Residence Life

Residence Life

A Community of Collaboration and Innovation

Collaboration, connection and success start before you enter the classroom at Clarkson University, instead beginning from where you live. As you embark on a new journey and prepare to build your future here, the Residence Life staff at Clarkson are committed to ensuring your new home is welcoming, comfortable and a place where you can grow.

Learn more about living on our tight-knit, supportive and innovation-driving campus — from housing options to finding your community to getting ready to move in.

Housing and Dining Services

Students who may need medically related accommodations for housing should contact the Office of Accessibility Services (OAS).

Office of Accessibility Services (OAS)

Students, for their own benefit, should be familiar with this material and also with the academic standards and curriculum information given in the Clarkson catalog. Certain portions of the Clarkson Regulations are applicable to faculty, administration and staff, as well as visitors to the University.

Clarkson Regulations

Contact Us

For any questions, refer to the appropriate contact below.

Residential Housing Manager: Emma Blaiklock 
Phone: 315-268-6642 

Area Coordinators
Apartments/Hamlin & Powers: Michael Lee-Edwards
First-Year Student Housing: Demetri Cummings
Moore House & New Dorms: Karenlee Smith
The Clarkson School: Matthew Duchscherer

Living on Campus

Clarkson is a four-year residential campus with living styles built to grow with you throughout your experience. With options including traditional residence halls, apartments and suites, find a place to live with a personality that fits your style and a community that encourages you to strive for your goals. Student housing eligibility is based on the cohort the student enters with, along with the number of semesters a student has lived on campus.

All accommodations are furnished with beds, desks, dressers/chests and closets. Apartments also include a refrigerator, stove and living and dining room furniture. (Students who live in apartments are responsible for providing their own pots, pans and other kitchenware.) Students living anywhere on campus, except in the apartments, are required to be on a full dining plan.

See Photos of Our Residences


Aerial image of the quad dorms

Cubley, Reynolds, Ross and Brooks ("The Quad")

Each of these connected halls has four floors, with 12 to 25 rooms per floor (one RA per floor). Rooms accommodate two students. Each building also contains one triple room located on the fourth floor. Bathrooms are located on both ends of every floor. Bathroom cleaning in this area is generally done daily, Monday-Thursday, by Facilities. All first-year students who are not part of The Clarkson School live in these buildings. Student placements align with Living-Learning Communities (LLCs).

Adirondack chairs in front of the dorms


This four-story building houses about 50 students per floor in single- and double-occupancy rooms and co-ed floors (one RA for every two floors). Residents are from all class years, with the primary residents being sophomores. Bathrooms are located on both ends of every floor. Bathroom cleaning in this area is generally done daily, Monday-Thursday, by Facilities.

Price Hall dorm

Price Hall

Each of Price Hall's four separate wings (Newell, Ormsby, Thomas and Farrisee) houses 60 students (20 per floor). Two buildings within the Price complex, Newell and Ormsby, are home to The Clarkson School, with four total House Advisors (HAs) living with the students. Farrisee houses the winners of the First-Year Cup and is supplemented with other upper-class students. Thomas houses upper-class students. Bathrooms are cleaned by facilities once a week in these suite-style rooms with one RA per wing. There are two person rooms with a private bathroom in each. In addition, each floor has its own common lounge, with laundry service located within the Price Hall complex center core.

Accessibility Services, The Honors Program, The Clarkson School. The Dean of Students Office, and Residence Life are located in the center core of the Price Complex.


Moore House Dorm

Moore House

Choose from traditional and standalone suites in Moore House. Traditional suites are located in the wings on floors one through three, while standalone suites are located in the center core for every floor. The fourth floor has traditional-style suites accommodating up to eight people with both single- and double-occupancy rooms. Most suites are double occupancy, though some are singles. Moore also has lounges on the first and second floors, and a laundry room on each floor. Bathrooms are cleaned by Facilities once a week in these suite-style rooms.

Graham Hall Dorm

Graham Hall

This residential area mainly houses juniors: four separate wings (Wilson, Van Note, Donahue and Olson) with 60 students each (20 per floor) and one RA per wing. The first floor of Donahue is home to the FIRST Robotics Living-Learning Community, which houses first-year students and upper-class student mentors together. Each suite features two bedrooms with a shared private bathroom. Floors have a common lounge, with laundry services in the basement.

Human Resources, Finance and Environmental Health and Safety are located in the center core of the Graham Complex.


Campus apartments are typically for senior students. Apartment cleaning is up to the residents. Additionally, all apartments must follow fire safety regulations regarding approved cooking items, smoking, decorations, etc.

