Campus Life

On-Campus Housing 

To reduce overall occupancy, on-campus housing options will be limited to double and single rooms only. There will be no increased occupancy options, such as triples or converted lounges. Roommates and suitemates will be treated as a “family unit.” 

Adjustments won’t be made to room and board, as those costs are calculated by semester. 

Check-in: We will also implement a new check-in process to ensure students can safely move into residence halls and apartments, as well as evaluate all residential programs and policies to ensure health and safety comes first. 

Guests: Students cannot have more than two guests per room at a time. However, overnight guests will not be allowed.   

Spring semester: Students who plan to return for the spring semester do not have to remove their belongings, as the contract is for the entire 2020-2021 academic year. However, as is standard practice, we encourage students to take home valuables during the break. 


We will ease our two-year residency requirements to allow students who live more than 50 miles away from campus to take classes remotely from their home. We’ve also made a limited number of single rooms available, upon request, for new first-year and transfer students.

To request disability-related housing accommodations, please contact the Disability Resource Center at To request medical-related housing accommodations that are not disability-related, please contact Student Health Services at You’ll be required to supply information and/or documentation that supports your request for accommodations.

Please note that residence halls do not have private bathrooms. For more information on campus housing, please visit the Residential Life website.

We have also identified isolation and quarantine spaces. Please visit our Health & Safety page for more information on our symptom monitoring policies. 


Off-Campus Housing

Off-Campus Student Services has been in contact with several private landlords and property management companies that serve our students to discuss the University’s response to the pandemic. Those conversations will continue as the University’s plans continue to take shape.

The University will also work with neighborhood associations, local elected officials, the Albany Police Department and other city agencies to address pandemic-related concerns.


On-Campus Dining 

The number of students on campus will determine the number dining options available. Menus and service styles will also be altered. Some changes include: 

Retail dining: We’ll introduce mobile ordering and develop smaller menus, based on items’ popularity, to allow for quick pick-up. We'll also offer ready-to-go fresh food and home meal replacement for students. 

Dining halls: Resident dining services will largely offer “to-go” options with limited seating. 


Student Life

Welcome events: Students and administrators are working together to develop both in-person and virtual student life events to ensure new and returning students can connect and be prepared as the new academic year begins. More information will be available when the calendar of events is finalized. 

Student organizations: Student organizations are active and will continue to be in the Fall. For updates and a listing of currently active organizations, please visit MyInvolvement.  

Athletics: Athletics will follow all NCAA and state guidance on practices, games, training rooms, and strength and conditioning rooms. 

Fitness Centers: On-campus fitness centers and group exercise classes will operate at 50% capacity (or lower percentage, if recommended by New York State). Facilities will also reduce their hours to allow for cleaning throughout the day. 

Intramural sports: Intramural sports will offer activities that are non-contact and allow for physical distancing.