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.
Three of our residence halls are supervised by professional Area Coordinators (ACs) and five residence halls are supervised by Head Residents (HRs), whom is an upper-class student. Each HR is subsequently supervised by an an AC, and oversees a portion of the campus residence halls. 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 & Wilmarth: 518-260-9915
Jonsson & Kimball: 518-260-9958
McClellan & Penfield: 518-260-5831
Hillside & Wiecking: 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 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.
All residence hall rooms 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.
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.
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 their assigned First Year Experience Seminar, and when possible, other
preferences designated on the Residential Life Housing Questionnaire. First year
students are housed in triple and double rooms. Seminars are posted on the Office
of the First Year Experience website when they are finalized.
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 late May/early June. Housing assignments are sent to your Skidmore email account in late July/early August.
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, and have clearly marked exits. Student rooms have smoke detectors and/or heat detectors. Howe-Rounds, Jonsson Tower, Kimball, McClellan, Penfield, Wait, and Wilmarth Halls are equipped with sprinklers.
In order to provide you further information regarding fire safety, there will be a "Campus/Fire Safety Meeting" in your Residence Hall 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.
Gender Neutral Housing
It is the policy of Skidmore College to assign housing to students in our residence halls based on their legal sex. As the majority of our halls are comprised of suite-style living arrangements, our policy dictates that each suite will be made up of, on average, seven students of the same legal sex who share a common bathroom amongst them.
In offering a Gender Neutral housing option, we have opened up 12 spaces for students whose needs are not met through our housing policy. Within this space, we will house students based on the gender with which they identify and not by their legal sex. Private, non-gender specific bathrooms are located in this space.
This option is available through the regular Room Selection process on a first come, first serve basis or by requesting it on the Housing Questionnaire.
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.
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 residence halls, 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 all residence halls. Students will pick up their key (Wiecking Hall) to their room or have their Skidmore ID Card (Howe-Rounds, Jonsson Tower, Kimball, McClellan, Penfield, Wait, Wilmarth Halls) 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.
If a student loses their key, contact the residential life staff member and/or Campus Safety immediately. If you should lose your key or if it is stolen, you will be charged a lock change fee.
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 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 room key or 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 basement of each residence hall (1st floor of Howe-Rounds). 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 (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.
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, service animals are permitted.
Painting in residence hall rooms is prohibited.
Below is a brief summary of prohibited items in the residence halls. 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
- Weapons of all kinds
- 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)
Substance Free Floor
The purpose of the Substance Free Floor is to support all residents in their decision to not allow alcohol or other drugs to negatively affect the community in which they live. Further, the Substance Free Floor 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 enter with this shared bond and value.
The Substance Free Floor is currently located on the 3rd floor of Howe-Rounds. This option is available to students by selecting Substance Free Housing on the Housing Questionnaire and completing an accompanying application.
CLICK HERE to download a brochure with information from students living on the Substance Free Floor.