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Frequently Asked Questions


Applying For housing

How does a new student apply for fall or spring housing?
Students who want to live in on campus housing must submit a $500 housing deposit when they submit their $100 admissions deposit through the Accepted Student Portal.  Once the Admissions Office receives the housing deposit, they will notify the housing office, and the housing office will reach out to the student with instructions for completing the online housing application.

How/Where do I pay my deposit?
New students must pay their deposit through the Accepted Student Portal.  Once the Admissions Office receives the housing deposit, they will notify the housing office, and the housing office will reach out to the student with instructions for completing the online housing application.  Please note that returning students pay their housing deposits directly through their housing application.

Is housing guaranteed?
Housing is guaranteed to all entering first-year, transfer and graduate students who submit their housing deposit by the priority deadline of May 1 (for Fall 2020, this has been extended to June 15). Please note that new students will be required to submit a separate housing application after submitting their housing deposit through the admitted student portal. Students submitting their housing deposit after the priority deadline are not guaranteed housing, although we make every effort to house all applicants.

If I apply after the priority deadline, will housing still be available for the fall semester?

During the summer, our housing profile and availability can change during the summer. We continue to accept housing deposits, and we recommend that students who need housing, even if applying late to the university, submit their housing deposit as soon as possible. We do everything possible to accommodate everyone who wants to live on campus, but at some point after the priority deadline we begin wait listing students. Students placed on the waitlist may not be placed in housing until late August or even until after the start of fall classes.

Can my housing deposit be waived?
No. As demand for housing is tremendous, the deposit is the only mechanism we have for insuring that an applicant will continue to be committed to staying in our residence halls.  Students who cancel their housing application before the priority deadline (the cancellation refund date for new students has been extended to August 1st for fall 2020), or while on the waitlist, will receive a full refund of their deposit.

If (because I apply after the priority deadline) housing is not guaranteed, why am I required to make a deposit when I apply?
We continue to pursue housing assignments for all students who apply. For this reason, we need students to make a commitment to accept housing should it become available. Students who cancel their housing application while still on the non-guaranteed housing waitlist (those who cancel before they are offered housing) will receive a full refund of their deposit.

I am not a fall resident; can I apply for housing for the spring semester?
Yes. We work very hard to place every student who applies for housing. Spring placements are made in early January, after the residence halls close for the winter break.  The application for spring housing generally becomes available in early October.

What if I am on the waitlist but I don’t get housing?
Students remain on the waitlist until they ask to be removed (which they must do by submitting a housing cancellation form (PDF)). In the past, we have eventually offered housing to all students who remain on the waitlist (most by the first or second week of classes), but our ability to do so varies each year and is not guaranteed. We continue to offer space to waitlist students as it becomes available throughout the fall semester. Students who wish to be removed must complete and submit a housing cancellation form to cancel their application. Students who cancel from the waitlist before they are offered housing will receive a 100% refund of any housing deposit paid.

In what buildings are students placed?
Students are placed in Maria's Tower, 55 John Street, 182 Broadway, and 33 Beekman Street. First-year students are not typically placed in 33 Beekman, and transfers, graduate students and returning students are typically not placed in Maria's Tower or 182 Broadway.

When will I know if I have received housing?
Starting in February, we send emails to all new students who submit their housing deposits with admissions.  Throughout the summer, we send emails to all of those who are guaranteed housing and those who are placed on the waitlist, apprising them of their status. Whenever a person is taken from the waitlist and placed in housing, we also send them an email to that effect. If you applied by the priority deadline and do not receive confirmation within a few days of your submission, email the Residential Life and Housing Office. If you applied after the priority deadline and were placed on the waitlist, and you have not yet received a letter indicating that you have been moved to guaranteed housing, then you are still on the waitlist.

When will I know where I will be placed?
Housing issues final assignment letters in mid-July. The final placement email will include your final building assignment, room type, and room cost.  At that time students will be able to see the name(s) of your roommates(s) by logging in to MyHousing.

