Q. What are the advantages of living on campus?
A. The main advantage is living just a three-minute walk from campus, which provides easy access to classes and other college facilities, such as, the library, pool, and fitness center. The complex offers apartment-style living with a private, locked bedroom for each person, a full kitchen and bath in each apartment, and an active community. Resident Assistants (RAs) and Residence Hall Council offer a variety of activities throughout the semester for students. Residence Life and Student Activities provide van transportation for activities and errands for students in the residence halls.
Q. What is the cost?
A. The four-bedroom apartment costs vary. Details are provided on the Room Rates page. Included in the cost are utilities, laundry, cable service, high-speed and wireless Internet access.
Q. When does the housing process begin?
A. The housing process for students who are new to the College generally begins in mid-March for the fall semester and early November for new students for the spring semester.
Q. Do you have on-campus housing available for the spring semester?
A. Yes, we do have some room availability in on-campus housing for the spring semester. The Housing Criteria Checklist and Residence Hall Contract for spring housing are available in early November.
Q. When do I find out if I have a room in campus housing?
A. We begin notifying students that they have a room in campus housing in early May for the fall semester and in mid-December for students beginning in the spring semester. If you have sent in a contract or deposit but have not completed the process, you will be sent a letter telling you what items on the checklist are still not completed.
Q. How do I get a room in campus housing?
A. Campus Housing is offered on a first-come, first served basis once you have met all the criteria outlined in the Housing Criteria Checklist.
Q. When is the best time to send in my housing contract and security deposit?
A. We accept contracts and security deposits as long as we have rooms available, but the best time to send them in is between March and May if you are interested in housing for the fall semester and between November and mid-December for new students for the spring semester.
Q. Is there a waitlist to get into housing?
A. Once campus housing is full, we will maintain a waitlist for students who have completed all the items on the Housing Criteria Checklist.
Q. How many residence halls are there?
A. There are seven residence halls; five of them have been built since 1998.
Q. How many students live in the residence halls?
A. Approximately 820 students live in the residence halls. This represents over 25% of all full-time students enrolled at Tompkins Cortland Community College.
Q. How does the College know if someone is interested in living in campus housing?
A. Providing a housing contract or paying a security deposit indicates to us that you are interested in campus housing. However, you must complete all the items on the Housing Criteria Checklist before you are offered a room.
Q. Are freshman required to live on campus?
A. No, but living on campus offers new students the opportunity to live close to the academic building and many options for social and educational activities outside of class.
Q. Are freshman guaranteed campus housing?
A. No, however, most students interested in housing are able to obtain on-campus housing. Completing your housing contract and other requirements by May for the fall semester will help to ensure your ability to live on campus. For the spring semester, new students should try to complete the process by mid-December or very early in January.
Q. What are the residence halls like?
A. Tompkins Cortland Community College Residence Halls provide apartment-style living including individual locked bedrooms, a shared kitchen, living area and bathroom in each apartment. All but a few apartments house four persons. Common areas are furnished with a kitchen table or counter and chairs, sofa (couch), chairs and end tables. All students have a private bedroom with bed (XL twin), desk, dresser, closet and cable connections for TV and Internet. Your TC3 Card is used to access your Residence Hall. There are laundry facilities available in each building.
Q. What about telephone and cable?
A. Basic cable and Internet service are included in the rent price. Apogee provides phone service for a fee for students who need a land-line. Currently the majority of our students only use cell phones.
Q. Where can I do my laundry?
A. There are laundry facilities provided in each of the buildings. In Tompkins and Cortland Halls, there are laundry rooms in the basements; in all other halls, laundry facilities are on each floor. Laundry fees are included in the cost of housing; no coins or other payment is needed for use.
Q. Are the residence halls or apartments co-ed?
A. The residence halls and individual floors are co-ed; there are no single-gender buildings or floors. Individual apartments, however, are all single-gender.
Q. How do I get my mail?
Q. Where do I eat?
A. Students living in the residence halls are required to purchase at a minimum, the 8-meals-per-week meal plan. Larger meal plans are also available. In addition, each apartment has a full kitchen including refrigerator/freezer, stove/oven. Microwaves are available in some kitchens. If one is not present you may bring your own.
Q. Can I pick the residence hall of my choice?
A. Once you are offered a room, you will have the opportunity to do a Housing Preference and Roommate Survey. On the survey you can indicate if you have a residence hall preference. We will do our best to honor your request, but please keep in mind there are no guarantees regarding residence hall preferences.
