Our three apartment areas offer housing to upper-class students in two, three, four, and five person apartments. Each fully furnished apartment has an appropriately equipped kitchen, common space, and shared bathroom facilities. Students living in the apartments are not required to be on a meal plan, but may choose from various suitable options available.
The apartment areas are supervised by an Area Coordinator (AC). Each neighborhood in our villages has a Unit Assistant (UA), whom is an upper-class student with past RA experience.
Every night between 9pm-7am, there is a UA on-call for the apartments available to assist students with needs. The UA can be contacted by cell phone at the following number:
Northwoods & Sussman (New Apartments): 518-867-9525
Wiecking & Sussman (Hillside Apartments): 518-322-7326
Room & Board Agreement
The Room & Board Agreement is signed by each student when they enter their living experience at Skidmore their first-year. The agreement outlines the policies set in place that we hold students accountable for as a resident of our campus.
Packing List: What to Bring and What Not to Bring
Many national retailers offer "what to bring" lists for a college room/apartment. However, these lists often include prohibited and/or dangerous items. Please review the Apartment Packing List to see how you should prepare for living in an apartment.
A-Z Info for living in the Apartments
Arriving Early Without Authorization
Residence Hall rooms and Apartments will be available for occupancy as specified by the Skidmore College Academic Calendar each respective year (published through the Office of the Registrar). Students, who arrive early, without authorization or without being sponsored by a College Official/Office, will be subject to a $250.00/day room and board charge and/or may be asked to leave the College until the semester opens.
All apartment areas have private bathrooms. It is the student's responsibility to clean their bathrooms. Toilet paper is provided and can be picked up from your neighborhood UA staff member.
All apartment living rooms and bedrooms are wired and ready for cable, which is included in your bill. Basic Cable is provided by Time Warner Cable, and students may upgrade their cable service if they choose.
Time Warner has set up a special Skidmore College support line. Contact them at (518) 640-8621 or by visiting their website.
The apartment areas have no indoor common areas. Northwoods Village has a central volleyball court with a BBQ & Bonfire pit.
Cooking is prohibited in student bedrooms. Each apartment is equipped with a kitchen. Appliances may be used in kitchen areas only.
Each apartment in the apartment areas is equipped with an oven/stove, refrigerator, and microwave (Northwoods & New Apartments also includes a dishwasher). The student residents of each apartment are responsible for keeping their kitchen areas in order.
Facilities / Housekeeping
In the apartment villages, it is the residents' responsibility to clean their apartments and bedrooms. Housekeepers do clean the laundry rooms.
For facility concerns, contact your UA Staff Member to assist you in placing a work order for the problem. Depending on the severity/priority of your work request, please provide up to 10 business days for the completion of your request. It is important that you communicate back to your UA when a the work request has been completed.
Skidmore College takes the issue of fire safety very seriously. Apartment villages have periodic fire drills during the year, usually late at night. You should always treat a fire alarm as if it were a real fire. For safety reasons, cooking of any kind is not permitted in your individual bedroom. This includes hot plates, hot pots, microwaves, toaster ovens or any other cooking device. All cooking should take place in your apartment kitchen. Students may not light candles or burn incense in their rooms. Tapestries or other decorations must not cover smoke and/or heat detectors. In addition, halogen lamps are prohibited in residence halls due to the fire hazard they pose. Smoking is not allowed in any campus buildings, including apartments.
Apartments and bedrooms have smoke detectors and/or heat detectors, and are equipped with sprinklers.
In order to provide you further information regarding fire safety, there will be a mandatory "Campus/Fire Safety Meeting" in the first weeks of classes for all students to attend. All residents must attend these meetings. Residential Life staff will provide you with the date, time, and location of this mandatory meeting.
There are designated garbage huts/dumpsters in the apartment areas for students to bring their garbage to. Garbage is picked up throughout the week. It is the responsibility of the students to remove garbage from their apartments.
Residents are allowed to invite guests to campus. All students are responsible for their guest's behaviors and actions. A guest is defined as a person not actively registered as a student at Skidmore, a student who is not a resident of the residence hall or apartment system, or a student not assigned as an occupant of the specific building, room or apartment. Guests are limited to a stay of three nights per month. Residents must have the approval of their apartment roommates to have a guest stay, and the rights of others must not be infringed upon.
Guests who drive to campus should apply for a guest pass registration for their vehicle with Campus Safety.
Students should bring an Ethernet Cat 5E or Cat 6 cable to plug into the provided Time Warner Road Runner Internet service modem provided in each bedroom. These cables can be purchased at the Skidmore Shop and most national retailers. If you are experiencing a problem with your Time Warner Cable Modem, please call Time Warner directly at (518) 640-8621. Please identify yourself as a Skidmore College student and have your modem's MAC address ready. The MAC address is printed on the label on the top of the modem.
Wireless internet is provided in the apartment villages, but is not always reliable. Students are encouraged to plug into their provided cable modem for superior reliability. If you have any questions about connecting your computer to the wireless service, please contact the Help Desk at 518-580-5900. For more information, please visit their website.