Please note that graduate students can request housing in Clarkson’s apartment-style residences: we have two designated graduate student apartments, one male and one female, located in either Townhouse or Woodstock. Outside of these apartments, we can place graduate students depending on space.

Woodstock Lodge Dorms

Woodstock Village

Woodstock Village is home to 10 apartment buildings for upper-class students and our International Village Living-Learning Community. Apartments vary from two to seven bedrooms. Most apartments have single rooms, though several have doubles. Communal laundry facilities are located in Buildings 1, 4 and 6.

Riverside Dorms

Riverside Apartments

Each apartment in Riverside houses four upper-class students. All of the 24 apartments here are carpeted; 12 have two bedrooms, and 12 have three. The complex has communal laundry facilities and parking. These apartments have several single-occupancy and double-occupancy rooms.

Weston's Apartments

Weston's Apartments

The Weston's Apartments are located above the University Bookstore downtown. These apartments accommodate one to four people, all with single-bedroom rooms. Laundry facilities are located within the complex, as well as trash and recycling. Residents of this area must abide by all village parking ordinances. There is an RA for these apartments.

Townhouse Apartments

Townhouse Apartments

The Townhouse Apartments community has 52 two-bedroom units that house four upper-class students per unit. This complex has communal laundry facilities and parking. All beds within the Townhouse Apartments are lofted above a built in desk.

Begin to build lifelong bonds that support your endeavors and challenge you to grow. Our first-year students live with other students who share similar interests throughout our Living-Learning Communities. Located in “The Quad,” these communities help you transition to life at Clarkson and cultivate connections through special programming that addresses your academic, social and personal needs.

All of the Living-Learning Communities compete alongside each other throughout the first semester in the Clarkson First-Year Cup challenge. This initiative serves as an incentive for students to get to know one another along with their classmates, integrate into the campus community and utilize its resources. Students gain points toward their floor for attending certain University events organized by Residence Life. Some of the incentivized events include the Career Fair, campus speakers, and sporting events. The floor with the most points at the end of the semester has dinner hosted by the president of the University and the option to move into Farrisee House in the Price complex during their second year.

Explore all Living-Learning Communities:

Cultural Cuisine - Are you interested in learning about diversity through a shared love of food? On the Cultural Cuisine floor you will have direct access to one of the two student kitchens available in the Quad. The Cultural Cuisine floor will feature programming on how to make different types of cuisine from around the world! This floor you will also get introduced to our various diversity and inclusion clubs and societies on campus such as: SHPE, NSBE, SASE, SWE and much more!

Creative Minds - This floor is for first-year students who have creative talents, musically, artistically, theatrically, or are interested in getting lost in a good novel, and may learn best from reading. This floor will be based around arts and literature, and the spread of thoughts and ideas inspired by storytelling through different media. Programming will allow students to showcase their talents or interests to their community, share adventurous tales, or learning moments from your favorite characters, and how you can apply creativity to our current society. The goal is to promote creativity on campus and in our local community.

Empire State of Mind - Live and create lasting bonds with other NY State students who too are overcoming the challenges of transportation and homesickness. Embrace the diverse traditions and unique cuisines of the Empire State!

F1RST CONNECTION - Are you a First Generation Student? If neither of your parents/guardians holds a four-year university degree, then you are a first-generation student even if you have a sibling who is attending college or graduating ahead of you. As a first-gen student, you have what it takes to succeed, but sometimes financial, family, academic or work pressures can make the first-gen student experience particularly challenging. In partnership with TRiO-Student Support Services (SSS), the F1RST CONNECTION community will provide a support system and foster a sense of belonging. Highlights include access to tutoring, a lending library, cultural field trips, student lounge space, and 1 on 1 support with a student success coach.

First Robotics - The Clarkson FIRST Robotics Living Learning Community is located on a suite-style residence hall floor in Graham Hall's Donahue House, which is usually reserved for upperclassman housing. It's designed to bring together forty students, both first-year students and sophomores, to give them a tight-knit living community. They live and work together, and do outreach within the FIRST Robotics family of programs to students from elementary through high school levels as well as campus-wide programs and events. To learn more about FIRST and its programs, visit Our community also participates in fun activities outside of robotics outreach. Some of these include guest speakers, hosting a League of Legends and Starcraft tournament, bowling, barbeques, and bonfires. Plus, you can always suggest your own ideas for activities! The floors are always looking for new ideas.

