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Skidmore College
Residential Life



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 options available.

The apartment areas are supervised by an area coordinator (AC). Each neighborhood in our villages has a resident assistant (RA).

On-Call Support

Every night between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m., there is a RA on call for each village, available to assist students. The RA can be contacted by cellphone at the following numbers:

Northwoods Village: 518-867-9525
Sussman Village: 518-480-1933

Res Life and Housing Policies

The Res Life and 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 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 (published through the Office of the Registrar) each year. Students who arrive early without authorization or without being sponsored by a college official or office will be subject to a $250 per 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 RA staff member.

Common Areas

The apartments have no indoor common areas. Northwoods Village has a central volleyball court with a BBQ and 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 and the Sussman apartments also includes a dishwasher). The student residents of each apartment are responsible for keeping their kitchen areas in order.

Damage Billing

  • 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 rooms 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 ( 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 five business days. All challenges must be submitted within 30 days of the charges being posted to the students account. Challenges received after this time will not be accepted and/or reviewed. Charges related to common-area damages in the residence halls cannot be challenged.


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 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.

Fire Safety

Skidmore College takes the issue of fire safety very seriously. Apartments areas 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. In order to provide further information regarding general safety, including fire safety, all students are required to particpate in a safety orientation during the first weeks of classes.   

On-campus apartments are outfitted with fire doors, sprinklers, smoke and/or heat detectors and have clearly marked exits.

For the safety of all students, Skidmore College also expects students to follow the college's fire safety policy. The fire safety policy contains information on items and behaviors that are prohibited with in our residential system. Failure to abide by this policy may result in a loss of housing privilages. For full text of the fire safety policy, please refer to the Residential Life and Housing Handbook

Trash Removal

There are designated trash huts/dumpsters in the apartment areas for students to bring their refuse. Trash is picked up throughout the week. It is the responsibility of the students to remove trash from their apartments.

Guest Policy

Residents are allowed to invite guests to campus. All students are responsible for their guests' 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.


Skidmore has hired Apogee to install and manage a wireless network in the residence hall system. This wireless network is the most current technology available. The residence halls will now be an all-wireless network. There are no cable modems in the rooms.

Wireless speeds will be guaranteed at 20Mb download, 5Mb upload per device. You can register as many as five 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.  

If there are any problems or questions with the registration process, please call the Apogee tech support number (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 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 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 both apartment villages. Students will have their Skidmore ID Card activated for their 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. If your card is lost or stolen, CLICK HERE to login to the Card Office website and deactivate your card.

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:

  • 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
    • Contact your RA staff member
    • If your RA is not available, try another UA in the village
    • If no RA is available, call Campus Safety (518-580-5566)

  • 9 p.m.–midnight
    • Contact the RA on call for your building

  • Midnight–9 a.m.
    • 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/bedroom. 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 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 first floor of Case Center, including individual student mailboxes. Please visit the post office website to learn more about services there.

Local merchants who have flower or baked-goods deliveries for students can bring them to the Case Center Information Desk on the second floor of Case Center. The desk is staffed from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. The 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:

Sunday night–Friday morning: 9 p.m.–9 a.m.
Friday night–Sunday morning: 1–10 a.m.


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.

The Party Request Form is available online via the following link: Apartment Party Request Form.

Party requests will be accepted each week beginning Monday morning up until 12:00pm on Thursday for parties to take place during the following weekend. 

Parties requests will not be accepted for the first week of classes, during study days, during break periods, during Senior Week, or during exams.


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 emotional support animals and service animals are permitted.


Painting in apartments is prohibited.

Prohibited Items

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 the judgment 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 and 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)
  • Incense
  • Tapestries
  • Ashtrays (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 wheelchairs


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 and 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)


All apartment living rooms and bedrooms 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 (855-377-4170). Apogee will also have a technician on-site at Skidmore as a full-time employee to help with any problems.