Welcome to Onondaga Community College's Housing website!

Please take some time to explore what we offer students.

This is where:

  • Students interested in what Residence Life has to offer students can learn more about our housing options
  • Students interested in living on campus apply for housing
  • Students assigned housing view their rooms and roommates
  • Email your roommate
  • Current Residents can participate in "room selection" for Fall and "room change" for Spring

To create your housing account and apply for housing, scroll to the bottom of this webpage.

Building Styles and Floor Plans:

We offer students three types of living environments...
Traditional style Offers students the ability to live in a communal setting. All bedrooms are off of a hallway with shared bathrooms and kitchenettes on each floor. The bedrooms within the building accommodate one (single), two (double), or three (triple) students and are furnished with a bed, desk, open closet, and two stackable 2 drawer dressers for each student. There are 2 lounges, a seminar room, laundry facilities, and a fitness area in our traditional housing.

Traditional style floor plans (actual bedrooms vary throughout building):

Please note: Double and triple bedrooms have lofted or bunked beds.


Suite style Offers students an apartment style setting. Common areas shared by all suitemates are a full kitchen, living room, and two bathrooms. The bedrooms within the suite accommodate one (single), two (double), or three (triple) students housing a total of 5-6 students in each suite. Bedrooms are furnished with a bed, desk, and wardrobe closet for each student. Lounge and laundry facilities are on the first floor.

Suite style floor plans (actual suite floor plan and occupancy vary throughout building):

Please note: Double and triple bedrooms have lofted or bunked beds.


Pod style Offers students the openness and community feel of traditional housing while maintaining the intimacy of suite style living. Each pod has a common study area and two bathrooms. The bedrooms within the pod accommodate one (single), two (double), or three (triple) students housing a total of 6-8 students in each pod. Bedrooms are furnished with a bed, desk, and wardrobe closet or two stackable 2 drawer dressers with open closet for each student. Common study areas located on the 2nd and 3rd floors, a lounge, laundry facilities, and kitchen are located on the first floor.

Pod style floor plans (actual pod floor plans and occupancy vary throughout building):

Please note: Double and triple bedrooms have lofted or bunked beds.


All housing styles offer students the option of single, double or triple occupancy bedrooms.

Housing Rates (for academic year 2015-2016):

ROOM FEES: ACADEMIC YEAR (housing license is for an academic year)SEMESTER (student is billed each semester)

Meal Plans:

Onondaga Community College offers a meal plan for all of the students living on campus at OCC. This is a defined meal plan which allows students to eat a certain number of meals per week. All students living on campus must have a meal plan. The 12-meal plan (12 meals per week) is the default plan. You may change your meal plan from the 12-meal plan to one of the other meal plan options (8, 10 or 14 meals per week) when filling out the housing application.

Meals generally consist of one entree, two sides, and one beverage. To make it easier to tell what is available, all menu items have been coded by shapes depicted on signage:

One Entree= Red Star
Two Sides= Blue Circle
One Beverage= Green Square

If you take one red item, two blue items, and one green item per meal that is a meal. Students are permitted to eat one meal during a meal period. They are permitted to eat as many meals weekly as it is designated on their purchased plan.

To make the plan more flexible, $150 "Flex Dollars" are also included into all meal plans. Flex money can be used just like cash for any item sold in the Gordon Cafe, Mawhinney Cafe, Starbucks, or Fresh Express, just like regular money.

Meal Plan Rates:

8-meal plan is $910 per semester and includes $150 flex dollars (8MEALS) weekdays only (Mon-Fri)
10-meal plan is $1085 per semester and includes $150 flex dollars (10MEALS) weekdays and weekends (Mon-Sun)
12-meal plan is $1215 per semester and includes $150 flex dollars (12MEALS) weekdays and weekends (Mon-Sun)
14-meal plan is $1315 per semester and includes $150 flex dollars (14MEALS) weekdays and weekends (Mon-Sun)

For more information about meal plans visit: sunyocc.edu-meal plan info


When can I apply for housing? Our housing application/license agreement becomes available in February each year prior to the academic year for which you would like to apply.
Do I have to wait until I've been accepted to the college before I can apply for housing? There are no pre-requisites to apply for housing. However, there are requirements you must complete to be eligible to receive a room assignment. Residence Life will follow up with you regarding the requirements after you apply.
Do you have space available? We definitely anticipate room vacancies each semester. Your best opportunity to receive a room assignment is to complete the eligibility requirements by the deadline provided.
When will I know if I have received an assignment? Room assignments made for the academic year typically start in June. Room assignments made for new residents in the spring typically start in early December. As soon as we assign you to a space, we send you an email notification.
Are freshmen required to live on campus? Because Onondaga is primarily a commuter college, and we have limited housing, living on campus is not a requirement for any student.
Is housing assigned first come first serve? New residents are assigned using a computer program which assigns students based on a number of preferences. Preferences are questions asked in the housing application. Assignments are not necessarily made in order of application submit date. However, it is in the student's best interest to apply and get their requirements met early.
Is housing guaranteed when I submit my application and deposit? Our residence halls accommodate a little over 850 students; therefore we cannot guarantee housing to all applicants. In addition, there are requirements an applicant must meet in order to be eligible for a room.
Can I chose who I live with? After you submit your housing application, you will have the opportunity to enter roommate requests in your housing account. Please note, while we do our best to accommodate these requests, they are not guaranteed.
Do I have to have a car on campus? No, you can use the LazerLine Shuttle bus service that is on a continuous loop around all campus buildings.

