Where to Live While at Simon: On-Campus Housing

By: Stefanie

Many times, students think the hardest part of the b-school process is behind them once they are admitted.  But then the question of where to live, and whether to live alone or with a roommate, comes to the forefront of concerns during the transition to b-school.

I always tell applicants and incoming students that housing for Simon students can by divided into 3 categories: on-campus, off-campus apartment complexes or houses just down the road from campus, and off-campus apartments or houses beyond the immediate area of campus.  I will touch upon on-campus housing in this post and the off-campus options in my next post.

The Office for Residential Life and Housing Services is the university office that handles all the adminstrative and operational responsibilities regarding on-campus housing.  While the residence halls directly on-campus are for University undergraduates, the graduate students have 4 graduate housing areas within walking distance of campus: University Park, Whipple Park, Towne House, and Goler House.

University Park is made up of many two-story apartment buildings in a neighborhood-like setting with lawns and parking areas.  It has studios, 1-bedrooms, and 2-bedrooms.

Whipple Park is family-friendly and, of all the options, is most like a neighborhood with manicured lawns and surrounding wooded areas.  This housing area offers 2-bedroom apartments and 2- and 3- bedroom townhouses.

If you are looking for a more urban-type atmosphere, Towne House or Goler House would be your options.  Towne House offers studio apartments with common kitchens in a two-story building close to restaurants, stores, public transportation and banks.  The studios also come furnished which can be a big plus if coming to Rochester from a long distance.  Goler House is a 13-story high-rise building which offers furnished studios, 1- and 2- bedroom apartments.  It is also accessible to stores, restaurants, banks, and public transportation.

If interested in any of these on-campus housing options, you need to submit a housing application.  For those students who have already been admitted, a graduate housing guide with application was included in your admission packet.  However, keep in mind that it is not necessary to have been accepted into a graduate program at the time the housing application is submitted.  Therefore, prior to admission, you can download the housing guide to obtain the housing application and submit it when you wish.

The annual lottery for housing is always held the first Wednesday of May.  Assignment to a housing area of your choice depends on this random lottery process.  Completed applications received after the deadline are added to the waiting list and are accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis upon availability.

On-campus housing can allow ease of mind for students not familiar with the Rochester area and want to be sure to be close to campus or who are not planning on bringing furniture with them and desire a furnished apartment.  It is also a great way to be a part of the University community as a whole – meeting graduate students in other programs and therefore extending your social and professional network.

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