Rider University is temporarily suspending its two-year residency requirement for the full 2021-22 academic year. While students still may choose to live on campus, it will not be required for first-year and sophomore students this year.
Rider normally requires all freshmen and sophomores to live on campus because of its demonstrated value in contributing toward student persistence and timely graduation. Becoming an active and involved member of the campus community has proven instrumental in allowing students to take full advantage of the Rider experience and the University's signature Engaged Learning program.
While these and other benefits remain, we are committed to providing our students with as much flexibility as possible in the context of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic so that they and their families can make the best decisions for themselves. We aim to continue providing the highest level of academic instruction and overall student experience while also protecting the health and safety of our campus community.
As a reminder, students who are living within 30 miles of campus with their parents or family members are already exempt from the residency requirement, so this temporary suspension does not change anything for them affect them.
Students entering Rider University as a freshman during fall 2021 should note that we plan to reinstate the requirement fall 2022, and those who are not otherwise exempt would be required to live on campus their sophomore year.
Room Selection Process Timeline
2020-2021 Academic Year
- February 15: Housing application opens to students with deposits in place
- February 15 - June 5: Roommate Matching
- May 1: Housing accommodations paperwork deadline
- May 1: Contact LLC leads to follow-up with their students
- May 1: Email students that have deposited but not submitted applications
- June 1: Housing deposit deadline
- June 1: Housing application deadline
- June 1: Email students that have deposited but not submitted their applications
- June 5: Roommate matching confirmation deadline
- June 8: Lottery numbers and timeslots emailed to students
- June 15-17: LLC Room Selection
- June 18-26: Standard Room Selection
- June 29: Begin Follow Up
- July 15, August 3 & 17: Room assignment and opening information emails sent to students
Fall 2021 Housing Portal opens on February 15
For all first-year college students who will be attending a college or university for the first time OR transfer students having attended a college or university after having taken at least one semester of classes at another institution and you're looking for housing.
The information provided below will help to clarify the process and provide additional answers to frequently asked questions.
To apply for housing as a first-time or transfer student you must follow the steps and requirements below.
Steps to Apply for Housing
- Log-on to MyRider
- Click on the Student Information tab and then click the iPay link under the Finances channel. Submit a $200 housing deposit by May 1.
- Note: We do not guarantee housing for any students that submit deposits after May 1st.
- Complete the other phases of your housing process in the MyRider Student Information Tab by clicking on the Housing Portal link located under the Campus Contacts channel.
To qualify for housing, you must:
- Have paid all your deposits by the deadline
- Be a full-time student
- Be registered for classes
The housing portal is the online housing system that allows students the opportunity to manage all phases of the housing selection process. Students that have paid the $200 housing deposit by the deadline will be able to log on to their myRider accounts and click the Housing Portal link.
Students that have paid the $200 housing deposit by the deadline will have access to the housing portal. On the portal students will be able to complete their application, form groups for apartment and suite housing, search for roommates or create roommate pairings for standard housing and select their housing and meal plans.
Students are expected to conduct themselves with integrity and respect at all times during the room selection process. Any attempted manipulation of the room selection process results in fewer housing options for all students and a more stressful experience overall.
All room selections will be completed via the online housing portal. Students will be able to log on to their myRider accounts and click the Housing Portal link.
Applications will be accepted on the housing portal at any time. Housing options become limited the longer you wait to apply.
All residential students are required to participate in one of the University’s full meal plans.
Housing Deposit and Cancellation Policy
Deposits and housing applications will continue to be accepted however you may have limited residence hall choices.
Once you have selected a room assignment, the deposit is not refundable. Students may request a refund before they have selected a standard room assignment. Refund requests are not processed until after room selection has concluded.
Room Assignments & Roommate Selection
Students will be notified of their room assignment information prior to the start of Fall semester in mid-August. Rider’s room assignment process is based on the following:
Based on the date we receive your housing deposit. Due to the overwhelming demand for housing, if your housing deposit is not received on time then you run the risk of not having guaranteed housing in the residence halls.
Academic based learning communities such as BHP and Science; preferences for wellness or first-year experience; group affiliation-athletic teams. (Lincoln)- Suite Style- Upperclassmen.
Students participating in standard room selection are not required to designate a roommate. As part of the housing process, each student is required to complete a roommate matching questionnaire. This questionnaire is designed to provide students with the opportunity to search for potential roommates based on their online profile.
If you wish not to pair yourself with someone prior to room selection, you may select the space of your choice and the next person looking for a space will have the option to select the open bed in the space that you have chosen.
Incoming students are not able to pair with current students.
Room Selection Lottery
Lottery numbers are based on your deposit date.
Individual time slots will be emailed to your Rider email account. For specific dates please refer to the Room Selection Process Timeline. Students will also be able to find their lottery numbers and timeslots on the housing portal.
No. Each number is specific to each student.
Students seeking an air conditioner based on a severe medical condition or disability must complete the form Housing/Dining Request for Students with Disabilities or Severe Medical Problems which can be found on the Students Accessibility and Support Services website.
All requests should be submitted on or before May 1st to ensure a timely review prior to the start of room selection.
Students seeking to be exempt from the meal plan based on a severe medical condition or disability must complete the form Housing/Dining Request for Students with Disabilities or Severe Medical Problems which can be found on the Housing Accomodations webpage.
Summer/Winter Break Housing
In an effort to provide residence hall security during a time when the residence halls are closed, we have created guidelines for students who remain on campus through vacations.
Please note the information below and be cautious as you come and go. We ask your cooperation in abiding by these regulations as you have been granted the privilege of staying in the halls when school is not in session.
Only those students whose names are submitted to Residence Life by a coach, faculty or administrative staff member are permitted to reside on campus during vacations.
Consumption of alcohol is not permitted, regardless of legal age. THE CAMPUS IS DRY WHEN THE UNIVERSITY IS CLOSED.
No cooking in student rooms.
No guests are permitted.
There will be no mail delivery.
All students approved to stay will be held financially accountable for any damage in their hall during the vacation. This will include cleaning fees, if necessary.
All other Social Code regulations remain in effect during this time.
Doors and windows are to be closed each time you exit the building. PLEASE DO NOT PROP DOORS.
Call Public Safety (X5029) immediately if you notice strangers in or around the building.
In the event of a fire alarm, evacuate immediately. Public Safety will respond and instruct you when you may re-enter the building.
Violation of any of these guidelines may result in the immediate revocation of housing privileges.
Winter Break Housing
- Students enrolled in JTerm may take advantage of the JTerm housing rate. Housing is available for current residential students registered in JTerm. Housing is not available for high school students or visiting students.
- Students requesting J-term housing should complete the J-term application available on the Housing Portal via their myRider accounts.
- The University is not liable for any loss of personal property by theft, fire, water or any other cause. Please procure personal insurance, since the University cannot purchase this protection for students.
- Insurance vendor information is also included in the New Student Orientation Information.