Office of Residence Life

Current and Returning Students

The Residence Halls will open for the Spring 2016 semester at Noon on Friday, January 22, 2016. Card access will begin at this time. Please plan your travel accordingly.

The Residence Life Office will be open until 5pm on Friday January 22, and from Noon-4pm on Saturday January 23 and Sunday January 24.

New Students (New transfer and first year students, and exchange students)

Residence hall check in will be from 10am-2pm on Thursday, January 21, 2016 in the Residence Life Office. At check in you will receive keys to your room, card access to your building, your mailbox combination, and a packet of information to help you get settled quickly. If you are arriving outside of this time frame, please email us at to request different check-in accommodations. There will be a mandatory meeting at 4pm on January 21 at Mother's in the Rensselaer Student Union (located on the corner of 15th street and Sage avenue) for new students to cover basic residence hall polices, safety features, and amenities.

If you are attending the January Nexus Trip, you have a special check-in at Burdett Avenue Residence Hall (BARH) from 10am-2pm on January 18.

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Interested in renting a loft from LoftConcepts, creating more floor space in your room? The loft is delivered to the school and installed prior to your arrival. Orders can be placed directly online via: https// Note that triple rooms do not need lofts as a loft is already provided. Homemade lofts are not permitted, so please take advantage of this rental program if you are interested in a loft.

Dining Services and Dining Plan Changes

Dining service begins with dinner on Sunday, January 24th. Dining plan changes (upgrade/downgrade), may be made until the end of the first week of classes, January 29, 2016. You can find the dining plan change form here. Changes noted on invoices sent to Student Records and Financial Services will not be processed, nor will changes be submitted for other offices.

If you are interested in dining options available before the dining halls open, you can eat at Moe's (located on College avenue), and various food locations in the Rensselaer Student Union (the McNeil Room, the Rathskeller, and Father's Market).


Rensselaer does not carry insurance on your personal property and will not assume responsibility for its protection. Your family?s homeowner?s policy may cover your belongings while at college. If not, we strongly recommend the purchase of personal property insurance.

Spring Semester Closing

Residence halls close on May 21 at noon. Please plan ahead to be sure that flight reservations, etc., are made for times earlier than noon on May 21. Specifically, if you are planning to lease an apartment off campus for next year, note that you cannot stay on campus passed May 21st to transition to a June 1 lease.

Rensselaer Campus Card

Your picture ID card is used to provide proximity access to your residence hall/apartment and serves as an access card to the dining halls for those students on a dining plan.

The card also can be used as a declining balance debit account, with Rensselaer Advantage Dollars (RAD$). RAD$ is accepted at all dining locations on campus including the Rensselaer Union, campus food carts and dining halls, Ben & Jerry's, Father's Food Store, Moe's, the Houston Field House and on campus vending machines.

The ID Card Office will be open its regular hours, 8:30am-4:00pm on January 19-22 if you need to get an ID.


There is no charge for the use of washers and dryers located in any residential facilities.

Laundry Alert is also available: (see when your laundry is done): Login: rpi2012

Wireless Routers

Wireless routers are no longer allowed to be used in the residence halls. DotCIO, who manages RPI's wireless coverage, has significantly increased the coverage of the wireless network. All residence halls have complete wireless coverage. Student run routers cause interference and also degrade student wired connections.


The Resident Student Association (RSA) consists of representatives from each residence hall on campus, Greek and off campus students, plus an executive board. Their mission is to provide activities for the resident student population and to be a unified student voice for issues concerning campus living. Students can serve on RSA as representatives for their own residence area or get involved with one of the many committees.

More information about RSA can be found on their website (!

Last modified: Feb 12, 2016