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.

Incoming students will have an opportunity to complete a Housing Contract and Preferences Form using their New Student Portal. Information regarding this form and other pre-orientation tasks will be shared via email by the Eastman Admissions Office in mid-May.

New student move-in for the 2024-2025 academic year has been scheduled for the dates listed below. Welcome Week will begin after students have moved into the residence hall and continue until the start of classes.

International New Student Move-In: Sunday, August 18, 2024 from 9:00AM EST – 4:00PM EST. Move-in scheduling and procedures will be shared as it is made available. Students arriving to Rochester after 4:00PM must contact the Office for Residential Life by 5:00PM EST on Monday, August 12, 2024. Welcome Week events will begin after move-in is complete.

Domestic New Student Move-In: Monday, August 19, 2024 from 9:00AM EST – 1:00PM EST. Move-in scheduling and procedures will be shared as it is made available. Welcome Week 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

When can I move into the Student Living Center?

Incoming international students will move in on Sunday, August 18, 2024.

Incoming domestic students will move in on Monday, August 19, 2024.

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

Can I request a specific roommate?

If you would like to live with a specific first year student, you must indicate this student’s name on your Housing Contract and Preferences Form. This may be found on your Eastman Ready Portal and is due by June 15, 2024.


Please note that such requests will only be considered in cases where both students have mutually requested each other. If only one student makes the request, it will not be considered a match.

When will I receive my housing assignment?

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.

Are room dimensions available for my room?

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

What should I pack?

Take a look at our Packing 101 document!

Can I send my items to the Student Living Center before I get there?

Yes, the Student Living Center will start receiving packages on Monday, August 12, 2024. Any packages received before this date will be returned to sender. Please refrain from sending excessive packages prior to your arrival.

Packages should be sent to:

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


Letter mail will be sorted to your student mailbox, which will be assigned upon arrival.

How do I get my items into the Student Living Center?

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.

How do I get my mail?

On Move-In Day, you will receive your mailbox assignment and the combination to your mailbox which is located on the first floor of the Student Living Center.

What are the advantages to living on campus?

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.

How do I introduce myself to my roommate?

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.

What if I don't like my roommate?

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).

What about Orientation (Welcome Week)?

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

What about Meal Plans?

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

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