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The Student Living Center was built in 1991, and provides housing for 350 students of the Eastman School of Music. The building consists of the fifteen-story Cominsky Tower and a four-story quadrangle surrounding a landscaped inner courtyard. Eastman first-years, sophomores, and juniors are required to live in the Student Living Center. In addition to the fact that a majority of Eastman students live on-campus, the Student Living Center’s proximity to practice rooms, rehearsal spaces, restaurants, and museums makes it a wonderful place to live! All members of the Eastman Community are welcome to use the first floor of the SLC for socializing, relaxing, and dining.  Upper floors and the basement are restricted to Residents and their Guests.

SLC Offices

Student Living Center Front Desk

The Student Living Center (SLC) Front Desk is located at the main entrance of the Student Living Center. When entering the building, all students, faculty, and staff must show their IDs to Office Assistants working at the SLC Front Desk. Visitors are required to sign in at this location. The SLC Front Desk also lends supplies to residents such as games, movies, and cleaning supplies. Here is a complete list of items that can be checked out.

Office for Residential Life

The Office for Residential Life is located on the first floor of the Student Living Center. More information regarding the Office of Residential Life can be found on this webpage.

Office for Student Activities and Engagement

The Office for Student Activities and Engagement is located on the first floor of the Student Living Center. Information regarding the Office of Student Activities can be found here.

Dining Center

Dining Center
The Dining Center is located on the first floor of the Student Living Center where Eastman students can utilize their meal plans. More information regarding Dining Services, including information about hours and meal plans, can be found here.

Public Safety

Safety and security is taken very seriously in the Student Living Center. All visitors must sign in at the Office for Residential Life and stay with a current resident who presents a UR ID card. Public Safety officers are available on-campus all day, and have offices in the main academic building, as well as the Student Living Center. For an emergency, Public Safety can be reached by picking up a blue light phone or calling (585) 275-3333. More information about Public Safety can be found here.

University Health Service (UHS)

The University Health Service office is located on the first floor of the Student Living Center. This office is open Monday-Friday from 9:30am-4:30pm. Additional hours and locations can be found on the UHS website. UHS also provides a Physical Therapy office in the basement of the Student Living Center. Information regarding regarding physical therapy can be found here.

University Counseling Center (UCC)

The University Counseling Center office is located on the first floor of the Student Living Center. Information regarding scheduling an appointment can be found here.


Bike Storage Room

The Bike Room is located in the basement of the Student Living Center. There is limited space available, so please contact the Office for Residential Life to find out more information about registration and fees.

Ciminelli Lounge

Ciminelli Lounge
Ciminelli Lounge, located on the first floor of the Student Living Center, is a space for recitals, recordings, auditions, and masterclasses. Any student, faculty, or staff member wanting to reserve this space must place a reservation through the Concert Office. More information about Ciminelli Lounge can be found here.


The Alumni Courtyard provides a beautiful outdoor enclosed space for residents to hangout and relax.

Basic Needs Hub

The connection of campus and community resources to students. The Student Support Basic Needs Hub was created to facilitate the connection of campus and community resources for students who are experiencing a time of critical need. The hub provides urgent, essential student necessities, such as food, clothing, housing, and access to academic tools. Assistance provided through the hub is not intended to replace or supplement current student financial aid and it does not need to be repaid. Basic Needs Hub Request Form

Food Pantry

The Eastman Food Pantry is stocked with a limited selection of staple food products, and participants will receive a grocery bag of 7-10 items that they can pick up at the SLC front desk.  Requests can be submitted via our Eastman Pantry Preference Form.

While the ESM Food Pantry is need-blind and does not require income or financial aid information to be produced, in order to be able to make our supplies last and meet the current high demand, we ask that you consider whether the Food Pantry is right for you. The ESM Food Pantry should be used by any graduate students, staff, or faculty who are food insecure or may be facing a change in employment status.

Any questions or concerns may be sent to We are also accepting donations of non-perishable food items to help support this endeavor.  Groceries can be left at the SLC Front Desk or ordered through Amazon using our Donation Wish List.

Game Room

Game Room
The Game Room is located in the basement of the Student Living Center. Equipment available to residents includes pool, ping pong, air hockey, foosball, and poker tables. The key to this room can be signed out through the SLC Front Desk.


In addition to the microwaves that can be found in most floor lounges, there is also a full kitchen provided to all residents in the basement of the SLC. The kitchen is open daily from 7:00am – 11:00pm.