Gender Inclusive - Gender inclusive housing at Clarkson University provides an affirming, safe, and welcoming theme community option for students who identify and/or share the following lived experiences: genderqueer, transgender, currently transitioning, discovering their gender identity, gender, gender fluid, non-binary, or anyone who respects and appreciates students with the above identities and lived experiences. This community shares a single gender-inclusive restroom. The Gender Inclusive floor will be located on a fourth floor in first-year housing.

The Golden Gamers Floor (The GGF) - Welcome to our gaming-centric community, where you will forge new great bonds with people from all aspects of the world of games. With your new teammates, companions and rivals you can find yourself playing tabletop games or even online ones strengthening your bonds to help each other overcome first year student challenges. 
Join us for gaming nights and casual/competitive tournaments, tabletop sessions, and lively discussions about your favorite games. Beyond gaming this community is a place to help you navigate the challenges of college life, offering study tips, mentorship and a supportive community in a place that makes you feel at home.  We want to see you succeed academically on your quest for enlightenment.  Whether you are a hardcore gamer or a casual one at the end of the day all gamers are created equal!  
Honors Program - First-year students who are accepted into the Honors Program at Clarkson University have the option to live in our Honors-themed community.

Ignite Innovation - The Ignite Innovation community is for students who are passionate about innovating for the global community. Ignite’s theme of Think. Make. Ignite. encourages students to explore the challenges and opportunities for their present and future. We believe everyone is a maker and that our world is better when makers create and implement effective solutions for tomorrow’s challenges. While cultivating entrepreneurial mindsets and innovative skills, Ignite encourages students to explore and broaden their thinking to meet the challenges of tomorrow. If you are someone who wants to learn, explore, and experience innovation and making, join other students who are looking to do the same. Students in this living and learning community will have access to the Ignite resource areas and make connections across campus with Ignite staff and student colleagues.

Knight SPEED - Do you have an interest in automobiles, mechanical engineering, and/or SPEED Teams? This floor is for you. Clarkson University has multiple SPEED Teams including baja, formula, ChemE car, clean snowmobiles, and much more. Please review the SPEED website for more information surrounding these exciting opportunities. These clubs are a great opportunity to meet fellow Clarkson students with similar interests.

Let's Go Tech! - This floor will be composed of students passionate about building Clarkson spirit through supporting their fellow students in activities across campus. If you are interested in being a supportive person at activities, athletic events, and social gatherings please consider Let's Go Tech! This community will promote peer support, enthusiasm for campus events, healthy living, and Clarkson spirit. Programming will focus on community development, campus activities, and academic excellence.

Living Business - Are you a student who is interested in developing yourself professionally in preparation for the workforce and the “real world” of Business? This floor will be particularly beneficial to students who are majoring in the School of Business or Engineering & Management (E&M). Floor programs will focus on promoting student learning and development in leadership, teamwork, and entrepreneurship. Building connections to campus, the community, and global resources is a main aspect of this floor theme.

MiSE - Are you a male interested in science and engineering at Clarkson? Well, we've got the perfect spot for you, as a member of MiSE, a supportive living and learning community on campus. The MiSE (Men in Science & Engineering) program is an opportunity that fosters engagement in the world of science and engineering to males. MiSE was created to offer males a strong support system to help with everyday challenges. This system of support includes upper class men serving as mentors of the program as well as several staff members from across the university. Programming for the MiSE floor will be open to the students who are living in WiSE.

Outdoor Enthusiast - Do you love the outdoors and sustainability? Are you looking forward to exploring the nature and beautiful views that are right at your doorstep here at Clarkson University? Are you interested in diverse aspects of sustainability pertaining to the immediate campus, the North Country community, and the world at large. Students from a range of different backgrounds will come together to explore their interest in, and commitment to, the outdoors and sustainable living. If so, the Outdoor Enthusiast floor might be the perfect community for you. This floor community consists exclusively of residents who truly love the experience of the great outdoors and build a supportive community of trust and respect through their shared experiences with nature.

Pre-Health Professionals (PHP) - If you’re a first-year student intending on going into the healthcare professions such as physical therapist, physician assistant, doctor of medicine, or veterinary physician, you should consider living in the Pre-Health Professionals Living-Learning Community. This floor will allow students to connect socially and academically, and make connections through Clarkson to professionals in their field of study.

ROTC/AFROTC Floor - This floor is for students who want to live in a community with other students who are interested in military service. While living on this floor students will be exposed to traditions, customs, and current members of the Clarkson University ROTC/AFROTC programs.

She Leads - This floor looks to build a vibrant community of women leaders to inspire and empower them professionally and personally. Through fostering a nurturing environment of learning and innovation we endeavor to cultivate a generation of resilient female leaders. Programs for this floor will aim to empower women by facilitating leadership development through networking, collaboration, and education opportunities across campus and the community.

