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Living on Campus

Living in a residence hall will be one of the most interesting and rewarding experiences of a lifetime. Take a break from studying in your room to play ping pong in the lounge, bake a yummy midnight snack in one of our kitchenettes, or attend one of the social activities put on by a Resident Assistant.

While first and second year students are required to live on campus, over 3,300 students call one of our 11 residential communities home. Each hall comes with everything you need to be comfortable, productive and close to all the action on campus. 

Residential Communities

Who Lives On Campus?

All full-time undergraduate students are required to live on campus as outlined in the University Housing Policy. Research has shown that living in a residence hall helps students by:

  • providing them with crucial connections to campus resources, 
  • supporting their successful transition to college, and
  • offering engagement opportunities that are fun, while also adding to what they learn in the classroom.

Living and Learning Communities

Explore your passions, get involved, and make lasting friendships! 

Our Living Learning Communities provide students with the opportunity to thrive both in and out of the classroom in a learning environment that becomes home. Make the most of your Laker residential experience by joining!

What is an LLC?

Living Learning Communities (LLCs) are residential clusters of students living in specific halls who share a common interest. Students will be a part of a close-knit community that supports academic success, encourages personal growth, and fosters safe and supportive environments. Select communities have corresponding academic courses that help to further student exploration and growth related to specific LLC themes. All students, regardless of major, identity, or background, are welcome to apply for a Living Learning Community. All you need is a passion to make your community a successful and enjoyable experience!

Why participate in an LLC?

LLCs can make a university's campus feel smaller and more accessible and since they are open to first year students, they can also help make the transition from high school to college easier. Connecting in community is a powerful thing. At SUNY Oswego, we know that community connections are vital to your success. Joining an LLC is the easiest way to make friends, find community, and build a support system to maximize your college success. Students benefit from additional resources, support, and enhanced activities centered around a specific focus to elevate their Laker experience.

How to join an LLC
  1. Apply for housing by completing your housing application through the MyHousing portal.
  2. Consider which LLC community is for you and select the one you would like to participate in on your housing application.
  3. If selected to participate in an LLC, first year students can expect email notification confirming their selection in June. Returning students can expect notification in February in accordance with the posted housing selection timeline.
What LLCs are available?

For the 2024-2025 academic year we have three Living Learning Communities available. 

All In: Are you a member of the LGBTQIA+ community or an ally? Then our All In affinity housing might just be for you! Students in this Living Learning Community are able to explore and express their whole selves, including their gender identities, expressions, and sexual orientation in a supportive and affirming environment. At SUNY Oswego, we acknowledge the need to provide a supportive and inclusive space for LGBTQIA+ students and their allies to call home. This immersive community is developed for first-year and upper division students interested in learning about LGBTQIA+ identities, history, culture, and social advocacy. When you live here, you’ll work alongside other like-minded students to build a community based on mutual respect, understanding, affirmation, and where identities of all kinds are celebrated.

Live Well: College is a new, exciting experience full of opportunities and challenges! So how do you take care of yourself while you are here? Sign up to live in the Live Well Living Learning Community so you can stay on track while juggling the demands of college. SUNY Oswego’s wellbeing LLC gives first year students the opportunity to be part of a vibrant, supportive community that is committed to helping students cultivate and maintain holistic wellness. You will live with a group of peers who are also interested in engaging in activities across all dimensions of wellness.

Be First: Are you a first generation student? If neither of your parents/guardians hold a four-year university degree in the U.S., then you are a first generation (first gen) student even if you have a sibling who is attending college ahead of you.  As a first gen student, you have what it takes to succeed but sometimes financial, family, academic, or work pressures can make the college seem daunting. To help support you, Residence Life and Housing provides first year, first generation students with a unique opportunity to live in an inclusive environment that encourages your academic and personal success! Being the first in your family to attend college can be challenging and so students in this living learning community are given an extra layer of support to help them along the way!

