Coming to Oswego

So, you've made the big decision...

Now what? There's a great deal to look forward to; and, there's lots to do to prepare, lots of questions to ask, etc.

  • Use the "Coming to Oswego" links on this pages "Additional (or Left side) Navigation" to explore on-campus housing at SUNY Oswego. We hope you'll find answers to many of your questions, and then some.
  • Get in touch with us if there is something we missed!
  • Use the Live Where You Learn document below to get a head start.

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Live Where You Learn 2021-22

New Student Guide to Living On Campus (pdf 5.7mb). Text version below.

Parents or students needing assistance with this publication or web page may contact the Residence Life and Housing office.

Live Where You Learn: New Student Guide to Living On Campus

Our Mission

Residence Life and Housing provides secure, welcoming and engaging living environments that encourage and support the academic and personal success of residential students.

Director's Message

Congratulations! We are so glad you have chosen to make SUNY Oswego’s Residence Life and Housing your home away from home. We look forward to having you join our on-campus residential community. Residence hall living creates an opportunity for students to feel a sense of belonging in a comfortable, educational, diverse, and caring community. Our Student Learning and Success Programming incorp-orates over 400 programs that blend knowledge and experiences both inside and outside the classroom. We encourage you to take advantage of our live-on experiences. Get involved, meet others in your hall, join hall government, get a job in the halls. We’ll help you to make connections and create a sense of community. We invite you to explore this guide and our website to learn more about living options on campus, what you can and cannot bring to campus, and employment opportunities. We are ecstatic that you will be attending SUNY Oswego. We are anxiously awaiting your arrival to campus this fall.


Shaun N. Crisler, Director for Residence Life and Housing

Who Lives On Campus?

The College believes that immersion in the educational environment is the preferred experience for new students. Therefore, all full-time undergraduate students who will need to establish an Oswego-area residence in order to attend the College are required to live on campus to the extent that facilities are available and utilized*. According to the College Housing Policy, students generally exempted from this requirement are those who:

  • will continue to reside with their parent(s) or legal guardian(s);
  • will continue to reside in their official residence, which is separate from that of their parent(s) or legal guardian(s), and at which they had resided for at least three consecutive months prior to their acceptance of the admissions offer from the College;
  • are married; or
  • are twenty-one (21) years of age as of September 1 for fall admission or January 1 for spring admission.

Students in these categories must submit a Request for Exemption form available on the Department’s web site and at 303 Culkin Hall.
*Due to current facility availability, students who fulfill specific criteria will be considered as having fulfilled the Housing Requirement and would no longer be required to live in College Housing; these students are those who first enrolled at SUNY Oswego as:

  • first year students and have lived in residence at SUNY Oswego for four (4) consecutive semesters (fall and spring) if admitted in the fall or three (3) semesters if admitted in the spring.
  • transfer students and have lived in residence at SUNY Oswego for two (2) consecutive semesters (fall and spring) if admitted in the Fall or one (1) semester if admitted in the Spring.
Room Assignments

At this point, you should have logged into to accept the terms of the Housing and Dining License and submit Housing Preferences (such as roommate requests and preferences for specific residence halls). After the majority of new student room assignments are made (late June), you can access the info at myHousing; you’ll be able to see your actual room assignment and the name and contact information for your roommate! We encourage you to contact your roommate(s) to become acquainted and start planning what each of you will be bringing for your room. Although entering students (first year, transfer and readmitted) are given no guarantee of assignment to a specific building or room, every attempt is made to honor students’ preferences. The Department of Residence Life and Housing will attempt to honor roommate requests when all students involved have requested each other (electronically or in writing) before any of the involved students have been assigned to a room.

The College will assign roommates for students who do not express roommate preferences. In general, entering students are assigned rooms in accordance with the date on which the College receives their housing intent. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender identity or sexual orientation in these assignments.

