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Housing Selection FAQs

FAQ Overview

General Questions

Specific Living Arrangements

Miscellaneous Issues

Housing Process

When will the housing application be available?

The housing application opens Monday, February 15, at 9 a.m. on ResLife Online.

When is the online housing application due?

The housing deposit and housing application are due March 10 by 4:30 p.m. If you miss the deadline, you will not be able to participate in the housing selection process.

When do I pick my room?

You will pick your room online at your assigned date and time depending on your selection number and what type of room you want. View the Housing Selection Timeline.

Where, when and how do I pay the housing deposit?

The $200 housing deposit is due by 4:30 p.m. on March 10. You can pay by e-check or credit card on Fish 'R' Net or by cash or check at the Student Accounts Office. View specific instructions for paying your deposit online [pdf].

Why do I have to pay a housing deposit?

The housing deposit is required because it helps us to know how many spaces we are going to need on campus. It is applied as a credit to your fall 2016 bill. The housing deposit is non-refundable unless there are not any spaces available when it is your turn to choose housing or you are a student who is denied housing through the Housing Priority Process.

When is the housing deposit due?

The housing deposit and housing application are due March 10 by 4:30 p.m. If you miss that deadline, you will not be able to participate in the housing selection process.

What happens if I withdraw from housing after I have paid my deposit?

If you withdraw after you pay your housing deposit, you will lose your housing deposit.

Why isn't the housing deposit refundable?

The housing deposit is a "reservation" for your space on-campus and your notice and commitment to the College that you intend to live on-campus. You should think hard about committing to on-campus housing if you are thinking about transferring or withdrawing from the College. Housing deposits are only refunded if there are no on-campus spaces available when it is your turn to choose housing, or if you are denied housing through the Housing Priority Process.

If I pay my housing deposit early, do I get a better selection number?

The deposit date does not influence your housing selection number.

How is my housing selection number calculated?

We use the following information to determine your housing selection number.

Your housing selection Student Type is determined by your time at the College.

  • "First Year" = entered the College in the fall or spring as a new freshman or in the spring as a freshman transfer.
  • "Upper Class"= it is at least your second year at the College or you began either semester as a sophomore, junior, or senior transfer.

Earned Credits are those that you have already gotten credit for at the College according to the Registrar's Office as of the close of business (4:30 p.m.) on March 10.

Housing Tiers are based on your time at the College and how many earned credits you have.

Housing Selection Numbers determine the order in which rooms are chosen and are assigned randomly within your housing tier. Housing Selection numbers will be available to students on ResLife Online and by email no later than 4:30 p.m. on March 11.

Please see the chart on the right.

I am selecting a room with another student(s), how is our group selection number calculated?

For doubles, suites, connecting and standard triple rooms, your group selection number will be the average of the selection numbers of all of the students who want to live in the room.

Can I live with a student who will be new or returning in the fall of 2016?

Housing Selection is only open to current students. Your requested suitemates/roommates/connecting roommates all need to be current students. Once housing selection is over, you can make a request to live with a new student on the Room Change Wait List.

What if I can't choose my room at my assigned time?

You will have to ask someone you trust to give your information to and ask them to choose on your behalf.

What if I miss the deadline for submitting the application and deposit or if I don't choose a room during the process?

If you miss the deadline or do not pick a room during selection, you will be considered to be withdrawn from the process. The deposit is not refunded. You can sign up on the Housing Waiting List online starting at 9 a.m. on April 11.

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Housing Priority Process

What does the Housing Priority Process entail?

Our goal is to house all students who would like to be on campus. For the last 5 years, an average of 65% of residential students chose to return to housing and if this holds true again this year, the College will be able to accommodate current resident students who wish to return. The Housing Priority Process will only be utilized if more students apply to return to housing than we have spaces for.

Once all of the housing applications and deposits are received and accounted for, if there are more applicants for housing than we have spaces, we will have a Housing Priority Process. We will take as many students that we can based on the number of spaces available.

When will I know if I can participate in the housing selection process or not?

Residential Life will not know how many people plan to choose housing until all of the housing deposits and applications are received and accounted for on March 10. On March 11, by noon, Residential Life will announce via email if a Housing Priority Process is needed.

