Empire Commons

Welcome to Empire Commons 

Empire Commons is home to nearly 1,200 juniors, seniors and graduate students. The apartment complex, located at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Fuller Road, is right on the edge of campus. 

The 25 residential buildings are separated into seven clusters (A through G), with 12 apartments and 48 occupants per building. Students live in fully furnished four-bedroom, two-bathroom or four-bedroom, four-bathroom apartments with air conditioning. All bedrooms are singles with full-sized beds.  

Housing Managers live on site and serve as a resource for students. There is also a community building with meeting spaces, mail facilities and a fitness center. Outside, enjoy basketball and volleyball courts. Download a campus map.   

 

 

Apartment Amenities 

  • Bedrooms: All Empire Commons bedrooms are singles, with four bedrooms in every apartment. Each bedroom comes fully furnished, with a full-sized mattress and bed frame, a chair and desk, and a dresser.  

  • Bathrooms: Almost all students live in apartments with two bathrooms. Buildings E2 and E3 in E Cluster have a four-bedroom, four-bathroom configuration. 

  • Kitchens: Kitchens are fully equipped with a full-sized refrigerator, oven, range, microwave, garbage disposal and dishwasher. A dining table, chairs and ample cabinet space are also provided. 

  • Living Rooms: Living rooms are fully furnished with couches, chairs and tables.  

  • Laundry: Each apartment has a laundry room with washer, dryer and additional storage space. 

  • Utilities: Heat, water, electricity, internet and trash removal are all included.  

  • Air Conditioning: All Empire Commons apartments have air conditioning with a self-controlled thermostat.  

  • Accessibility: Apartments on the first floor are ADA-compliant. 

 

Floor plan for a 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartment on Empire Commons.
Floor plan for a 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartment on Empire Commons.
Floor plan for a 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom apartment on Empire Commons.
Floor plan for a 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom apartment on Empire Commons.

Complex Amenities 

  • Empire Commons Community Building: During the academic year, when classes are in session, the community building is open from 8:30 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday, and from noon to midnight on Saturday and Sunday. Special hours of operation are posted during summer term, intersession, holidays and when classes are not in-session.

  • Outdoor Courts: Basketball are located behind C Cluster. Volleyball courts are located outside B Cluster and F Cluster. 

  • Bus Stops: UAlbany buses stop at Empire Commons for the Thursday Shopping Shuttle to Crossgates Commons and Crossgates Mall. Residents are also walking distance from the Social Science bus stop and a CDTA bus stop

  • Parking: There are multiple student parking lots in the Empire Commons complex. 

 

Special Housing Opportunities on Empire Commons 

Please visit the Apply for Academic Year Housing page for additional information on special housing, including how to apply for these opportunities.  

  • Gender-Inclusive Housing is available. 

  • University Apartments remain open to all residents during Thanksgiving Break, Winter Intersession and Spring Break.  

  • Honors College housing is available. 

 

 

Contact the Empire Commons Team 

Our office is located inside the Empire Commons Building.

Phone: 518-956-6250 

Fax: 518-956-6251

Email: [email protected] 


Academic Year Office Hours: 

  • Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to midnight 
  • Saturday and Sunday: Noon to midnight 

Special hours of operation are posted during summer term, intersession, holidays and when classes are not in-session.
 

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