Substance Free Housing

SUNY Oswego offers substance-free housing for students who are interested in and agree to remain drug, smoke, and alcohol free.  Substance-Free housing is designed to support students with similar interests, goals, and lifestyles in a common living environment. Substance-free housing will be located in Seneca Hall on the first floor for upper-division students. First-Year students interested in Substance-Free housing will be located on the first floor of Oneida Hall. 

Substance Free Agreement

Regardless of the reason(s) for choosing to live in Substance-Free Housing, all residents of this community agree to hold each other accountable to the following:

  1. Students will not possess or consume alcohol, tobacco and/or and other drugs, which are prohibited by state law and/or SUNY Oswego policy (i.e., use of marijuana, misuse and/or abuse of prescription drugs, etc.) in the living environment regardless of age.
  2. Students will not return to the Substance-Free living environment in an intoxicated and/or disruptive state.
  3. Students will not negatively impact the living community through the decision to use and/or have contact with any substances beyond the residence hall. For example, a resident in this area who has either smoked or been in a smoking environment is obligated to not bring this smell back to the Substance-Free section.
  4. Students will not invite guests to this area who are under the influence of any of the above substances prior to entering the Substance-Free living environment. Students must assume responsibility for all actions of their guests.

Please note: All SUNY Oswego residence halls are drug and smoke free. This community is to support students who wish to remain Substance-Free. In order to request Substance-Free Housing, please select this option on your housing application. If you are not able to select the option on your housing application or are having difficulty completing this process, please contact the Office of Residence Life and Housing at [email protected].

Living with a Roommate

At SUNY Oswego, we believe the roommate experience is crucial to each student's learning experience in college. The idea of sharing a relatively small living space with someone else is probably a little bit unsettling to some. However, living with a roommate can be one of the most significant experiences of college!

Getting to know your roommate

Communicate with your roommate prior to coming to school. Coordinating the furnishings and arrangements for your room is a good opportunity to become better acquainted with your new roommate(s). It also helps to break the ice so that that first meeting on opening day can be more comfortable. Some things you may want to discuss are:

  • Sharing belongings
  • Social and academic expectations and desires
  • Study and sleep habits
  • Who is bringing a TV, electronic equipment, etc.

You and your roommate may share some commonalities; you will also learn that you are different from each other in many ways. All residents are required to complete the Roommate Agreement within the first days after moving in. This is a great time to get to know your roommate and have a discussion about how you want to use your space. Although it may be challenging to have a roommate for the first time, we are confident it will be a learning experience.

Resolving roommate conflicts

Roommates don't always agree on everything. That's OK. But if you and your roommate are having difficulties living together, there are ways to work it out. Moving to a different room without first trying to work things out with your roommate is not an option! So, here's what you need to do to begin to work out those differences:

  1. Talk with your roommate! Let them know what's on your mind. Roommates aren't mind readers. Maybe they have no idea that you would like something to change!
  2. If you talk with your roommate and aren't able to work out the issues, talk with your resident assistant (RA). They are available to help you and they've been trained to help people work out conflicts.
  3. So, you've tried talking with your roommate, AND you've received some help from your RA, but you still have some concerns ... now it's time to get the residence hall director (RHD) involved. In some cases, the RHD may coach you a little on how to approach your roommate differently; in other cases, they may meet with the two of you together to help you communicate with one another.

More often than not, roommate conflicts can be resolved by using these approaches. If your situation isn't resolved by using these methods, your hall director can advise you regarding the next step(s) to take.

Community Living Agreements

Each residence hall floor or quad participates in the development of its own Community Living Agreement or CLA. The CLA defines goals and standards for the community that are determined by consensus. This process allows residents the opportunity to discuss with each other the environment in which they would like to live and assume responsibility for establishing guidelines within that environment. During the first floor meeting of the semester, the RA will discuss University policies and introduce the process for developing the CLA.

Student sitting at a desk.

Your Room

Students are encouraged to create their own “look” for their rooms with personal belongings and decorations so they feel comfortable in their space. However, students should take caution to avoid causing damage. Any alteration to the room that causes damage to the room is the responsibility of the occupants of that room and students will incur charges.