Other things to consider when applying for housing:
  • When selecting your room type please keep in mind that beds are lofted and/or bunked in most double and triple rooms.
  • You may indicate your top two bedroom occupancy type preferences in your housing application. However, we also ask if those preferences are not available will you accept the room assigned to you. (Please note, building style cannot be guaranteed and does not pertain to this question in our application).
  • Make sure you consider, if you chose to only accept your preferred room type, you may not receive a housing assignment if your preference is not available.

Requirements to be eligible for a housing assignment:

Residence Life recommends these requirements are completed by December 4th as room assignments will begin after that date.

To read through the housing license agreement prior to applying, click this link: "Housing License Agreement 2015-2016" for a PDF of the license.


A Themed Community is an opportunity for students who share common educational, social, or extracurricular interests the chance to live on the same floor together. Additional staff is available to provide extra support for students living in themed communities and implement added programming connected to the particular theme of the community. Students living in their requested Themed Community get to explore their passions with other students who share similar interests.
Research has shown that there are many reasons why students should join a Themed Community!

Students who participate in themed communities:

  • experience a positive and smooth transition into college!
  • tend to become more involved on campus and have higher GPAs.
  • are afforded opportunities for personal growth.
  • provided great leadership and resume building opportunities.
  • attend special events and programming opportunities that link to the community theme.
Space is limited! Students who are interested should express their interest on their Housing Application by checking the Themed Communities of interest. Once you express an interest you will be emailed information about your selected Community.


Business Careers:

This community brings students together who are majoring in Business. This community strives to assist students in their course completion, awareness of business careers, and networking skills through social and educational programming. Students in this community will be advised to take 2 courses required for Business majors.

Criminal Justice:

This community brings students together who are interested in or pursuing careers in the fields of Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement. This community strives to assist students develop their skills by providing opportunities to interact with professionals who are currently in the field and by taking trips to support their career exploration. Students in this community will be advised to take a Criminal Justice course together.

Experiencing American Politics:

Live with others who are interested in American government and the political system. Students will participate in both on and off campus events that will allow them to engage in the presidential election. Students in this community will be advised to take American National Politics and First Year Seminar.

Green Community:

Live with other students who are interested in sustainability and living green. Residents will have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge through programming opportunities and explore how majors and careers connect to current issues in sustainability.


Are you eligible to join the Honors Program? Being a part of this community is a great way to live with peers who have similar academic drive and ambition.


Live with other students committed to developing their leadership potential. Regardless of what your interests are, this active community will connect you to the campus community early on. Programs and activities will assist you to branch out and get involved on campus and in the community and develop your personal and collaborative leadership skills.

Musical Arts:

Are you a Music Major? This community is designed to provide students studying music with the opportunity to pursue their musical interest beyond the classroom. Students will have the opportunity to engage in programs, concerts, and performances both on and off campus.

Pre-Health Careers:

This community brings students together who are interested in pursuing careers in health, medicine, and nursing. This community helps students to explore these professions through social and educational programming and connections to campus and community resources. Students in this community will be advised to take Biology and Intro to Health Careers courses together.

Quiet Lifestyle:

Live with like-minded individuals who like to have a good time, but also make academics their first priority. Participants will live in a community that promotes an environment of quiet living and no excessive noise 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Wellness & Healthy Living:

This community provides the opportunity for students of all interests to live in an environment that focuses on a goal of having a well-balanced and healthy lifestyle. Students in this community agree to substance-free housing. Programs and activities will allow students to make informed choices about their physical, emotional, social, and intellectual wellness.

What's for Dinner?:

This community provides the opportunity for students of all interests to talk and learn about our global food system. Topics include: where food comes from, food security, food freedom, agricultural models, and sustainability. Students will participate in programs and activities on and off campus and will be advised to take a required course: SUS 195 - Eating to Live. This course covers the same topics and fulfills an elective requirement included in many Onondaga curriculums. Some off campus trips will include visiting local community gardens, farms, and restaurants. In addition, residential programs will focus on food, and participants will get to decide "What's for Dinner?"

Career Exploration:

This community provides the opportunity for students majoring in General Studies to connect with other students who are discovering their academic and career aspirations. This community provides academic and co-curricular activities that allow students to reflect on their prior experiences in order to discover the path that is best for them. Students in this community will be advised to take a General Studies course together.

Learn about the benefits of living on campus: Explore Onondaga

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The office of Residence Life appreciates and values the role of parents and support persons in the education of our students. Please note housing accounts and license/applications should be created and maintained by the student.

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