Move In

Fall 2020 Plan

SUNY Oneonta will welcome students back to campus this August! SUNY and the State of New York have approved our plan for fall 2020 on July 1.

Our plan aims carry out the college’s mission — to nurture a community where students grow intellectually, thrive socially and live purposefully - while remaining vigilant against COVID-19. That will mean limiting person-to-person contact and in-person gatherings wherever possible, changing the college calendar, and increasing cleaning, disinfecting and monitoring measures campus-wide.


We are currently gearing up for our 2020-2021 move-in for August. More information will be coming shortly.

  • Move in for all students will occur between Monday, August 17 and Friday, August 22.

Please do not make plans yet because we will be moving students in to alleviate concerns about density. We are anticipating a scheduled sign up process for students to arrive so that we can make sure not all students are moving in at once. More information forthcoming.

Keep in mind the FAQs below are not solidified for 2020 Move in. As soon as our plans firm up, we will make the changes to the information below.

Frequently Asked Questions

No decisions have been made about our move in process for Fall 2020.  We do expect the move in process to occur between August 17-22nd.  We are going to spread our move in process out to allow for social distancing.  We anticipate limiting 10 students per building moving in at any one time.

No. Because our staff is busy preparing for the rooms to be ready on Move In day, we do not have the option to arrive early.  There are many area motel and bed and breakfast accommodations if you will be arriving before the residence halls open. If you plan to arrive after the start of classes, please notify the Residential Community Life office (607) 436-2514.

Yes. Trunks, boxes and packages can be sent by UPS or Parcel Post. Each mailed item should be addressed to:
Student Name
SUNY Oneonta (leave this line out if there is not enough address lines available)
Mailbox # and Residence Hall Name
68 Bugbee Road
Oneonta, NY 13820

You will receive a mailbox number upon arrival and check-in to your residence hall. Use your room number until you know your mailbox number.

For the fall, we are expecting to ask students to pack lighter than normal.  Specifically, there are a number of items that are not allowed in the residence halls. These include extension cords, air conditioners, pets, cooking appliances (i.e. toasters, hot pots, hot plates and other appliances that use electricity to cook food), candles, firearms, ammunition, martial arts and archery equipment, and halogen lamps. Please consult the Student Code of Conduct and your Residence Hall License for a complete list and more details.

These are the layouts of our double rooms (our most common)

Picture is the dimensions of three different double style rooms

Most mattresses are regular length (80 by 36 inches), however, we do have some extra-long ones in the mix. Since most students like to bring egg crate mattress covers, we suggest twin size extra-long sheets to cover the extra bulk, but regular-size comforters and blankets.

All of our residence halls have modified beds (that have the capacity to be raised and lowered) under which is approximately three (3) feet of space at its highest point.  

In addition, you can purchase "risers"  (risers with USB charging ports are not allowed) to provide additional space under beds.

Yes, you may use your own rug; rugs are not provided in the residence hall rooms. However, it is important to first measure the floor in your assigned room to determine an appropriate rug size.

There are blinds covering all windows, but window sizes vary. It is best to measure first before buying curtains or valances for decoration. Curtains must be fire retardant, and a certificate of compliance must be filed with your Lead Professional Staff member (Community Director, Residence Hall Director, or Resident Manager) at check-in.

In many of our rooms, the closets have curtains.  Students may bring their own rod/curtains to use for the closets.  The important issue is that at the end of the year, the room/curtains be put back in their original places.  We cannot store curtains during the year.

Yes. Refrigerator size is limited to "countertop” height. You can bring your own cube refrigerator or lease one. Microwaves are permitted (standard wattage microwaves are ok), as are coffee makers with an automatic shut off. Be sure to communicate with your roommate before you arrive to coordinate who is bringing what.

Telephone: Basic telephone service, local calls and voice mail are provided upon request in each bedroom at no extra cost. Please submit this form when you arrive on campus if you would like a landline in your room. Phone service includes unlimited long distance service within the continental United States. Each student can apply with the Office of Telecommunications for an authorization code to make long distance calls overseas, resulting in a personal phone bill. Students should provide their own telephone. 2.4 GHz phones are not allowed in the residence halls as they interfere with Wi-Fi signal.

Television: Cable TV is also provided in each bedroom. Students must provide their own digital-ready TV.  The cable TV channel lineup includes HD service, and a selection of music channels.

Data Networks: Wireless network service is available in every residence hall, as are computer labs with computers and printers. Wired network access in residence hall rooms will be provided upon request. Please submit this form when you arrive on campus in the fall. Personal routers and wireless access points are not allowed in the residence halls.

View more information on phone, networking and cable service.

It’s free! High-efficiency Maytag front-loading washers and dryers are located in all residence halls. Machine use is unlimited; no quarters needed! For your convenience, you can use our LaundryView service to see if any washers or dryers are available before lugging your laundry to the laundry room – and set up a text alert to let you know when a machine is free.

All of our residence halls now have at least one common area kitchen, including a sink, microwave and stove/oven for students to use.

The campus student activity fee you pay supports a bus service that runs through campus and downtown every half hour. Service begins at 7 a.m. and ends at between 12:30 and 1:30 a.m. on weekdays. The schedule varies on weekends.

Oneonta Bus Lines charters buses to New York City and Long Island during student holiday and vacation time periods. Call (607) 432-4040 for the schedule. Trailways, which can be reached by calling 1-800-858-8555, also provides transportation to and from campus. 

After dark, students may contact University Police for an on-campus escort from one location to another. There are also "Blue Light" phones conveniently located around campus in case of an emergency. The "Blue Light" phones are for emergency use only and are directly linked to the University Police Department.

Yes. NBT and Community Bank automatic teller machines (NYCE, PLUS, CIRRUS, VISA, MYASTERCARD, DISCOVER, American Express, Novus, Quest, Diner's Club Card) are located in the Hunt College Union. There is a Sidney Federal Credit Union ATM in Mills Dining Hall.

Move-In Contact

Residential Community Life
106 Wilsbach Hall
Oneonta, NY 13820
Office: (607) 436-2514
Office: (607) 436-3182

Orientation Contact

New Student Services
101 Wilsbach Hall
(607) 436-2255

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