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 our office.

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 members have 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.

Transfer Student Themed Housing

Campus Center North will host the inaugural transfer-themed housing community! The purpose of this housing program will be to look at creating an environment that is inclusive, academically focused, and to bridge the connection between students and the Purchase community. The resident assistant staff member hired for the area will work closely with the Orientation program and create targeted programs for transfer students. This community has limited availability and students interested should notify the Office of Community Engagement at to inquire about becoming part of this community.

Gender-Inclusive Housing

Gender-inclusive housing provides students the opportunity to occupy a safe-space housing option that does not require all room/apartment-mates to be of the same legal sex. Students applying for gender-neutral housing will apply in groups in order to fill a designated room, apartment, or suite. All students in the group must individually meet the minimum eligibility requirements for the specific area in which you are applying to live. If this area is located with the apartment communities, then all members of the group must either have 36 completed credits or be 21 years of age at the time of application. You will still be able to select gender-inclusive housing throughout the entire selection process, as long as there is still availability. Please note that students in gender-inclusive areas that are not filled (rooms, apartments, etc.) will be consolidated in order to open more space for students who may not elect to live in this housing community. While you do not have to select with a group, you are encouraged to apply with a roommate group to avoid being moved to another area.

Please contact for questions concerning this process.

Cultural Immersion Housing

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)

PREP housing is an 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/Nontraditional Student Housing 

Graduate/nontraditional student housing is available in the apartments. Students who are at least 24 years of age, or are graduate students, may choose this residential option. Apartments are available in all three apartment complexes. You do not need to fill a group roster, you may sign up by space.

Substance-Free Housing

Students in substance-free housing agree to remain drug, smoke, and alcohol free. Students that are found responsible for use of any of these substances will be removed from this housing area. 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.

Single Rooms

The Office of Community Engagement offers a limited number of singles for returning students in the residence halls, the Olde apartments, and Alumni Village apartments. Singles are generally not available for first-year and transfer students.