Housing for Transfers

UR Housing is popular
Most University of Rochester students live on campus (~86%), and Rochester welcomes transfer students to join the residential undergraduate community as much as possible. To support student goals, there are many different kinds of campus housing. In recent years, the popularity of campus facilities has exceeded the number of available spaces. Thus, every transfer student who wants to live on campus can’t always be accommodated.
By the numbers
During the most recent years, on average about ~65 entering transfer students apply for fall housing and ~15 entering students request campus housing for spring term. Each year, UR has been able to accommodate 10 – 35 transfer students for fall term housing and (all) ~15 starting in January for spring term housing. Students who could not get on-campus housing in the fall, yet still desired housing in the spring, were able to do so.
Transfer students who apply for fall term housing are not likely to hear about housing until after July 15 for fall and December 15 for spring at the earliest. Some assignments will come later, sometimes close to the date classes begin. In fact, each fall ~5 students receive their campus housing assignment in early September after classes begin, as late changes in other students' plans make spaces available.
Real options
Many UR transfer students live off campus in apartments or shared homes in student-friendly Rochester neighborhoods. There are some transfer students who prefer to live off campus and never apply for on- campus housing. Others have sought off-campus housing for one or two semesters because they were unsuccessful in their first attempt to get a campus housing assignment.
Off-campus housing options for college students in Rochester are affordable, safe, can offer both parking and/or public transportation options, and come in a range of prices and lifestyles. Students seeking off-campus housing can depend on support from the Off Campus Living Program staff in the Office of Residential Life while looking for a good housing match.
Process and timing
For your best chance at securing on campus housing, apply as early as you can. Transfer admissions occur on a rolling basis. Once a student is enrolled you will be sent enrolling student information which will include a housing contract. Do your best to get the housing materials in as quickly as possible so Residential Life knows you want to live on campus.
Students entering as transferring freshmen and sometimes sophomores will have a higher priority for housing placement ahead of students entering at more advanced class standing. Students moving to Rochester from out of the area, including international students, will have priority over students who live locally. While these are the general placement priorities for assigning transfer students, it does not guarantee housing placement for all that may meet those criteria. We will do our best to place as many transfer students in housing as we are able.
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