Office of Residential Life

  • Sarazen Student Union 318
    Phone: 518-783-2919
    Fax: 518-782-6870
  • housing@siena.edu
  • Ms. Kathleen Brannock; Director of Residential Life

FAQs for New Residents

To see a 360 degree view of most types of student rooms, please click here and then select the "Resident Housing" option.  Please note that first-year students are housed in Hines, Plassmann, or Ryan Hall only.

What to Bring - The Checklist for Residence Hall Success
 

Q. I just got my room and roommate assignment, what do I do next?
Q. When do I get my Siena College Identification Card (SAINT Card)?
Q. What should I pack/bring to campus?
Q. How do I hookup my computer and phone?
Q. I want to bring a rug for my room, how big is a standard double room?
Q. Do I need curtains for my windows?
Q. How wide is the closet opening if I want to make a covering for it?
Q. How do I change my meal plan?
Q. How do I do laundry?
Q. What is a MicroFridge?How do I get one? Can I bring my own?
Q. What are the Residence Living Guidelines?
Q. What is Siena Life?
Q. Is there anywhere on campus to cash a check?
Q. Is there public transportation to/from campus?
Q. How can I contact the Residence Life Office?
Q. What are the Housing Damages and Housing Maintenance charges on my bill?

  

Q.  I just got my room and roommate assignment, what do I do next?
Reach out to your roommate(s) via a phone call, email, message through the Be A Saint website, etc...  It is important that you start building the relationship with your roommate(s) as soon as possible.  For the first interaction, we recommend a phone call, because that will allow you to talk about a wide range of topics, without having to wait for the other person to type out a response or the delay inherent in an email.  It is natural to feel nervous about calling someone new for the first time, but remember that learning about someone new and their unique interests is one of the most exciting parts about coming to Siena! (back to list of questions)

Q. When do I get my Siena College Identification Card (SAINT Card)?
Your SAINT Card ID will be provided to you when you arrive on campus and have your picture taken at the Saint Card Office.  ID's that are lost or stolen during your enrollment at Siena are replaced subject to a $25 replacement fee billed to your student account. Click on the following link to view additional information about the Saint Card. (back to list of questions)

Q. What should I pack/bring to campus?
For a list of suggested items for resident please click here: The Checklist for Residence Hall Success (.pdf) (back to list of questions)

Q. How do I hookup my computer and phone?
Information on computer and phone setup will be included at the check-in tables on move-in day.  Information & Technology Services (ITS) is located on the first floor of Hines Hall and can be reached at ext. 5000 or by going to http://www2.siena.edu/technology. (back to list of questions)

Q. How do I hookup my cable TV?
Basic cable is provided as part of your room rate, however if you would like to add additional services to your account (HBO, digital channels, DVR, etc.) you may individually contract with Time Warner Cable Co. by calling their customer service center at 518-640-8621 and identify yourself as a student a Siena College. (back to list of questions)

Q. I want to bring a rug for my room, how big is a standard double room?
All standard double rooms in Ryan, Hennepin and Plassmann Halls are 10'10"x15'10". Padua Hall rooms have a living space of 14'x17'6" (14'x25'10' overall space with bath dimensions). Hines Hall rooms vary in size. (back to list of questions)

Q. Do I need curtains for my windows?
To comply with Fire Code regulations, curtains are not allowed in any residence hall room.  Every student room comes equipped with mini-blinds to allow students to control the amount of light coming into their room. (back to list of questions)

Q. How wide is the closet opening if I want to make a covering for it?
Closets in Hennepin, Ryan and Plassmann Halls do not have doors.  Again, due to Fire Code regulations, students are not permitted to use any type of cloth or curtains to use as a closet door. (back to list of questions)

Q. How do I change my meal plan?
You should go to the Saint Card Office to change your meal plan within the first two weeks of each semester (Fall and Spring). For information regarding Dining Services at Siena College, please visit their website at http://sienadiningservices.com/index.html. (back to list of questions)

Q. How do I do laundry?
Laundry facilities are available in every hall. Students have access to laundry facilities without the need for a laundry card or money. The cost associated with the use of laundry machines is included in the student fees associated with attending Siena College.  Please remember to bring laundry detergent and dryer sheets. (back to list of questions)

Q. What is a MicroFridge?How do I get one? Can I bring my own?
You will receive a brochure in the mail during the summer explaining how to rent a MicroFridge. This unit combines a refrigerator, freezer and microwave that operates on the low amperage allowed in the residence halls. Only one MicroFridge may be rented per room or suite. The refrigerator/freezer can also be rented without the microwave. Please note that the MicroFridge is the only acceptable microwave for our residence hall rooms. No other microwaves are permitted. There is one microwave in each building located in the RA office. You may visit the company's website at: www.refrigeratorleasing.com. (back to list of questions

Q. What are the Residence Living Guidelines?
Visit the residential policies section of our website to learn more. (back to list of questions)

Q. What is Siena Life?
Siena Life is the official student handbook of Siena College published by the Office of Student Affairs and given to each student at the beginning of the academic year. You can read the 2013-2014 version of Siena Life here.  New students will receive a hard copy of Siena Life when they move into the residence halls. (back to list of questions)

Q. Is there anywhere on campus to cash a check?
No, but there is an ATM in the Sarazen Student Union currently owned and serviced by Key Bank. (back to list of questions)

Q. Is there public transportation to/from campus?
Yes, there is a CDTA bus stop at the campus entrance.  As of Fall 2012, all Siena students are able to ride CDTA Transportation free of charge with a valid Siena Saint Card. Visit www.cdta.org for schedule. (back to list of questions)

Q. How can I contact the Residence Life Office?
Email us at housing@siena.edu or call us at (518) 783-2919. (back to list of questions)

Q. What are the Housing Damages and Housing Maintenance charges on my bill?
Residents are assessed common area damages and individual room damages at the end of the academic year. The common area charges consist of intentional vandalism and damage to your specific building, floor and/or wing of which were are unable to identify the responsible parties. Those residents living on a wings and/or floors where such damage occurs have been encouraged to either address and/or provide college staff with the name(s) of those responsible. Failure to do so will result in an equal distribution of the damage costs amongst those residents living on the floor/wing.

Additionally, those students who neglected to check out of their room are charged a $100 Improper Check Out Fee and when appropriate, the $25 Core Replacement Fee and a $5 Key Replacement Fee (if you did not turn in your keys). As per Siena Life, you are unable to dispute any damage charges if you failed to check out of your room. (back to list of questions)