Residence Life Programs

We offer programs and leadership opportunities to ensure that you get the most out of living on campus.

Whether you want to take the subway downtown to explore New York City with your floormates, or make your voice heard by serving on a committee, there are many ways you can dive into your new home away from home. Here's how to get involved:

  • Spend Saturdays in the City

    Each weekend throughout the school year, Manhattan College RAs lead Saturdays in the City, fun trips to landmarks, museums, festivals, arts and cultural events, and different neighborhoods in New York City. It’s a great way to experience the one-of-a-kind culture of the city and meet other students who live on campus. Participants typically gather at a central meeting point on campus and take the subway together. Past trips have included:

    • Times Square
    • Central Park
    • Bryant Park
    • Arthur Avenue
    • Wave Hill
    • The High Line
    • The Empire State Building
    • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    • The Bronx Zoo
    • The American Museum of Natural History
    • Brooklyn Brewery (for 21+ students)
  • Join a Committee

    Resident Student Association (RSA): As part of the RSA, you represent the interests and concerns of your fellow students in matters involving residence life, housing, dining services and parking. The RSA also plans social events for resident students such as Family Weekend, late-night breakfasts and stress-relief activities during finals, Dorm Wars and black light parties.

    Food Service Committee: You are what you eat, so have a say in it! As a member of the Food Service Committee, you work with Gourmet Dining Services, administration and other students to influence decisions on nutrition, food quality, menu selection and service. Drop by one of the regularly scheduled Food Service Committee meetings, which typically take place in the dining halls during lunch, to ask a question or share a concern.

    Campus Safety Committee: You also have a voice when it comes to security. The Campus Safety Committee offers you the opportunity to meet and work with administrators from the campus Public Safety office to discuss environmental, health and safety issues.

  • Become a Resident Assistant (RA)

    Resident assistants (RAs) are undergraduate students who live and work in Manhattan College’s residence halls. RAs are assigned to a particular wing or floor in each residence hall and are responsible for:

    • Building community among students
    • Developing social and educational programs in the residence halls
    • Assisting students if there is a personal or administrative matter
    • Ensuring that the Student Code of Conduct is being followed

    Becoming an RA gives you the opportunity to develop leadership skills, plan programs and events, and exercise peer advising and mediating. It serves as great preparation for the real world, regardless of your major.

    The RA position is a one-year commitment that may be renewed at the discretion of the Director of Residence Life. Full-time rising juniors and seniors, especially student leaders with involvement in artistic, athletic or ROTC programs, are encouraged to apply. Applications are available in February of each year.

  • Work in the Campus Garden

    Our campus sustainability efforts include caring for gardens that produce fresh food used in the dining halls. Join other students and staff in designing, growing, maintaining and harvesting vegetables from the campus garden. It’s also a great way to increase awareness about local, organic urban gardening, to contribute to the beauty of campus, and to get your hands dirty while learning something new.

  • Become a Manhattan Mover

    Make the transition to college life easier for a new student by becoming a Manhattan Mover. Each year, continuing students can apply to return to school early and assist incoming students as they move onto campus. Applicants should be full-time, resident students in good academic and disciplinary standing with plenty of enthusiasm and school spirit!