Living Arrangements

All freshman students are required to live on campus for their first two years of study. If you live locally and wish to live at home with your parents, please fill out the Exemption to Campus Residency Requirement and return it to the Residential Life Office.

Housing assignments are determined by your housing application date of receipt, including any special interest housing request (i.e. Living-Learning Communities) and/or roommate requests.
Unfortunately not all roommate requests can be honored.
Please Note: All housing agreements are for a full academic year.

Applying for Housing

Visit MyUAlbany. Choose Campus Life and select Housing Application.

Pay your $125 Housing Deposit online using a credit card, checking or saving account at epay.albany.edu.

  • Log in using NetID and password.
  • Click "eDeposits" tab at top of page. 
  • Select "Fall 2014" as an entry date from the dropdown box.
  • Select "Room Deposit."
  • Follow steps to make your payment.

For more information and detailed instructions, please visit the Residential Life website.

Living on campus is a great way to get involved, meet people and be close to campus resources. Freshman students are housed on either State or Indian Quad. UAlbany offers Living-Learning Communities for incoming freshmen: communities of students who share an interest in a particular theme or intended major and desire to be engaged both inside and outside the classroom. L-LCs provide students the opportunity to meet like-minded students, live in the same residence hall, and take some classes with others who share similar interests or intended academic majors.

For each student there is an extra long twin bed, mattress, desk and chair, and dresser. All of our residence halls have wireless internet connections; in addition, each student is assigned an Ethernet connection and a cable jack.  Each suite on State Quad and bedroom on Indian Quad have a hard wired phone that is for accessing the University 911 system and for campus calls only. For more information on amenities, please visit the Residential Life website.


Your SUNYCard is your key to access on campus. It is used to access your residence buildings as well as for dining, vending, bus services, the library and more. You will receive your SUNYCard during orientation. For more information please visit SUNYCard services.

Dining Services

A Residential Meal Plan is required for all students living in the residence halls. For changes to your meal plan or more information please visit Dining Services.


Freshman who reside in residence halls are not permitted to register cars on campus. Please visit Parking and Mass Transit Services for more details. All students can ride both the University buses and many of the city bus routes for free, with their SUNYCard.