Housing FAQ

How are room assignments made and may a student choose his/her own roommate?

Room sign-ups for returning and transfer students occur in late March. Returning and transfer students are given first opportunity to select their preferred housing style. First-year students can begin selecting their housing assignment in mid April - May 30. After May 30, students must log into my.alfredstate.edu, select the housing link, fill out the online license for residence and the housing preference form.  We do our best to assign students to a room in one of their top choices.

Yes, a student may choose his/her roommate. On your BannerWeb you are able to select your room and a friend will have the
opportunity to sign-up for the same room your choose.

Any questions concerning room assignments should be directed to the Residential Life Office at 607-587‑4371 or 1-800-4-ALFRED.

What is the best residence hall to live in?

All of our residence hall communities have their own special attributes. As a student at Alfred State, you can choose from a number of different residence hall lifestyles all with unique amenities. You can choose to live in one of our corridor residence halls which include Braddon Hall, Burdick Hall, Peet Hall, Shults Hall, and R/C Hall. These residence halls consist of several rooms and a bathroom(s) opening onto a long hallway. Another option is one of our suite style residence halls which include MacKenzie North, South, East, and West, Main Gate A, and Main Gate B. These residence halls have three or four rooms sharing a common lounge and bathroom. We also provide an opportunity for students to take advantage of townhouse/apartment living right on campus. Each townhouse/apartment has a living room, kitchen, two bathrooms, and single room for each of the students residing there.

For more information about living on campus, please call the Residential Life Office at 607-587-4326.

Is there special housing for first-year students?

Braddon Hall, Burdick Hall, Peet Hall and Shults Hall house first-year students only. However, based on space availability first-year students may have the opportunity to select housing in another residence hall.  First-year students are not eligible to live in the Townhouses or MacKenzie Commons Apartments as they are reserved for upper class students.

Is there a residence hall specifically for Wellsville students?

No, all students reside on the Alfred campus and are housed in one of the 14 residence halls on campus.

Are single rooms available?

Designated singles are available in the MacKenzie Complex, Townhouse Complex, MacKenzie Commons Apartments and R/C Hall on a first-come, first-serve basis.The opportunity to have a single room is very slim, especially for first-year students. Residency in the townhouses and MacKenzie Commons Apartments is limited to continuing/returning and transfer students. There is an additional cost for singles.

How much does it cost to live on campus?

The room cost is based on the type (standard double, corridor style, suite style, single, or townhouse) and/or size (small, large, or double single) of room. Each residential student, with the exception of students who live in the Townhouse and MacKenzie Commons Apartments, is required to purchase a meal plan which should be figured in when you're planning your budget.

For more information, call 1-800-4-ALFRED and ask to speak to the Student Records and Financial Services Office.

What if I have special housing needs related to a medical condition?

You will be asked to provide medical documentation to our Accommodative Housing Committee. If approved, and space is available, we will do our best to provide you with appropriate accommodations. Please refer to the Accessibility Services page for additional information.

When do I get my room assignment and roommate contact information?

Room assignments, along with roommate information, are sent to the student's Alfred State email account in late June for the upcoming semester. Your roommate's information is also available on your BannerWeb account when you view your housing assignment. The Office of Residential Life encourages you to contact your roommate to arrange room set up and items you wish you bring.

If you do not receive a room assignment, contact Residential Life at 607-587-4371.

When can I move into my residence hall room?

The move in date can be found on our academic calendar.

Are there times when a student is expected to go home?

There are times when a student is expected to go home for the duration of the break. Those breaks include, but are not limited to, Thanksgiving break, winter break, spring break, and summer break. If students wish to remain on campus for the duration or portion of the break, they must complete the break housing application. The break housing application is released on Student Announce in the weeks prior to each scheduled break.

How often should a student go home?

It all depends on the student how often they should go home. Residential Life recommends students stay on campus, especially on the weekend, as much as possible. College is a full-time job. For your student to succeed academically as well as socially, a tremendous amount of time must be committed. If your student is a four-and-one-half-day a week participant, leaving campus every weekend, there is no possibility of achieving the full college experience. That's a big loss from our perspective!

What is my mailing address and where do I get my mail?

First Name Last Name
MC# _____
10 Upper College Dr
Alfred, NY 14802

The MC number can be found on the student's BannerWeb account.

Students may pick up letter mail and packages (signed for with student ID) at the Print and Mail Services building Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

How are the rooms furnished?

All standard double rooms are furnished with two of each of the following: beds and mattresses (twin size, extra long), floor or ceiling lamps, dressers, closets or armoires, desks, and desk chairs.

What items should I bring and not bring?

Please visit our guide to moving and packing for a complete listing.

Should we get renters insurance?

Please check your homeowners insurance policy to verify if the student’s belongings are covered. The college recommends students obtain renters insurance if not covered under a homeowners policy.

Am I allowed to have guests?

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the guest policies are updated regularly to reflect the current state and local guidance. Please speak with your building Residential Professional or Resident Assistant with any questions regarding the current guest policy.

Are there computers in the residence halls?

Most residence halls have publicly accessible computers, but if a student would like to bring their own computer from home, access to the college network is available in all residence hall rooms. Laptop computers are available to purchase through the Campus Store.

The Hinkle Library also has computers available for students to use.

If a student is shy, what can Residential Life do to get him/her involved?

There are many things we can do. In addition to a residential professional supervising each of our residential facilities, they are staffed by student resident assistants (RAs) whose primary responsibility is the development of community among their residents. Building a community among students from every race, background, and belief system is a big task. RAs are very active in getting students involved in campus programming and services. That is the best interest for everyone.

How many students live on campus?

Approximately 75% of students live on campus.

May a student life off campus?

It is mandatory for all full time students to live on campus unless they are waived due to special circumstances. Examples of special circumstances include:

  • married
  • have dependents for whom you provide direct care
  • live with parent(s), grandparent, or legal guardian within 50 miles of the Alfred campus
  • honorably discharged veteran (submit DD214)
  • 23 years of age or older
  • possess a baccalaureate degree
  • meet academic eligibility criteria as outline in the policies governing waiver eligibility
  • internship - (academic advisor confirmation required)

A housing waiver application must be completed for the Residential Life Office to consider off-campus housing. See our housing forms page for instructions to apply.