How to Survive the Hunger Games of Binghamton Housing Signups

Posted by Alanna Witowski on October 23, 2017

How to Survive the Hunger Games of Binghamton Housing Signups

It’s that time of year! Which Binghamton residential community will win your favor? Your living community and roommate are crucial to an enjoyable school year, so you definitely don’t want to go into housing signups unprepared. I've put together this blog to help you make the best choice for your room selection in the 2018-19 school year.

Need-to-know dates

Nov. 1: If you're interested in living in one of the learning communities, you have until 4 p.m. Nov. 1 to turn your application in to the area offices. 

Nov. 7-9: Want to live in Hillside or Susquehanna? You have from Nov. 7-9 to do so. Be sure to check your priority first, because you don't want to miss your window.

Nov. 10-16: If you want to stick with one of the traditional residential communities, then here's your chance. Signups for these communities are open during this period only, so don't forget to learn which priority you are!

March 8, 2018: Did you change your mind about living on campus for 2018-19? You have until March 8 to cancel your on-campus housing, but you will have to pay a $200 cancellation fee. If you decide to study abroad, withdraw or transfer, then housing will still allow you to cancel after March 8.


Still not sure?

If you've never signed up for housing before, it can get pretty confusing. Luckily, ResLife has created a series of videos to guide you through the process. Learn how to do your group formation or how to select your room during the actual process. 

Check out which signup priority you qualify for. This is very important! Missing your priority means you may not get the room or community that you're interested in. For even more info on the process, check out the Binghamton Reslife website


Get to know our communities!

If you're interested in learning some more about the communities, and which one is the best fit for you, keep reading!

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College-in-the Woods (CIW)

CIW has its own unique charm. I lived there during my freshman and sophomore years and it's still one of my favorite spots on campus. It's close enough to the Lecture Hall to roll out of bed 15 minutes before class starts, but still far enough from main campus to get that ~woodsy~ vibe. The trees that surround it making it a housing experience like no other, and it's known for being one of the friendliest communities on campus. Most of the rooms are corridor-style, so when the doors are open it's easy for people to pop in and say hi. For anyone looking to make some new friends, CIW is where it's at.

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Completely renovated, Dickinson is definitely one of the nicest living communities on campus. It’s the only one that offers rooms in a flat style; in other words, you can share a suite with three or four of your friends. And don’t worry, you get two bathrooms! If you’re interested in gaining some academic research experience, one of the things that make Dickinson unique is the Dickinson Research Team (DiRT). So, if you're interested in gaining some relevant career experience while still having fun, consider Dickinson

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A highly beloved community, Hinman celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The best thing about Hinman? It’s the closest community to classes! If you enjoy living on the edge and sleeping until the last possible minute before class, then this is the place for you. Hinman is best known for its close-knit, community feel, with several annual traditions such as Dorm Wars and Hysteria. One of the best things about Hinman is the emphasis the community places on getting involved in service, so if you're interested in giving back, this may be your chance to find what you've been looking for. If you're in need of a great support system, Hinman's got you covered. 

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What's not to love about Newing? If you're a gym junkie, it’s an incredibly easy walk to the East Gym, something that no other residential community can claim. It also features C4 as a dining hall, with the Kosher Korner and ready-made breakfast sandwiches off the grill. With all four of its buildings offering corridor-style rooms, every set of three rooms shares its own private bathroom. And did you know there's a fire pit behind C4? Newing RAs frequently offer programs by it, so if you're feeling a craving for some s'mores, living here will allow you your sugar fix. 

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Everyday’s leg day when you live in Mountainview! It's located at the top of campus, so getting up there can be a bit of a workout, but the views are so worth it. Getting that iconic, birds-eye view of campus is easy when you live right next to the Appalachian Dining Hall, home to an amazing pasta bar. All the residential buildings are suite-style, which means a bathroom that you don’t have to share with the entire floor (YAY!). A great, new thing about this community is the brand new STEAM room, located in App, which allows students to work on projects ranging from robotics to jewelry. One of Mountainview’s annual traditions is Yoga with the President; and yes, that is exactly what it sounds like! Every spring, RAs have a yoga session in App and invite President Stenger along, allowing both students and administration to rock the Child’s Pose together.

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Not ready to live off campus? Hillside's Apartment Community might be the place for you! Located on the fringes of campus, a walk up to your Hillside apartment might just replace the need for a gym membership. The steep hills are great exercise, and if you’re not in great shape, the daily walk will change very quickly. However, if you’re not feeling the whole fitness thing, the campus shuttles run on a loop to Hillside throughout the day. Apartments are four- or six-person style, with single rooms and a full bathroom. There also tons of job workshops held in the Hillside Commons with Laura O'Neill and various RAs to help you learn how to turn an education into a career. 

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Done with small living spaces that can only accommodate a mini-fridge? Come to Susquehanna's Apartment Community!  Living in Susquehanna will allow you to feel a little more like an actual adult, while still staying on campus and avoiding those utility bills. Located behind M Lot, it’s not a hard walk, but if you’re huffing and puffing, then the campus shuttle will drop you off right in front. You can make your choice of living in a two- or four-bedroom apartment. If you're an upperclassman and desperately in need of advice, Laura O'Neill has office hours and workshops in both Hillside and Susquehanna all year long to help you out with your career struggles. Don't be afraid to pop in -- she loves to see new faces. 

Specialty Housing

Whether you’re looking for Gender Inclusive Housing (GIH), Chem-Free Housing, Break Housing, or Quiet Living, Bing's got you covered. Don’t know what any of these are?

GIH allows for students to have roommates, flatmates and suitemates regardless of gender identity. If you’re not someone that conforms to traditional gender roles, and are interested in a more inclusive environment, this may be what you need.

Chem-Free Housing places a strong emphasis on keeping living spaces free of substances at all times; this includes alcohol, smoking materials and all illegal drugs. For anybody uninterested in the party scene that somtimes pops up in college, chem-free offers an atmosphere free from peer pressure.

Break Housing consists of residence halls that remain open during school breaks -- perfect for international students, athletes and out-of-state students. Break housing is available in Newing, CIW, Mountainview and the apartment communities, so you have plenty of options to choose from. 

Quiet Living residents agree to a quiet environment perfect for sleep and study. So, if you're tired of trying to study with tons of noise in the background, Quiet Living may be for you. 

Alanna Witowski is a senior majoring in English from Chalfont, Pa. She is interested in pursuing a career in marketing and public relations after graduation, and spending an unhealthy amount of time watching Netflix to procrastinate on homework. 

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