For Incoming Freshmen
Incoming Interpreting Students
First Year NTID-Supported BS Students
Move In Date:
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Fall Arrival Guide: Incoming Freshmen 1
Understanding the sections of your
Fall Move-In confirmation notice
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 Room assignment
Your room assignment for 2011–2012 is shown under the
Welcome to RIT’s confirmation section of your 2011–2012 online housing
Housing Community! contract at myhousing.rit.edu. You can locate the building on
the map provided on our website using the building name.
We look forward to helping you get settled in Soon this will be home sweet home!
your new home for the 2011–2012 academic year.
Please read through this arrival guide carefully. Your room phone number
It contains important information about: The telephone number assigned to your room will be provided
• Your Confirmation Notice and other important to you upon move-in. Telephones are not provided. You will
documents you MUST bring with you need to bring your own telephone with you. On-campus and
• Our carefully planned move-in process local calling services are available; however, long-distance calls
• What to bring and what not to bring for your require a calling card.
residence hall room
• Travel information and directions to RIT Your RIT mailing address
• Cancellation policy, frequently asked questions, You will receive information regarding your mailbox, mailing
and our Housing Hotline address, and where and when to pick up your mailbox key in
August via an email sent to your RIT account.
Don’t Leave Home Without It! Your roommate(s)
Your roommate information is shown on the confirmation
• Housing Confirmation Notice
section of your 2011–2012 housing contract. Click “view
• Arrival Guide
profile” to get your roommate(s) contact information.
• Color Coded Luggage Tags
• Color Coded Car Tag what to bring
• Color Coded Arrival Map A cart or dolly to transport your items from your unloading
location to your room (a limited number of carts will be
You need to print all of the items listed above prior to
available to you at move-in), boxes to hold your items that can
leaving home. Get the above items by accessing the
be broken down and recycled, bungee cords to use with dolly,
confirmation section of your 2011–2012 housing contract at
an alarm clock, phone and answering machine, atheletic
myhousing.rit.edu. You will need each of the above items as
equipment and clothes, bathrobe, bedspread or comforter,
you navigate move-in on Wednesday, August 31. If you forget
blankets, extra-long sheets, pillow, mattress pad (egg crate
or misplace your confirmation notice, you may obtain a copy
and foam mattress pads are not allowed due to fire safety
from Housing Operations in Grace Watson Hall (GWH) on
regulations), bookends, crates to stack in the closet for clothes
or books, a bucket or basket to carry your shower items to the
bathroom, flip flops, shampoo, soap, personal items, camera,
rit housing Hotline can opener, clothes basket, hamper or laundry basket, iron,
If you have questions about housing, accessing your housing small portable ironing board, computer, two fused power
confirmation, or move-in, call our summer hotline at strips, dishes, cups, mugs, bowls (make sure you can use them
(585) 475-5444, Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., in a microwave), silverware, dish soap and sponge, paper
July 15th through August 26th, email us at email@example.com, towels, clothes hangers, flashlight and batteries, Command
or check the housing portal at myhousing.rit.edu. Strip poster mounts for photos and posters, first aid kit, band
aids, aspirin, cold medicine, tissues, book bag, desk lamp,
(Lamps that are torchier style or have halogen bulbs larger
than 300 watts are not allowed. Torchier style lamps that use
Fall Arrival Guide: Incoming Freshmen 2
a compact fluorescent or incandescent bulb are permitted), Colby Hall C, floor 1 & E, floor 3 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
laundry soap, school supplies, screwdriver, raincoat and Residence Hall B, floor 3 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
umbrella, refrigerator no larger than 5 cubic feet, toothbrush Baker Hall D, floor 2 2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
and toothpaste, sewing kit, music system-stereo, ipod, CDs, Colby Hall D, floor 2 2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
towels and washcloths, TV and DVD player (movies, too), Residence Hall B, floor 4 3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
winter coat with a hood, gloves, mittens and scarf, and money. Baker Hall A & C, floor 1 3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Help RIT be “green” and bring energy-efficient light bulbs. Residence Hall A, floors 1 & 3 3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
when can i move in? YeLLoW
Your move-in date is Wednesday, August 31. Approximately Rochester Hall, floors 7 & 8 9:00 a.m. –11:00 a.m.
