Special Housing Options

The Office of Community Engagement offers a variety of special interest programs to meet the needs of our diverse community.  Students can elect to become residents in one of our Special Housing Option areas.  These communities are organized around themes and interests and occupy specifically selected sections of residence halls.  The result is an increased opportunity for individuals with similar interest to live and learn together.  For more information on any of these special interest programs, contact the Office of Community Engagement.

Special Interest Housing Communities for First-Year Students

First Year Experience (FYE) Program - This program is designed specifically to ease the transition from high school to college. These residence halls provide a special setting for all first-year students. This area focuses additional attention on the unique transitional needs of first year students. Special staff has been trained and assigned to work with our first year students. The FYE program is currently housed in Farside, Crossroads, and two floors of Big Haus. All first-year students who reside in these buildings are automatically a part of the FYE program.

Conservatory Floor - This floor, usually housed in Crossroads, is for students who are enrolled as a student in one of the Conservatories - Conservatory of Dance, Conservatory of Music, or the Conservatory of Theatre Arts & Film. Incoming students can request this on their Residence License Agreement. Students will be placed on this floor based upon the date of receipt of the completed Residence License Agreement.

Residential Learning Communities - These communities comprise selected freshmen and a professor-in-residence who share academic interests and want to benefit socially and academically by living and learning together – whether it means participating in field trips or sharing meals. The 2015-2016 communities will revolve around these themes: LC Community Descriptions Final Summer 2015

Psychology and Social Justice

Psychology in Everyday Life


Spirituality and Society

Media and Literature

For more information about our Living and Learning Communities, please view the following documents:

LC General handout Final Summer 2015

LC Interest Application Final Summer 2015

Call the Office of Admissions: (914) 251-6300 or e-mail us or apply online.


Special Housing Options for Continuing Students

Gender Neutral Housing provides students the opportunity to occupy a safe space housing option that does not require all apartment-mates to be of the same legal sex. Students applying for gender-neutral housing will apply in groups of 4 to fill a 4-person apartment. All students in the group must individually meet the minimum eligibility requirements for the apartment  communities (either 36 completed credits OR 21 years old at the time of application). One must also currently live on campus to apply.  Applications are accepted every Spring as a part of the Room Selection process.

Cultural Immersion Housing is for international and domestic students who want to live together and focus on a cultural exchange and programming around the same theme. This is located on J-street in the Olde apartments. You must currently live on campus to apply. Applications are accepted every Spring as a part of the Room Selection process.

PREP Housing (Purchase Residence Extension Program) is a housing option that provides housing over breaks when the college residential facilities are closed.  There is an additional cost associated with both types of PREP housing. You do not need to fill a group roster, you may sign up by space.  All spaces are apartment singles in Alumni Village.  You either sign up for full year PREP (May-May) or academic year PREP (Aug– May).  You will be assigned an apartment, matching academic year PREP together and full year PREP together.  We cannot guarantee apartment mate preferences. 

Graduate/Non-traditional student housing is available in the apartments.  If a student is at least 24 years of age, or a graduate student, they may choose to reside in this option. Apartments are available in all three apartment complexes.  You do not need to fill a group roster, you may sign up by space. 

Wellness Housing - The residential Wellness program houses students committed to a wellness lifestyle. Staff and residents develop programs that focus specifically on areas of Wellness including Physical, Intellectual, Vocational/Occupational, Financial, Emotional, Social (relating to Culture, Society, Family, and Community), Environmental and Spiritual.  Each semester faculty, staff and off-campus guests come into the Wellness housing area to lead discussions on holistic health.  Students in Wellness housing sign an agreement to remain drug, smoke and alcohol free. This housing is located in Outback.  Please note - ALL Purchase College residence halls are drug and smoke free, and all first-year residence halls are designated as alcohol free. More information about WELLNESS@PURCHASE

Single Rooms - The Office of Community Engagement offers a limited number of singles for returning students in the residence halls, as well as in the Olde apartments and Alumni Village apartments. To be eligible for a residence hall single, a student must have a grade point average of 3.00 or better. Students interested in an apartment single may sign up on the wait list the third week of the semester. Singles are generally not available for first-year and transfer students.