Going to Geneseo means diving into the full residential college experience and the many opportunities and life lessons that come with it. The Department of Residence Life intentionally designs the residential experience to fulfill its educational priority: to develop socially responsible citizens who build positive relationships as engaged learners.
On-campus housing options include corridor-, suite-, and townhouse-style residence halls. In addition, Geneseo offers unique Living-Learning Communities (LLCs) where students with similar interests live in the same building and have the opportunity to participate in special activities related to the LLC's focus.
To help students find their niche socially and academically, each residence hall and floor on campus has a unique community designed to be fun and engaging while appealing to any student. These communities are highly active in exploring student interests beyond the typical classroom setting and we strive to connect academic life to personal life.
Housing Options by Living-Learning Community
Living-Learning Communities (LLCs) are unique housing opportunities where students with similar interests live in the same building. They each include an academic component and opportunities to connect academic learning to out-of-classroom experiences.
Housing Options by Residence Hall
Additional Housing Options
In corridor-style halls, men and women are assigned in clusters close to shared men’s or women’s bathrooms. This means that most halls house both men and women on each floor. In most suite buildings (in which students share a double bedroom and a common room), students choose a 4, 5, 6, or 8-person suite with a same-gender group. In any suite of Genesee Hall, Putnam Hall, and in the Saratoga Townhouses, groups may be mixed-gender, including (in double rooms) roommates selected by each other regardless of gender. Additionally, beginning in Fall 2019, the "A" Quads of Allegany, Erie, Ontario, and Wyoming Halls will also become All-Gender housing options. No student is assigned to a gender-inclusive suite or townhouse, however, without requesting this option or indicating on their housing application they are comfortable with being placed there.
Have questions regarding gender-inclusive housing? Please visit our frequently asked questions page.
Substance Free Housing
The B Side of Jones Hall and one floor in Livingston Hall are set aside for substance free housing. Students living in these communities agree to refrain from alcohol and drug use in the living space.
Other Housing Information
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.
Accessibility & Other Accommodations
We work closely with the Office of Disabilities Services to provide qualified students with disabilities (temporary or permanent) equal and comprehensive access to college-wide programs, services, and campus facilities. We work together to proactively provide, at no cost to the student, reasonable accommodations to ensure that no qualified student with a disability is denied equal access to, participation in, or benefit of the programs and activities of the Department of Residence Life. If you have questions about accommodations, please contact Heather Packer (firstname.lastname@example.org) Interim Coordinator of Disability Services, and she will work with our department.
Campus-Wide Program Series
The Residence Life staff work with colleagues at Geneseo and other institutions to create programs and program series throughout the year that address students' interests and needs. For example, the YouBelong program series was created to assist transfer students in their transition to Geneseo and focuses on social and academic transitions students may encounter during their first year at Geneseo. Life After Geneseo is a program series that is aimed at assisting students gain skills for life after graduation. Both of these series partner with the GOLD Leadership Program to offer many opportunities for learning and growth outside the classroom.
Residence Hall Versus Dorm
How is a residence hall different from a dorm? The word “dorm” comes from the Latin word dormitus which means literally “to sleep.” As we all know, so much more happens in college than classes and sleeping; and much of that activity takes place in residence halls.