Laundry Room

The Laundry Room is located in the basement of the Student Living Center. This facility is available to Student Living Center residents only. Washers and dryers are free. Residents are responsible for providing their own detergent.

Media Lab

A computer lab, accessible exclusively to Eastman students, is located on the first floor of the Student Living Center. The computer lab provides first-rate equipment, and is open 24/7 during the academic year. More information on the technology provided, hours, and printing costs can be found here.

Mail & Package Rooms

Mail and packages are delivered directly to the Student Living Center. All residents are provided with a mailbox in the Mail Room located on the first floor of the Student Living Center. Packages are held in the Package Room located on the first floor of the Student Living Center, and is open Monday-Saturday. If you have questions regarding mail, packages or mailboxes, please contact the Office for Residential Life.

Reed Room

The Reed Room, a unique asset located in the basement of the Student Living Center, is for the reed-making convenience of our double reed players. Residents need to register for a key to this room through the Office for Residential Life.

Student Storage Rooms

The Student Storage Rooms are located in the basement of the Student Living Center. If you are interested in storing some of your items, please contact the Office for Residential Life to find out information about registration, fees, hours, and details on what you may store.

Study Lounge

The Study Lounge is a quiet studying space located in the basement of the Student Living Center.

TV Lounge

The TV Lounge is located in the basement of the Student Living Center. Game systems and equipment can be signed out through the Office for Residential Life.

Student Room Information

Housing Placement

The Student Living Center is comprised primarily of single and double rooms, with a few triple rooms. First-years are assigned to double or triple rooms with roommates. Sophomore and junior students are housed in single rooms, and select those rooms during the Room Selection Process hosted by the Office for Residential Life every spring. Seniors and graduate students who choose to live on-campus are also housed in single rooms (graduate housing is not guaranteed).

Residential Areas

Student rooms are located on floors two through fourteen of the tower, and floors two through four of the quadrangle. Each area provides residents with a furnished lounge that includes couches, tables, a microwave, and television, as well as separate male and female bathrooms. Most rooms in the Student Living Center are tiled, however, some rooms do have carpeting.

Special Interest Housing

There are several communities within the Student Living Center known as Special Interest Housing that our students choose to form, join, and live within. Special interest housing consists of floors that have developed out of common interests in the student body. These floors perform services to the campus community and the Eastman community at large to promote their interests. There are no additional costs to living on a Special Interest housing floor. However, additional costs associated with differing groups may be dependent on the structure of the individual groups. Currently no groups have any due system or structure factored into their membership. Attending an event and being involved are the best ways to get the answers you’re looking for. Make sure to ask.

Special Interest Floors Past & Present

“The goal for the Cinemaniacs Interest Floor is to build a unifying community through the common interest of film and music. Students will have a chance to decompress, thoroughly discuss film music, and enjoy movies through social events.”

Entertainment Floor
“Our floor aims to bring the Eastman community together through games and movies. Many students already enjoy these activities, and we seek to include others while building a community around this shared interest.”

Music of the World
“Our Floor is dedicated to experiencing all music around the world. For many conservatory students, non-western music is rarely preformed or listened to. We look to promote music from Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Eastern Europe so the students of Eastman can learn more about these cultures and incorporate it into their own musical education.”

“Our organization values contributing to individual and group success in music, through listening to and offering constructive criticism, sharing ideas and inspirations, as well as improvising in various styles.”


“The Wellness Floor is committed to improving the mental and physical wellness of the students of Eastman. Through mindful activities, healthy living, and social gatherings, the Wellness Floor plans to enrich the mind, body, and soul for all who wish to dwell amongst the wellness goers. We hope that Eastman students will have a more successful education and enhanced experience from being a part of and interacting with the Wellness Floor”

Safe Space

“Queer communities are essential in raising self-love and self-respect in individuals that come from adverse backgrounds. Gender neutral bathrooms will accommodate gender non-conforming students. This group will be a family to those who are lacking one”

Items Provided In Rooms

All students are provided with a:

  • Desk
  • Desk Chair
  • Desk Lamp
  • Chest of Drawers
  • Lofted Bed (with ladder and guardrail)
  • Twin XL Mattress
  • Smoke Detector
  • Towel Rack
  • Wall Light
  • Wardrobe
  • Wastebasket
  • Window Shades

Under no circumstances may any furniture be removed from student rooms, even if you are a single student in a double or triple room. Lounge furniture may also not be moved from lounges to student rooms. Moving furniture may result in fines and possible student conduct charges.

