Our eight traditional residence halls house primarily first-year and sophomore students in single, double, and triple rooms. Each residence hall offers a main lounge area, smaller floor lounges, kitchenette facilities, study rooms, laundry, exercise equipment, and vending services. Seven of our residence halls offer suite-style living where four to eight residents share a common bathroom. One residence hall is corridor style where each wing of a floor shares a bathroom. All students living in the residence halls are required to be on the unlimited meal plan. Regardless of age, all residence halls are drug and alcohol free facilities. Students can also choose to live on Gender-Neutral, Substance-Free, and All-Women’s floors.
The residence halls are supervised by Area Coordinators (ACs). Each floor in our residence halls has a Resident Assistant (RA).
Residence Halls at Skidmore College are divided into two Quads:
Every night between 9pm-7am, there is a RA on-call in each residence hall available to assist students with needs. The RA can be contacted by cell phone at the following number:
Howe-Rounds & Wait: 518-260-9915
Jonsson & Kimball: 518-260-9958
McClellan & Wilmarth: 518-260-9956
Penfield & Wiecking: 518-322-7326
Res Life & Housing Policies
The Res Life & Housing Policies document is a comprehensive guide outlining the policies set in place that we hold students accountable for as a residents 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 Residence Hall Packing List to see how you should prepare for living in a residence hall.
A-Z Info for living in the Residence Halls
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.
Traditional residence halls: (Howe-Rounds, Jonsson Tower, Kimball, McClellan, Penfield, Wait and Wilmarth,) have suite-style bathrooms. This means that approximately four to six rooms share one bathroom, which includes: two sinks, a toilet, and a shower with a door. Bathrooms are cleaned on a regular basis. Toilet paper and hand soap are stocked in these facilities.
Wiecking Hall has communal single-sex bathrooms. Each facility has sinks, toilets, and showers with doors. Bathrooms are cleaned on a regular basis. Toilet paper and hand soap are stocked in these facilities. The Gender Neutral area has private bathrooms that are not gender specific.
Cooking is prohibited in student rooms. Each residence hall floor has a kitchen area with a refrigerator and microwave for preparing light snacks. Wiecking Hall kitchens are equipped with stoves. Appliances may be used in kitchen areas only; not in student rooms. The student residents of each floor are responsible for keeping kitchenette 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.
- 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
Each residence hall has a housekeeping staff. While housekeepers do not pick up after individual students, they do maintain all common areas (hallways, bathrooms, etc.). It is important to keep your floor lounge and bathroom free from clutter, especially the counter tops and showers.
The housekeepers do not clean individual rooms; that is your responsibility.
For facility concerns, contact your RA 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 RA when a the work request has been completed.
First Year Student Housing
All incoming students are assigned a room and roommate(s) based on legal sex, smoking/non-smoking
preference, and other preferences designated on the Residential Life Housing Questionnaire.
First year students are housed in triple and double rooms.
Please know, Skidmore College does not assign rooms or roommates by request or on the basis of race, religion, or national origin. All of our residence halls are smoke free and substance free.
Incoming first year students will receive a housing questionnaire link via email in early June. Housing assignments are sent to your Skidmore email account in late July.
Skidmore College takes the issue of fire safety very seriously. Residence halls 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 room. This includes hot plates, hot pots, microwaves, toaster
ovens or any other cooking device. 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
Residence halls are outfitted with fire doors, sprinklers, smoke and/or heat detectors, and have clearly marked exits.
In order to provide you further information regarding fire safety, there will be a "Safety Orientation Meeting" on campus during the first weeks of classes. All residents must attend these meetings. Residence hall staff will provide you with the date, time, and location of this mandatory meeting.
There are designated garbage rooms on each floor of the residence halls. Garbage
is removed from these rooms on weekdays and Sunday mornings. It is the responsibility
of the students to remove garbage from their bedrooms.
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 roommate(s) 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.
Skidmore has hired Apogee to install and manage an all-new wireless network in the residence halls. This new wireless network is the most current technology available. The residence halls will now be an all-wireless network. There will no longer be cable modems in the rooms.
Wireless speeds will be guaranteed at 20Mb download, 5Mb upload – per device. You can register as many as 5 devices per person. If you opt to pay for faster service (or more devices), all your devices are guaranteed the faster download speeds.
This new wireless network will require registration for each device you’d like to connect. You can register before you even get on campus, just be sure to register all the devices you’ll be bringing. When you register, don’t use your Skidmore credentials. Be sure to choose “Resident” when signing up for an account. https://www.myresnet.com/signup.
If there are any problems or questions with the registration process, please call the Apogee tech support number (1-855-377-4170). Apogee will also have a technician on-site at Skidmore as a full-time employee to help with any problems.
