Life on Campus
Residential Communities are more than a place to eat and sleep – they are central to academic success. At Binghamton University, our communities provide support for both living and learning.
Binghamton's collegiate system actually comes from a visionary plan developed in England, often called the "Oxford Model," adopted back in the 1960s when we were Harpur College. It is an organizational model that combines academic opportunities for learning together with a community atmosphere where students live. We are the only SUNY campus with this model of living/learning. Binghamton University has two apartment communities and five traditional communities comprised of 4-5 residence halls, each with their own assistant director, faculty master, live-in staff, programs, dining and recreation. The staff to student ratio is 1:24 which ensures our students 24/7 assistance and ample opportunity to connect, learn and grow.
Learning Communities are part of the Residential College model. Classes and experiences are designed for each community to foster interaction and learning within a smaller group. Each community has its own theme and specialty, topics include CoRE (Computer, Robotics and Engineering), Education, Entrepreneurship, STEAM (STEM + Arts), Public and Service Learning, Engineering, Nursing and Social Activism.
Faculty Masters are part of the living/learning model and they play an essential role
in helping Residential Life students adjust to living within their communities as
well as navigating their academic course. Faculty Masters teach on campus and have
an office in their community. They help with advising, new student orientation, and
program development around specific themes
for their community.
Binghamton's Residential Life program offers a variety of living styles and options, including traditional corridor-style rooms, suites and apartments. Check individual communities for their room styles in 3D renderings.
Corridor-style Doubles – each room houses 2 students, in College in the Woods, bathrooms are shared by floor; in Newing, each set of 3 rooms share a bathroom.
Suites – 4 or 6 person, contains a common room, bathroom, a double and a triple or three doubles, each with a lounge, and a bathroom with a stall shower.
Flats – either four single rooms or
two doubles and a single, shares two bathrooms and an entry vestibule.
Designed Triples – larger room housing three students with one bathroom.
Submit a Work Order: If your room is in need of a general repair — like a leaky faucet — submit a work order. If it's an emergency, see your RA!
Your BU Mailbox: Find your BU mailbox number here.
Dining Plans: Returning student in a traditional residence hall you're automatically assigned Dining Plan C. Check plans and rates here then call Student Accounts at (607) 777-2702 to change if you'd like a little more or less.