Freshman Campus Housing

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, and/or roommate requests.

Please Note: Not all roommate requests can be honored.

Applying for Housing

Login to MyUAlbany.
Choose Campus Life and select Housing Application.

Make an E-Deposit for Housing

You will also need to pay the $125 housing deposit.

Make your Housing E-Deposit online using a credit card, checking or saving account at

  • Log in using NetID and password.
  • Click "eDeposits" tab at top of page. 
  • Select "Fall 2016" 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. 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 each bedroom on Indian Quad has a hard-wired phone that can be used only to call the University 911 system or other locations on campus. 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, but must submit your SUNYCard ID photo prior to 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.


Freshmen 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.