A note about room assignments: If you have not received your room assignment by August 15th or have questions, please contact the Residence Life and Housing Office at or call (315) 312-2246, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Your Room

Residence hall rooms are furnished with a bed, dresser, desk, desk chair, and closet for each resident. Room furnishings also include a floor lamp, wastebaskets, one mirror, and blinds. While this setup is standard, by the start of classes each room will begin to develop its own “look.” Coordinating the furnishings and arrangements for your room is a good opportunity to become better acquainted with your new roommate(s). 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 (cable-ready), electronic equipment, etc.
  • loft option, etc.

Internet and WiFi
All residential communities are part of the SUNY Oswego Wireless Network. In addition, all resident rooms have ResNet, Oswego’s Residential Network, which provides a dedicated wired connection to the campus network. One data connection is provided to each resident. If you have further questions, please contact the CTS Help Desk at What telephone service is available? The College does not provide active phone lines in individual residence hall rooms. If you would like phone access in your room, contact the Campus Technology Services (CTS) Help Desk at By default, this phone service provides on-campus service only. If you would like to place off-campus calls, you will also need to arrange for long distance services.

What television service is available on campus?
Each residence hall has at least one television lounge with cable service and a large-screen TV. Student (bed)rooms are also equipped with cable TV service, but students must provide their own TV and coaxial cable. SUNY Oswego recently upgraded the channel line-up received from our service provider, Spectrum. Most channels are high definition digital, and the service does not require a set-top box cable receiver; however, your TV must be equipped with a QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) tuner. Most TVs purchased after 2010 have QAM tuners but refer to your TV’s specifications to be sure. The complete channel line-up and more information can be found at

What should I bring?

  • Clothing: It is not necessary to bring your entire wardrobe when you first move in! Given that dresser and closet space are limited, consider College recesses as opportunities to change your seasonal wardrobes. The first time the halls close during the fall semester is for Thanksgiving break.
  • Average monthly temperatures in Oswego are: August - December, mid 70s - 30s, January - April, mid 20s - 40s, May - July, mid 50s - 70s.
  • Bed and bath linen: You will need to bring your own pillow, pillowcases, mattress pad, sheets, blankets, bedspread, towels and washcloths. All SUNY Oswego regular residence hall mattresses are 80 inches long, 6.5 inches deep and 36 inches wide; they require “extra long” twin sheets.
  • What else might I want to bring?: While shopping, please use the SUNY Oswego approved checklist found at: What to Bring
    NOTE! Lists provided at stores may include items that are prohibited in our residence halls.
  • *Compact refrigerators must not exceed 6 cubic feet and operate on no more than 2.0 amps. Residence Life & Housing has refrigerators for rent through the SUNY Oswego eMarket.

What if I bring something that’s prohibited?
If prohibited items are found in the residence halls, they will be confiscated and disciplinary action may be taken. Confiscated items will not be returned! Please see the approved list above for examples of prohibited items.

How much electric/electronic equipment can one room handle?:
Keep in mind that overloading of electrical circuits is a common cause of electrical fires. In order to ensure a safe environment, the use of electrical extension cords is strictly PROHIBITED in residence halls and academic buildings on campus. However, circuit-breaker-protected multi-outlet power strips that are UL or ETL-approved can be used. “Daisy chaining” (connecting one or more of these power strips to each other) is not permitted. Should I insure my belongings? Yes, definitely! The College assumes no responsibility for loss, theft or damage to personal property, even if that loss was caused by the failure of a College mechanical system such as a pipe bursting. We strongly encourage you to have insurance coverage before you begin residency. Typically, such coverage may be provided by extension of a homeowner’s policy, renter’s insurance or insurance specifically for college students. Many vendors offer low cost insurance specifically directed to the college environment. Two such vendors are: College Student Personal Property Insurance ( and CSI (

How do I create more space in my room?
The standard or ‘default’ bed setup allows for 28 inches of storage space below the bed (see below). However, our residence hall beds can be positioned at several different heights, creating more storage space and/or greater flexibility for room configuration. To request a bed setup other than the default when you move in, submit your Loft Request online by July 26, 2019. To do so, log in to; then, click ‘Applications’ at the top of the page. Choose ‘Loft Request New Student’ from the dropdown menu and follow the prompts. More info about bed options at

What size are the rooms?
Although the actual dimensions of rooms vary from building to building, the average square footage is 185. In order to plan for the set up of your room, we have provided diagrams and measurements of rooms in each residence hall below.