What happens if I don't get housing through the Housing Priority Process?

Students who apply for housing by the deadline, but do not receive a housing assignment because of the Housing Priority Process will have first priority on the Housing Waiting List and will have their housing deposits refunded.

What about my housing deposit?

If you do not receive a housing assignment because of the Housing Priority Process, your deposit will be refunded.

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Living Off Campus

Who has to live on campus?

The College does not require anyone to live on campus. If you are interested in moving off-campus, you are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office to determine how your decision may impact your financial aid package.

What do I do if I want to live off campus in fall 2016?

There is no special form to fill out if you want to live off campus, you just don't sign up for housing. You should check with the Financial Aid Office to see if your financial aid package may change.

What happens to my financial aid if I move off campus?

Merit scholarships are not reduced when a student moves off-campus. Merit scholarships include Trustee, Presidential, Founders, Transfer Achievement, Cardinal Scholarships, and Honors. If you are interested in moving off campus, you are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office to determine if your decision may impact your financial aid package.

How do I get help looking for somewhere to live off campus?

The Office of Residential Life partners with RentRochester.com to provide students with off-campus housing options. Additionally, you can find information about what it is like to be a commuter from the Commuter Council.

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Financial Aid

What happens to my financial aid if I live off campus?

Merit scholarships are not reduced when a student moves off campus. Merit scholarships include Trustee, Presidential, Founders, Transfer Achievement, Cardinal Scholarships, and Honors. If you are interested in moving off campus, you are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office to determine if your decision may impact your financial aid package.

What do I have to do with financial ad to live on campus?

You must make sure that you've filled out your FAFSA form. If you have questions about your FAFSA form, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

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Costs

When will the cost of attendance information be available?

The Board of Trustees typically approve the costs in their meeting at the end of March. You can view current costs of attendance on the Student Accounts website.

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Commuters

As a commuter, am I guaranteed to get a space during housing selection if I apply and pay my deposit on time?

Commuters will be eligible to participate in the housing selection process as spaces are available. After the applications close, we will review the number of resident and commuter student applications versus the spaces that are available on campus. If we anticipate having enough spaces, commuters will be eligible to participate in the housing selection process. If the number of commuters who have applied and deposited on time exceeds the spaces available, we will use a lottery system to determine which commuters will be eligible to participate in housing selection.

Why is there a separate step for commuters?

Our first obligation is to house current resident students who would like to return. In the current housing situation, adding non-resident students into the mix could mean that students who are currently on campus may not be able to be housed.

When will I know if I am included in the housing selection process?

You will be notified by noon on March 11 if you can participate in the housing selection process.

What if I am not included in the process?

Any commuting students who applied and paid their deposits on time, and were unable to be accommodated during the housing selection process, will have second priority on the housing waiting list behind any residential students displaced in the Housing Priority Process.

Do I have to pay a housing deposit as a commuter student?

Commuter students do have to pay the housing deposit. If we are unable to accommodate you during the process, your deposit will be refunded. If you are eligible to participate in the process, but choose not to, the housing deposit will not be refunded.

Can a commuter live with a current resident student?

Commuters who are eligible to participate in the process can sign up to live with current resident students during the Housing Selection process.

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Founders

Can I live in Founders?

You can live in Founders Hall if you are in Housing Tier UC1, UC2, UC3, UC4, UC5, UC6 or FY1

How do I know what Housing Tier I am in?

You can view the Housing Selection Number chart to the right or check your ResLife Online account after noon on March 11.

Do I have to have a group of four to apply for a Founders suite?

Yes, you must have a full group of 4 to select a suite or connecting room.

What if one person in our group of 4 is not in Housing Tier UC1-UC6 or FY1?

All students in the group must be in Housing Tier UC1, UC2, UC3, UC4, UC5, UC6 or FY1 to be eligible to live in Founders.

In Founders, can you request your single mate in the singles that are connected by a bathroom?

As singles are totally based on selection number, you may not choose the connected singles in Founder's as a group of 2. When you chose your single, you will be able to see who is signed into the connecting room when you choose your room on ResLife Online.

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Singles

How do I get a single?