Residence hall mattresses measure 80 inches long, 36 inches wide, and 6.5 inches deep and require extra long twin sheets. The Village beds require full bedsheets.

Visit the Residential Communities page and select your residence hall to see additional measurements for your room and furnishings.


Each residence hall room is furnished with:

  • Floor lamp
  • Wastebaskets
  • Mirror
  • Window blinds
  • Bed for each student
  • Dresser for each student
  • Desk and chair for each student
  • Closet or armoire for each student

Residence Hall Services

Student in front of Seneca Hall's front desk.

Each residence hall has a front desk located in the main lobby, staffed by student Desk Attendants. Desk Attendants can provide temporary keys if students are locked out of their rooms. Scheduled hours are maintained during the fall and spring academic semesters.

  • Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Friday, 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.
  • Saturday, 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. 
  • Sunday, 12 p.m. -10 p.m.

Cooking facilities are located in each residence hall. Some halls have kitchens on each residence floor; other halls offer a single kitchen facility located in the basement of the building. Each hall also has a microwave oven for resident use.

Items that can be loaned out from the front desk include:

  • Board games
  • Brooms and dustpans
  • Cooking supplies
  • Snow shovels
  • Sports equipment (pool cues, ping-pong paddles, etc.)
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Video game systems (not available in all halls)
Computer Labs/Rooms

Hart, Scales and Waterbury Halls have a computer lab that is open to residents of the hall. This in-hall facility allows ready access to computers, printers, and the campus network. All other halls have a printer available at the front desk.


Each residence hall is equipped with laundry facilities. Cost for use is pre-paid as a fee on the student's university bill.


Oswego State participates in the mandatory Oswego County recycling program. All students are required to routinely bring all recyclables and trash to a Recycling Room located in the basement of each residence hall. Hours are posted on the door of each recycling room.

Mail and Packages

Students living in residence halls will be assigned a mailbox, located near the front desk. Mail is received and sorted at the front desk, Monday through Friday. Mail sorting is most efficient if mail is addressed in the following manner:

Student first and last name
Name of building, Mailbox or room #
Street Address of building (see below)
Oswego, NY 13126

It’s very important to include all of this information in your address! The University cannot be responsible for cash or valuables sent through the mail.

In the following halls, the mailbox number is different from the room number. To send mail to students in these halls, be sure to include both the name of the building and the student's mailbox number in the address.

  • Cayuga
  • Hart
  • Johnson
  • Riggs
  • Scales
  • Waterbury
  • The Village

Packages sent to residents are received at the front desk of each residence hall. If a package comes for you, you’ll receive an email, instructing you to pick up your package at the desk or to go to the parcel lockers located in your building.

For parcel locker pickups you will receive a code and instructions via email to receive your package at the designated lockers. Shipping via US Postal Service is available at the Oswego Post Office, however prepaid USPS mail may be sent out at the front desk of your building.

Early shipment of belongings

Residence Life and Housing does not accept shipments prior to our announced arrival date for residents. If you must make shipments to campus, please plan accordingly and include your full university address.

Residence Hall Addresses

The current 911 Street addresses for each of the Residence Halls on campus is as follows:

  • Cayuga Hall: 20 Cayuga Circle
  • Funnelle Hall: 25 Union Road
  • Hart Hall: 15 Union Road
  • Johnson Hall: 20 Rudolph Road
  • Oneida Hall: 10 Onondaga Circle
  • Onondaga Hall: 20 Onondaga Circle
  • Riggs Hall: 28 Rudolph Road
  • Scales Hall: 34 Rudolph Road
  • Seneca Hall: 47 Cayuga Circle
  • Waterbury Hall: 30 Rudolph Road
  • The Village: A-F: 90 Iroquois Trail
  • The Village: G-L: 80 Iroquois Trail

Additional Information

Fire Safety

SUNY Oswego prioritizes fire safety in the residence halls through fire protection systems, fire safety policies, staff training, and enforcement of safety procedures. When an alarm sounds, all students and guests are required to exit the building immediately and remain outside to receive further instructions. Alternative shelters will be provided as needed should inclement weather and/or prolonged evacuation. Fire safety information including evacuation procedures, fire safety equipment, a list of prohibited items, and more can be found in the Resident Student Handbook (PDF).



