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Application & Assignments

Apply for Housing

The Office of Residential Services at Teachers College offers a variety of housing options for students interested in single or family living (married students, students with domestic partners, and single parents). All of our single and family student options feature furnished rooms with private bedrooms. Residents have access to fitness rooms, TV lounges, computer rooms, and study rooms. Unit prices include heat, hot water, electricity (Grant and Sarasota residents must pay the monthly electricity charges), internet access, and cable television service.

Single Student Halls: Bancroft Hall, New Residence Hall, Whittier Hall
Family Student Halls: Bancroft Hall, Grant Hall, Sarasota Hall

Applying for TC housing is an online process that takes 5 minutes to complete. You can apply for TC housing once you have been admitted to TC.

 

Academic Year Student Housing Application - UNI

(If you have a UNI and have paid your Admissions deposit)


Academic Year Student Housing Application - No UNI

(If you have not activated your UNI or have not paid your Admissions deposit)


If you are interested in Summer ONLY housing you should submit a Summer Conference Housing application.

Submitting a housing application does not guarantee housing. Submitting a housing application also does not require you to live on campus. If you are offered a space you can decline.

Housing applications are prioritized by:

  1. Region: Out-of-region students receive priority over in-region students (less than 30 aerial miles from TC)
  2. Date application is received

Active applicants are notified of their status on the first day of each housing round. If you do not receive an offer during Round 1, it is still very possible to receive an offer in subsequent rounds.

A student's housing application becomes active (eligible to receive an offer) once they:

    • Pay their Admissions Deposit
    • Have no holds on their account that would prevent them from being assigned campus housing

In order to be eligible to apply for student housing, you must be admitted to a Teachers College degree program. You can submit an application before you accept your admissions offer or pay your admissions deposit.

In order to be eligible to live in student housing, students must be enrolled in a degree program at Teachers College and be registered for classes. Class registration is checked when each semester begins. Full-time employees of Teachers College are not eligible for on-campus housing.

Credit Requirements

To maintain housing eligibility, residents must be enrolled and register for a minimum of 9 credits or equivalent each semester (fall and spring). Two-thirds of each semester's credits (6 points per term) must be earned course credits (i.e. not Certificates of Equivalency). Semester courses that are defined by the Registrar as full-time, qualify a resident for full-time status.

Summer

Housing contracts extend for one calendar year beginning with Summer A term. Any resident who completes 18 credits during the fall and spring semesters combined (or 9 credits during the spring semester for students who begin residency in the spring) is not required to register for summer sessions and may remain in the residence hall, but must re-enroll for the upcoming fall semester and live in Teachers College housing for the upcoming fall semester.

To remain eligible for summer housing if a resident is vacating in the summer (at the conclusion of Summer A or Summer B) the resident must be enrolled for the summer or have documentation from the College demonstrating an affiliation with the College during the summer. If the resident is teaching in public schools or has dependents in public schools, the resident is permitted to remain in housing until the conclusion of Summer A.

Length of Residency

A Resident may remain in housing for the following periods of time, depending on his/her degree program:

  • MA/MS students up to 2 years
  • MA/MS students whose degree requires 60 credits or more up to 3 years
  • EdM students up to 3 years
  • EdD/PhD students up to 6 years

Residents continuing in subsequent programs, or returning to Teachers College housing after a break in stay, are entitled to the maximum number of years for the highest degree program for which they register. For example, residents who use two years for an MA will have one additional year for an MA/MS (requiring 60 credits or more) or an EdM, and four additional years for an EdD or PhD program. Students who use three years for an MS (requiring 60 credits or more) or EdM will have three additional years for an EdD or PhD.

Residents continuing in a different program are entitled to the maximum number of years for the highest degree program for which they register plus one additional year.

Should a resident's spouse, domestic partner or child apply for on-campus housing, the resident's length of residency will be used in determining the length of eligibility for the spouse, domestic partner or child should said party receive an offer for occupancy in Teachers College housing.