West Campus Halls

Onondaga Hall
Onondaga is our "suite-style" residence hall. There are primarily 3-bedroom suites and a few 2-bedroom suites in the building. Suites are unique in that they have a private bathroom and common living area that only suitemates share.

  • 600 Residents • 10 Floors - Suites (Upper-class students only)
  • Window Frame = 51.25" x 63.75" (1st floor)
  • Window Frame = 51" x 58" (2nd through 10th floors)
  • Ceiling Height = 8'
  • Closets width = 41" depth = 21" *Onondaga is our “suite style” residence hall. There are primarily 3-room suites and a few 2-room suites in the building. Suites are unique in that they have a private bathroom and common living area that only the suitemates share.

Cayuga Hall 

  • 400-500 Residents
  • 4 Floors
  • Window Height = 64"
  • Ceiling Height = 8'
  • Closets width = 43" depth = 23.5"

Oneida Hall 

  • 400-500 Residents
  • 4 Floors
  • Window Height = 56
  • Ceiling Height = 8'
  • Closet width = 43" depth = 23.5"

Seneca Hall

  • 600 Residents
  • 10 Floors
  • Window Height = 64"
  • Ceiling Height = 8'
  • Closet width = 43" depth = 23.5"

Lakeside Halls

Johnson, Riggs, Scales, and Waterbury Halls

  • 200 Residents per hall
  • 4 Floors
  • Window Height = 53.5"
  • Ceiling Height = 8'
  • Armoire with mirror width = 42-48" depth = 2' height = 84-86"

Central Campus Halls

Hart Hall

  • 336 Residents
  • 9 Floors
  • Window Height = 52.5"
  • Ceiling Height = 8'
  • Armoire with mirror width = 44-48" depth = 2' height = 84"

Funnelle Hall

  • 400 Residents
  • 9 Floors
  • Window Height = 53"
  • Ceiling Height = 8'
  • Closets width = 52" depth = 26"

East Campus


Cayuga Hall Lounge

  • 3 Residents each
  • Window Height = 42.5"
  • Ceiling Height = 8'
  • Armoire with mirror width = 44-48" depth = 2' height = 84"

Oneida Hall Lounge

  • 4 Residents each
  • Window Height = 56"
  • Ceiling Height = 8'
  • Closets width = 3'-4' depth = 2' height = 88"
  • Armoire with mirror width = 44-48" depth = 2' height = 84"

Seneca Hall Lounge

  • 4 Residents each
  • Window Height = 58.5"
  • Ceiling Height = 8'
  • Closets width = 44" depth = 2' height = 94"
  • Armoire with mirror width = 44-48" depth = 2' height = 84"


Front Desk
Each residence hall has a front desk, typically located in the main lobby. The desk is open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. seven days a week during the fall and spring academic semesters. Students are employed as Desk Attendants to provide information and services, such as the following: processing mail and packages; providing residents with temporary keys if they are locked out of their rooms; loaning of board games, sports equipment (i.e., pool cues, ping pong paddles), cooking supplies, vacuum cleaners, snow shovels, brooms, and dustpans. All halls have DVD players and DVDs available for loan; some halls also have current video game systems available at the front desk. Each hall also has a microwave oven for resident use.


  • Each resident is assigned a mailbox located near the front desk of each residence hall. Mail is received and sorted at the front desk Monday through Friday. Mail delivery will work most efficiently if mail is addressed as indicated below. 
  • In most halls, each student has their own mailbox; in these halls (Cayuga, Hart, Johnson, Riggs, Scales, Waterbury and The Village), the mailbox number is different from the room number. To send mail to students in these halls, be sure to include the student’s mailbox number in the address.

    *In Funnelle, Oneida, Onondaga and Seneca Halls, roommates share a mailbox; in these halls, the mailbox numbers are the same as the room numbers. To send mail to students in these halls, please include the student’s room number in the address.