2,200 students are moving in to the residence halls on the Rochester Hall, floor 6 11:00 a.m. –1:00 p.m.
same day; therefore it is critical that you plan to arrive and Rochester Hall, floor 5 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
move in at your designated time listed below. Traffic and Rochester Hall, floor 3 & 4 2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
luggage handling may be slow at some times, so please be Rochester Hall, floor 2 3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
patient. Please place your luggage tags on your boxes prior to PuRPLe
your arrival. No more than two vehicles per family will be
Gibson A & B, floor 1 9:00 a.m. –11:00 a.m.
allowed to enter the move-in and unloading route. Due to
Gibson Hall B, floor 5 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
the number of people involved in this process, we strongly
Ellingson Hall, floors 11 & 12 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
suggest that you ask extended family to visit during Brick City
Residence Hall D, floor 2 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Homecoming in October rather than your fall move-in day.
Ellingson Hall, floor 9 & 10 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Due to the hectic nature of the day, please leave your pets at
Peterson Hall, floor 1 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
home. Pets are not allowed in RIT buildings.
Gibson Hall A & B, floor 4 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Your floor is indicated by the first two numbers in your room
Gibson Hall A & B, floor 3 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
number. For example, room 02025 is located on the second
Gibson Hall A & B, floor 2 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
floor, and room 12050 is located on the twelfth floor. Sorry,
Ellingson Hall, floors 7 & 8 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
but no arrangements can be made for early arrivals.
Peterson Hall, floors 2 & 3 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
LuggAge TAgs Ellingson Hall, floors 5 & 6 3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Look here for your move-in based on what color luggage tags Ellingson Hall, floors 2, 3, & 4 3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
you have been assigned. ReD
Gleason Hall, floor 7 9:00 a.m. –10:30 a.m.
Fish Hall C, floor 4 9:00 a.m. –11:00 a.m. Gleason Hall, floor 6 10:30 a.m.– Noon
Residence Hall C, all floors 11:00 a.m. –Noon Colby Hall F, floors 1, 2, & 3 11:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Fish Hall B & C, floor 3 Noon –2:00 p.m. Gleason Hall, floor 5 Noon–1:30 p.m.
Fish Hall B & C, floor 2 2:00 p.m. –4:00 p.m. Gleason Hall, floor 4 1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Fish Hall A, B, & C, floor 1 3:00 p.m. –5:00 p.m. Gleason Hall, floors 2 & 3 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Fish Hall A, floor 2 3:00 p.m. –5:00 p.m. oRAnge
Sol Heumann Hall, floor 9 9:00 a.m. –11:00 a.m.
Sol Heumann Hall, floor 8 10:00 a.m. –11:00 a.m.
Colby Hall A, floor 1 9:00 a.m. –10:30 a.m.
Sol Heumann Hall, floor 7 11:00 a.m. –Noon
Residence Hall A, floor 2 9:00 a.m. –10:30 a.m.
Sol Heumann Hall, floor 6 Noon. –1:00 p.m.
Residence Hall B, floor 1 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Sol Heumann Hall, floor 5 1:00 p.m. –2:00 p.m.
Baker Hall B, floor 2 10:30 a.m.–Noon
Sol Heumann Hall, floor 4 2:00 p.m. –3:00 p.m.
Colby Hall B, floor 2 10:30 a.m.–Noon
Sol Heumann Hall, floor 3 3:00 p.m. –4:00 p.m.
Residence Hall A, floor 4 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Sol Heumann Hall, floor 2 4:00 p.m. –5:00 p.m.
Residence Hall B, floor 2 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Fall Arrival Guide: Incoming Freshmen 3
How do i get to rit? For those arriving at the bus station:
The color-coded on-campus directions and signs apply only
You may contract a taxi to transport you to campus. Taxis are
to the official move-in day, August 31.
generally parked in front of the bus station. If a taxi is not
For those traveling on the nY state Thruway: available, the staff at the ticket window will call a taxi for you.