Once a resident's length of residency has expired he/she may submit a written request for an extension to the Assistant Director of Residential Services for Housing for consideration by the Special Cases Committee. An extension may be offered based on extenuating circumstances.

To be eligible for family housing, students must demonstrate that the applicant and the individual(s) with whom the applicant is applying to reside share a qualifying family relationship. Qualifying family relationships under current policy include the following:

  • Marriage
  • Dependent child or legal guardian
  • Domestic partnership (long-term relationship between the two adults)

Relationships that do not qualify for family housing status include: parents, grandparents, or siblings of applicants (unless a minor sibling for whom the resident is the legal guardian).

All persons applying for family housing must submit proper documentation along with their application. The following are acceptable forms of documentation (Please note all forms must be in English or professionally translated into English):

  • Copy of a marriage certificate.
  • In the case of a single parent: birth certificate(s), adoption papers, or other appropriate documentation of legal guardianship.
  • Notarized Affidavit of Domestic Partnership declaring that the applicants share a domestic partnership.

Those who submit the Affidavit of Domestic Partnership must also include one of the following:

  • Copy of a joint lease naming and signed by both applicants and their landlord
  • Joint tax returns for one calendar year immediately preceding the application
  • Notarized letter on bank letterhead signed by a bank officer indicating a joint saving and/or checking account for at least one calendar year
  • Certificate of Domestic Partnership from New York City or any city, which registers unmarried couples who are in a committed, ongoing family relationship

Renewal/Vacate Process

The Renewal/Vacate Process takes place every spring semester. During the process, current residents will decide to cancel or renew their contract for the following contract year (Summer A - Spring).

All students living in TC housing must participate in the Renewal/Vacate Process. During this process you will determine whether you will be continuing in TC housing into Summer A or vacating at the end of the spring semester. You will also be able to indicate whether or not you wish to transfer rooms in early June.

The Spring 2018 Renewal/Vacate Process will begin on February 26
and conclude on March 9 at 12pm Noon

When you begin the process you will choose from 3 options:

  1. Renew your housing contract for your current assignment
  2. Renew your housing contract and request to transfer to a new unit in early June
  3. Vacate your housing at the end of the Spring 2018 semester

Renewing Your Housing Contract:

  1. You will remain in housing from Summer A 2018 until mid-May 2019 unless you submit a Vacate Notification Form according to the policies and deadlines advertised by our office
  2. You will remain in your current unit

Transfer Requests:

  1. You can only submit a request to transfer rooms if you renew your housing contract
  2. Those that are offered and accept a transfer must move June 1-3
  3. If you are not offered a transfer you are still under contract for your current room, but will be considered for transfers the subsequent semester

Vacating Housing:

  1. You will be required to move out at the end of this semester
    1. Non-graduates are required to move out by 11am on May 9
    2. Graduates are required to move out by 11am on May 18
  2. If you are interested in housing starting Summer B 2018 or later, you will need to submit a new application for housing. Those applications are available through myTC's Housing Menu.

To submit your Renewal/Vacate decision please follow the instructions below:

  1. Log in to your myTC portal
  2. Click on the “TC Services” tab
  3. At the bottom of the list, you will see the Residential Services section. Please click on the Housing Menu.
  4. When you enter the process you should click on Renewal/Vacate Process at the top

Can I have an extension on the deadline?
Unfortunately, we are not able to give any extensions. Summer housing assignments rely on your timely response, so we need everyone to participate in the Renewal/Vacate Process by the deadline.

Is my decision final? What if I change my mind?
Once you sign your contract or submit your vacate form, your decision is final. If you selected that you will vacate housing and changed your mind, we cannot guarantee you a place in housing. If you renewed your contract and decided you now wish to vacate, you will incur a Cancellation Fee based on when you submit the request (see table below). Also, depending on when you cancel you may be held responsible for the housing charges for the following semester.