    Please note that the College cannot be responsible for cash or valuables sent through the mail.

Residence Hall Street 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

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. Shipping via US Postal Service is available at the Oswego Post Office.

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

Luggage rooms are available in some residence halls to provide limited storage space for small items such as empty trunks and suitcases. Plan to put any items of value in your room where they will be most secure. Fire regulations prohibit storage of cardboard boxes in luggage rooms. In determining how much to bring to school, bear in mind that the College will not store student belongings over the summer; you will need to take all your belongings with you in May.

Early shipment of belongings
We do 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 College address.

SUNY Oswego 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.

Computer Labs and Rooms
Oneida Hall has a computer lab that is open to Oneida Hall residents and their guests. This in-hall facility allows ready access to computers, printers, and the campus network. Hart, Scales, and Waterbury Halls each have a computer room, which is available to hall residents only. All other halls have a printer available at the front desk.

In order to ensure reasonable security, there are policies and procedures in place to govern access to the buildings, locking and unlocking of building doors, and monitoring of visitors and guests. The specifics of these procedures (and all other policies and procedures) are listed in the Resident Student Handbook, available on-line.

The Department of Residence Life and Housing

The Residence Life and Housing program at Oswego strives to provide students with a safe, well-maintained, and attractive living environment supportive of the educational mission of the College. Students living in residence have the opportunity for informal learning through contact with peers, staff, and faculty. The residential experience provides students with ready access to the intellectual and social events and organizations that are a vital part of the liberal arts college environment.

Residence Hall Staff
Each residence hall is staffed by a team of professional, student and custodial employees. Together with the residents and other College personnel, they work to provide the positive living experience at the core of our department’s mission.
Each hall has a Residence Hall Director, a full-time professional who lives in the residence hall. Additionally, buildings of 400 or more residents and Johnson Hall have Assistant Hall Directors (graduate students who also live in the hall).
Each hall also has Resident Student Staff (RSS) who are RAs (Resident Assistants). These undergraduate and graduate students are employed and trained by the Department of Residence Life & Housing to provide a quality living and learning experience for residents. They live directly on the resident floors and serve as role models, helpers, counselors, administrators and mentors.
Furthermore, RSS enforce College policies to ensure that the health, safety and rights of all individuals are maintained. The front desks, recycling rooms, and computer labs (if applicable) are staffed by student employees. The Desk Attendants and Recycling Technicians (otherwise known as Student Operations Services Staff or “SOS”) play a very important role in the functioning of the hall. Many halls will be hiring to fill vacancies in these positions in the fall.
Our residence halls are also staffed by custodians seven days per week throughout the fall and spring semesters. Together with Facilities, Maintenance and Operations staff, they ensure the cleaning and maintenance of our halls are in compliance with a schedule of standards and routines. Copies of these standards are available at each residence hall front desk and the Residence Life and Housing Office, 303 Culkin Hall.

Departmental Staff
The staff who work directly in the residence halls are supported and supervised by the Department's Central Office Staff and the Management Team, which includes the Assistant Vice President for Residence Life and Housing, three Associate Directors, one Assistant Director, and three Community Development Specialists. Each of these professionals has served as a residential educator in college environments for many years. They are committed to student growth and development as well as the training and enhance-ment of our professional and para-professional staff. We also have a Staff Assistant for Finan-cial and Occupancy Operations.

Rules Governing Residential Facilities

The College permits individual consumption and possession of alcoholic beverages by individuals who have attained 21 years of age and prohibits consumption and possession by persons under 21. Open containers of alcohol are prohibited in public areas of the residence halls. Refer to the alcohol and drug section of the Student Handbook for the complete policy description.

All electrical appliances must be UL or ETL-approved and must be in good working order. Prohibited appliances are included in the list of prohibited items earlier in this publication (see pages 7-8). Any prohibited appliance found in the residence hall will be confiscated by Residence Life and Housing staff and will not be returned to its owner. Additional prohibited items are listed in the Resident Student Handbook.

