International Students

Application Process

The application process for a bed in the residence halls is the same for international students as it is for students from the US. Please make sure to identify yourself to the International Student Counselor, Audra Dion, during your application process, by emailing

The Applicaion Process is detailed under the Application process link. Please make sure you apply before July 1.

Details to Consider When Choosing to Live On Campus

  1. On Campus Housing is close to your classes and academic and social resources. Everything on campus is within close walking distance. Even if you have classes at our downtown Damon City Campus, there is a free shuttle to transport you there.
  2. The residence halls are very safe! We have Public Safety coverage from 6pm - 6am, as well as a variety of live-in staff who assist with safety, security, and maintaining a healthy living environment. Emergency services are just a phone call away 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  3. Our residence hall staff are very diverse. For the 2014-2015 school year, several of the student staff are also international students!
  4. Each apartment-style suite is fully furnished. Each student has a bed, desk, desk chair, wardrobe closet, and 2 nightstands (with drawers that can be stacked to be a dresser). The bed is height-adjustable, so there is plenty of storage beneath it.
  5. Each apartment-style suite also contains two bathrooms, a full kitchen (appliances included) and living room area.
  6. The cost to live in the residence halls includes all utilities - garbage, water, electricity, gas, cable and internet.
  7. There is no need to search for a roommate and, if one of your roommates moves out of the apartment, there is no need for you to find someone to fill the space or for you to pay additional fees to cover the loss of that person.
  8. Access to food services are available until 6pm on Monday thru Thursday. Food services are available on Fridays until 4pm, but are closed on weekends, cooking and finding food will be your responsibility - which is why we provide you with a full kitchen and recommend that you plan to purchase cooking utensils upon your arrival (we do have limited sets that you can borrow for the year, available on a first come, first served basis).
  9. Transportation to areas in the community are available but limited. The Rochester public bus system has several stops a day right on our campus, which offers options for students to explore the city and get to grocery stores and malls. The college does not specifically offer transportation to shopping areas,

Important Dates for International Students 2014-2015

August 25, 2014: Residence Halls open for international students to begin to arrive. Please make arrangements to arrive in Rochester, NY between the hours of 9am and 5pm. Late night check ins may not be honored and you could be asked to make alternate hotel arrangements until the following day. It is recommneded that you communicate your travel plans to Audra Dion,, at least 2 weeks prior to your arrival date.

August 27, 2014: International student orientation. Please make arrangements to arrive and attend orientation on this day. Additional information will be provided once you are accepted to the college.

August 29, 2014: college and residence hall orientation and opening weekend activities begin. You are required to participate in these events.

December 20, 2014: The college closes for semester break at 10am. NO students, not even international students, are permitted to stay over the break.

January 5, 2015: Intersession begins. International students are permitted to move back into housing on January 5. While it is mandatory for students to be taking intersession courses to remain in housing during this time, international students may live in the residence halls free of charge and without meeting this requirement. IF YOU DO NOT PLAN TO RETURN FOR INTERSESSION, YOU MAY NOT RETURN TO THE RESIDENCE HALLS UNTIL JANUARY 19, 2015.

January 20, 2015: Spring semester classes begin. Opening for spring semester housing is January 19, 2015. if you ARE NOT returning for intesession, you MAY NOT return until January 19, 2015.

May 22, 2015: Residence halls close at 10am. Unless you are paid and taking a summer session 1 course, you may not remain in the halls past this date and time for any reason.

International students are permitted to remain in the residence halls during all other break periods (November, February, March/April).

Important Dates for International Students 2015-2016

Monday, August 31, 2015: International students may begin moving into the residence halls.

September 3-4, 2015: International Student Orientation

September 5-6. 2015: Residence Hall Orientation and Opening Weekend activities

September 7. 2015: Classes begin

December 24, 2015: Final exams end; residence halls close at 10am. All students must vacate for December break.

January 3, 2016 OR January 18, 2016: International students can return to halls.

January 19, 2016: Spring semester classes begin.

Feburary, 2016: Housing application process begins for fall 2016-spring 2017 housing

May 20, 2016 @ 10am: Residence halls close for all students

Travel Information

Please make sure that you make arrangements to fly into the Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC). Rochester, NY is not located near New York City, it is on the other side of the state.

It will cost you about $20-$25 US currency to travel to campus from the airport. We recommend using the following taxi service:

Checker Cab Company

Arriving at the airport late at night may offer only limited options for making travel arrangements. It is a smaller airport. If possible, please have your flight arrive during the day.

Additional Information

Download our International Student Housing Brochure

Check out the Things to Bring, Things Not to Bring

Remember to communicate with our international student counselor, Audra Dion,

Visit the Global and International Student Services page



Location & Contacts

Brighton Campus
Building 1, Room 108
Hours: M-F 8:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Phone: (585) 292-3674