Residence Life

Living On Campus

Purchase College offers a variety of living options including residence hall singles, doubles, triples and suites as well as apartments on the campus.  All rooms are designed to be confortable and livable.  The rooms are furnished with beds, desks, chairs, a nightstand, dressers and a lamp.  While we provide the basics, through a little work and creatively, you can quickly and inexpensively transform your room into a home away from home.

Each residential area is staffed with a full-time professional staff member and paraprofessional student staff. The staff are trained to work with students to create active community living environments focusing on programming, as well as providing academic, personal, and social support.

All residence hall rooms and apartments are equipped with Ethernet data connections for personal computers. This type of connection is faster than a modem and allows students on-line access without tying up the phone line. The Commons apartment complex is also equipped with wireless data connections throughout the area.

Each room is equipped with a telephone jack. You will have immediate access to on-campus numbers. In order to make off-campus or long-distance calls, you will need to obtain a PSC (personal security code) number from the Telecommunications Department - you'll be responsible for all calls made using that PSC number.

Each room is also wired for cable TV reception including HBO.

Residence Hall Living

On-campus residence is available in traditional-style residence halls. Residence hall rooms are 10' x 13'.  The residence halls accommodates approximately 1000 students in corridor and suite-style rooms. Corridor rooms are traditional double or triple rooms that open directly onto the hallway.  Residents of corridor rooms use single sex communal bathrooms located on each hall.  There is one phone in each corridor room.  Most suite bedrooms are of double or triple occupancy and open into a private living room area.  Many suites have a private bath; residents are responsible for the cleaning of their own bathrooms.  Suite residents share one or two phones located in the common area of the suite.  Most first year students are assigned to the residence halls.  

Study and television lounges provide space for activities and programs facilitated by Resident Assistants.

Apartment Living

Many upper-class students choose to live in on-campus apartments. Three apartment complexes accommodate about 1200 students in four and six-person units. Apartment-style living provides small group living - a helpful bridge to career and life skills vital for success beyond college.

Living Off Campus

For those students interested in off-campus living, the Office Residence Life works with the organization  Student can locate options as well as landlords may post their availablity. 

Dining Services

A comprehensive program of dining services is provided by a private vendor at three campus facilities. All students living in the Residence Halls Complex are required to participate in one of the meal plans which are offered, and may take their meals at any dining facility: the Dining Hall, located in the center of the Residence Hall Complex; the Hub at Campus Center North, which offers daily full meals, light fare, salad/deli bars, and late night snacks; and the Terra Ve Cafe in Campus Center South which specializes in vegetarian fare.


Main Community Engagement Office     (914) 251-6320

Office E-Mail: