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Frequently Asked Questions

  • All students who submit the Residence Hall Agreement for Academic Year: 2016-2017 are guaranteed a space in housing for the 2016-2017.
  • Any student requiring special housing accommodation for medical conditions should complete the Housing Accommodation Request Form, located on the Residential Life webpage.
  • Housing paperwork and deposits for the 2016 - 2017 academic year will continue to be accepted after the deadline to participate in the Housing Selection Process. The Office of Residential Life will work with these students to find a housing assignment.
  • Students in the Honors program who currently live on campus, in the Honors Community, will be contacted by Residential Life and provided additional information. This also applies to students who current live on campus as a part of the Science Community.
  • Top 10 Reasons to Live On Campus

    1. Live Smart
    Research of college students across the nation indicates that students who live on campus are more satisfied with their college experience, earn higher grade point averages, and are more likely to graduate. (According to the American Council on Education). 
    2. Live Close
    Why drive when you can walk? In minutes, you can be anywhere on campus: classes, dining hall, gym, library, computer labs, bookstore, friends and campus offices. 
    3. Live Connected
    Easy access to friends, faculty and staff, as well as opportunities to get involved. Participation in groups, activities, games and events is more likely when you live on campus.
    4. Live Cost Effective 
    At first glance, living off-campus may seem like a good option. All the costs have to be considered — like rent, water, electric, cable, internet, furniture, food, etc. This does not take into account the time involved in driving, gas, purchasing food, etc. Don’t forget no more than three unrelated people can live together without violating ordinances and housing codes.
    5. Live Securely
    Campus Safety and Security and a residence hall director are on call, and able to assist students 24/7, 365 days a year.  The residence halls have security cameras and front desks staffed 24/7. Full time professional residence hall directors and resident assistants live in the halls and work to enforce policies geared toward keeping the halls safe.
    6. Live Supported
    Living on campus offers each student the emotional, social, and academic support to succeed. Every residence hall has a residence hall director and resident assistants trained serve as a resource and meet the needs of a variety of students. The Residential Life staff is equipped to show personal support to students and connect them to faculty and staff that are available and close on campus.
    7. Live In a Community
    Living on campus allows students to know what’s going on and be part of it. Learning about different types of people with various backgrounds can be an opportunity to gain a deeper perspective. You cannot duplicate the feeling that comes with living on campus, being part of a community, and feeling a sense of care and acceptance.
    8. Live Fulfilled 
    Living on campus offers a variety of amenities that come included: internet, cable, a furnished room, and close laundry facilities. Maintenance requests with our Facilities Department are handled quickly and accurately. We want you to enjoy living on campus.
    9. Live Together
    It’s better to live together than alone. We need each other and the resources that are easy to take advantage of when you live on campus.
    10. #LiveIonaResLife
    Enjoy the whole college experience by living on campus. Make lasting memories and friendships; take the opportunity while you can to enjoy the full college experience.

    You have the rest of your life to live off campus!

  • What does it cost to live on campus for the 2016 - 2017 academic year?

    Room and board (housing and meal plan) is $14,400 for the 2016 – 2017 academic year. Participation in the meal plan is required and included in the cost of room and board for all residential students.
  • Where can I live?

    Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors can live in the following residence halls:

    Residence Hall Living Arrangement
    The Apartments at Eastchester Apartments for groups of 2 - 5 students
    New North Avenue Residence Hall Suites for groups of 4 students
    Rice Hall

    Singles (for women)
    Singles, doubles, triples, quads (for men)

    South Hall Suites for groups of 6 and 9 students
    Conese Hall Suites for groups of 6 and 9 students
    Honors & Science Community – (Returning students only)
  • What are the chances that I will get into a specific area?

    Students often ask about the chances or probability that they will get a specific type of living style. For instance, what are my chances of getting South Hall? Or, should I go for a space in the Eastchester Apartments. There is no way to determine these statistics. Student preferences change yearly and the odds of getting into a specific area are completely based on the decisions that students make. Until the process takes place, there is no way of predicting how students will make choices.
  • Why aren’t specific residence hall available?

    Loftus Hall, East Hall and some spaces in Rice Hall are not available because they have been set aside for the incoming first year students.
  • What if I do not have a group? How do I get housing?

    The Office of Residential Life facilitates Roommate Mixers to help students meet others who may not yet have a group to register with or to assist those who need to re-group during the process.
    There will also be a Roommate Finder board outside of the Residential Life main office on the 2nd floor of Robert V. LaPenta Student Union during the Housing Selection process.
    Additionally students will be able to search for roommates within StarRez and there is going to be a Facebook event for students to “attend” if they are looking for a group or looking to complete their group.
  • How are incoming transfer students provided housing?

    Incoming transfer students for the fall are placed in housing over the summer based on available spaces. They are not eligible to participate in the Housing Selection process. The Housing Selection Process is only for current Iona students.
  • Are off-campus and commuter students eligible?

    Yes! Students living off-campus and commuters can participate in the Housing Selection process.
  • What will happen if I do not get my first choice?

    If the demand exceeds the amount of available spaces, students impacted will be given an opportunity to re-group. For example, suppose there are 15 spaces for groups of ten. If more than 15 groups register, we will have groups that will need to re-group.
  • Is it possible that some students will not select a housing assignment?

    There is a chance that some students that participate in the Housing Selection Process will not select a housing assignment for the next academic year. There are many reasons for this. Sometimes they do not like the options; they may need to re-group etc. Students leave housing (for various reasons). As spaces become available, groups and individuals that did not receive a housing assignment will be placed. Students with a specific preference can also be placed on a wait list for their desired space. Every attempt is made to keep groups together and honor preferences. Residential Life will be in contact with these students until they are placed (which may not be until over the summer, depending on the student’s preference).
  • What if I need a Special Housing Accommodation?

    Special Housing Accommodations must be submitted to the Office of Residential Life once they have been completed. In order for your request to be considered for the Housing Selection Process, you must turn your form in by Wednesday, April 6, 2016, by 5 p.m.
    If circumstances change and you need a Special Housing Accommodation after the Housing Selection Process has concluded, please contact the Office of Residential Life.