Fraternity & Sorority Housing

Living in a fraternity/sorority house helps build community, strengthen friendships and provides a home away from home.

Current, Future, and Potential Residents:

Rensselaer believes that housing is an important part of the fraternal experience, as living among ones peers helps build community, strengthen friendships and provides a home away from home. That being said, not all fraternities/sororities within our community provide housing. Currently, of our 30 active chapters, 24 of them have a facility on or near campus.

As part of the Fraternity & Sorority Commons, chapters with houses are permitted to have sophomore residents. However, to take advantage of this live-off/residential exemption, a sophomore wishing to live in their chapter facility, must submit a waiver request.

Some chapter houses are are owned and operated by their alumni/ae house corporations, while others utilize a Rensselaer residence hall or renovated apartment. Regardless of ownership, Rensselaer inspects all facilities each semester to maintain houses that are safe, and conducive to learning and that are operating in full compliance with all New York State fire and building codes.

Fraternity/sorority houses differ from chapter to chapter. Whereas, some may provide a full meal plan others may not. Some chapters may require that members live in their house for a specific amount of time, while others do not hold such requirement. As for costs, these vary by property/chapter and if they are including meal plans and/or additional fees.

Interested students should make sure to ask questions about the housing requirements and cost prior to making plans to live within a fraternity/sorority house.

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