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Residence Life

For resident students, the Riverdale campus literally is home — a place to relax, eat and sleep after a day of hard work in our classrooms, labs and athletic facilities. The College has taken a wide range of steps to continue providing a high quality of residence life while ensuring health and safety at this difficult time.

Apply for Spring 2021 Housing

We are encouraging off-campus remote students, who are able and willing, to return to campus for in-person learning, including both commuters and resident students.

Resident students can click here to apply for housing for the Spring 2021 semester. Fall residents do not have to re-apply for spring housing

Residence Hall Guidelines

All residence halls will operate at a reduced capacity to ensure that students will be able to maintain social distancing (6 feet). Residence Life has allowed for housing selection and placed students in “families” that will share living spaces, kitchens and bathrooms. Floormates are considered “families” and can be grouped together according to state mandates and will act as your primary grouping on campus.


Opening-week floor meetings will introduce new norms related to visitation, bathrooms and common areas. Pursuant to New York City and State regulations, all individuals who must enter a residence hall will be required to wear a face mask for the duration of time spent in the building. The only exception will be resident students when they are occupying their assigned room/suite.

The following practices will be adhered to by College personnel and facilities partners:

  • Post enhanced educational materials throughout the buildings, including common areas and inside student rooms.

  • Clean facilities routinely and effectively.

  • Clean frequently touched surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, handrails, telephones, etc.) and nonporous surfaces in bathrooms, sleeping areas, etc.

    • Bathrooms within living areas such as suites or apartments should be cleaned by the student residents twice a day and appropriate cleaning supplies will be provided by the College.

    • Traditional halls with communal bathrooms will be cleaned by the College at least twice a day.

  • Maintain hand-washing supplies (soap, paper towels, hand sanitizers), general cleaning supplies, and effective disinfectants.

Those who live in Jasper or Chrysostom Halls, where there are communal bathrooms, will address appropriate use with their RAs and set up schedules for bathroom use that are in accordance with CDC healthcode regulations. Similarly, the College has new products, policies and schedules for cleaning and sanitation that align with the Department of Health and CDC guidelines. 

Residence Assistants

  • In partnership with the office of Student Health Services, summer training sessions will provide residence assistants (RAs) with an extensive knowledge of medical treatment protocols and best practices to protect residents from the spread of COVID-19
  • RAs will regularly share this information with all resident students

Our RAs play an important role in fostering the supportive, close-knit environment that distinguishes life at Manhattan College. This is especially significant as Residence Life continues to ensure our students’ health and safety especially in relation to COVID-19.

Accordingly, RAs will use hosting mediums such as Google Meet to build community through virtual programs and activities that supplant the need to gather in large groups. Support also will be provided for anxiety, depression, substance abuse and grief.

New York State Travel Advisory and Quarantine Guidelines

New York State guidelines have been established for people entering the state. These guidelines require that each traveler complete a traveler health form and advise that travelers to the state who do not comply with the 14-day quarantine period are subject to a $2,000 fine. Please note that students should get the mandatory COVID-19 testing on campus following their completion of the 14-day quarantine period.

Off-Campus Students

All off-campus students are required to meet the College’s requirements for entering campus. If students are coming from a state on the quarantine list or are international students, the student is required to fulfill the quarantine requirements on his/her own and in accordance with New York state guidelines.

Leaving campus after move-in

Students may choose to return home until the first day of classes after moving into the residence halls. Students will still be required to complete COVID-19 testing on campus on the day of move in, or shortly thereafter if moving in over the weekend. Students can fulfill the quarantine requirement by staying with a friend in New York (New Jersey or Connecticut) or by staying in a New York (New Jersey or Connecticut) hotel prior to their arrival date. Resident students who are international students or from hot-spot states need to communicate this to Residence Life, as we are actively planning to provide for their quarantine either on campus in the residence halls or off campus.

Leaving campus generally

The College, as a whole, has limited its travel on all levels. Students are strongly encouraged during the semester to avoid out-of-state travel, however, there are no travel restrictions in place. While traveling in New York, students need to wear their masks and practice social distancing. Manhattan College remains an open campus and welcoming of its commuter student body. Please note that any student traveling to a state on New York's COVID-19 travel advisory list would be required to complete the 14-day quarantine prior to being able to return to campus activities.