Residential Living and Learning

Collegiate Structure

  • Residential Communities

    Our residential communities are more than a place to eat and sleep – they are central to the student experience. At Binghamton University, our communities provide support for both living and learning in innovative and unique ways.

    You will notice that our residential communities are referred to as “colleges.” The collegiate model was adopted in the 1960's when Binghamton University was Harpur College. This model combines academic opportunities for learning together, both formally and informally while being a part of the community atmosphere. The purpose of our collegiate structure model is to combine living and learning in a way that further develops the identity of each residential college.

  • Smaller Communities

    The collegiate model fosters interaction and learning within a smaller setting. Each collegiate community has its own personality and its own traditions, its own amenity spaces: athletics fields and courts, dining facilities, and various other unique offerings. Students have the opportunity to gain leadership experience within their residential college as each also has its own student government.

    Frequently, the collegiate communities are home to one or more formal learning communities that contribute to the unique personality of the communities. And each collegiate community also has its own dedicated Residential Life professional and student staff to support and provide opportunities to engage within the collegiate community; including an area office where students can find support from room changes to physical space work order needs to meeting with faculty.

    The collegiate structure also allows for various specialty opportunities. For instance, in Hinman College there is a performing arts group that puts on theatre performances and in Dickinson Community there is a student initiative that focuses on research.

  • Engage with Faculty

    Each collegiate community has a “Collegiate Professor.” These Collegiate Professors are committed faculty on campus who also are actively engaged with their residential collegiate community. They have an office in their collegiate community and help students navigate their academics through involvement in new student orientation, academic advising and development of programs around the specific themes of their communities.

    The Collegiate Professors give students a unique way to interact with a faculty member outside the classroom, which contributes to student success both in and outside of the classroom. Further the Collegiate Professors engage with other faculty members from across campus through various roles: Faculty Fellows and Faculty in Residence to further bring programmatic learning to the residential colleges.

    The Collegiate Professors are important contributors to the unique personality of their respective collegiate communities.

Residential Living

  • Room Styles

    Corridor-style doubles: Each room houses two students, in College-in-the-Woods and Dickinson Health and Wellness, bathrooms are shared by floor; in Newing, each set of three rooms share a bathroom.

    Suites: Four- or six-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.

    For more information, photos and 3D renderings of rooms, visit each community’s webpage and see "Room Styles".

  • Dining

    All on-campus students are required to purchase a resident meal plan, with the exception of Apartments Community residents. The meal plan will be active as soon as your student gets to campus. Our default meal plan is Plan C.

    Apartments residents have full kitchens, but can also purchase a Commuter/On-Campus Apartment meal plan.

    Residents can eat in any of the dining halls on campus as well as the MarketPlace. To find out what's open, go here.

    Find more information about Meal Plans here.

  • Safety and Security

    Binghamton strives to ensure the safety of our students. All traditional residence halls are locked and require a key-card to access the building. Blue light phones can be found throughout campus offering a direct link to University Police. NY State University police and ambulance services are on call 24/7. To increase safety and security, we encourage residents to:

    • Keep your Binghamton ID with you at all times. This is what identifies students as members of our community. If an ID is lost, it should be reported to University Police immediately.
    • Stay with guests. It is the responsibility of the student hosting the guest to be with that guest at all times while in the residence halls.
    • Keep doors locked.
    • Register for the Binghamton Alert System to receive emails and/or text messages about critical campus information and emergencies.
    • Report any suspicious activity to New York State University Police at Binghamton 607-777-2393.
  • Campus SpectrumU Streaming and Cable
    Binghamton University Information Technology Services (ITS) and Residential Life are excited to announce that Spectrum University Live TV Streaming (SpectrumU) is now available to all students living in residence halls on campus. 200+ channels can be streamed wirelessly on devices such as laptops, smartphones, Rokus, tablets... or on wired devices in your campus dorm room. For more information, check the ITS web page.
  • Computer Pods and Wi-Fi
    Our communities and most areas of campus are covered by our wireless Wi-Fi network. All rooms also contain two Ethernet outlets. All of our communities also feature public computing areas (Pods) with workstations and printers connected to the University computer network.
  • Receiving Mail

    Campus Mail Services handles incoming and outgoing mail for students living on campus.

    Sending mail via US Postal Service:

    Student's Name
    BU Box # (their 5-digit box number)
    PO Box 6020
    Binghamton, NY 13902-6020

    Sending a package via a private shipper (like UPS or FedEx):

    Student's Name
    BU Box # (their 5-digit box number)
    4400 Vestal Parkway East
    Binghamton, NY 13902

    NOTE: You will be assigned a BU box # when you check in. To find out your box #, log in to the housing portal with your username and password and click on "Your Current Assignment".

  • Laundry Facilities
    Each resident hall has a laundry facility located in the basement or on the first floor. The Hillside and Susquehanna buildings also have laundry rooms in each building. Laundry is free to all residents.
  • Housekeeping/Custodial
    Each residence hall has a custodial staff that cleans public spaces Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Limited staff is also on hand during the weekend to make sure public areas remain clean. Public areas include lounges, kitchens, hallways, floor bathrooms, stairways and lobbies. Bathrooms on each floor are cleaned daily, and suite bathrooms once a week. Staff are not responsible for cleaning bedrooms.
  • Recycling
    Binghamton University has developed an extensive recycling program that includes all recyclable materials required by law in New York state. Find more information here.
  • Refrigerator Rental
    The University contracts a third party for leasing refrigerator and refrigerator/microwave units of various sizes to students. Refrigerators are leased on a semester or yearly basis but not during the summer sessions. For more information, visit the MicroFridge website. Residents can bring their own refrigerator if it's 5.5 cubic feet or less.
  • Air Conditioning
    Mohawk Hall in College-in-the-Woods, Dickinson (except for Old Digman), Mountainview and Newing buildings have air conditioning. Hinman’s Cleveland Hall will also be air conditioned.