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:

Office of Residence Life (ORL)
Located on the main floor of Bartlett Hall
Open weekdays 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Phone: 607-871-2186
Email: Email Residence Life

Residence Halls

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
    • 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

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.

Room Details

  • 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.

Things to Bring with You


  • Photo ID/Driver's License
  • Social Security Card
  • Original Birth Certificate (for work study)
  • Insurance Cards
  • Passport
  • Checkbook/ATM/Debit Card
  • Personal Lockbox
  • Renter's Insurance


  • Extra Long Twin Sheets (all campus mattresses require these)
  • Blanket/Comforter
  • Mattress Pad
  • Pillow(s)/Pillow Case(s)
  • Bath Towel(s)/Washcloth(s)


  • Detergent (HE but no pods)
  • Fabric Softener/Dryer Sheets
  • Laundry Bag/Basket
  • Clothing Iron (auto off)
  • Small Ironing Board
  • Stain Stick/Color Catchers
  • Drying Rack
  • Hangers

Cleaning Supplies

  • Broom/Mop/Vacuum
  • Cleaning Wipes
  • Spray Cleaner
  • Paper Towels
  • Trash Bags
  • Dish Detergent/Sponge
  • Dish Towel(s)


  • Alarm Clock
  • Coffee Maker with an Indicator Light & Auto Shut Off
  • Desk Lamp (non-halogen only)
  • Compact Refrigerator (800 watts)
  • Microwave (800 watts)
  • Television
  • Earbuds/Headphones
  • Essential Oil Diffuser with an Indicator Light & Auto Shut Off

Health Care Items

  • First Aid Kit
  • Digital Thermometer
  • Prescription Medications
  • Over-the-Counter Allergy/Cold/Flu Medications
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • 5-7 Reusable Face Masks
  • Disinfectant Spray/Wipes

Personal Care

  • Soap/Body Wash
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Toothbrush/Paste & Floss
  • Hair Products
  • Hair Dryer (not to exceed 800 watts)
  • Curling/Flat Iron with Auto Shut Off
  • Cosmetics
  • Shower Caddy
  • Flip Flops/Shower Shoes
  • Umbrella/Rain Gear
  • Cold Weather Wear (Coat, Hat, Gloves, Boots)
  • Sunglasses/Sunscreen

Room Supplies

  • Small Trash Can
  • Tissues
  • Bath Mat
  • White Board/Bulletin Board
  • Snacks
  • Food Storage Containers
  • Area Rug
  • Mirror
  • Mending/Sewing Kit
  • Under Bed Storage Boxes or Closet Organizers
  • Memories of Home/Photos/Posters
  • Flashlight/Batteries
  • Battery Powered String Lights
  • Cooking/Eating Utensils/Can Opener
  • Dishes/Cups
  • Cutting Board & Kitchen Knives
  • Fan

Academic Supplies

  • Backpack
  • Computer/Laptop/Charger
  • Desk Lamp/Light Bulbs
  • Printer (not wireless)/Paper
  • Flash Drive/External Hard Drive
  • Dictionary/Thesaurus
  • Planner/Calendar
  • Index Cards
  • Highlighters
  • Post-It Notes
  • Stapler/Staples
  • Tape
  • Pens/Pencils/Pencil Sharpener
  • Notebooks/Binders/Folders/Paper
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Calculator

*Check with your academic advisor or dean for specific program items

Items to Leave at Home

  • Air Conditioner
  • Candles/Candle Warmers
  • Fireworks/Explosives
  • Space Heaters
  • Halogen Lights
  • Incense/Sage
  • Electric Wax Melting Units
  • Plug in Scented Oil Warmers
  • Tapestries/Flags/Curtains/Other Hanging Fabric
  • Weapons (including air soft guns, large knives, switchblades)
  • Pets (other than fish in tanks 10 gallons or less)
  • Illegal Drugs/Paraphernalia
  • Alcohol/Paraphernalia
  • Open Coil Appliances (toasters/toaster ovens, hotplates, etc)
  • Personal Furniture (futons, waterbeds, personal beds, couches, chairs, etc)
  • Electric Blankets
  • Extension Cords/Power Strips
  • Wireless Routers
  • Plugin String Lights/TikTok Lights
  • 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.

Alfred University is committed to providing reasonable and appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities. All housing accommodation requests are determined on a case-by-case basis, with the Center for Academic Success serving as a liaison between individuals with documented disabilities and the Office of Residential Communities.

View Housing Accommodations Information

Please visit our Off-Campus Living page on MyAU to learn more about eligibility requirements and resources.

We encourage our graduate students to become involved and enjoy our living and learning environment. Please contact the Office of Residence Life for graduate student housing options. We will ask you to complete the Graduate Housing Application (available upon request) if you are interested in our housing options when you contact us.

  • 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.

Approved Residence Life Vendors

Residence Life has partnerships with several reputable service companies offering benefits to Alfred's residential students.

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GradGuard's innovative insurance and student benefit programs, including their market leading tuition and renters insurance programs, are available to select colleges and universities nationwide including Alfred University. GradGuard is a service of Next Generation Insurance Group LLC, a licensed insurance producer, and a national specialty insurance marketing platform that enables consumers to easily enroll and secure the next generation of insurance protections they need to overcome unexpected financial losses related to specific life-stages. GradGuard can be selected during the housing application/selection time with ease. It is not mandated but highly recommended that all students have some insurance to protect their items as Alfred University is not at fault for damage to personal property.

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All of Alfred University beds are twin XL. While extra-long sheets are available in stores, we have partnered with Dormify to provide you with the option of ordering linen sets along with other potential items students may use through the mail. Dormify will provide you with linens that high quality, extra-long linens, and a warranty for the lifetime of a students experience in college mailed to your home or on-campus address.

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Transporting and carrying a fridge in the car and then up and down stairs is a pain. Leave that to the team at MicroFridge. MicroFridge rents units to Alfred University Students and delivers them before classes start in the fall and picks them up after classes end in May. Discounts are available for continued renters. These units also have life saving technology that detect if smoke has started in the microwave and will automatically turnoff. These units are approved by the NY State Fire Marshall. Talk to your roommates about splitting the cost of a Micro fridge for the upcoming school year!

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Whether you're going home for the summer or studying abroad Dorm Room Movers will take care of your stuff so you don't need to lift a finger. Spend your time hanging out with your friends, studying or doing anything other than moving! We can also send a few boxes home if you need to. Shipping your items without the need for storage? Packing supplies are distributed via UPS then everything is shipped where you need it via UPS with $100 coverage per item.