Living on Campus
Housing | Meals | Transportation | Wired | Safety | FAQ
While living on campus at Binghamton you'll feel like you are at a small college as you enjoy the resources of a nationally-acclaimed university.
Our residence halls offer interactive, thriving communities with over 2,000 programs each year! From debates to movie reviews and field trips to dorm wars - these are just a few of the ways we make learning outside the classroom fun! Plus, our students are supported in their academic and personal growth by tenured Faculty Masters, dedicated professional staff, and Resident Assistants. This is also where many students make life-long friends, interact with classmates, and develop successful career connections.
All students in the BAP Program will reside in residential communities offering break housing, which is campus housing that offers flexibility and support for students arriving earlier than official move-in days and students requiring housing during semester breaks and holidays. The three residential communities that have break housing are: College-in-the-Woods, Newing and Mountainview. Learn more about our Residential Communities>
Please note that all students are expected to live on campus. Exceptions are granted if a resident of Broome, Tioga or southern Chenango County, 21 years of age, or married.
Online housing registration begins in April. The official date will be posted here when it becomes available. To successfully sign up online for housing, you must:
be officially enrolled in The Binghamton Advantage Program by paying your enrollment deposit to Broome Community College (please allow several business days for payment processing);
activate your email account at Binghamton University in order to complete your online registration form (Note: you will receive specific instructions on how to access and activate your email account via a letter that will be mailed to you. The letter also serves as an official notification of the receipt of your deposit).
Make sure you indicate on the housing application that you require break housing. You will be asked to rank the order of the residential communities. Your preferred order should be among these three communities: College-in-the-Woods, Newing, and Mountainview with the first one on your list being your first choice on down to your last choice.
*Please note that the Dickinson and Hinman communities do not have break housing.
Residential Community assignments will be emailed to your Binghamton University email account in early August. You will receive your dorm assignment and roommate contact information in that email. You will receive your room assignment when you check in on move in day.
Students enrolled in The Binghamton Advantage Program will receive detailed information from Residential Life about an official Move-in Day that will be scheduled in August 2013. It will coincide with the start of classes at BCC.
What to bring -- check out this helpful checklist.
When you register for housing at Binghamton University, you will be assigned a student meal plan that reflects the amount of time we anticipate you will spend dining as a resident of our campus. You will use your Binghamton University Student ID Card to access your meal plan account. Sushi, Kosher, gluten-free, vegan, smoothies, tacos, midnight pizza - we have it all! We start serving breakfast at 7:00 a.m. and don't finish cooking until you're done eating. You can even order late night delivery service until 1 a.m! Or, looking for the ultimate in healthy eating? Check out the "Balanced Way Plate" available in all the dining halls every day at lunch and dinner. It's comprised of 50 percent vegetables and fruit, 25 percent lean protein and 25 percent starch. For more information about healthy eating, email our on-campus Registered Dietitian Alexa Schmidt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For complete details about Binghamton University Dining services, options and meal plans, start here>
Also, there are BUC$, which can be added to your Binghamton University Student ID Card to pay for meals at many off-campus restaurants in the Binghamton area.
While attending courses and participating in campus life at Broome Community College, students may relax and enjoy breakfast or lunch there. Affordable dining options include Nirchi's, Subway and The Grill. Purchases may be made with cash or credit card. The BU dining plan cannot be used at BCC.
University and county buses are free to Binghamton University students. There are 3 express buses from Binghamton to BCC daily that are scheduled based on student schedules (when the majorityof students have classes). The express shuttles are supplemented by county bus transportation to and from campus. For complete details about free bus transportation, including route maps and schedules, visit Off Campus College Transportation (OCCT) and Broome County Transit.
We realize that transportation is essential to your academic and residential life at Binghamton University and Broome Community College. While traditional freshmen living in residential halls at Binghamton University are not permitted to register and park cars on campus, Binghamton Advantage Program students can have a car on campus but must pay a parking fee. BCC also requires a parking fee to park on their campus. You will receive more detailed information about parking regulations, costs and how to obtain permits before classes start. A valid vehicle registration and driver's license will be required to obtain the parking permits in person.
The Binghamton University parking permit cost can be viewed at:
The Broome Community College parking permt will be $50 for the academic year (may be subject to change).
Rental When Needed
Another great way to get around town is through Binghamton's car-sharing service, Connect by Hertz. Drivers 18 years or older can register to rent one of our new vehicles by the hour or by the day! Become a fan on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/binghamtonconnect.
While living on campus at Binghamton, you will have access to computer labs, commonly referred to as PODS by students. More specifics about labs, printing services, locations and hours of operation can be found at, click here >
During breaks from classes or when you are on campus at Broome Community College, you will have access to computer labs located throughout that campus too. The campus computer usage includes a print quota each semester. Click the following link for additional information More details>
Binghamton University has an ever-expanding wireless network that is easy to connect to. Validation of your computer is required each semester for wired (each dorm is equipped for you to connect via your ethernet cable) and wireless access across campus. When you arrive on campus, you will be required to validate your computer, iPhones, gaming consoles and other handheld devices with wireless browser capabilities. Get more details about campus wireless services>
When you are at Broome Community College, you will have access to the "internet only" network that allows you to connect via your personal portable devices. Get more details>
Safety Is Priority
Binghamton University is a residential campus, where students live 24/7. Safety is our priority, and it's important for all students residing on our suburban campus to know:
- University Police - fully empowered state law enforcement agency.
- Emergency Text Messaging - Sign up to get emergency alerts from the University via text message. To sign up for this free program, go to http://www.telecom.binghamton.edu. Click on Emergency Notification to register.
- Residence hall safety - All residence hall doors are locked on a 24-hour basis, requiring key-card access.
- From midnight until 5 a.m., all gates except the main entrance to campus are closed to vehicular traffic and vehicles admitted to campus during this time must display a current University parking decal or the occupants of the vehicle must be hosted by a member of the University community.
- Let us escort you - Volunteer escort service available through the early morning hours from anywhere on campus. All you have to do is call 777-2393 to arrange for an escort to meet you.
- Color it blue - In case of an emergency, just look for the blue lights throughout campus. These highly-visible phones will put you in touch with the University Police immediately.
- Girl power! The University offers a three-hour, self-defense workshop so women feel confident that they can defend themselves if they need to.
- Details about emergency management at Binghamton University can be found at: http://emergency.binghamton.edu/
- Binghamton University emphasizes a caring and safe campus community. Our annual campus security report is available here, and you can compare our crime statistics with other colleges and universities nationwide.
More about campus safety >