Keys / ID Cards
When students first arrive on campus, check-in locations will be set up in each apartment village. Students will have their Skidmore ID Card encoded for their apartment/bedroom.
If a student loses their ID Card they should go to the Skidmore Card Office to obtain a new card. These cards can then be encoded for their room by visiting the Office of Residential Life. CLICK HERE to login to the Card Office website and deactivate your card if lost/stolen.
In order to insure the safety of possessions and personal safety, it is imperative that doors are locked at all times when the student is out or sleeping.
If you are locked out of your apartment/bedroom, please follow the lock out procedures listed below:
- Contact your neighborhood UA Staff Member
- If your neighborhood UA is not available, try another UA in the apartment village
- If no UA is available, call Campus Safety (518-580-5566)
- Contact the UA On-Call for your apartment village
- Contact Campus Safety (518-580-5566)
*Note - it may take up to 20-30 minutes for Campus Safety to respond.
Remember, you are responsible to carry your ID Card when you leave your apartment. This includes going to the bathroom, gym, or class. This lock out procedures are not to be used in place of carrying your key.
Washers and Dryers: Washers and dryers are located in the central laundry room of each apartment building. The cost is $1.50 to wash and $1.50 to dry. Machines are not coin operated; students need to put money on their Skidmore ID Card and swipe to use.
For environmental purposes, all of our washes are set for a cold wash.
Do not leave your clothes sitting around in the laundry room. When your laundry is done, pick it up.
E&R Laundry Service: Those who would like some help with their laundry may want to use E&R Laundry Service to wash or dry clean clothes and linens. E&R's toll free number is 1-800-243-7789. Visit their website for more information.
Losses and Damage / Personal Property Insurance
The College does not accept responsibility for any theft or losses in student rooms, storage closets, storage areas, or anywhere in College buildings or on campus at any time, either during terms or during one of the recesses. This applies to any damage from water, steam, soot, smoke, fire, or any other destruction. It is advised that all students be certain that they are protected by their family homeowner's insurance.
Gallagher Koster Student Personal Property Insurance, a company not affiliated with the college, does provide personal property insurance plans for individual students. CLICK HERE to download their 2011 Personal Property Brochure.
There is a fully operational post office located on campus on the 1st floor of Case Center including individual student mail boxes. Please visit their website to learn more about their services.
Local merchants who have flower/baked goods deliveries for students can bring them to the Case Center Info Desk on the 2nd floor of Case Center. The desk is staffed from 10am-7pm Mon-Thurs and 10am-5pm Fri. The Info Desk has no system in place for weekend deliveries.
Within every apartment village, there are designated quiet hours, during which residents must keep noise to a minimum.
In addition, "courtesy hours," which call for general consideration regardless of time, are always in effect. If someone asks you to quiet down, please comply.
During final exams, quiet hours are in effect 24 hours a day. The enforcement of quiet hours is everyone's responsibility. If your neighbor is being too loud, you are encouraged to ask him or her to please quiet down. If this proves ineffective, see your staff member or call Campus Safety.
Quiet hours are:
Sunday night – Friday morning: 9pm - 9am
Friday night - Sunday morning: 1am - 10am
Students who have a vehicle on campus must be aware of the parking rules and regulations, which can be found on the Campus Safety website. Students are required to pay for a parking pass and register their cars with Campus Safety. Students may only park in their designated parking areas.
Guests who drive to campus should apply for a guest pass registration for their vehicle with Campus Safety.
Party Request Forms
Students are allowed to have event gatherings in their apartments, provided they fill out a Party Request Form, abide by all college policies, and the party policies as outlined on the Party Request Form.
CLICK HERE to download the form.
Pets, except for fish (maximum tank size, 10 gallons), are not allowed in the apartments. Students found in violation of this policy will be charged a cleaning fee and the pet must be removed from the apartment immediately.
With proper documentation and approval through the special housing accommodations committee, service animals are permitted.
Painting in apartments is prohibited.
Below is a brief summary of prohibited items in the apartment villages. Please refer to the Room and Board Agreement for more detailed information:
- Halogen Lamp
- Tri-Color Octopus Lamp
- Bed Risers
- Cinder Blocks
- Extension cords
- Pets other than fish (10 gallon tank maximum)
- Candles (Even if they are just for decoration)
- Large Tapestries that block exits and fire safety equipment
- Illegal Drugs
- Alcohol (if underage)
- Weapons of all kinds
- Motorized vehicles other than wheel chairs
There are designated recycling huts/dumpsters in the apartment areas for students to bring their recyclables to. Recycling is picked up throughout the week. It is the responsibility of the students to remove recyclables from their apartments. Students can recycle the following items in a "Zero-Sort" capacity:
- Glass (bottles & containers any color)
- Metal (aluminum, tin, foil, cans, etc.)
- Cardboard (cereal boxes, pizza boxes, etc.)
- Plastic (containers #1-#7)
- Paper (magazines, newspapers, mail, etc.)
- Plastic Containers (empty dining hall containers)