In addition to submitting your housing application and paying your housing deposit, you must choose "single room" on your Room Type and Roommate Preference Form online. You must choose "single room" on your Room Type and Roommate Preference form online by 4:30 p.m. on March 10.

What does a group leader for a single do?

You are the group leader for a single. Checking the "group leader" box allows you to choose a room online for yourself.

How much more do singles cost?

As singles are sized for one person, they cost the same as a space in a double room. All of the St. John Fisher College housing options are the same rate.

What if I don't get a single?

If you do not get a single you will have to choose a double room and we will place you on a singles waiting list. If you do not select a room during double room selection, you will be considered to have withdrawn from the process.

What if I get a single, but it isn't in the building I want to live in?

If you get a single but not in the building in which you would like to live, you can sign up on the Room Change Waiting List.

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Doubles

How do I get a double room?

In addition to submitting your housing application and paying your housing deposit, you must choose "double room" on your Room Type and Roommate Preference form online.

What does the group leader do?

The group leader chooses the housing assignment for the group from their online account. Please choose someone responsible.

What do I do if I don't have a roommate and I want to live in a double room?

You can choose to live in a double room but you will receive a roommate. Students who do not have a roommate but would like to live in a double will be assigned the next person of the same gender who wants to live in the same building. If you do not have a roommate at the end of housing selection, you will be assigned someone from the waiting list or a new transfer student.

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Suite, Connecting and Standard Triple Rooms

How do I get a suite, connecting or standard triple room?

In addition to submitting your housing application and paying your housing deposit, you must choose "standard triple room" or "suite" or "connecting double" on your Room Type and Roommate Preference form online. You also need to choose a group leader for your group.

What if I want a double room as a back up to my suite, connecting or standard triple preference?

If you do not choose a suite, connecting room or standard triple, you will be reset to choose during double room selection. You will need to contact reslife@sjfc.edu and tell us who the roommate pairs are and who will act as the group leaders by 4:30 p.m. on March 21 so we can assign you a date and time to choose a double room.

What does the group leader do?

The group leader chooses the housing assignment for the group from their online account. Please choose someone responsible.

How many suite, connecting and standard triple rooms are available?

Availability and number of rooms by type

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Chances

Can you tell me what my "chances" are for a particular room type?

It depends on what you're looking for. We will not be able to tell you chances for double rooms because there are just too many variables and too many double rooms.

  • For triples/suites/connecting rooms, we will email group leaders "chances" on March 18 by 4:30 p.m.
  • For single rooms, we will email group leaders "chances" on March 11 by 4:30 p.m.

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General Questions

Why do I have to fill out the "personal preference" part of the housing application if I know who I am living with?

You must fill out the roommate part of the housing application regardless of whether you are signing up with someone specific or not. If your roommate leaves housing for any reason and you have a space in your room, we will use your roommate preferences to find you a new roommate.

What if I can't choose a room at my assigned time?

You will have to ask someone you trust to give your information to and ask them to choose on your behalf.

I'm going abroad/on an internship for the fall semester, can my friends hold a space for me in the spring?

We cannot hold a space for a student who is not going to be on campus. You can work with your roommates to find someone who will graduate/leave the College in December and then we can work on "swapping" you into the spot when you return in the spring.

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Parking

Where can I get my parking permit?

Please contact the Office of Safety and Security with specific parking questions.

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Meal Plans

What meal plans are available for returning residential students next year?

Please visit the Dining Services website for meal plan options.

Do I have to choose a meal plan?

All students living on-campus in the residence halls must select a meal plan.

How much do the meal plans cost?

Please see estimated costs.

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Residence Hall Information

What is available in each Residence Hall?

Read about the residence halls online.

Will there be an opportunity for me to see the various residence hall rooms?

There will be open houses in each residence hall from 8 - 10 p.m. on March 8 & 11. Please go to any residence hall lobby anytime during the open house hours.

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Finding a Roommate

How can I find a roommate?

You can find a roommate using the ResLife Roommate Finder! The ResLife Roommate Finder is an opt-in online group that helps current resident students find a compatible roommate/suitemate(s). Once you join the ResLife Roommate Finder, you can begin your search or make a post.

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