Care of Facilities
It is the residents’ responsibility to care for the condition of their assigned living units as well as other public areas. Residents will be held responsible for the condition of their assigned living units and assigned contents. Structural modifications to the residential facilities, including the installation of wires or cords outside resident living units, are prohibited. Additional information is listed in the Resident Student Handbook.

The use, possession, distribution or manufacture of controlled sub-stances is prohibited on College premises. The possession and/or use of small amounts of marijuana in one’s room is a violation of New York State law, and any consumption of marijuana in a public area is a criminal offense. Drugs or drug-related paraphernalia can be confiscated and used as evidence.

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

Fire Safety
All individuals are required to evacuate the building upon activation of the fire alarm system. Theft or improper use of fire fighting, detection, and/or alarm equipment is prohibited. Setting fire is prohibited. Possession and/or ignition of combustible materials (including, but not limited to, candles, incense and wax warmers) and suspending combustible materials (such as tapestries, curtains, flags, fishnets, etc.) is also prohibited. Additional furniture, decorations and other items that increase the flammability of living units or public areas may be prohibited at the discretion of Residence Life and Housing staff. Examples of prohibited items include: hoverboards; halogen, lava, multi-head/octopus/tree-style, oil-burning and torchiere-style lamps. The complete policy, including all strictly prohibited items and practices, is outlined in the Resident Student Handbook.

Resident students may host guests according to the Guest Policy outlined in the Resident Student Handbook. Guests are any person entering the residential community to which they are not assigned. Guests and hosts must observe the registration requirements of each residence hall and the resident host assumes full responsibility for their ­­guest’s behavior. The presence of such guests shall not deny access to or entry into the room or suite by any resident thereof, nor shall visitation cause any undue hardship on any other resident of the room, suite, or building. No resident is permitted to have a guest(s) without the advance approval of all roommates. Guests are only permitted up to 72 consecutive hours and a maximum of 2 such visits per month. Cohabitation is not permitted. Guests must be registered online.

Quiet hours are established and observed in all residential facilities. Sunday through Thursday nights, quiet hours begin at 10:00 p.m. and end at 10:00 a.m. the following morning. Friday and Saturday nights, quiet hours begin at 12:00 a.m. (midnight) and continue until 10:00 a.m. the following morning. Courtesy hours are observed 24 hours per day. Individual halls and living units may extend quiet hours or establish specific additional quiet hours at their discretion and/or through the Community Living Agreement. Quiet hours are observed 24 hours per day during the week before and the week of final examinations.

SUNY Oswego is a tobacco- and smoke-free campus. Smoking of any kind and other uses of tobacco products is strictly prohibited on campus. Use of other smoking apparatus (such as pipes, hookahs, and e-cigar-ettes/vape pens, etc.) is also strictly prohibited. For more information on the College’s smoking policy, visit:

Sales and solicitation by students or private commercial enterprise is prohibited without the prior approval of the Office of Residence Life and Housing and the appropriate student government.

Further Questions?

Your Future Housing Assignment
Well, at this point, you may not want to think about where you will be living during your second year at SUNY Oswego! So, let us say just this: as a ‘RETURNING student’ for the fall of the following year you entered SUNY Oswego, you will be participating in a Room Selection Process in early spring of any given year. The process will begin with acceptance of the terms of the Housing and Dining License and Housing Application.

Good Luck and Have Fun!

Residence Hall Opening & Closing Schedule

Residence Hall and The Village Townhouse Apartments Opening and Closing Schedule.

END-of-SEMESTER CLOSING (winter and summer recesses): students are expected to leave within 24 hours after their last final examination, but no later than 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Graduation Day (winter recess), and 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Graduation Day­ (summer recess). Upon request, the Department of Residence Life and Housing may provide limited housing during periods of recess. (Information and fees can be found in the Housing and Dining License.)

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Did You Know…?

  • Residence Life operates 13 residence halls and 68 townhouse units on campus.
  • Residence Life and Housing employs approximately 375 students as: Resident Assistants, Desk Attendants (DAs), Recycling Technicians, and Computer Technicians.
  • Residents can participate in hundreds of hall progams plus weekly floor activities.

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We look forward to seeing you soon!