How will housing communicate with me through the summer before I start classes?
Housing communicates to students through their email throughout the summer. We email students at BOTH the personal email address they provided to admissions (through the admissions process) and their Pace University email (which they receive once they are admitted to the university).  When completing the housing application, students may (but are not required to) provide an email address for a Parent or Guardian if they would like them copied on the Housing related emails that we will send during the summer.  The identified email will only be sent copies of the standard on-boarding emails sent by the housing office, including any reminders we may send, and they will only receive these emails through September 6th.  After that date, we will no longer copy this alternate address on emails we send the student.

How do I let you know I no longer need housing?
Students who no longer need on-campus housing for any reason must complete a Housing Cancellation Form to cancel their application. This form is available to all housing students in their  MyHousing account (it is located under the "Applications and Forms" heading).  New students who cancel their application after May 1 in most years (this date has been changed to August 1 for fall 2020) will receive a refund of their damage deposit only. Returning students are eligible for a full or partial refund of their room reservation deposit as well through September 1, depending on when during the summer their cancellation is received.

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Insurance

Is Pace responsible if my personal items are damaged?

No, Pace is not responsible personal items are damaged. While all cases of property loss and theft are dealt with in conjunction with our Office of Safety and Security, the University is not responsible for, and will not cover the replacement cost for items that are lost, damaged or stolen.  A homeowner’s insurance policy, if available, may provide some coverage for a student’s personal property while away at university.  Stand-alone renter’s or “dorm” insurance may provide more comprehensive coverage.  This article by Consumer Reports provides an informative discussion regarding the various insurance options.  There are many companies offering this type of insurance. While Pace does not endorse or recommend any particular insurer’s policy, Consumer Reports identifies “Two companies in this field and A+ rated by the Better Business Bureau are Arthur J. Gallagher and National Student Services.”  We strongly encourage all residents to get an insurance policy that will cover the property they keep in their residence hall room.


Housing preferences

Who will be my roommate?
If you do not indicate a roommate preference on your housing application, you will be placed with one or two students who most closely match the personal information you provided on your application (smoking status, bed time, study atmosphere, organizational style). If you do indicate one or more roommate preferences, AND the request(s) are reciprocal (if they request you as well), AND all parties are guaranteed housing, then we are generally able to place you with your indicated roommate preference(s).

How do I indicate a building and roommate preference?
In late May and through June you may revisit your housing application and indicate the name or names of students with whom you would like to share a room.  You can only request to be matched with other students who are also guaranteed housing.  If students do not have someone specific in mind, they can search for a roommate based on several relevant criteria.

If I complete the application and then decide I want to change an answer, what do I do?
You will have access to your housing application, and be able to access it and change any responses, through July1st.

Am I guaranteed the building placement/room type/roommate I prefer?
Only Early Action and Early Decision admitted students (who also make their housing deposit by February 15th) are 100% guaranteed to get their first building choice.  Still, we work hard to place students in the accommodation of their choice.  As housing is a limited resource, we cannot always guarantee placement in a specific building or room type, or with a specific roommate.  In most years, students who submit their housing deposit by the first week of April are assigned to their first choice building.

How can I improve the chance that I will be placed in the building that I want?
Students are generally granted their preference in the order that we receive their housing application and deposit. The earlier we receive these items, the greater the chance that we will be able to meet all of your preferences. We do grant priority placement to Honors students, and to groups of 3 who request placement in 182 Broadway Triples or Quads (we will not be utilizing the 4th bed in 182 Broadway quads for the 2020/20201 academic year).

If I only list the name of one person with whom I want to live, will that guarantee that I am assigned to a double room?
NO – if you and another person each list one another as preferred roommates, you will be placed together, but you may still be placed in a triple (with one other person).

How can I increase my chances of getting my preferred building?
After applying, generally speaking, you cannot change your chances of getting your preferred building. Students are assigned based on their preferences in the order in which their housing applications were received. Since housing is a finite resource, we usually get to a point at which we cannot grant building or floor preferences for some students.

How can I be placed on the Honors Floor?
The staff in the Honors Program will be in touch with Honors students to see if they wish to be placed on an Honors floor.  That staff will provide housing with the room and roommate assignment for the Honors floors.  Be sure to communicate your preferences to the Honors staff.

