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Residential Communities

Living on campus is an integral part of a Geneseo education. The residence halls provide more than a bed to rest your head at night (or in the afternoon), they are places where you learn how to interact with and live with people who are different from you. This requires advocating for your own needs, listening to and respecting the needs of others (especially when it seems like the needs conflict), and working with your roommates, suite-mates, hall-mates, and RA staff to build a network of support. 

In addition to learning key communication skills that are valuable in your academic courses, your campus support network is key in navigating all aspects or your collegiate life: academic help, research, internships, clubs, organizations, student involvement, etc.

Monroe Hall

Monroe Hall

Nassau Hall

Outside Nassau Hall

All of our halls aim to create inclusive living and learning environments, where strong, diverse communities can grow and students can develop socially and academically, while promoting wellbeing.  We do this by intentionally connecting learning inside the classroom to learning outside the classroom through our living-learning communities (LLCs). We have three different types of LLCs to meet the diverse interests and needs of our students. Click on the links to learn more about each type of LLC!


 Inquiry and Discovery LLCs

Inquiry and Discovery LLCs aim to help students transition to and succeed at Geneseo by making connections across campus and participating in the campus and Genesee Valley community. Students gain skills and knowledge in Leadership, Mentorship, and Action through community engagement. These LLCs have credit-bearing courses and opportunities as a requirement.

 Exploratory LLCs

Exploratory LLCs contribute to students’ sense of belonging and community building through a shared interest. Programming and events are put on by Residence Life staff, faculty, staff, and community members, and residents themselves! 

Cohort LLCs

Cohort LLCs are residential experiences that support student success through targeted student development, academic success, and personal growth opportunities. These include first-years, upper-level, and transfer communities, substance free floors, and all-gender housing.


Inquiry and Discovery Living-Learning Communities

Inquiry and Discovery LLCs are characterized by strong faculty and staff engagement, a required course, and a focus on knowledge and skill building in addition to community building.

New Pilot LLC: Umoja House - an engaged intellectual community where students of diverse backgrounds can come together in a supportive environment to celebrate their identities while nurturing their leadership skills.  Umoja is the first principle of Kwanzaa, meaning "Unity"; for students of all years and majors.

New Pilot LLC: First Knight Experience: For first-year students who are exploring majors or haven't declared a major. 

Entre House: For students of all majors and all years (first-year students have priority) who are interested in entrepreneurship

Eco House: For students drawn to ecological concerns and the 3 pillars of sustainability

Tesla House: First-year students planning to major in Physics, Geology or Education and students interested in integrative and experiential learning

Exploratory Living-Learning Communities

Exploratory LLCs offer students an opportunity for low-stakes engagement around an area of interest. Students choose 2-3 events each semester to deepen their knowledge, skills, or practice with their interest.

Arts Community: For students with an appreciation for the visual, performing, and musical arts; located in Nassau Hall

Dante House: For students interested in global citizenship and service; located in Wayne Hall.

Food Culture House: Devoted to food, food cultures, and food security around the world; in Wyoming Hall

Global House: Cultural inclusion, languages, and anthropology are shared interests; Located in Wyoming Hall

Medical Interest Group: For students aspiring to careers in medicine; in Steuben Hall

Wellness Communities: Support the mental, physical, and emotional well-being of its residents; upper-level students are in Ontario Hall and first-years are in Onondaga and Suffolk Halls

Writers House: For students interested in all types of creative and academic writing; in Seneca Hall

Cohort Living-Learning Communities

Cohort communities offer opportunities to connect with peers in the same cohort.  In some areas, these communities are united by a course or mentorship program.  The programs offered are mostly optional and aim to support the unique needs of each cohort

First Year Experience Halls: Located in Onondaga, Suffolk, Wayne, and Nassau Halls. Note: large groups of first-year students also live in Monroe and Steuben Halls. 

Transfer Student Experience Halls: Located in Nassau and Erie Halls and the Saratoga Terrace.

Upper-Level Experience Halls: Located in Saratoga Terrace, ErieGenesee, Ontario, and Allegany Halls.  Note: large groups of returning students also live in Putnam, Seneca, and Wyoming Halls

All-Gender Housing - Geneseo's all-gender housing option means that students can be placed together in rooms, suites, and townhouses regardless of the genders of each person in the housing assignment. All-Gender housing is located in Putnam Hall, Genesee Hall, Suffolk Hall, the Saratoga Townhouses, and quads within Ontario, Erie, Allegany, and Wyoming Halls.  Students can also request to live in spaces dedicated to LGBTQ+ students and their allies on their housing application OR through this google form (you must sign in with a Geneseo email address).

Substance Free Housing - The fourth floor of Steuben Hall is set aside for substance free housing. Students living in this community agree to refrain from alcohol and drug use in the living space.


Residence Halls

Nassau Suite

Nassau Suite

Saratoga Townhouse

Saratoga Terrace Suite


Accessibility & Other Accommodations

We work closely with the Office of Accessibility 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 the Office of Accessibility Services, and they will work with our department.