent years. More information about group interest housing and the application process is sent out before housing selection begins.