Take exit 46. Immediately after the toll booth, follow the sign The taxi fare for the trip from the bus station to RIT will cost
for 390 North, Rochester. Follow this road for 200 to 300 you approximately $20.
yards and look for the sign to Lehigh Station Road and
For those arriving by taxi:
continue straight until you reach the Route 15 junction. Turn
Please ask the driver to use the Lowenthal Drive entrance.
right onto Route 15 North. From there follow the directions for
your luggage tag color. once you get on campus
Place your car tag under your windshield wiper. Tune to WITR
For those traveling 390 north:
87.9 FM, RIT’s own radio station. WITR will broadcast
Use the Lehigh Station Road (253) exit. At the light turn left
throughout move-in day. In the case of severe weather or an
onto Lehigh Station Road and continue straight until you reach
emergency situation that would require the move-in process
the Route 15 junction. Turn right on to Route 15 North. From
to be temporarily suspended, WITR will broadcast emergency
there follow the directions for your luggage tag color.
instructions for students and their families.
For those traveling 390 south:
green luggage tags
Use the Lehigh Station Road exit (253). At the light turn right
Enter RIT from Jefferson Road onto Lomb Memorial Drive,
onto Lehigh Station Road and continue straight until you reach
using the lane at the traffic light (RIT’s main entrance).
the Route 15 junction. Turn right onto Route 15 North. From
Proceed until you reach the roundabout and head straight
there follow directions for your luggage tag color.
towards the information booth. Go around the information
For those traveling Route 252 Jefferson Rd: booth and take a right into Lot D.
RIT is located on Route 252. There will be signs to direct you
Purple luggage tags
as you near campus. Follow the directions for your luggage
Enter RIT from Jefferson Road onto Lowenthal Road (entrance
next to the Radisson). At the end of the entrance make a left.
For those arriving by plane: Make a quick right onto Lyons Crescent and then a quick
At the Greater Rochester International Airport, you may left onto Lattimore Place. Pull into Lot L.
contact a taxi to transport you to campus. The taxi pickup is
Blue luggage tags
located outside the baggage claim area of the terminal. The
Enter RIT from John Street onto Wiltsie Road to parking Lot C.
taxi fare for the trip from the airport to RIT will cost you
approximately $20. Red, orange, and Yellow luggage tags
Enter RIT from John Street onto Perkins Road, turn left
For those arriving at the train depot:
into Lot K.
You may obtain a taxi to transport you to campus. As you exit
the train depot, taxis are generally lined up to the left of the
depot. If a taxi is not available, the staff at the ticket window Next page
will call a taxi for you. The taxi fare from the train depot to
RIT will cost you approximately $20.
Fall Arrival Guide: Incoming Freshmen 4
Key Pick up
You will pick up your housing key in the parking lot designated What is a mainstream floor?
by the color of your luggage tag. If you arrive after 5:00 p.m., A mainstream floor is a floor where both deaf/hard-of-hearing
you may pick up your keys at Housing Operations in Grace and hearing students live. Deaf/hard-of-hearing students live
Watson Hall (GWH) until 8:00 p.m. If you arrive between as floormates with hearing students, but are not assigned as
8:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m., please go to the Public Safety after hours roommates unless requested. Each floor has a Resident Advisor
area in Grace Watson Hall. If you arrive after 11:00 p.m., you (RA) who serves as a resource for you and your floormates.
will be on your own to locate alternative housing for the night Residents on mainstream floors make new friends, build
at a local hotel. community, and can learn a new language.
Checking into your Housing assignment How will I access the Internet?
Within 48 hours of moving into your RIT housing, we ask that All residence halls are wireless. Additionally, all residence hall
you submit an online inventory assessment in which you will rooms are equipped with Ethernet jacks. Check your
indicate the condition of your room and the items in it. It is assignment on your confirmation notice. noTe: If you are
critical that you complete the inventory assessment as it will be assigned to Ellingson Hall, Peterson Hall, or Residence Hall D
referred to at the end of the academic year to determine room and want to utilize the Ethernet jacks, you will need to bring a
damages. To complete your online inventory assessment, 15-foot Ethernet cable with you.
please go to the Housing portal at myhousing.rit.edu and click
Do I need to bring a fan?
on the “Inventory” link at the top of the page.
The following buildings are air conditioned: Kate Gleason Hall,
CAnCeLLATIon oF YouR 2011–2012 Nathaniel Rochester Hall, Ellingson Hall, Peterson Hall, and
ACADeMIC YeAR HousIng AnD Residence Hall D. If you are not assigned to one of the
no-sHoW DATe buildings above, you may want to bring a fan.