If I do not select the honors floor, is there a chance I will be placed on it anyway?
YES. Because demand for housing is great, if the honors floor does not fill up with students who indicate a preference for the honors floor, we reserve the option to fill it with students who did not select the honors floor. We cannot leave any spaces empty.

If I select the honors floor, am I guaranteed to be placed there?
NO. If the designated spaces for the honors floor fills up, we will place the student on a non-honors floor, unless sufficient demand exists to open a second honors floor in a building.

Am I guaranteed to be placed with the person or people I list as preferred roommate(s)?
NO, but we will work very hard to place you together. We only grant reciprocal requests, meaning you can only be placed with another person if that person is also guaranteed housing and that person also selected you. For this reason it is important to communicate with the people with whom you wish to live and ensure that they list you too. We can only match you with other students who are also guaranteed housing. If you wish to live with someone who is waitlisted or who has not applied for housing, we cannot place you with them. Finally, there are sometimes other circumstances that prevent us from being able to place even reciprocal requests in the same room. While this is rare, we do reserve the right to not meet all roommate requests.

Is there any way I can reduce the cost of housing?
The semester rates for our buildings are listed on our website, and are included in a housing confirmation email we send early in the summer. The rates cannot be reduced.

What do I do if I am interested in All Gender housing?
In keeping with the mission of Pace University to promote and support diversity, the Office of Residential Life and Housing in New York City offers All Gender Housing options to students who demonstrate an interest in and need for such accommodation. This process seeks to provide a living environment welcoming to all gender identities; one not limited by the traditional gender binary. All Gender Housing allows for same-gender, different-gender, non-gender, gender-queer or other-gender identities to live together regardless of biological sex in a Platonic environment in which they feel safe and supported. We work with the Pace NYC LGBTQA Center to coordinate accommodating assignment for students seeking or in need of All Gender Housing. Students interested in All Gender Housing should please email the NYC Office of Residential Life and Housing at nyhousing@pace.edu.

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Life in the residence halls

Does Pace use "temporary triples"?
We do in most years, but we will NOT use "temporary triples" in the 2020/2021 academic year.

Temporarily increase the capacity of a limited number of rooms is a strategy many colleges and universities employ to allow them to house students who would otherwise remain on waitlists. When housing demand is great, Pace converts a small number of double rooms in Maria's Tower to triple rooms (please do not confuse these with triple rooms in our other buildings, which are all considered PERMANENT triples). The housing staff works continuously during the first weeks of the semester to "de-triple" these students into standard accommodations as spaces become available. Students who move in to a temp triple room, where all three residents have moved in, will receive a discount ($800) in the cost of their housing for the first semester. Many temporarily occupancy rooms "de-tripled" by the end of September, and nearly all are returned to their normal occupancy level before the end of October. All rooms are guaranteed to be returned to their normal occupancy level by the start of the second semester.

Again, we will not use "temporary triples" in the 2020/2021 academic year.

Does Pace have Permanent Triples and Quads?
Yes.  There are permanent triple rooms in 182 Broadway, 55 John and 33 Beekman, and 182 Broadway and 33 Beekman have permanent quads.  Please note that these are permanent quads, with a full set of furnishings for each of 4 residents, and they should not be confused with temporary triples in Maria's Tower.  We will not be using the 4th bed in 182 Broadway quad rooms for the 2020/2021 academic year.  Please note that even when we do not assign a student to each bed in a room, we cannot remove any furniture from rooms.  If you and two other students are assigned to a room that is generally used as a quad, but it is being used this year as a triple, one empty bed, desk, dresser, etc. will  remain in the room.

