Residential Living and Learning

Our six communities are more than a place to eat and sleep; they are where students make friends, have fun and build the life skills essential to personal and academic success. We are dedicated to supporting student growth and development, and promoting healthy and balanced living. Our residents share experiences, history and traditions while developing lasting friendships, strong bonds and a community culture that sustain them through graduation and beyond. With our 200+ staff, students have 24/7 assistance and ample opportunity to connect, learn and grow.

Specialty Housing

We are committed to providing a variety of housing options in order to meet the many needs and interests of our students. We offer Gender-inclusive, Chemical-free, Break, Quiet Living and Transfer housing options.

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 (not available for 2020–2021).

    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 University Police 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. After renovation 2019–2020, Hinman’s Cleveland will also be air conditioned.

Binghamton University’s residential communities give students at a large university a sense of community usually associated with a small college experience. In Residential Life, professional staff challenge students to develop curiosity, passion and transferable skills in areas such as research, cross-cultural competencies, leadership, politics and community service.

Collegiate Professors

Each community has a collegiate professor who organizes a theme-centered learning community(ies). With an office in their communities, collegiate professors help students navigate the complexities of college and life by connecting them to resources, programs, mentors and opportunities across campus. They educate, celebrate, motivate, inspire, support and assist students so they can grow into their best selves, thrive here at Binghamton and succeed in graduate school and/or future careers. 

Learning Communities

Each of our Communities has its own theme and specialty. Classes and experiences are designed for each community to foster interaction and learning within a smaller group. Students who sign up for learning communities are usually housed together, joining others who share similar interests and goals in group activities both inside and outside the classroom.

Find more information about Learning Communities and Collegiate Professors on each community's page.

Career and Professional Development Consultants

One of the many benefits of living within our Communities is easy access to our expert consultants and programming specifically developed for career and professional development. Each Community has a consultant with dedicated office hours — find your consultant here.


Each community has its own special events they run every year, usually in coordination with their student government. We call them "traditions" because some of these events have been taking place since the communities were established. All are welcome and there are traditions for everyone whether you love sports, games, karaoke or just watching. They're a great way to meet people and build community.

Got Roommate Conflict?

Residential Life has teamed up with the Office of Student Conduct on a new initiative to help our residents resolve conflicts with their peers and roommates. Check out our process here.