Q. Can I pick my own roommates?
A. Once you are offered a room, you will have the opportunity to do a Housing Preference and Roommate Survey. On the survey you can indicate if you have a roommate preference. The roommate also has to have been offered a room and also has to request you. We will do our best to honor your request, but please keep in mind there are no guarantees regarding roommate preferences. If you do not request specific roommates, we use the preferences you do indicate and try to house you with students with similar preferences.
Q. What if I have a disability or medical issue that requires special housing accommodations?
A. If you have particular disability or medical-related needs for housing (could be anything from allergies to carpeting, hearing issues which would require special alarms, mobility issues which would require 1st floor or an elevator, etc), contact the Coordinator of Access and Equity Services at 607-844-8222, ext 4283, to discuss reasonable accommodations. Accommodations might include assignment to a particular building or apartment or availability of specialized equipment. Appropriate documentation of medical issue or disability will be required.
Q. What things will I need to bring when I move into the residence halls?
A. When you are offered a room, you will be sent a Housing Supply List which itemizes things to bring and things you may not bring to the residence halls.
Q. When will I find out about my building assignment and the names of my roommates?
A. The Office of Residence Life will send you information telling you your building assignment and provide contact information for your roommates in early August for the fall semester and in mid-January for new students for the spring semester.
Q. Are there any special types of housing? If so, how can I get into them?
A. We offer the following types of specialty housing that you can select on the Housing Preference and Roommate Survey:
Break Housing – For students who will need to be on campus during all break periods when the college is not in session e.g., Thanksgiving, Winter Break, Spring Break, break housing is available so that the small number of students on campus will be housed together. Break housing does cost more; see the housing contract for details. Students who know they will need to be on campus for even one break should also indicate this on the survey. There is an additional cost for this as well.
First-Year Experience – involvement and are geared toward the needs of first-time college students.
Academic/Major Floors– Floors that are available for students who are interested in living with others who are in similar classes or share a major.
Substance-Free Community – While alcohol and drugs are prohibited on campus, this floor provides students an environment where their peers/guests will not encourage any use of these substances or come to the floor under the influence. (All halls are alcohol and smoke-free.)
Quiet Living Community – This floor will have extended quiet hours to provide a study-focused area.
Emerging Scholars – This is a community for students who are looking for more peer and academic support, motivation, and transitional help in being successful in college. This floor is designed for students who are taking or have taken pre-college courses such as RDNG116, ENG099, MATH090 and/or students looking for extra support.
Q. Who has access to the residence halls?
A. All residence halls are secured 24 hours a day. If you live in campus housing, your TC3 Card is authorized to admit you into all residence halls. You are allowed to enter your building of residence 24 hours each day. You will only be able to enter other residence halls using your ID card between the hours of 7 a.m. and midnight each day. You must contact a resident in another hall to gain entry to that hall after midnight. Any guests must be accompanied by their host at all times in the residence halls.
Q. How is safety ensured in the residence halls?
A. Each apartment and individual bedroom is key-entry. The residence halls use a swipe-card entry system and are locked 24 hours each day. Campus Police work with the residence life staff to provide a safe and secure environment. Additionally, security cameras are in each building. Campus Police patrol the residence halls regularly. Resident Assistants (RAs) and a Resident Director (RD) are also on duty each night; RAs can be found in the RA Offices until midnight and reached through the duty cell phone after that. Residents are required to comply with instructions provided by Campus Police and Residence Life staff. Details about campus fire safety and our Emergency Response Guide are available from the Campus Police.
Q. Am I allowed to have a car on campus?
A. All students are allowed to have cars on campus. There are parking lots outside of the residence halls for residential students. All cars must be registered with the Office of Residence Life, and parking guidelines are strictly enforced.
Q. How do I get around if I don’t have a car?
A. Both Tompkins and Cortland counties have public bus transportation that have specific runs that come to the College. Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT) has service that includes morning, mid-day, evening and weekend hours with weekend service directly to the Residence Halls. First Transit-Cortland has morning and afternoon weekday service to Cortland. Discount bus pass information is available through the TC3 Card Office. The Residence Life staff also offer van shuttles to various local services and programs. You can find additional information about bus and taxi service, regional airports, and ride share on our transportation page.
Q. If I need to, can I move out of the residence halls?
A. The residence hall license is a Fall/Spring, two-semester, academic-year contract. Students who graduate in December who are not enrolled for the spring semester, are released from the contract. Students who decide not to register for spring classes will forfeit their security deposit. Other circumstances require the written permission of the Director of Residence Life and Judicial Affairs. Releases typically require documented medical reasons or activation of military duty. See the contract for more details.