Date Vacate Submitted
After March 9
Cancellation Fee
1 - 7 days after the deadline
$250
8 - 14 days after the deadline
$500
15+ days after the deadline but before summer VNF*
$750

* Once the Summer A & B VNF deadline passes on May 4,
you will be held responsible for Summer A & B housing charges.

What if I want to move out at the end of Summer A or B?
To remain eligible for summer housing if you are vacating in the summer, you must be enrolled or affiliated with TC during the summer term. If you are teaching or have dependents in public schools, you can remain in housing until the conclusion of Summer A.

If one of these is the case, you should submit a renewal contract now and then submit a Summer Vacate Notification Form (VNF) in late April. Keep in mind, our housing contract stipulates that you can only submit a VNF if you are graduating or no longer enrolled at TC. The renewal contract will extend your time in housing past May 2018 (end of housing contract) and the VNF will indicate the date you will vacate. The summer VNF will be accessible April 23 - May 4.

What if I want to return to housing in Fall 2018 but I don’t wish to stay here for the summer?
You should select the option to vacate housing at the end of the Spring 2018 semester. You will be required to move out on May 9 by 11am. You will then need to apply for Fall 2018 housing, but will not be guaranteed a space. Fall 2018 housing applications are currently available in myTC.

What is the process for transfer requests?
Transfer offers will be sent on March 15. Priority will be given to those that submitted transfer requests in the fall semester that were not offered a transfer. New transfer requests are prioritized by original housing application date. Due to high demand, we are typically not able to accommodate all transfer requests. If you do not receive an offer you will be given higher priority for a transfer in subsequent semesters.

Have any changes been made to the Housing Contract?
If there are any changes, this page will be updated prior to the Renewal/Vacate Process opening. Any changes will also be explained on the first page of the process.

Contract Info

The Housing Contract is a legal contract that provides you housing until the end of the spring semester (mid-May), regardless of which semester you move in. It is expected that the resident reads the Housing Contract in its entirety before signing. It is also expected residents will reside in their assigned space for the duration of the contract period.

To view a copy of your contract or request to make changes, please login to our housing portal and click on Manage My Housing. While there, you will be able to:

  • See info about your housing (contract end date, room rate, address)
  • View your housing contract
  • Submit a lock change request
  • Update affiliate & pet information (families only)
  • See suitemate name & e-mail (suites & shares only)
  • Provide mail forwarding info when you move out (New Res & Whittier only)
  • Submit a Vacate Notification Form
  • Submit a room transfer request

Residents are liable for the semester housing charges up until the termination date specified in the Housing Contract, unless the Office of Residential Services terminates the contract earlier.

Resident may terminate Contract prior to the Termination Date only for the following reasons:

  1. Resident withdraws or is withdrawn
  2. Resident is granted a leave of absence
  3. Resident graduates

Request to terminate Contract includes submitting a Vacate Notification Form (VNF) by the specified due date in the contract.

In order to accommodate those residents who are unable to submit the VNF by the appropriate deadline, we have instituted a Cancellation Fee on the following schedule:

Submission of Form Cancellation Fee
1 - 7 days after the deadline $250
8 - 14 days after the deadline $500
15 or more days after the deadline $750

In addition, our office reserves the right to hold residents financially responsible through the termination date of the housing contract if a VNF is not submitted by the deadline.

Occupancy beyond the indicated vacate dates, if approved, will result in a daily charge:

Single, Suites - Whittier Hall  $ 75
Two and three bedroom shares - Bancroft Hall  $ 80
Small studios - Whittier Hall  $ 90
Efficiencies & Studios - New Residence Hall $100
Large studios and one bedrooms - Whittier Hall & Bancroft Hall  $110
Two bedroom apartments - Family Housing $125

Note: Extensions at the end of the spring term (non-graduating residents) and at the end of Summer B are very unlikely. Extensions at other vacate times are granted on a case-by-case basis and are not guaranteed.

