Can additional furniture be brought into the apartment?
Sure, your apartment is yours to decorate and furnish as you wish. However, furniture that is in the apartment/room when you arrive needs to remain in the apartment/room. Before bringing additional furniture into the common area, please consult with your roommate(s). Please read the housing contract as certain restrictions may apply.
Can I arrive earlier than my contract begin date or my assigned move-in time?
No. Centennial Hall does not allow early arrivals unless sponsored by an approved program or group with SUNY-ESF. Early arrivals for other reasons may be considered on an individual basis for an additional fee but early arrivals are not guaranteed.
Can I request an apartment or roommates?
First year students will be assigned a room in one of our comfortable 1 bedroom/1 bathroom/2-3 person rooms (also known as a "double" or "triple"). You will be able to request a specific roommate if you would like on your housing application form. In order for these requests to be considered, they must to be mutual. Please see the "How are roommates matched?" section below for more information about pairing with a preferred roommate!! For upper class students, we strongly recommend that you turn in your applications at the same time for your request to be honored. If you do not have roommates in mind, we would be more than happy to assign roommates to you, using our application.
Can I use my financial aid?
Centennial Hall works closely with the financial aid office at SUNY-ESF. Your housing bill will show up on your student account and your financial aid award can be applied to that bill as needed.
Do I have a curfew?
Centennial Hall does not require residents to be in their apartment at a specific time. For safety purposes, residents are encouraged to tell their roommate(s) when they are going out and what time they expect to return to their room.
Do I have a meal plan?
Please see www.esf.edu/mealplans for more information on the meal plan requirements. Student in 4 bedroom apartments are not required to purchase a meal plan.
Do you allow pets?
No, we do not allow pets in Centennial Hall, not even for visits. If you use a service animal, please contact our staff for more information.
How are roommates matched?
We have partnered with RoomSync to provide a modern matching platform where residents choose their own roommates. After you complete the leasing process you will be emailed a link to join our RoomSync network. You will then log in to RoomSync using Facebook, create a matching profile, and begin your search to find your new best friend - or roommate for starters. If you already have a roommate in mind, you can confirm your roommate request within RoomSync.
How are rooms assigned?
Residents who already have preferred roommates can confirm their roommate match requests using RoomSync, our roommate matching platform. If they do not already have a roommate, residents will search for and choose their own roommate using RoomSync. Residents will be able to communicate with each other during and after the selection process. In the event that potential roommates discover that they are no longer compatible, they can request a different roommate and we will do our best to accommodate any change request. To provide sufficient time and the greatest opportunity for residents to find the perfect roommate, they should apply and sign a lease as early as possible.
How long are the terms of the housing contract?
We offer two-semester, academic year contracts for all room-types (one-bedroom suites, two-bedroom suites, and 4-bedroom apartments).
Is parking available?
Unfortunately, Centennial Hall is not able to offer permanent parking for students. Please contact Syracuse University and visit parking.syr.edu for more information. Please note, first year students are not permitted to have cars on campus.
What not to bring?
Open flames (i.e., scented candles, lanterns, etc.), items used for cooking (in the suite style units) including hot plates, George Forman grills, toasters and toaster ovens... Any objects or pictures to be placed outside or inside the room window or on the exterior of the building, Weapons that can be used for bodily harm (i.e., knives, axes, guns, any projectile weapons, etc.), Outside grills are not allowed.
What security do you provide?
While we are concerned for our residents' safety, no one can guarantee safety. There will be security on the property over night. We also have Resident Assistants (RA) on call each night & provide the residents with the RA on call phone number. We have surveillance cameras around the property. Additionally, during the evening hours, there will be a single card access entrance to the building for additional security.
What should I bring?
All rooms are fully furnished. Clothing, general cleaning supplies (mop, duster, broom, rag, cleanser), bathroom supplies (towels, shampoo, etc), laundry basket/detergent, iron & ironing board, pillow, sheets, bedspread/comforter, pillowcases, small first aid kit, wastebasket, clothes hangers, can opener, alarm clock, glasses/cups, room freshener (NO CANDLES), television, decorative items, etc. You do not need, nor are you allowed to bring, a microwave or a mini fridge. Both are supplied.
What size are the beds?
The suite style units (one-bedroom "double" and two-bedroom suites) are furnished with bunkable extra long twin sized beds (approximately 80" long). And the apartment style units are furnished with full sized beds (approximately 80" long).
What types of apartments and rooms are available?
We offer spacious 4 bedroom/2 bathroom apartments for upper class students where the bedrooms are contracted individually. We also offer 2 bedroom/1 bathroom suites for upper class students where the bedrooms are contracted individually. Finally, for first year students, we offer a 1 bedroom/1 bathroom suite that is shared with one other student (also called a "double") and beds are contracted individually. All apartments/rooms are fully furnished.
What if I need to cancel my contract?
Contact our friendly staff for more details. Remember that Centennial Hall will not release students to live off campus while still attending ESF.
What utilities are included in my rent?
Water, Internet with wireless capabilities, cable, & electricity, heat, air conditioning. Assistance with any of these utilities is available through our office.
When is my first payment due?
For Fall move-ins: the first payment is due when your first student account bill is due. For those who sign a contract after Fall move in: Your first payment will be due when the charges appear on your student account.
Can I request different roommates?
We want you to be comfortable here, and we will do everything we can to accommodate your roommate requests.
What is a "renewal?"
Are you loving it here and can't imagine leaving at the end of your lease? By signing a renewal, you get to extend your stay at your community!
If I renew, do I have to move out then move back in?
When you renew and choose to stay in your current spot, no moving is required!
If I renew, will my guarantor have to sign again?
No. Your guarantor doesn't have to do anything extra!
I'm graduating in December, can I still renew?
Contact the office for details on the options available to you.
I just moved in, is it too early to renew?
Renewing now will provide the most benefit to you. By signing early, you will secure your space for next year and take advantage of the best pricing available.
How do I renew?
We know how busy you are, so we have made the process as quick and easy as possible. Renewing is a easy as "1,2,3!" Just following these steps:
1. Open your renewal email from us.
2. Review the terms, and click "Accept"
3. Follow the prompts to sign the new lease agreement.
It's that easy!
When do I start paying the new rent amount?
On the first day of your new lease.