Off-campus students and all other guests from outside the institution are required to create a guest registration within the visitor pass system, by registering via their cell phone. Their mobile phone number is their primary identifier. Additional information about the Guest Policy can be found in the Resident Student Handbook (PDF).

Hall Security

In order to assure reasonable security, there are policies and procedures in place which govern the locking and unlocking of building doors, management of keys, and monitoring of visitors and guests.

All exterior doors to residence halls are locked 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Only students assigned to a specific residence hall will have access to the residence hall community. Students can enter their residence hall at designated entrances using their ID card, 24 hours a day when the university is in session.

Lost keys are to be reported to the hall director by the residents of the room as soon as possible after the loss is detected. A charge for the costs involved is assessed to the individual who lost the key(s).


Residence Life and Housing has partnered with Campus Specialties to offer MicroFridge© rentals to our residents at SUNY Oswego. Use the button below to order online or call 1-800-525-7307.


MicroFridge unit

The MicroFridge© is an energy efficient, 3-in-1 combination appliance that features a refrigerator, a separate zero-degree freezer, and a microwave oven. The unit also comes with two USB ports and one traditional outlet, and their patented internal smoke sensor will automatically shut off the microwave if smoke is detected.

Your MicroFridge© unit will be delivered directly to your room, and will be picked up from your room once you have moved out. All MicroFridge© orders placed by August 1st will be delivered to your room before you move in. Delivery for orders placed after August 1st may be delayed, and your unit may not be available prior to your move-in date.

The MicroFridge© unit is the only type of microwave permitted in the residence halls, and only 1 MicroFridge© unit will be allowed per room. 

For each MicroFridge© rented, Residence Life and Housing will donate $10 to the Student Emergency Fund which is overseen by the Dean of Students Office and will go to help on-campus students in need of housing and/or dining during breaks.


Residence Life and Housing prohibits residents or their guests to bring pets into the residence halls. The only pets allowed in campus residential facilities are fish in aquariums up to 20 gallons. 

Students requesting service or emotional support animals should contact the Office of Accessibility Resources

Protecting Your Belongings

If you are wondering if you should insure your belongings, the answer is definitely yes! It is important to make sure all of the valuable items you bring to campus are protected from loss or damage. 

Typically, such coverage may be provided by extension of a homeowner’s policy, renter’s insurance or insurance specifically for university students. Explore the many options for personal property insurance as well as renters insurance for university students to protect your possessions from theft, fire, flood, vandalism, natural disasters and accidental damage.

The University assumes no responsibility for loss, theft or damage to personal property, even if that loss was caused by the failure of a University mechanical system such as a pipe bursting. We strongly encourage you to have insurance coverage before you begin residency.

Service Request

Students requiring routine maintenance or repairs in their assigned space should submit a work request through the Ready Request System

In the event of an emergency (i.e. major leaks, threats to personal safety, major electrical issues, major plumbing issues etc.) please call 315-312-3200 during regular business hours (Monday-Friday 7:00 am-3:00 pm) or 315-312-3117 after hours, on weekends or holidays. 

For questions about what types of services are provided, please see our Facilities Work Request page.


All residential communities are part of the SUNY Oswego Wireless Network. In addition, all resident bedrooms have ResNet, SUNY Oswego's residential network. ResNet provides a dedicated wired connection to the campus network (and the Internet) right from your residence hall room. At least one 10Mbps data connection is provided in each resident bedroom on campus. More specific information regarding ResNet can be found on the CTS website. 

Students who would like to have a television in their room may bring one and stream content using their subscribed streaming service(s).

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