Housing

Overview 

All Honors College students have the option of living in honors housing each year they attend UAlbany.

Walk through our residence halls at almost any hour and you'll find our students studying or hanging out with each other. The windows of our study rooms are often filled with math or physics calculations. Students also critique each other's writing and give each other advice about handling personal difficulties.

At least once a week, the Honors Advisor comes to Steinmetz Hall for drop-in or scheduled advising appointments. Twice a month, International Education advisors visit Steinmetz Hall to discuss study abroad programs and other opportunities.

Most of the Honors College’s activities, such as guest lectures and social events, also take place inside Steinmetz and Melville Halls. The Honors College Dean lives in a faculty apartment inside Steinmetz Hall, so she is readily available to students.
 

Take a photo tour of Honors College's meeting spaces
Steinmetz Hall is located on State Quad.

 

Steinmetz Hall is located on UAlbany's State Quad. 

 

Advisors use Steinmetz Hall's corner office to meet with students.

 

Advisors use Steinmetz Hall's corner office to meet with students.

 

Events are often held in the Honors College Lounge inside Steinmetz Hall.

 

Events are often held in the Honors College Lounge inside Steinmetz Hall. 

 

Students can relax, study and collaborate inside the Honors College Library, located in Steinmetz Hall.

 

Students can relax, study and collaborate inside the Honors College Library in Steinmetz Hall. 

 

There are study rooms on every floor of Steinmetz and Melville Halls.

 

There are also study rooms on every floor of Steinmetz and Melville Halls. 

Housing Policies

Honors College housing is based on when the student enrolled at UAlbany (first-year, second-year, etc.), not the student’s class standing (freshman, sophomore, etc.) That means, even if a second-year student has earned enough credits to be at a junior standing, they can only choose to live in second-year Honors housing. 

Student must attend at least seven Honors College events each semester in order to qualify for honors housing. For details on this policy, please refer to the Honors College Handbook.
 

First- and Second-Year Students 

First-year students can live in Steinmetz Hall and second-year students can live in Melville Hall. These adjoining residence halls, located on State Quad, are recently renovated.  

Students live in suites, with their own common area and bathroom. The suites have either two double bedrooms, three double bedrooms or a combination of a single bedroom and two double bedrooms. 

More than 90% Honors College freshmen live in Steinmetz Hall.
 

Take a photo tour of the suites inside Steinmetz and Melville Halls
A double bedroom inside an Honors College residential hall suite.

 

A double bedroom inside an Honors College residential hall suite.

 

A desk and closet inside an Honors College residential hall suite.

 

A desk and closet inside an Honors College residential hall suite.

 

The common room inside an Honors College residential hall suite.

 

The common room inside an Honors College residential hall suite.

 

The bathroom inside an Honors College residential hall suite.

 

The bathroom inside an Honors College residential hall suite.

Third- and Fourth-Year Students 

Third- and fourth-year students can live in select Honors College building within Empire Commons, an on-campus apartment complex. 

Each apartment has its own living room, kitchen and laundry facilities, as well as two bathrooms and four bedrooms. Since four students live in each apartment, students have their own room and share a bathroom with one other person. 
 

Take a photo tour of an Empire Commons apartment
A single bedroom inside an Empire Commons apartment.

 

A single bedroom inside an Empire Commons apartment.

 

The kitchen inside an Empire Commons apartment.

 

The kitchen inside an Empire Commons apartment.

 

The common room inside an Empire Commons apartment.

 

The common room inside an Empire Commons apartment.

Commuter Students 

Honors College students who commute to campus are given swipe access to Steinmetz and Melville Halls. They are welcome to attend honors events and socialize with other honors students. 

The Commuter Student Lounge — located in Melville Hall — has tables, chairs, whiteboards and lockers for their use.
 

Take a photo tour of the Honors College Commuter Student Lounge
The Honors College Commuter Student Lounge.

 

The Honors College Commuter Student Lounge.

 

The Honors College Commuter Student Lounge.