In order to be eligible to apply for student housing, you must be admitted to a Teachers College degree program. You can submit an application before you accept your admissions offer or pay your admissions deposit.

In order to be eligible to live in student housing, students must be enrolled in a degree program at Teachers College and be registered for classes. Class registration is checked when each semester begins. Full-time employees of Teachers College are not eligible for on-campus housing.

Credit Requirements

To maintain housing eligibility, residents must be enrolled and register for a minimum of 9 credits or equivalent each semester (fall and spring). Two-thirds of each semester's credits (6 points per term) must be earned course credits (i.e. not Certificates of Equivalency). Semester courses that are defined by the Registrar as full-time, qualify a resident for full-time status.

Summer

Housing contracts extend for one calendar year beginning with Summer A term. Any resident who completes 18 credits during the fall and spring semesters combined (or 9 credits during the spring semester for students who begin residency in the spring) is not required to register for summer sessions and may remain in the residence hall, but must re-enroll for the upcoming fall semester and live in Teachers College housing for the upcoming fall semester.

To remain eligible for summer housing if a resident is vacating in the summer (at the conclusion of Summer A or Summer B) the resident must be enrolled for the summer or have documentation from the College demonstrating an affiliation with the College during the summer. If the resident is teaching in public schools or has dependents in public schools, the resident is permitted to remain in housing until the conclusion of Summer A.

Length of Residency

A Resident may remain in housing for the following periods of time, depending on his/her degree program:

  • MA/MS students up to 2 years
  • MA/MS students whose degree requires 60 credits or more up to 3 years
  • EdM students up to 3 years
  • EdD/PhD students up to 6 years

Residents continuing in subsequent programs, or returning to Teachers College housing after a break in stay, are entitled to the maximum number of years for the highest degree program for which they register. For example, residents who use two years for an MA will have one additional year for an MA/MS (requiring 60 credits or more) or an EdM, and four additional years for an EdD or PhD program. Students who use three years for an MS (requiring 60 credits or more) or EdM will have three additional years for an EdD or PhD.

Residents continuing in a different program are entitled to the maximum number of years for the highest degree program for which they register plus one additional year.

Should a resident's spouse, domestic partner or child apply for on-campus housing, the resident's length of residency will be used in determining the length of eligibility for the spouse, domestic partner or child should said party receive an offer for occupancy in Teachers College housing.

Once a resident's length of residency has expired he/she may submit a written request for an extension to the Assistant Director of Residential Services for Housing for consideration by the Special Cases Committee. An extension may be offered based on extenuating circumstances.

Residents may request a room transfer online during two periods of the year: in October for a January move and during the Renewal/Vacate Process for a June move. Students will receive an e-mail when the transfer process is available.

If a resident is offered a transfer, they can accept or decline the offer. If a resident receives an offer and accepts, they will sign a new contract and be given instructions on how to move to the new unit in the future. If a resident receives an offer and declines, they will remain in their current unit for the remainder of their contract. If a resident does not receive a transfer offer, they will receive priority for transfer requests in future semesters.

Residents are limited to one room transfer per academic year. Transfer requests will be honored only if a resident's student account is up-to-date. Transfer requests are processed based on original housing application date, not the date the transfer request is submitted.

The Special Cases Committee (SCC) considers appeals submitted by residents who are requesting exception to a policy or procedure established by the Office of Residential Services. The purpose of the SCC is to provide residents an avenue to have their individual circumstances considered by a group of student service professionals who are outside of the Office of Residential Services.

The SCC is comprised of individuals representing several student services offices including the Provost's Office, International Student Services, the Office of Access and Services for Individuals with Disabilities, the Office of Student Affairs, and the Registrar. The SCC is chaired by the Assistant Director of Residential Services for Housing. The SCC convenes on an as-needed basis and renders a decision after fully considering all of the submitted documentation. The decision is communicated to the resident in writing within five business days of the SCC meeting.

To submit an appeal to the SCC, please contact our office via e-mail