Can I change my room assignment?
Our experience shows that even if a student is unhappy with their original housing assignment, after taking time to adjust to their environment and meet their roommate, floor mates and resident assistant (RA) the vast majority of students no longer wish to move. For this reason, once placement is completed in late June, housing is in a “room freeze” period where changes can only be made for dire situations (as judged by the housing professional staff). For whatever reason you have, you may apply for a room transfer request after you move in to the residence halls. If, after moving in, you are thinking about a room change, talk to your RA for assistance. In cases where consideration of a room change is critical, students should contact the director of housing (prior to move in), or their community coordinator (after move in). Students who require special accommodations due to medical need must complete the medical accommodations application process with the Office for Disabilities Services, located within the Counseling Center, to have their accommodation need assessed.

I want a single – how do I get one?
There are very few single rooms in pace housing. Most are selected by upper-class students during the room selection process (the process where our current residents choose their rooms for the following year). First year students and transfers are generally not eligible for single rooms. Students who require a single room due to medical need must complete the medical accommodations application process with the Office for Disabilities Services, located within the Counseling Center, to have their accommodation need assessed.

I have a medical issue or some other special need, and I require a certain type of housing. How can I secure special accommodations?
Students who require special accommodations due to medical need must complete the medical accommodations application process with the Office for Disabilities Services, located within the Counseling Center, to have their accommodation need assessed.

I have a disability that may affect my mobility in an emergency. What should I do?
In an emergency evacuation, pre-planning is extremely important in ensuring that persons with physical disabilities are provided with the knowledge and assistance needed to evacuate a building. Students who in need of accommodation for a mobility impairment, whether it is temporary or permanent, must contact the Office for Disabilities Services, located within the Counseling Center, to have their accommodation need assessed.  In case of an alarm, persons with physical disabilities may remain in their rooms, contact the security desk (using their own phone or a floor security phone) and notify of their location. Emergency personnel will assist the student at that time. 

What is an RA?
Your RA is your resident assistant. She/he is an upper-class student leader and a staff member of the office of housing & residential life empowered to facilitate your housing experience. Your RA is a mediator, listener, organizer, policy enforcer, and a role model in your community. The role of the RA is to help you learn how to solve problems, not to solve them for you. We hope that you will have a great experience with your RA as you become a member of the housing community.

Are all of your residence halls "co-ed"?
Yes, all of our residence halls are "co-ed" by floor.  We also offer All Gender housing as an option to those who would like to be placed in a room or suite that is "co-ed".  See "All Gender Housing" above.

How far are the residence halls from campus?
All of our buildings are within a 5 block radius of campus, and the furthest residence hall from 1 Pace Plaza is about 8 minutes away by foot.

Is there a curfew in housing, or are there "bed checks"?
No. We do not check on residents each night to ensure that they are in their room, and there is no curfew. College is an adult environment, in which students are expected to manage their own coming and going. While the floor RA and the rest of the housing staff is available to provide assistance and guidance, we do not enforce any kind of curfew, nor do we conduct "bed checks". The RA is expected to maintain a general awareness of the presence of her/his residents (e.g. to be able to identify if they have unexpectedly not returned to the floor for a significant period of time. The RA staff also conducts "health and safety" checks approximately 2 or 3 times a semester. These inspections are to ensure that students are maintaining a safe and sanitary environment in their rooms.

What should I do if I have a conflict with my roommate, neighbor, or other member of the residence hall community?
The first expectation in any form of conflict is to find a way to communicate and address the differences causing the conflict. This may be easier in some situations that in others. As needed (if the situation in question is very severe, or if initial efforts to address the situation directly are ineffective), resident students are encouraged to seek assistance from the housing staff (your resident assistant or RA, and your community coordinator, or CC). The housing staff is trained to mediate conflict, and to know how and when to get "next level" help (e.g. housing professional staff, security, counseling, etc.) Please remember that the staff cannot assist with a conflict if they are not made aware of it. If you need help, tell your RA and/or your CC.

Can you smoke in the halls?
No. All residence halls are completely smoke free.

What size are the residence hall beds?
We have 78" mattresses.  These will fit extra-long twin sheets, but also accommodate (in most cases) standard twin bed sheets.

