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Housing Selection FAQs

Get answers to all your questions about housing selection.


Jump to Section: Housing Process | Housing Deposit | Selection Numbers |Housing Priority Process | Living Off Campus | Costs and Financial Aid | Commuters | Founders | Singles | Doubles | Suite, Connecting, and Standard Triples | Parking | Meal Plans


Housing Process

When will the housing application be available?

The housing application opens February 5 at 9 a.m. on ResLife Online.

When is the online housing application due?

The housing deposit and housing application are due March 13, 2018 by 4:30 p.m. If you miss the deadline, you will not be able to participate in the housing selection process.

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.

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.

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.

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

Housing selection is only open to current students. Your requested suitemates/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 Waiting List.

What if I miss the deadlines or don't choose a room?

If you miss the deadline or do not pick a room during selection, you will be considered to be withdrawn from the process and the deposit is not refunded. If you still wish to live on-campus, you can sign up on the Housing Wait List. The Housing Wait List opens March 14 at 9 a.m. on ResLife Online.

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 on-campus

  • For single rooms, we will email group leaders "chances" on March 14 by 6 p.m.
  • For triples/suites/connecting rooms, we will email group leaders "chances" on March 20 by 4:30 p.m.
Will I be able to see the different residence halls and rooms?

There will be open houses in each residence hall from 8 - 10 p.m. on Tuesday, February 27 and Wednesday, February 28. Please go to any residence hall lobby anytime during the open house hours.

Can my friends hold a space for me if I will be off-campus in the fall?

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.

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.


Housing Deposit

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 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 13, 2018 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. The housing deposit is not refundable.

How do I pay the housing deposit?

The $200.00 housing deposit is due by 4:30 p.m. on March 13. You can pay by electronic check on Fish 'R' Net or by cash or check at the Student Accounts Office. View the Housing Deposit Payment Instructions [pdf] for more information.

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.


Selection Numbers

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.
  • "Upperclass"= You are in 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  on March 13, 2018.

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 14, 2018.

How are group selection numbers 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.


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?

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 13, 2018. On March 14, 2018, 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.


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 the fall?

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.


Costs and 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 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.

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 .


Commuters

As a commuter, am I guaranteed housing if I apply and pay 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 emailed by noon on March 14, 2018 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.


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. You can find out what housing tier you are in by checking your ResLife Online account after noon on March 14, 2018.

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

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

What if one person in our group 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.

Can I request my single mate to share a bathroom with?

Single rooms in Founders Hall are considered individual rooms, not connecting rooms. Because of this, single rooms cannot be selected as a group of two. When you choose your single, you will be able to see who is has selected the neighboring room in ResLife Online.


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 by March 13, 2018.

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 the Room Change Wait list for single room. 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.


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 by March 19, 2018. 

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.


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 by March 19, 2018. You also need to choose a group leader for your group.

What if I want a double room as a backup 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 will be and who will act as the group leaders by 4:30 p.m. on March 23, 2018 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.


Parking

Where can I get my parking permit?

For specific information about parking, please call (585) 385-8025 or visit the Safety and Security website.


Meal Plans

What meal plans are available for returning residential students?

The Dining Services website has information about all the available 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 the Student Accounts website for estimated costs.