Washers and Dryers: Washers and dryers are located in the basement of each residence hall (1st floor of Howe-Rounds). 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 (a coin operated washer/dryer can be found in the first floor kitchenettes of Kimball and Wait Halls).
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.
Lock-Outs / ID Cards
When students first arrive on campus, check-in locations will be set up in all residence halls. Students will have their Skidmore ID Card activated for their room.
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 hall/room, please follow the lock out procedures listed below:
- Contact your RA Staff Member
- If your RA is not available, try another RA in the building
- If no RA is available, call Campus Safety (518-580-5566)
- Contact the RA On-Call for your building
- 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 room. This includes going to the bathroom, gym, or class. This lock out procedure are not to be used in place of carrying your ID Card.
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 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.
All residence halls have lounges throughout the buildings. Most lounges feature sofas and end tables. In the main lounge of the building, there is a big screen TV with a DVD Player and cable.
In the basements or main lounges of some buildings, you can find a pool, ping pong, or foosball table.
Lounge furniture and furnishings are to remain in the lounge for everyone’s use. If you are found in possession of lounge furniture, you may be charged the moving fee to have it moved back to the common space.
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 residence hall, 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 residence hall 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.
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, approved assistance animals and service animals are permitted.
Painting in residence hall rooms is prohibited.
Below is a brief summary of prohibited items in the residence halls. 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
- Microwave (one is provided in the kitchens)
- 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.)
- 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
On each residence hall floor in the kitchen area there are recycling containers for "Zero Sort" recycling. Recycling is removed from the kitchens on weekdays. It is the responsibility of the students to remove recyclables from their bedrooms. 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)
Special Interest Housing
Special Interest Housing allows students to live in Special Interest Housing options within our on-campus Residence Halls. Special Interest Housing includes eight housing options that are outside of the standard Residence Hall Room Selection process. Please see the descriptions below for each type of interest. Students may apply to live in Special Interest Housing during housing selection in the spring.
Substance Free Floor
The purpose of the Substance Free Community is to support all students in their decision to not allow alcohol or other drugs to negatively affect the community in which they live. Further, the Substance Free Community exists in order to provide students with a comfortable, safe, living environment free from the pressures associated with alcohol and other drugs. This community is closely-knit as students share this common bond. Students who are in substance abuse recovery programs are encouraged to apply.
Students living within this community agree to three conditions:
- Not to physically bring drugs and/or alcohol into this community
- Not to enter this community under the influence of drugs and or alcohol
- Not bring guests into this area who are under the effects of drugs and/or alcohol
If students who live in this community are found to violate any of these conditions they may be asked to move out of the community.
Substance Free - Quiet Floor
The Substance Free - Quiet Floor is located on the 3rd floor of Howe Hall within the Substance Free Community and will observe 24-hour quiet hours in addition to the other conditions to substance free living.
The Global Community is a new Special Interest option for the 2016-2017 academic year. This community has been designed for students who value learning about other countries. This community is open to all students (domestic, international, study abroad alums, etc.) who wish to learn more about the global influences on students
The Multicultural Community is a new Special Interest option for the 2016-2017 academic year. This community will provide opportunities for students to learn about and appreciate the diverse backgrounds of their peers. This community is open to students of all racial and ethnic identities.
Gender Neutral Housing
Gender Neutral Housing is an option provided within our Residence Halls to allow students to live outside of the standard confines of housing by legal sex. Students choosing this option will be housed in either a section of Wiecking Hall where the bathroom is not gendered or in a suite in one of our 8 other Residence Halls where the bathroom is not gendered.
The Quiet Floor is a community that is designed to provide a quieter atmosphere than most Residence Halls in hope of providing an environment that meets the needs of students that need a quiet environment for their studies.
This floor will observe 24-hour quiet hours year round. Students who live in this area that violate quiet hours may be asked to move out of the community.
Keeping with our roots of initially being founded as a women's college, Skidmore College currently offers women's floors within our residence halls. These floors provide our female students with an opportunity to live in a floor community consisting exclusively of other women.
The women's floors are open only to students whose legal sex is female.
Honor's Forum Housing
Housing option available only to students in the Honor's Forum. Students applying for this option will not need to complete the Special Interest Housing Application, rather, they instead should connect with the Honor's Forum staff to indicate their interest.
All residence hall rooms are wired and ready for television use. There are a limited number of channels provided by Dish Network through Apogee (our Wireless Internet Provider).
If you are experiencing problems with your television channels, please call the Apogee tech support number (1-855-377-4170). Apogee will also have a technician on-site at Skidmore as a full-time employee to help with any problems.