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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Submit Your Residence & Dining Preferences

Applying for housing couldn’t be easier! With just a few quick steps, you’ll be well on your way to starting your journey here at Rensselaer. Rensselaer requires students to live on campus for their first five semesters.

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Getting Started

Set Up Your Rensselaer Email & Password

Attending Rensselaer means that you are part of a community that is on the cutting edge of technology—whether in the classroom or in the surrounding social community.

Access to this technology comes in different forms once you’re a student. One of the major access points is your Rensselaer Computing System (RCS) User ID. Your RCS ID is used for things such as access to your RPI email, access to our online tools to be successful in class, access to registering for NRB, and access to grade information.

Starting in late March, the First Year Experience Office will email deposited students a Personal Identification Number, instructions, and a website that will allow you to receive your RCS ID and create a password for this account. This message will be sent to the email address you have on file with the Admissions office. Please note that as mentioned below, most communication from Rensselaer will soon shift to your Rensselaer email account.

This will also prompt our systems to establish your Rensselaer email account. It is your responsibility to establish, maintain, and consistently check your Rensselaer email. Throughout the spring, many offices on campus will start using this email as the main point of electronic communication.

The First Year Experience Office will begin sending PINs in late March to deposited students, including students who were accepted through Early Decision I or II.

Regular Decision Students: If you don’t receive your PIN within 7 days of Admissions processing your enrollment deposit, contact the Student Orientation office at 518-276-8632.

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Select Your Residence Hall

Since first-year students share many new experiences and take many of the same courses, students are assigned to first-year residence halls or in clusters of rooms to enhance their living and learning experience in the residential facilities. This is a part of the Clustered Learning, Advocacy, and Support for Students (CLASS) approach to the student experience at Rensselaer. CLASS connects students to a network of faculty, staff, and other students, ensuring that they are part of a strong community of learners. As students strive to become the leaders of tomorrow, CLASS is the foundation in their development of intellectual agility, multicultural sophistication, and a global view that will enable them to change the world.

Once you receive your Rensselaer username and set up your password, you will then be able to access our online housing application. This application will walk you through various parts of the living experience including telling us a little about yourself, sharing information about your lifestyle and how it might match up with a potential roommate, selecting your preferences for the residence halls you’d like to live in, and selecting your meal plan.

Residence Halls
Residence Hall Size Living Style Facilities
Davison Hall 4 Floors Double rooms with suited bathrooms (share bathroom with neighboring room) Lounge on each floor, kitchen on first floor, built-in bookcases
Barton Hall 4 Floors Triple rooms with shared bath or floor bath Ample study, meeting, and community space
Bray Hall 3 Floors Primarily double rooms with two bathrooms on each floor Lounge on each floor, kitchen on first floor; Wellness Theme House (on 2nd floor)
Burdett Avenue Residence Hall (BARH) 4 Floors Primarily doubles, shared bath with adjoining room Lounge and kitchen in each wing, has its own dining hall
Cary Hall 3 Floors Primarily double rooms with two bathrooms on each floor Multi-purpose classroom, lounge, study area, and kitchen; D-Arts Theme House (on 2nd floor)
Crockett Hall 3 Floors Primarily double rooms with two bathrooms on each floor Lounge on each floor, kitchen on first floor
Hall Hall 3 Floors Primarily double rooms with two bathrooms on each floor Lounge on each floor, kitchen on first floor
Nason Hall 3 Floors Primarily double rooms with two bathrooms on each floor Lounge on each floor, kitchen on first floor; Vasudha Theme House (on 1st floor)
Nugent Hall 4 Floors Double rooms with suited bathrooms (share bathroom with neighboring room) Lounge on each floor, kitchen on first floor, built-in bookcases
North Hall 4 Floors Double and single rooms with two bathrooms on each floor Multi-use lounge and two kitchenettes
Sharp Hall 4 floors Suite style with six rooms, shared bath, and living room in each suite) Kitchen
Warren Hall 3 Floors Primarily double rooms with private bath Multi-use lounge, kitchen
Themed Housing

Four different themed living options are available to you as a first-year student at Rensselaer:

  • Leadership House: Focused on students developing and defining their own leadership style.
  • Wellness House: An opportunity for students to explore all aspects of health and well-being.
  • Vasudha: A living and learning program focused on earth, energy, and the environment, which includes lectures by professors in the residence hall for which students receive course credit.
  • Design & Arts (D-Arts): For students with a personal interest in exploring the intersections of design, arts, media, and technology.

If you are interested in any of these programs, please indicate in our online housing application. However, please complete the entire form in the event you are not selected to participate in theme housing.