If you make the decision not to attend RIT or to commute from Can I bring a car?
your parent/guardian’s home within a 30-mile radius of RIT,
Yes, RIT permits vehicles on campus for all students. All
you must cancel your 2011–2012 academic year housing
vehicles must be registered with Parking and Transportation
contract. You can do so online at myhousing.rit.edu.
Services (PATS) within ten days of your arrival. Register your
If you do not cancel your 2011–2012 assignment and do not vehicle online at www.rit.edu/parking or in person at the
move in to your assigned space by September 5, 2011, you will Parking Office located in Grace Watson Hall (GWH) Monday
be charged a $300 no-show fee. through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
To register using the online system, select the “Parking Services”
commonly asked questions page and look for “My Parking Account” on the right side of
Will I need any insurance? the page. You will need your RIT computer account username
RIT strongly encourages all students to maintain insurance and password to log in. Save yourself from standing in line,
coverage either under a parent/guardian’s home owners register online!
insurance or through a separate personal property policy. RIT Visit the PATS website at www.rit.edu/parking to read the on
assumes no responsibility for losses of students’ personal campus parking regulations and view the different parking
belongings. RIT offers Personal Property Insurance through options for each student. Enhanced shuttle services are also
CSI Insurance Agency, Inc. and several different limit and provided for all RIT residential students in lieu of parking in
deductible options provide students flexibility to select the academic lots during peak hours.
type and amount of coverage that best serves their needs. For
more information and to enroll in a plan, contact CSI Next page
Insurance Agency, Inc. at (888) 411-4911 or online at
Fall Arrival Guide: Incoming Freshmen 5
How do I find a job on-campus?
Jobs can be found in almost every department on-campus. A Community Enrichment Coordinators work with a team of
small sample of the on-campus jobs that can be found are food RAs to oversee a residential area. CECs are full-time student
services workers, maintenance workers, office assistants, note affairs administrators who select, supervise, and train the
takers, website developers, life guards, and many, many more! Resident Advisors, serve as coaches and counsel students,
develop and support residential and university-wide
IMPoRTAnT: New students who wish to work on campus programming, serve as conduct officers, resolve roommate
are required by law to complete the government mandated conflicts, and serve as an advisor to a student organization or
I-9 Form in the Student Employment Office (SEO) after a special interest house. There is approximately one CEC for
receiving an offer of employment. To do so, you will need to every 330 students.
submit appropriate documentation to verify your identity and
eligibility to work. Examples of appropriate documentation Assistant Directors are full-time professionals with Master’s
are: Degrees in Student Personnel, Counseling or Education or
• Option 1: An unexpired US passport comparable discipline and oversee a team of CECs and RAs to
OR serve a residential complex of approximately 1,000 students.
• Option 2: Government issued photo ID (i.e. driver’s license, Responsibilities include administrative and programmatic
photo ID, etc) AND social security card or original birth functions for the area level.
For further document options and student employment need Immediate Help?
requirements, refer to ‘New Students On-Campus Employment’ The Assistant Directors are the most appropriate people to
on the Student Employment website at www.rit.edu/seo. The contact in the event of an emergency to ensure a prompt and
SEO is located in the University Services Center (USC) in room effective response. During the academic year, a CEC is on duty
1350. Office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. the following morning and any
time the Residence Life offices are closed. To contact the on
Where to find help duty staff person, simply call the Public Safety dispatcher at
(585) 475-2853 (voice) or (585) 475-6654 (TTY) and your call
HousIng oPeRATIons & THe CenTeR FoR
will be referred to the appropriate staff person on duty.
ResIDenCe LIFe ARe HeRe To HeLP You.
Housing Operations will assist you with your assignment, keys,
card access, and furniture.
Residence Life staff will assist you with college life in general
and residential living in particular.
Resident Advisors (RA) are undergraduate students who serve
as a first line of support to their residents. As students
themselves, RAs have frequent contact throughout the day
(and often through the night) with resident students as Housing Operations
supportive peers, leaders, educators, and community builders. 63 Lomb Memorial Drive
RAs are responsible for developing a diverse experience for Rochester, New York 14623–5603
on-campus students, specifically for a community within their Summer Hotline: (585) 475–5444
assigned area, as well as encouraging participating in floor and Fax: (585) 475–5050
community events and programs. RAs are directly supervised Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
by a Community Enrichment Coordinator (CEC). There is Portal: myhousing.rit.edu
approximately one RA for every 30 students. Website: housing.rit.edu