Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York
 


Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions
How do I get to campus?
Where is the Office of Residential Life located?
How can I travel within the city and between campuses?
What kind of security is there on campus?
What should I bring to campus and what is not permitted?
Are there washers and dryers in the halls?


Housing Application Questions
How many waitlists are there?
If I am on the waitlist am I guaranteed housing?
What students are guaranteed housing?
How are students called off the waitlist?
When can I expect to receive a housing assignment?
My friend, who is a resident, has an opening in his/her room, may I be placed there?
Can my friend, another commuter, and I be placed together?
I am a freshman, what are my chances of recieving housing?
I am a transfer student, what are my chances of receiving housing?
I am an internal transfer student, what are my chances of receiving housing?
If I am offered housing for this semester, may I defer it for the next semester or academic year?
Are there any alternatives to Fordham housing?

 
Q: How do I get to campus?
A: Directions to campus can be found here.
 
Q: Where is the Office of Residential Life located?
A: The Office of Residential Life is located in the basement of Loschert Hall.  The entrance is around the back of the building, and cannot be accessed from within other parts of the hall.  You can find a map of campus here.  Loschert Hall is number four on the map.
 
Q: How can I travel within the city and between campuses?
A: New York City provides numerous transportation options within the city including bus, subway, train and taxi.  You can find out more about public transportation options here.  Fordham University provides van service between the Rose Hill and Lincoln Center campuses.  For more information regarding this service, click here.
 
Q: What kind of security is there on campus?
A: Fordham University has on campus security personnel who staff all campus entrances 24 hours a day.  These guards are present in the residence halls, on patrol on campus, and available to respond to incidents.  The security department can be reached at 718-817-2222.

In addition, Residential Life staff are trained to handle emergency situations and to work with security to address concerns.  Resident Assistants are spread out throughout Fordham-operated housingand are on duty each night in order to serve as a resource to residents in need.


There are blue emergency phones spread throughout campus, as well as shuttle services offered at certain times at night.
 
Q: What should I bring with me to campus and what is not permitted?
A: Essential items: Bedding for twin XL mattresses, clothing for different types of weather, towels, clothes hangers, Ethernet cord, UL Approved power strips with built in circuit breakers, toiletries.
For Apartments: Pots, pans, dishes, and other kitchen supplies.

Other Helpful Items: Lamp for desk and/or bed, snacks for room, mini-fridge (check move in information for allowed sizes), alarm clock, small iron and ironing board, shower shoes.


Items not permitted in campus housing:

     - Microwaves (with the exception of apartments)
     - Pets
     - Firearms and weapons
     - Fireworks
     - Illegal drugs
     - Drug paraphernalia
     - Incense and candles
     - Toaster Ovens
     - Kegs
     - Alcohol use by minors
 
Q: Are there washers and dryers in the halls?
A: All halls (with the exception of Belmont Community Housing) have laundry facilities within the building.  These facilities are paid for by the housing fees at the beginning of the semester.
 
Q: How many wait lists are there?
A: There are two wait lists. One list is for upperclassmen and the other list is for freshmen. A freshman is defined as someone who had completed one or less semesters at college or university.
 
Q: Am I guaranteed housing by signing up on the housing wait list?
A: Signing up on the wait list does not guarantee you housing.
 
Q: What students are guaranteed housing?
A: Students are guaranteed housing if they were in housing the previous year, or if they were accepted with housing by the Office of Admissions.
 
Q: How are students called off the waitlist?
A: Students are offered housing on a first come, first served basis. Students are only offered housing as vacancies become available.

At the conclusion of the lottery process, all available spaces are assigned and typically 200-300 current residents are not able to select a space. As students withdraw from housing, these guaranteed students are assigned to these spaces. After all guaranteed students are assigned, commuters can be assigned to new vacancies.
 
Q: When can I expect to receive a housing assignment?
A: There is no set timeline on when or if a student will receive housing. As vacancies arise we will call and offer students housing. From past experience we typically start offering upperclassmen housing a day or two before the start of the semester and then after the semester starts. Freshmen almost never receive housing in the fall semester.

Housing in the fall is usually tighter than housing in the spring. More space generally becomes available during the spring semester. However, this may change from year to year.
 
Q: My friend, who is a resident, has an opening in his/her room, may I be placed there?
A: Generally, no. Before commuters can be assigned, those students who are guaranteed housing are assigned first. No spaces will be held for a commuter. Also, remember that commuters are assigned on a first come, first serve basis.

In the spring time, if there are more vacancies, we may be able to accommodate these requests.
 
Q: Can my friend, another commuter, and I be placed together?
A: We will make a note that you and your friend wish to live together. We do not guarantee that your request will be accommodated. Your request is dependent on the available vacancies and how far apart you and your friend are on the commuter wait list.
 
Q: I am a freshman, what are my chances of receiving housing?
A: As a freshman your chances of receiving housing are very slim. Freshmen are assigned to specific buildings. Due to the high number of converted triples, our first priority is to de-triple these roomsbefore we can bring in any new students.
 
Q: I am a transfer student, what are my chances of receiving housing?
A: Transfer students are not guaranteed housing. Your chances are the same as any other student on the list.
 
Q: I am an internal transfer student, what are my chances of receiving housing?
A: As an internal transfer student to receive housing here at the Rose Hill campus, you need first to switch your matriculation to this campus. If you currently have housing at the Lincoln Center Campus, we will try to honor your housing guarantee and offer housing to you as vacancies arise. If you commute to either campus, your chances are the same as anyone else on the list.
 
Q: If I am offered housing for this semester, may I defer it for the next semester or academic year?
A: No, the offer is only valid for a short time, usually 7-10 days. If you do not accept the offer by the given deadline, the offer will be made to the next person on the list. A new offer will only be extended to you if additional vacancies occur.
 
Q: Are there any alternatives to Fordham housing?
A: In case you are not offered university housing, you may request a copy of our off-campus housing list. This list contains rooms and apartments for rent within the area. The University is not affiliated with the landlords or realtors on this list. Nor do we check out the apartments. We merely advertise for them.

To help you find roommate(s) for a non-university housing unit, you may request names and contact information of other students on the wait list. You will only receive names and contact information of those students who have allowed us to share their information.

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