Is their internet access in the halls?
Yes. As an amenity, internet access is provided via an Ethernet cord as well as wireless in all residence halls. Internet service is provided at a level adequate to accommodate the academic needs, and limited recreational needs, of all students residing in a building. Service may occasionally be interrupted or made unavailable by causes beyond the University's reasonable control. The University is not responsible for refund of any tuition or fees in the event of any such occurrence. Please note that wireless connectivity is designed to allow access to the internet and is NOT meant for voice communication services. We cannot guarantee that students will be able to use the wireless signal to utilize voice communication on their cell phones. Pace is not responsible for data-charges incurred by students for any reason.

Are there laundry and kitchen facilities?
Yes. In 33 Beekman, 182 Broadway, 55 John Street, and Maria’s Tower, common area kitchens can be utilized by students. Laundry facilities are available in all buildings. Please note that students in 55 John Street must pay a $60 laundry fee (subject to change) to have unlimited access to laundry machines. Unlimited laundry is included with the housing fee in 33 Beekman, 182 Broadway and Maria's Tower.

Please note that, as we enter the 2020/2021  academic year, we reserve the right to limit access and capacity to all common areas in all residence halls, in keeping with social distancing guidance and best practices from state and local government and health authorities.

Can I have guests?
In keeping with social distancing guidance and best practices from state and local government and health authorities, we will begin the 2020/2021 academic year with no guests.  As conditions allow, we will work to allow guests in our buildings through a structured rollout of the guest policy.  We maintain the option of scaling back the guest process at any time should  the need arise.  Being a guest, and having a guest, in Pace University residence halls is a privilege not a right, and the university reserves the right to restrict any guest at any time. When we do allow guests:

  • Guests must present valid photo identification at the community desk prior to entering the building.
  • Individuals may be registered as short term guests an unlimited number of times.
  • There are limitations on the frequency and duration that individuals may be registered as long term (overnight) guests. Under normal circumstances, no more than two long-term or short term guests are allowed to be checked into the residence halls at one time.
  • Guests must be 18 years of age.
  • We have a process for requesting exception, in advance, to most limitations (e.g. if students wish to have more guests than allowed, have them stay longer than allowed, or have guests under 18 years of age).
  • Keep in mind that our guest policy will be altered for the start of the 2020/2021 academic year, but you can see our full guest policy here.

Can I visit other residence halls?
Yes, but even if you are assigned to one residence hall, you will need to be signed in to be a guest in another residence hall.  This means that the ability to visit another hall will be limited by the scope of any adjustments made to the guest policy with regard to social distancing.

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Moving in and moving out

When do the residence halls open?
Although Pace has traditionally offered an early arrival option in prior years, due to COVID19 social distancing guidance, we will change this year's move-in process.  We will extend the move in process for a week to 10 days prior to the start  of classes.  Students will be able to choose their own move in time through MyHousing.  That option will go "live" by August 1. Directions for  this process will be included in the room assignment emails that go out in mid-July.

In late-July or early-August, a link for this online process will be sent to the Pace email address of all students who are guaranteed fall housing. The Pre-Arrival Checklist will allow students to complete and submit several online forms necessary for checking-in to the residence halls. Students will receive an email confirming that they have completed this process, and are asked to please bring a copy of that email when they check in. Completing the Pre-Arrival Checklist before arriving, and bringing a copy of the confirmation email, will expedite the check-in.

What day do the residence halls close? What day should I move out?
Residents must check out of their rooms within 24 hours of their last final exam, or by 12:00 noon on the day after the last scheduled exam, whichever comes first.  If you need to remain in your residence hall beyond that time for ANY reason, you must speak with your community coordinator to make arrangements to do so.

Can I arrive AFTER the move in process?
Yes. We will provide students with the opportunity to select their own  move in time.  Our staff will follow  up with students who do not select an appointment during the timeframe initially offered, and work with them to choose an alternate time, even if that time is after the main move in process.

Is there a way to ship my belongings before check-in day?
Information about shipping and storage options.

Do I have to move all of my belongings when I leave for winter break and can I stay for winter break?
No, you may leave your belongings in your room, since you are coming back for spring semester! You should however either take or secure any valuable items. You must do a health and safety check out with your RA before you leave for break. Limited space is available for students to stay in the residence halls during winter break, but the exact buildings and rooms available for winter break housing will not be determined until mid-October. There is an additional application process and fee for winter break housing.

