Residence Life

The Office of Residence Life is committed to providing you an environment where opportunities and experiences for learning outside the classroom exist to further challenge and support you. Our diverse team serve as role models and act as resources who promote the celebration of differences and support your academic success and overall achievement.

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.

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 and return it to Melanie Auman, Assistant Director of Residence Life, Bartlett Hall, One 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 expresion 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.

Our Guide to Residence Hall Living provides information on our residence halls for new first year, new transfer and returning students.

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 iInternet 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 and 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.
  • Roommate assignments - roommate assignment information is sent during the first week of August.
  • 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.
  • 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 in Crandall Hall on Main Street in Alfred, 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. local rental listings
Hunt Real Estate
Brown Property Development

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.

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