Items Prohibited In Student Living Center

We know that residents often want to bring the conveniences and comforts of home along with them. Unfortunately, some of these comforts are prohibited because of safety and fire regulations.

Prohibited Items

  • Couches, chairs, or futons not provided by the University
  • Candles, lanterns, lamps, or any other item that produce an open flame
  • Tobacco, incense, or any other item that burns or smolders when used
  • All flammable materials (gas, lighter fluid, charcoal, propane, solvents, etc.)
  • All items powered by combustible fuels (such as motorcycles)
  • All fireworks, explosives, etc.
  • All corrosive (or poisonous) chemicals and hazardous materials
  • All lightweight extension cords or multi-plug outlet adapters
  • Heavy weight power strips or extension cords without safety circuit breakers
  • Flexible (twisty) power strips
  • Multiple approved power strips connected together (“chaining”)
  • Curtains/drapes
  • Anything covering ceilings (tapestries, banners, posters, nets, etc.)
  • All decorations covering more than 20% of walls
  • Tapestries, banners, posters or other combustible materials
  • Crepe paper, plastic or Mylar decorations, ribbons, streamers, etc.
  • Combustible materials as door decorations covering more than 20% of doors
  • Runners, door mats, or other combustible floor coverings in hallways
  • Non-LED decorative string lighting
  • Cinder block bed risers
  • Weapons including firearms, ammunition, knives, etc.

Prohibited Appliances

  • George Foreman grills or similar cooking appliances
  • Toasters, portable or toaster ovens, smokeless indoor grills, etc.
  • Hotplates, electric skillets, crock pots, rice cookers etc.
  • Microwaves (including combination units and those with broiling elements)
  • Submersion coil water heaters
  • BBQ grills or open flame devices (charcoal, gas or other fuel)
  • Lighting that has an upward facing lamp
  • Lighting that has movable octopus arms so that lamp can be faced upward
  • Lava lamps
  • Non-UL safety approved electric powered appliances
  • All portable heating devices (space heaters of any type)
  • Air conditioners

If it is discovered that you have any of these prohibited items, Residential Life staff will confiscate the items. Possession of these items may result in fines and possible student conduct charges.

Suggested Items

You’ve got a room waiting for you in the Student Living Center, but it is up to you to make it a home! Below is a list of items we suggest that you bring:

  • Alarm Clock
  • Bathrobe
  • Bedspread
  • Bed Linen (extra-long twin; 36″ x 80″)
  • Bicycle (limited storage is available for a fee)
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Desk Supplies
  • Dishes (cups, plates, silverware, etc.)
  • Fan
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flashlight
  • Hangers
  • Humidifier
  • Iron
  • Floor Lamp (Click here for important lamp information)
  • Laundry Supplies (basket, detergent, etc.)
  • Mattress Cover
  • Pictures
  • Pillows
  • Plants
  • Sewing Kit
  • Storage Crates
  • Refrigerator (no larger than 4.3 cu. ft.)
  • Shower Shoes
  • Stationary/Stamps
  • Stereo
  • Toiletries
  • Toiletries Caddy
  • Towels
  • UL Rated Power Strip (with circuit breaker)
  • Umbrella

Insurance for Belongings

Students’ personal property brought to the University is not covered for damage or loss by the University’s insurance. We strongly suggest you review your parents’ homeowner’s insurance to determine what is covered by that policy or can be covered with a rider to that policy. Specifically review theft of your property because many policies may cover damage but not loss.


U of R Shuttles
The University of Rochester provides free shuttles to students with a UR ID.  The shuttle transports students to and from the River Campus, with various other lines available from the River Campus.  Click here for the most updated schedules.


Shuttle bus

First Floor of the Student Living Center

  • Ciminelli Lounge
  • Media Lab
  • Dining Center
  • Mail Room
  • Office for Residential Life
  • Office for Student Activities and Engagement
  • Package Room
  • Student Living Center Front Desk
  • University Counseling Center
  • University Health Service
  • University Public Safety
  • Public Restrooms

Basement of the Student Living Center

  • Bike Storage Room
  • Game Room
  • Laundry Room
  • Physical Therapy Office
  • Reed Room
  • Study Lounge
  • Student Storage
  • Television Lounge
  • Kitchen

Floors 2-14 of the Student Living Center

  • Student Rooms
  • Floor Lounges
  • Bathrooms
  • Meditation Room