Solinksky - US Manufacturing is making a strong comeback and the job and career opportunities for students interested in advanced manufacturing are expanding. The Solinsky Scholarship program is a new program for engineering students who have an interest in making and manufacturing. Students will be offered the opportunity to reside in a living and learning environment with students who have the same interests. The Solinsky living and learning community is advised by the Dean of Engineering who will meet with the students on a regular basis and will provide individualized academic and career mentoring. Other living and learning activities include group discussions, the opportunity to meet with alumni who are leaders in manufacturing industries, and group trips to manufacturing companies. Solinsky Scholarship recipients will be offered priority access to Clarkson's Maker Space, engineering shop skills courses, and micro-credential programs. Microcredential program offerings complement the formal engineering curriculum and provide opportunities for students to learn about cutting-edge technologies, the business and economics of engineering, and personal leadership and development. Accelerate your personal and professional success through the Solinsky Scholarship program.

WiSE - Are you a female interested in science and engineering at Clarkson? Well, we've got the perfect spot for you, as a member of WiSE, a supportive living and learning community on campus. The WiSE (Women in Science & Engineering) program is an opportunity that fosters engagement in the world of science and engineering for females, who are typically outnumbered in such majors and programs. WiSE was created to offer females a strong support system to help with everyday challenges. This system of support includes upper-class women serving as mentors of the program as well as several staff members from across the university. Programming for the WiSE floor will be open to the students who are living in MiSE.

There are four theme houses on campus that are home to four of our fraternities: Sigma Chi, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Tau Kapa Epsilon and Delta Upsilon. These houses are occupied by academically approved students from the organizations.

Vending Machines: Located in some residence halls.

Mail: All students receive a campus mailbox. Mail is delivered directly to the campus mailroom in the Student Center.

Direct Delivery: Students must arrange pick-up of food or other deliveries not made through the postal service, UPS or similar services. Delivery staff are not allowed into residential buildings.  

Network Access: All residence hall rooms have access to the University's high-speed wired and wireless network. Learn more about services offered by the Office of Information Technology.

Parking: On-campus parking is provided in certain lots. Learn more here.

Bicycle Racks: Located outside each residence hall.

Air Conditioning: There is no air conditioning in the Residential buildings or provided by the University. Window air conditioning units are not permitted in any University housing. Students are allowed to use floor units that do not exhaust through a window. One unit per room is permitted.

Storage on Campus: The University is unable to store personal belongings. Residents are expected to remove all personal belongings when vacating campus housing.

Pack This, Leave That

Planning your first dorm room is almost as much fun as moving in. Take some friendly advice: You can't bring everything with you. (Some items are prohibited for fire safety and other reasons.) Here's a list of things you definitely want, as well as some you can leave behind.

Room essentials

  • Bed sheets and blankets (twin extra-long sheets — each mattress is 36" x 80", pillow).
  • Trash can (we provide the recycling bin).
  • Bath towels and hand towels (let's reduce paper towel use).
  • Toiletries (shower sandals and supplies, health products, bathroom caddy).
  • Clothes and hangers, hanging closet organizer.
  • Personal fan (optional).

Things to help you work

  • Desk lamp with LED light bulb
  • Desk organizer
  • General school supplies
  • Headphones to enjoy your music

Electronics and related

  • Energy Star appliances – wait until you get your roommate assignments to coordinate these! (See "MicroFridges" below.)
  • Entertainment (books, music, games).
  • EPEAT-certified computer and flash drive. A laptop computer is recommended (it takes less space in your dorm and provides a mobile work environment).
  • Ethernet cable (we provide the jack in the wall).
  • Smart power strip (shuts off power when you aren’t using your electronics).


  • Clarkson does not provide bed-lofting supplies, but students may bring their own. Traditional campus beds can be lifted between floor level and approximately four feet high.
  • Laundry bag and laundry detergent for cold-water washing, small dish soap.
  • Reusable bowl/plate and utensils for any in-room eating.
  • Reusable coffee/travel mug and water bottle.
  • Sewing kit.
  • Storage containers. A student suggests: pack your clothes in one or two large solid plastic bins. The bins can be used for storage and as a laundry hamper once you get here, and you will not have to find space for empty suitcases.
  • String lights. Installation should avoid pinch hazards, cannot be over entrances/doorways, cannot be in contact with combustible materials and cannot be attached to the ceiling.

MicroFridges (microwave/freezer/refrigerators) are available for annual rental. The unit gets delivered to your room before you arrive and is big enough for two roommates to share. You can save 20 percent by ordering before July 15.

