Living on campus provides many opportunities to enhance the college experience. The Office for Residential Life supports this experience by providing an inclusive, safe, supportive, educational, and engaging environment. As a staff, we work to nurture the personal and professional growth of all of our residents through programs and services that support the development of the whole student.


Note: The following is based on current New York State requirements and is subject to change. Recent updates may be found at the COVID-19 Resource Center and the Office for Residential Life & Housing Services. Changes will be reflected here as soon as possible.

All students arriving to campus with a University housing assignment (both undergraduate and graduate) will be required to abide by certain COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements. Students living off-campus are not subject to these requirements, but must still follow New York State Health Department guidance.

All students living in campus housing are required to quarantine unless they are traveling from one of the following locations: within New York State, Pennsylvania, Vermont, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, or a CDC level 1 country. Those required to quarantine are also required to take a COVID test prior to their arrival, up to but no more than 3 days beforehand. Students will quarantine for 3 days, unless they are unable to be tested prior to arrival, in which case they must make arrangements with the Office for Residential Life & Housing Services and instead quarantine for 10 days.

Students required to quarantine may either sign up to stay at a hotel through arrangements made by the University, or make their own arrangements. University arranged quarantine housing for students arriving prior to February 1 is available on specific dates:

  • January 20 (ending January 23)
  • January 21 (ending January 24)
  • January 24 (ending January 27)
  • January 25 (ending January 28)
  • January 27 (ending January 30)
  • January 28 (ending January 31)
  • January 29 (ending February 1)
  • January 30 (ending February 2)
  • January 31 (ending February 3)

University arranged quarantine housing for students arriving after February 1 is more flexible and available on a rolling basis. Students making their own arrangements must conduct their 3-day quarantine within New York State, Pennsylvania, Vermont, New Jersey, Connecticut, or Massachusetts.

After completing their quarantine, students and their belongings will be transported to a University arranged testing site (students making their own arrangements must organize their own transportation). There they will be administered a COVID-19 rapid test. After receiving a negative result, they will be cleared to move in to their campus housing assignment. If a student receives a positive rapid test, they will be administered an additional test and be transported to temporary housing to await the results. A positive secondary test will require the student to quarantine for an additional 10 days.

Signing Up for Quarantine

All students required to quarantine must notify the University of Rochester Office of Residential Life & Housing Services of their intended arrangements, using the links below:

Other Essential Information

Arrangements for quarantine and related affairs are being managed by our partners at the University of Rochester Office for Residential Life & Housing Services. Please contact their coordinating staff at winterstayhousing@reslife.rochester.edu with questions or concerns, including complications that arise during your planned travel.

For additional detailed guidance, including how to schedule a pre-arrival COVID-19 test, costs of quarantine, etc., please refer to the following:


Housing is available for returning students who studied remotely or were otherwise living off-campus this fall, and housing requirements still apply. Students seeking on-campus housing for Spring 2021 who do not yet have an assignment should contact Residential Life no later than February 1.


SLC Closes for Winter Break
Wednesday, November 25 at 12:00 pm

Spring Semester Begins
Monday, February 1


Anthony Spall Picture

Anthony Spall
Student Affairs Office Coordinator

Robert Bones

Robert E. Bones, Ed. D.
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

Office for Residential Life

Phone: 585-274-1106
Fax: 585-274-1175

100 Gibbs Street
Rochester, NY 14605

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM