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Welcome to IC

You are an important member of our residential community and we are glad you joined us on campus.

First-Year Students

As a new first-year student, you may explore housing options in traditional halls and our Residential Learning Communities (RLCs). All first-year housing is part of our First-Year Residential Experience (FYRE) Program.

Typically housing assignments are set up over the summer after you sign your Housing Agreement and submit your housing preferences. The specific housing designated for first-years (areas of campus, room types, and the number of available spaces) varies each year.

Transfer Students

New incoming transfer students typically live with other upper year IC students in traditional double or triple rooms and our RLCs including our Transfer Community.  If there are any remaining single rooms or spaces in shared apartments, these are available as well. 

Typically housing assignments are set up over the summer after you sign your Housing Agreement and submit your housing preferences. The specific housing designated for transfers (areas of campus, room types, and the number of available spaces) varies each year. New transfer students who believe they may be exempt from living on campus (according to the criteria outlined in the residence/off-campus policy) should contact the Office of Residential Life.

Housing Options for Spring 2021

First-Years

  • Quads (Upper - Hilliard, Holmes, Hood, Talcott; Lower - Bogart, Eastman, Landon, Lyon)
  • Towers (East Tower)

Transfers

Setting Up Your Housing

When logging onto the Housing Portal for the first time, you will be auto-prompted to sign your housing agreement. If you are under 18 at the time, a co-signature of a parent or legal guardian will also be required.

Submit your housing preferences on the Housing Portal by selecting the "Housing Selection" menu item. The first time you select this button, you will be auto-prompted to submit your preferences. This will include updating emergency contact information and privacy settings, answering several roommate matching questions, listed a top RLC choice (if applicable, also note that a supplemental application for each RLC is also required), and general housing preferences (such as an area of campus or room type).

You may revise your preferences on the Housing Portal as well by selecting the "Update Preferences" button.

You may submit an application on the Housing Portal to live in a RLC. Application results (acceptance or denial) will be published on the Housing Portal and emailed. You may apply to multiple communities and indicate a top preference with your Housing Preferences.

It is common to worry that that you and your roommate will not be compatible. Finding someone who is a "perfect match" before finalizing your housing preferences or roommate request may feel overwhelming. Do not worry! The simple fact is that the majority of students in our residence halls get along with their roommate(s) regardless of how they became roommates.

The process of finding a roommate can be a great way to meet other Ithaca College students and expand your group of friends. Sharing your roommate matching questions or connecting on social media may spark friendships even if you don't become roommates.

Having things in common with your roommate may seem important, but having differences can often make a roommate relationship even more rewarding. Talk together about living habits and things that are important to each of you to help set the foundation for a positive experience. No one is perfect and all shared living situations involve compromise.

Roommate Search Resources

  • Roommate Matching Preferences on the Housing Portal
  • Roommate Search Tool on the Housing Portal
  • Facebook "Class of" pages and other IC social media

If you are interested in living with a person of another gender you may do so through creating a mixed gender roommate/apartment-mate group. Open Housing spaces are available in co-ed or all-gender floors or buildings as well as Emerson Hall and on-campus apartments. 

Several housing accommodation processes exist if you have a specific need when setting up your housing. Learn more about each process and submit requests on our Special Accommodations page.

Once a housing assignment is made, it will be final. You may request a room change through a wait list or vacancy request process, however, a room change is not guaranteed.