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Housing Selection FAQs

General Questions

Specific Living Arrangements

Miscellaneous Issues

Housing Process

Founders Hall

General Questions

Housing Priority Process

Single Rooms

Parking

Living Off Campus

Double Rooms

Meal Plans

Financial Aid

Suites, Connecting & Triple Rooms

Residence Hall Information

Costs

Chances of living in a specific building/room type

Finding a Roommate

Commuters

 

How do I choose a room?

Housing Process

When will the housing application be available?

The housing application opens Tuesday, February 18th, at 9:00 a.m. on ResLife Online.

When is the online housing application due?

The housing deposit and housing application are due March 18th 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 18th. You can pay by check or credit card on Fish 'R' Net or by cash or check at the Bursar's 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 bill for fall 2014. 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 18th 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 18th.

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 19th.

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, triples, connecting rooms and suites, 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 2014?

Housing Selection is only open to current students. Your requested suitemates/roommates/connecting roommates all need to be current students.

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 9:00 a.m. on April 14, 2014.

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Housing Priority Process

What's the deal with the Housing Priority Process?

In October of 2004 we created a process by which if there were more students than spaces available on-campus, students in their 4th year of housing may not get a room assignment during the housing selection process.

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.

Who does this affect?

Students who entered the college as first year students in the fall of 2011 (or before) will be part of the Housing Priority Process. Additionally, transfer students who entered as sophomores in 2012 or juniors in 2013, etc, will be part of this process. This does not include students who might be "accelerated" in class year but not in years on campus due to AP credits, overloading credits, etc.

What does the Housing Priority Process entail?

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?

ResLife 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 18th. On March 19th, by noon, ResLife will email information on whether or not there needs to be a Housing Priority Process.

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 2014?

There is no special application 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 how/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 how 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 how your decision may impact your financial aid package.

What do I have to do with Financial Aid 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 Bursar's 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 19th 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 (All upper class tiers).

How do I know what Housing Tier I am in?

You can view the Housing Selection Number chart to the right.

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

Yes, you must apply in a group of 4 for a suite or connecting room.

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

All students in the group must be in Housing Tier UC1, UC2, UC3, UC4, UC5, UC6 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.

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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Suites, Triples, Connecting Rooms

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

In addition to submitting your housing application and paying your housing deposit, you must choose "standard triple room" or "suite" or "connecting double" your Room Type and Roommate Preference form online. You 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 tell us at reslife@sjfc.edu who the roommate pairs are and who will act as the group leaders by 4:30 p.m., April 1st so we can assign you a date and time for double room selection.

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 suites, standard triples and connecting 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/suite/singles/connecting rooms, we will email group leaders on March 28th by 4:30 p.m. with "chances" once we've had a chance to review all of the applications.

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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 spot for me for 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?

The following meal plans are available to all returning students:

PLATINUM PLAN- (approximately 19 meals per week- No Flex Dollars, per semester)
GOLD PLAN- (approximately 13 meals per week with $50.00 in Flex Dollars, per semester)
SILVER PLAN- (approximately 11 meals per week with $75.00 in Flex Dollars, per semester)
BRONZE PLAN- (approximately 9 meals per week with $100.00 in Flex Dollars, per semester)

For more information, visit the Dining Services website.

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 tours of the Residence Halls?

There will be open houses in each residence hall from 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. on March 19th & 20th. Please go to any residence hall lobby anytime between 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. on those days.

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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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How do I choose a room?

Housing Selection Numbers

Student Type

Earned Credits

Housing Tier

Selection # Range

Upper-class

105+

UC1

1-100

Upper-class

90-104

UC2

101-200

Upper-class

75-89

UC3

201-400

Upper-class

60-74

UC4

401-600

Upper-class

50-59

UC5

601-800

Upper-class

1-49

UC6

801-1000

First Year

21-120

FY1

1001-1400

First Year

0-20

FY2

1401-1600

*Please Note: There may be large gaps between selection numbers. The computer randomly generates the numbers using a range of available numbers. Ex. - There may be only 60 UC1 who apply for housing but the computer will assign them numbers between 1-100.

Group Selection Number

For doubles, triples, connecting rooms and suites, your group selection number will be the average of the selection numbers of all of the students who want to live in the room. Students participating in housing selection without a roommate/group will use their housing selection number.

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