General Residence Hall Information
  • Roommate Matching: We use the online matching survey to pair you with your roommate(s). The survey asks a series of questions about lifestyle and priorities, such as neatness, visitors in the room, and preferred study environment. Please fill out the roommate matching survey with your room and dining plan selection. Once you have been assigned a building, you will be matched with your roommate(s).
  • Privacy: All residence halls are coed and have either suite bathrooms (shared between two same-gender rooms) or designated male and female bathrooms. First-year female students are assigned to clusters of rooms in coed areas.
  • Wireless Technology: All residence areas are wired for Ethernet and Internet access for each student resident. All of the residence halls offer wireless connections in all rooms and in public spaces. Telephones with voice mail and cable TV connections are in each room or apartment. Students have personal access codes for long-distance calls.
  • Security: Rensselaer uses a card access system. You will be issued a picture ID card that is encoded to provide access to your residence hall and to serve as a meal card for the dining halls. If the card is lost or stolen, it will be invalidated and a new card issued.
  • Smoking: All residential facilities are smoke-free.
  • Parking: Parking on campus is limited. Freshmen are not permitted to have cars on campus.
  • Support: Student staff, including resident assistants and learning assistants, are trained to assist with personal and academic concerns. They are available to help residents get to know each other, form positive relationships, and develop a sense of community in each hall.
  • Basics: Mailboxes are located in the Commons Mailroom and Burdett Avenue Residence Hall (BARH). There are laundry facilities included in each building at no cost. Bedroom furnishings include an extra-long twin bed, a desk and chair, dresser, and closet or wardrobe. Exercise equipment is available in campus recreation facilities, such as Sharp Hall and in Rensselaer’s Mueller Fitness Center.
Important Dates

May 26, 2018—Priority Housing Application Deadline—Students who apply by this date are assigned housing first (based upon date of enrollment deposit)

June 1, 2018—Last day to form student roommate groups

Mid-June—Housing assignments and roommate confirmations will start to be emailed out to students who have completed their Student Orientation registration

Gender-Neutral Housing

Gender-neutral/inclusive housing is available by contacting the Office of Student Living & Learning. Gender-neutral/single occupancy restrooms may be found across campus.

LGBTQ Campus Resources

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Select Your Dining Plan

All resident first-year students must subscribe to a dining plan.

For more information on Dining Services at Rensselaer, visit their website.

2018-2019 Dining Plan Options

23 on Demand
23 meals per week to be used in Resident Dining Halls, plus $100 in Flex Dollars per year. This plan includes 12 guest passes per semester. Unused guest passes will be forfeited at end of each semester. Meal swipes are non-transferrable.

21 on Demand
21 meals per week to be used in Resident Dining Halls, plus $200 in Flex Dollars per year. This plan includes 12 guest passes per semester. Unused guest passes will be forfeited at the end of each semester. Meal swipes are non-transferrable.

19 on Demand
19 meals per week to be used in Resident Dining Halls, plus $300 in Flex Dollars per year. This plan includes 10 guest passes per semester. Unused guest passes will be forfeited at the end of each semester. Meal swipes are non-transferrable.

15 On Demand
15 meals per week to be used in Resident Dining Halls, plus $500 Flex Dollars for the year. This plan includes 10 guest passes per semester. Unused guest passes will be forfeited at the end of each semester. Meal swipes are non-transferrable.

Flex Dollars add flexibility to your dining options and are incorporated into each plan. They are yours to spend like cash at Hospitality Services locations in the Rensselaer Union, Retail Cafes around campus, Moe's Southwest Grill, Concessions, and Resident Dining Halls. Flex Dollars are allotted by semester and carry over from Fall to Spring semester, but end on the last day of the academic calendar and are thereafter forfeited. Flex Dollars are also forfeited upon cancellation of meal plan.

Campus Dining Locations

Rensselaer offers 11 dining and retail locations across campus to accomodate our students' busy schedules. We are committed to offering you a wide variety of options with flexible hours at every meal. At each of our four main dining halls, we offer an extensive salad bar, pizza with daily special, multiple beverages, and a “sweet” selection of desserts! Each dining room offers two or three entrees at each meal as well as large deli and grill programs. The dining rooms also offer an ever-increasing variety of vegetarian and vegan options.

Food Allergies & Special Dietary Needs

Dining Services at Rensselaer takes great pride in serving the needs of all of our students. We meet one-on-one with any student with individual dining needs to ensure their dining experience is safe, delicious, and social. For more information or to contact our Registered Dietician Nutritionist, visit the Dining Services website.