Housing Requirement

Living on campus is a critical component of the CLASS (Clustered Learning, Advocacy, and Support for Students) experience. It provides students with the opportunity to live, learn, and experience Rensselaer and the local Troy area with members of their cohort.

On-Campus Living Requirements

The following cohorts are required to live on campus in the Residential Commons:
• First-year students
• Second-year students
• Students participating in The Arch summer term

Greek Life Waiver Exceptions

Second-year students affiliated with an active Greek organization may submit a housing waiver which grants them an exception from the campus housing requirement, allowing them to live in their organization's Institute recognized house. Students are required to return to the Residential Commons for The Arch summer term.


Students with extenuating financial or medical/health related circumstances can request a housing waiver.

Waiver requests are reviewed by a committee that meets once every three weeks. Decisions are sent to the student's Rensselaer email account.

Note: Waivers are only granted for extreme and extenuating circumstances. Signing a lease off campus, living locally, or roommate concerns will not typically result in a housing waiver.  Submit a request for a housing waiver

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