What is an improper check-out?
Students leaving an assigned space for any reason (transfer, consolidation, contract termination, or end of year/session) must complete the Housing Cancellation Form (this form is available to all housing students in their  MyHousing account, where it is located under the "Applications and Forms" heading), and they must complete the check-out procedure. Any portion of the check-out procedure not completed will result in a charge/fine. This procedure includes making an appointment with your current RA at least 24 hours before departure, cleaning your room (i.e. remove garbage, vacuum, etc.), moving furniture to original position (reserved for an end of year/session check-out), removing all of your belongings, returning your keys to your RA, and signing/retaining your copy of the check-out RCR. The RA will take your key, so it is imperative that your belongings are out of the rooms. Any items left behind will be considered abandoned and will be discarded. Remember, we do not offer storage services.

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Questions about temporary occupancy rooms (temp triples; please  note, we will not be using temp triples in the 2020/2021 academic year)

If I am assigned to a temporary triple room, is there any chance I will be assigned to a "regular" room prior to the move in date?
Yes. We anticipate that several students assigned to the temporary triples will be reassigned to standard rooms prior to their actual arrival. When this occurs, we will notify all affected students by email.

How many students will be assigned to temporary triple rooms?
We plan to make 40 double rooms in Maria's Tower into temporary triples. This means that about 120 students will initially be in temporary triples, but only 40 students will need to be "de tripled" to place everyone in a standard occupancy room.

How long will I be assigned to a temporary triple room?
We cannot say for certain, but our past experience demonstrates that we are likely to have many vacancies occur in our first-year student housing within the first two weeks after move-in day. As soon as we confirm a student has cancelled, we will be able to "de-triple" a room.

In what order are rooms de-tripled?
Prior to move-in, we prioritize this process according to deposit dates. After move-in, we organize this process based on the location where vacancies occur (when possible or desired, we try to keep students on or near the floor onto which they originally moved).

What if I like the temporary triple room? Do I have to move out?
No. We will offer all students in temporary occupancy rooms the opportunity to be moved to standard rooms by the end of the fall semester, but students who all agree to remain in the temporary occupancy will not be forced to move. Students choosing to remain in the temporary triple will not, however, receive the room discount for the spring semester.

When my room is detripled, how will you decide who will be required to move out?
We prefer that the three residents involved come to a consensus regarding who is to move first. If the students cannot agree, housing staff will determine who will move (after discussing it will all three residents).

How does this impact the cost of my housing?
Any student who moves in to a temporary triple room where both other roommates have also moved in will receive an $800 discount on the cost of their fall housing. This discount will come in the form of a reduced initial housing charge (during the third week of classes, temporary triple students will receive a reduction of $800 off standard rate for their room). Students who remain in a temporary triple room after October 31 will receive an additional $800 reduction of their housing bill (during the second week of November). As all students will be offered a standard occupancy room by the start of the spring semester, there will be no discounted housing fees in the spring term.

Instead of moving in to a temporary triple room, can I just commute from home and see if anything else opens up?
This is possible, but we strongly advise students to move in and remain on campus while waiting to be detripled. If a temporary triple does not have 3 residents present, then it will not be prioritized for de-tripling. If you do decide to wait it out at home, you must contact the director of housing to make sure that the housing office is aware of your plans, and that your guaranteed space is not offered to another student.

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General questions

How do I reach the office? What are the hours?
Our official telephone number is (212) 346-1295 and our fax number is (212) 346-1296. You can also email the Office of Residential Life and Housing. We are open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

What is the meal plan all about?
All resident students are required to purchase one of the supplemental meal plans. Plans are assigned based upon your earned academic credit hours or housing location. The meal plan is designed with the student in mind offering dining convenience, ample hours of service, and a variety of food selections in a collegial social setting that is safe and clean. Students may dine, snack, answer email, enjoy wi-fi access, and never pay sales tax on food purchases.

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