Congratulations on your acceptance to the Eastman School of Music!

Embrace your home away from home at Eastman’s Student Living Center. Develop practical skills and lifelong friendships in a community of musicians. Eastman’s Residential Life program provides opportunities for students to live and learn in the City of Rochester. Eastman guarantees housing for First-Years, Sophomores, and Juniors, while additional Seniors and Graduate Students choose to live on campus.

At the Eastman School of Music, we house first-year students together. This residential structure provides an opportunity for students to engage with social, recreational, and resource programs. The skills, closeness, and lifetime friendships that students develop as a result of this experience will ease students’ transition into the Eastman community.

New student move-in for the 2021-2022 academic year has been scheduled for the dates listed below. New Student Orientation (Premiere Eastman) will begin after students have moved into the residence hall and continue until the start of classes. 

International New Student Move-In: Wednesday, August 18, 2021 from 8:30AM EST – 12:00PM EST. Move-in scheduling and procedures will be shared as it is made available. Premiere Eastman will begin after move-in is complete. 

Domestic New Student Move-In: Thursday, August 19, 2021 from 8:30AM EST – 12:00PM EST. Move-in scheduling and procedures will be shared as it is made available. Premiere Eastman will begin after move-in is complete. 

We encourage you to read the Residential Life materials carefully. These materials are designed to help you prepare for living at Eastman. In addition to this page, more information will be mailed and emailed to incoming students in early August.

Frequently Asked Questions

Incoming international students will move in on Wednesday, August 18, 2021.

Incoming domestic students will move in on Thursday, August 19, 2021.

Information about scheduling, times and move-in procedures will be shared on this website as it is made available.

If you would like to live with a specific first year student, you must indicate this student’s name on your housing preference form, only mutually requested roommates will be honored . All roommate requests must be submitted to the Office for Residential Life by Friday, June 18, 2021.

New residents will receive a letter about their housing assignment by the beginning of August. With that letter, you will also receive contact information for your roommate, advice for living with a roommate, a list of items to bring (and not to bring), information about your mailbox, and a list of important Residential Life dates for the academic year.

Due to the unique architecture of the Student Living Center, room dimensions are not available however floor plans are available here.

(Information about packing tips coming soon)

Yes, the Student Living Center will start receiving packages on Monday, August 9, 2021. Any packages received before this date will be returned to sender. Packages should be sent to:

{Your Name}
Student Living Center
100 Gibbs Street
Box # {Your Box #}
Rochester, NY 14605

On New Student Move-In Day, Eastman Orientation Committee (EOC) members will be running around assisting you in any way they can. All of the doors and elevators will be open, and there will be wheeled bins to help you move your belongings into your room. Things get pretty busy on move-in day, so as long as you come with a bit of patience, you will be moved in before you know it.

Your mailing address will be sent to you when you get your housing assignment letter. On Move-In Day, you will receive the combination to your mailbox which is located on the first floor of the Student Living Center.

According to the American Council on Education, college students who live on campus are more satisfied with their experience, earn higher grade point averages, and are more likely to graduate. We provide safe, clean, furnished rooms with comfortable surroundings. Our main priority is to ensure that students are provided with an opportunity to have a community of peers, experience mutual respect with a roommate and a hall, share learning experiences with hall and floor mates, and get involved with the many University-wide activities and opportunities available.

Roommate information is included with your housing assignment letter. We encourage you to contact your roommate before arriving at Eastman. It will be helpful for you to get to know each other, as well as plan on what items each person will be responsible for bringing. Remember to be open and respectful to your roommate, and your roommate should do the same for you. Living with another person can be a good learning experience, so try to be patient and understanding.

First year/incoming students aren’t assigned single spaces unless an accommodation with Disability Services is provided. Our Resident Advisors (RA’s) are trained in conflict mediation and will be available to help roommates overcome any challenges. The Department for Residential Life also has roommate agreements available and are required to be completed individually and with their roommate(s). Knowing ahead of time what your personal boundaries and comfort level is important but also to be open minded to new people and new experiences. Most students spend the majority of their time out of their room, enjoying Rochester, being involved in activities, practicing/performing etc. If compromise and agreement are not able to be reached after appropriate interventions, students can request a room change, however first year students will be re-assigned to a partially occupied space with roommate(s).

Information about New Student Orientation can be found online here. You will also receive your Orientation Folder during Move In Day.

Information regarding meal plans can be found on the Dining Services website here

Contact Us

If you have any questions, visit us at the Office for Residential Life in the Student Living Center, 100 Gibbs Street, Suite 103, call (585) 274-1106, check out our web pages, or email us at reslife@esm.rochester.edu.