Residence Life

Some of the best memories you'll have at Alfred University will come from living in one of our residence halls, where you'll meet new people, encounter new ideas, overcome differences and develop long-lasting friendships.

Alfred University is a residential institution with a six semester on-campus housing requirement. We believe that residence hall living is a key component of a student-centered educational experience where academic learning is integrated with student development.

Any questions concerning residence hall living should be directed to the Office of Residence Life (ORL), located on the main floor of Bartlett Hall. The office is open weekdays 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. The office phone number is 607-871-2186 and can also be reached by email.

Openhym is getting a make-over for Fall 2020!

The 84-bed residence hall will include 75 doubles and 9 singles. The completely renovated first-floor will feature a game area, kitchen, makerspace and classroom/multipurpose room. Openhym will house our Leadership Living Learning Community.

Sample Double Room Layout:

Openhym Renovated Double Room

See more images of the renovated rooms!

Students who are 23 or older, married, a veteran or commuting from a permanent home or primary residence of a parent/legal guardian within a 60 mile drive of campus may be eligible for an exemption from the on-campus housing requirement.

If you who wish to be considered for an exemption, you must fill out the Residency Requirement Waiver online or return it to:

Alice Hallaran
Office of Residence Life
Bartlett Hall
1 Saxon Dr.
Alfred, NY 14802

Alfred University offers students several distinct living styles and communities. All residence halls are co-ed, either by floor or by room/suite/apartment (same gender in room). Bathrooms are designated male or female and in some cases are gender neutral. We offer a variety of housing options:

  • Traditional corridor-style room
  • Suites and apartments for small groups
  • Single rooms
  • Living-Learning Communities
    • First Year Community at Barresi, co-ed by floor and convenient to dining and athletic facilities
    • Elevated log cabin-like living for upper classes at Joel's House, co-ed by door
    • LEED Certified Ann's House (juniors/seniors) with a spectacular view of campus, co-ed by door
    • Environmental Studies House for students (upper class) that meet academic requirements, co-ed by door
    • Extended Quiet Study at Cannon, mixed class and co-ed by floor
    • Hillel House for our Jewish community, co-ed by door
    • Honors House for Honors students desiring off campus living, co-ed by door
    • International House for our 21 and older international community
    • Unique, immersive living/learning for upper classes fulfilling a language requirement at Modern Language House, co-ed by door
    • Unity House at Moskowitz, where cultural expression and self expression are encouraged
    • Graduate Student Housing (53 West University, 15 Terrace Street)

Alfred University is a smoke-free campus. No one is permitted to smoke anywhere within residence halls, buildings, foyers, entry ways, or immediately outside any facility. If you are a smoker, you must be 25 feet from any building on campus to smoke.

Resident Directors (RDs) supervise each residence hall, serving as a resource for residents and facilitators. RDs are graduate students attending Alfred University and are supervised by a professional staff member from the Office of Residence Life.

Resident Assistants (RAs) are available in each living area or section of the residence hall. The RA is a current Alfred University sophomore, junior or senior student who assists the Resident Director in fostering an atmosphere of individual and community growth. The RA is available to assist you with questions and problems and to help you become acclimated to your new environment.

  • Room assignments
    Hall assignment information is sent during the first week of August.
  • Computer hook-ups
    All halls are wired for internet access with two ports in each double and wireless access in all rooms.
  • Cable TV
    Cable hook-ups are available in each room. Traditional corridor-style halls have a TV in a lounge for community use. You are encouraged to discuss with your roommate who will bring the TV for your room. Suites and apartments offer cable hook-up both in the individual rooms and the common living area.
  • Furnishings
    • Bed, mattress, dresser, desk, desk chair and closet space are provided.
      • You should bring:
        • sheets (extra-long twin)
        • a mattress pad
        • a study lamp
        • a wastebasket
        • a telephone
    • Due to fire safety and the absence of storage space, you are not permitted to remove any furniture from their assigned student room, including bed frames and mattresses. Waterbeds are not permitted.
  • Storage
    Storage is not available on campus during the academic year or throughout the summer. There are some off-campus storage facilities nearby that students can look into.
  • Roommate Assignments
    Roommate assignment information is sent during the first week of August.
  • Roommate Selection
    First-year students are generally paired with other first-years, and transfers are assigned either with other transfers or continuing students. Specific roommates may be requested, however, each individual must indicate the other as instructed via the on-line process. If only one student makes the request, the match will not be honored.
  • Room Changes
    Room changes can only be made after the first two weeks of classes. Residents who wish to change rooms must file a Room Transfer Request with their Resident Director.
  • Early Arrival
    You must follow the opening arrival schedule. First-year and transfer students must attend orientation and follow the prescribed move-in schedule provided to them. Continuing students move into their residence halls beginning on a separate prescribed date. Arrangements for preseason athletics is made by the coaching staff, who will notify student athletes of their required return date (specific to each team).
  • Medical or Disability Accommodations
    Students with special needs who wish to request accommodations should contact the Center for Academic Success, located on the second floor of Herrick Library, or call 607-871-2148. Information regarding disabilities or medical needs will remain confidential and will only be divulged with your knowledge and permission.
  • Single rooms
    Available on an extremely limited basis for first-year students and transfers and are usually limited to medical or disability accommodations.
  • Cars
    All students may have cars on campus once they are registered with AU Public Safety. Proof of campus registration must be displayed in the vehicle at all times.

Off-campus environment

The Town and Village of Alfred, New York, are distinguished by their rural setting, the vibrancy of a collegiate atmosphere, the intimate size of the neighborhoods and business center and a spirit defined by friendly and caring residents.

Eligibility to live off-campus

Students who are in good academic standing at the end of the fall semester prior to spring housing sign-ups may be eligible to move off campus. If a student chooses to move off-campus without being released by the Office of Student Affairs to do so, he or she will still be charged the double room rate.

Requirements for moving off-campus

Finding rental units

The following sites are representative of rental information and not to be considered as a complete resource of all off-campus housing rentals available in Alfred and the surrounding areas. No one at AU has verified these listings or inspected any properties; students are entirely responsible for conducting their own research on available properties and making the decisions that are best for them.

We encourage our graduate students to become involved and enjoy our living and learning environment.

We have graduate student housing available within minutes of campus:

Please complete the Graduate Housing Application if you are interested in our housing options.