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Residential Life FAQ

When do residence halls open?

Incoming students have a week to start to get to know each other and the campus before classes begin. New Student Orientation begins on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. You will receive more information about this date during the summer before you arrive.


When will I find out where I’ll be living?

After turning in your residence applications, our staff here at ResLife will get to work on matching you not only with who we hope will be your perfect roommate but also with your perfect house. These assignments will go out in late July, early August. Trust us when we say we know you all get quite anxious to know who you’ll be living with and where, but please keep in mind that we’re also preparing for your arrival here during the summer and want to make sure we get everything just right for your new school home.

That being said, it would be a good idea to get your Vassar email set up as soon as possible. Not only do your room assignments go to your Vassar email, but any information concerning your Student Fellow, class pre-­registration, and things of that nature will end up in your Vassar inbox.


What is my mailing address?

Your Vassar PO box number will be sent to your email in early August. Below are a couple different formats you can use when mailing things to yourself at that time.

Your Name
Vassar College
124 Raymond Ave.
Box ####
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604


Your Name
124 Raymond Ave., Box ####
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604


How do I get into my room? Where do I get my keys?

Upon your arrival to campus, you will find your room key and ID card waiting for you in the lobby of your assigned house on Move-­In Day.


I didn’t send in a photo for my Vassar ID card. What should I do?

If you haven’t sent in your photo for your ID card, we recommend you email it before you get to campus. If you can’t, there will be someone at Check-­In in the Villard Room to help you get this important step done.


What furniture comes with my room?

Every room comes with a desk, a chair, closet space, and a small dresser for each person.


Are all wireless devices supported on campus?

Not all wireless devices are supported.  

List of unsupported devices


How much room is there under my bed?

Because there is so much variability between the dorms and their beds, it is hard to specify the exact amount of space under the bed. With the exception of those of you housed in Jewett, we recommend you get bed risers.


What about linens and bedding?

We recommend you get twin XL sheets. Though not every house on campus has twin XL beds, there is almost no way for us to tell which exact rooms have these beds. Besides, many students opt to bring mattress pads/covers and having the extra material from twin XL sheets can be quite useful.

If you are having trouble finding twin XL sheets, are coming from abroad, or don’t want to drag sheets with you in your suitcases, consider getting your sheets through Residence Hall Linens. RHL works with many different colleges to provide bedding and even bathroom necessities. You can use the following link to consider their options: rhl.org/vassar​. More information about this service will be sent out during the summer prior to move­-in.


May I have a loft bed?

The ability for you to loft your bed depends on your house and the current mattress you have. Because of this high degree of variability, we recommend you call the Residential Operations Center at (845)437­-7169 for further instructions.

We do recommend bed risers, though, as they are a convenient way to gain a couple extra inches under your bed. The only restriction we have on bed risers is that they cannot include outlets in them. We consider this a fire safety risk.


Is smoking allowed in the residence halls?

Under no circumstances should anyone be smoking in the residence halls. In fact, Vassar College became a smoke-free campus as of July 2015.


Where can I do laundry?

Each house has a designated space for laundry. In most houses this space is in the basement, except in Main where there are two laundry rooms, one on the third floor and the other on the second floor south.

These laundry machines can be used with your Vassar ID card and can only be paid for with VCash. You can visit card.vassar.edu ​to deposit more VCash on your ID card as needed.


If we arrive at Vassar by car, where should we park to unload?

On Move-In Day, there will be plenty of excited student fellows and volunteers waiting to direct you to the best parking lot to use for your house. There will also be signs posted along the roads.


What do I need to know about computing at Vassar?

Each room comes with an ethernet port, and the entire campus is wired for wireless internet.

In addition each house has a computer room that students have the ability to use.

Upon signing into Vassar’s eduroam wireless network (username = vassar email address with @vassar.edu), you will be connected to the Vassar network and to the Internet.  More information can be found at computing.vassar.edu.


What should I bring?

Though we believe that you are the best person to decide what you need to make your room feel like home, we’ve compiled a list of things you may want to bring.

Keep in mind, however, that Vassar does not provide storage space for your items outside of your room. Also keep in mind that you will need to think about how you will store your things at the end of the school year (i.e., self-storage, driving things home, shipping, etc.).


What should I not bring?

There are a few things Vassar does not allow in house rooms, mostly for the safety of the students. View a list of some of the more well-known prohibited items and information about appliances. If you have questions about any an item not on the list, we ask that you send an email to your house advisor or to reslife@vassar.edu.


What are the summer business hours of the Office of Residential Life?

The Office of Residential Life is open Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm, during the summer. Our wonderful summer interns would love to answer any questions you have about your soon-to-be home.