Our two 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 each village available to assist students with needs. The UA can be contacted by cell phone at the following number:
Northwoods Village: 518-867-9525
Sussman Village: 518-480-1933
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 basic cable television, which is included in your bill. Basic cable is provided by Time Warner Cable, and students may upgrade their cable service if they choose.
If you are experiencing problems with your cable television, contact Time Warner Cable at 844-688-3195, and select option 2 for hard wired internet and cable television (if you are asked for an account number say you do not know so you can be re-directed to a customer service representative). Be sure to identify yourself as a student at Skidmore College and provide exact details of your residence.
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.
- CHARGES: Students are expected to leave their room/apartment in the condition they found it. All rooms/apartments will be inspected by the Office of Residential Life staff as well as Facilities Services after you move out. Any changes in condition including damages to the room and college owned furniture, including the cleanliness of the room/apartment will be noted. Students will then be held responsible for any costs associated with the repair or cleaning of their space. All charges will appear on a student's bill from the college. CLICK HERE to download the damage costs list for the apartments.
- SHARED AREAS: Charges related to shared areas (Doubles, Triples, Apartment, Suite Bathrooms) will be split evenly among all students living with in that shared area unless a responsible party can be identified. Charges will not be applied to a specific student versus the group without the responsible student directly taking responsibility for the damages.
- APPEALING CHARGES: Students have the right to appeal any charges associated with damages to their assigned room. To file a challenge, student(s) must submit via their Skidmore email to the Office of Residential Life email account (email@example.com) a challenge stating what charge(s) they are challenging and why they are challenging it. All challenges will be reviewed by professional staff in the Office of Residential Life and responded to within 5 business days. All challenges must be submitted within 30 days of the charges being posted to the students account. Challenges received after this time frame will not be accepted and/or reviewed. Charges related to common area damages in the Residence Halls cannot be challenged.
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 (and living room in Sussman Village and Northwoods-Whitman Way apartments). These cables can be purchased at the Skidmore Shop and most national retailers.
Wireless internet is provided in the apartment villages, but is not always reliable. Students are encouraged to plug into their provided modem for superior reliability. If you have any questions about connecting your computer to the wireless service, please contact the College Help Desk at 518-580-5900.
If you are experiencing a problem with your internet, contact Time Warner Cable directly at 844-688-3195, and select option 1 for wireless internet or option 2 for hard wired internet and cable television (if you are asked for an account number say you do not know so you can be re-directed to a customer service representative). Be sure to identify yourself as a student at Skidmore College and provide exact details of your residence.
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 $1.75 to wash and $1.75 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. This list of prohibited items is not all-inclusive. Should items be found that are-in judgement of Skidmore College officials-unsafe, Skidmore reserves the right to confiscate such items or require them to be removed. Please refer to the Room and Board Agreement for more detailed information.
- Halogen Lamp (both desk & floor; they generate too much heat and create interference)
- Tri-Color Octopus Lamp (it is a fire hazard)
- Bed Risers/Cinder Blocks
- Pets other than fish in up to a 10 gallon tank (no Dogs, Cats, Gerbils, Hamsters, Turtles, Snakes, etc.)
- Illegal Drugs and Drug Paraphernalia (including but not limited to: Hookahs, Smoking Pipes, etc.)
- Alcohol (if underage)
- Binge Drinking Paraphernalia (including but not limited to: Beer Pong Tables, Funnels, Luges, Keg Taps, etc.)
- Candles (even if they are just for decoration)
- Ash Trays (no smoking in the apartments)
- Extension Cords
- Weapons (including but not limited to: BB Guns, Air Soft Guns, Knives, Throwing Stars, etc.)
- Wall Paint (you cannot paint your room or apartment)
- Large Bass/Stereo/Amplifier Systems (the walls are thin, and respecting neighbors is important)
- 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)