Review the video below to learn more about renting a MicroFridge on campus:

  • Air conditioner
  • Candles, incense
  • Charcoal/gas grill
  • Extension cords
  • Full-size refrigerator*
  • Halogen lamp
  • Space heater
  • Toaster oven
  • Waterbed
  • Wireless access points or routers
  • Zip cord

*Students have the option to rent a MicroFridge on campus.

Tips for What Not to Bring and Fire Safety for Apartments

Tips for What Not to Bring and Fire Safety for Residence Hall Rooms

The transition to college is as exciting as it is nerve-wracking. Everybody goes through their own process of easing into college life, but we've put together some resources to make your own introduction to your new home as easy as possible.

The University does not carry insurance of any kind on the property of students and accepts no responsibility for loss or damage to such property. Students are encouraged to carry their own personal proper insuance. Students are expected to keep access doors to residence halls closed and locked at all times. Residents are financially liable for damages to rooms, apartments, furnishings, and common area facilities. Fees for unclaimed or common area damages will be shared jointly by the residing students.

Personal property insurance is recommended for all students. 

Q: Is my student required to have a meal plan?
A: Anyone who lives in a traditional and suite-style housing must be on a meal plan. Students who live in apartments, theme houses, or off-campus can be exempt from meal plan.

Q: How do students change their meal plan?
A: Students have the first two weeks of the semester to change their meal plan by emailing or stopping by the Residence Life office. All meal plans carry the same fee.

Q: Do students have a choice in selecting their roommate?
A: First-year students are asked to fill out a "Roommate Survey" form so that Clarkson is able to match students with the appropriate roommate. However, if students want to request another Clarkson first-year student, they can write each other's names on their survey and the Residence Life staff will consider their request.

Q: Are there any single rooms available to students?
A: Yes, there are single rooms available for upper-class students. Single occupancy rooms are available through the Housing Lottery held in the spring of each year.

Q: Are pets allowed in the residence halls or apartments?
A: No, pets are strictly forbidden in any residence hall or apartment at Clarkson University with the exception of service animals. Learn moe about our service animal policies and procedures here.

Q: If I lose my student ID card, what should I do?
A: Students must report their lost or stolen card immediately to Campus Safety & Security. The University, Residence Life, and Clarkson Dining are not responsible for unauthorized usage of student ID cards.

Q: If I lost the key to my room, what should I do?
A: Students should report a lost key immediately to Campus Safety & Security and then visit the Director of Residence Life for a key replacement. Their student account will be charged accordingly. Key duplication is strictly prohibited.

Q: If there is something broken or damaged in my residential space, what should I do?
A: Students should go to this website and complete a work request so that Facilities and Services may address the issue. Students will receive automatic emails from Facilities and Services when the work request has been received, issued, and completed. 

Q: What happens if my residential space has open beds in it?
A: The Residence Life Office reserves the right to make changes to residential assignments at any time, with little or no notice, in response to facility limitations, changes in enrollment, conflict resolution, etc., or to address the needs of the overall residential community. This includes reassigning students to any vacant spaces.

Campus Breaks

While most residents look forward to campus breaks, they must keep in mind some regulations before leaving campus. 

Academic Calendar

October & February Break 
A four-day break during which the university remains open. Students do not need to vacate the campus or request to stay. Dining options will be limited and meal swipes will not be usable during this time.

November & Spring Break
The university is closed during this time. All students must vacate campus. Students who would like to request to stay or return early for any portion of the break must do so through the Office of Residence Life. If a student needs to stay as part of a university organization, group, or department, the coach/manager or advisor for the group must contact Residence Life to confirm the request. There is no food on campus during this break.

Winter Break
Non-graduating students must vacate campus within 24 hours of their last exam. Students who are graduating in December must vacate their campus housing by the day following December Commencement. Students who would like to request to stay or return early for any portion of the break must do so through the Office of Residence Life. If a student needs to stay as part of a university organization, group, or department, the coach/manager or advisor for the group must contact Residence Life to confirm the request. There is no food on campus during this break. 

Summer Break
Non-graduating students must vacate campus within 24 hours of their last exam. Students who are graduating in May must vacate their campus housing by the day following May Commencement and must follow all closing procedures. Clarkson will not store any student items for the break. Students who would like to request to stay or return early for any portion of the break must do so through the Office of Residence Life. If a student needs to stay as part of a university organization, group, or department, the coach/manager or advisor for the group must contact Residence Life to confirm the request. There is no food on campus during this break. 

Your New Home Awaits

Have more questions about moving on campus? Let us know — we're happy to help.