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Housing for New Students - Fall 2020

Securing on-campus housing as a freshman or transfer student is a straightforward process that's done mostly online.  Remember SUNY Geneseo has a two-year residency requirement.  All students must live on campus in College housing for two academic years unless they are commuting from the home of their legal guardian.
If you're a returning student, please visit the returning student housing page.

Fall 2020 Information

  • Housing deposits are due June 1
  • Housing applications (also called - New Student Roommate Preference Form) are due July 1
    • IMPORTANT: The $300.00 deposit you paid after deciding to come to Geneseo covers your housing deposit!  $150.00 goes toward tuition and $150.00 toward housing costs.
    • NOTE: Deposits and applications will be accepted after these dates
  • Housing applications (released April 1) are made available 24 - 72 hours after a deposit is made - it is not immediate. An email with information about the housing application (New Student Roommate Preference Form) will be sent to your Geneseo email address.
    • Housing selection for all residents is managed through software called Symplicity.  
    • Symplicity is accessed by visiting You log in with the same username and password as your Geneseo email account. 
    • Information about you, your preferences, potential roommates, and important policy information is available through Symplicity.
  • Communication is sent to your Geneseo email address. Be sure to check it regularly.
  • Housing assignment notifications will be sent out on August 1 for applications submitted prior to that date. 

Move-in Day

Nassau Suite

1. View the options

Check out the Residence Halls and Living-Learning Communities page to learn about Geneseo's on-campus housing.

2. Pay the housing deposit - NEW STUDENTS have already paid the Housing Deposit when they accepted Geneseo!

Pay your $150 housing deposit online through KnightWeb, in person at the Student Accounts Office in Erwin Hall, or by telephone (585-245-5621). Once your deposit is paid, a housing application will appear in your Symplicity account (within 1-3 business days).

How to pay your deposit online:

  1. Log into KnightWeb.
  2. Click on "Student" menu.
  3. Click on "Student Records".
  4. Click on "Pay Housing Deposit".
  5. Select "Credit Card" from the drop-down box.
  6. You should then be prompted to enter your credit card information and initiate your online housing deposit payment.

Parents: In order to pay your student's housing deposit online, you will need login information. If your student has arranged for you to be an "authorized user" through the Student Accounts Office, you will be able to pay the housing deposit at

3. Complete the application

Within 1-3 business days of paying your housing deposit, your Roommate Preference Form (RPF) will be available to you in the Symplicity residence software. Log into Symplicity using your Geneseo username and password and you will see a blue box that reads "Get Started" with your housing application.

You will also be asked to indicate whether or not you qualify for medical housing accommodations. If you feel that you warrant special housing consideration due to a medical condition, you must contact Dr. Amy Fisk (, Assistant Dean for Accessibility Services, by the RLAF deadline, July 1.

4. Tell us your roommate preference

This step is optional. If you want to share a room with another new Geneseo student, fill out the Roommate Preference Form to request to live together. New students are assigned to residence halls according to deposit dates (first come, first served), so unfortunately we can't guarantee placement in your preferred housing or with your preferred roommate.

Housing Resources and Links

  • Campus Map: Has all of our residence halls and academic buildings. You can report directly to your residence hall when you arrive!
  • Orientation: Orientation and New Student Programs.
  • Residence Halls & Living-Learning Communities: Housing options at Geneseo.
  • Symplicity: Geneseo's Symplicity housing software, where you can complete your housing application.
  • Tesla House: Our new science-education based Living-Learning Community for first-year students.
  • What to Bring: What to bring, what to leave home, and room and furniture dimensions.
  • Weeks of Welcome (Fall Only): The first few weeks of the fall semester are filled with events and activities just for new students.