When is Opening Day for Fall 2017?
The Student Village opens for new and returning students on Saturday, August 26th starting at 9am. Residence Hall staff members and other campus staff will be available to assist students and families as they check-in.
What should a student expect opening day?
Upon arrival, students and/or families will be directed to a designated parking location, where volunteers will direct the student to the Student Village to meet staff members. Volunteers will also be available to assist students and families with moving belongings from their vehicle into their assigned room/suite. A list of items, What to Bring (pdf) and What NOT to Bring (pdf) to on-campus housing, will be sent with your room assignment.
Activities begin for students in the late afternoon on August 26th and continue until the evening of August 27th. Some activities may include meeting your resident assistant, meeting the associate director, getting to know your roommate and suitemates, a bus trip to Target for a college shopping spree at discounted prices, as well as picnics and other activities. The Housing website will have a schedule of activities and locations prior to the opening of the Student Village.
How do I get my keys?
Staff will be available during check-in at the Student Village. The actual key is a keyfob, a magnetic keyless entry device that is scanned at the building door, suite and room door. Staff will take students through the room condition report, and assist in any other way as needed.
Please note: There is a hefty cost to replace the keyfob if lost.
Is there laundry?
Every floor has washing machines and dryers that are open to the students in the Student Village. This is included in the cost of housing. We also provide LaundryView, which allows students to see online which machines are available, and receive texts to notify them when their laundry is done.
What about cable and Internet access?
Every suite has a cable jack to plug in a television at no additional cost. Each room also has ethernet ports; students need to provide their own ethernet cable to plug into their computer. The Student Village is fully equipped to provide wireless Internet access to student residents.
When do students find out their assignments?
We make assignments by mid-July, so that the cost of the room and meal plan can be placed on student bills and financial aid can accurately reflect the amount for which each student is eligible. Assignments will be on the MyHousing Portal under MyCollege and will provide details of room type (double or single) as well information on roommates and suitemates.
Can I bring my car?
Students must register their vehicle with Public Safety and park in the appropriate designated parking area. There is no additional cost to the student to register a vehicle since a transportation fee is part of all students’ bill. Students can also ride the public transportation (BC Transit) for free with their SUNY Broome ID card.
Where do I park?
Resident students should park their vehicles in Lot 7.
How do I choose a meal plan?
American Dining Creations provides on-campus meals in the Student Center. All students are required to purchase a meal plan if they live on campus. There are two options: 10 meals per week and 15 meals per week, with the option also to purchase “Flex Dollars.” Students make their selection when they complete the Housing License. Please Note: On-line, the default meal plan is 10 meals per week.
How does the meal plan work?
Students, upon signing up for housing, have a choice between two meal plans: one, the default plan, includes 10 meals per week, and the other includes 15. To pay for a meal at the dining hall, swipe your card in the card-reader. The meal will then be deducted from your total allotment.
Where do I eat on campus? What are the hours?
The dining hall is located in the Student Center and is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Learn more about the dining hall and its offerings.
What is there to do on campus?
Grab a workout at our Student Village Fitness Center or at the Hornets Fitness Lab , which features a range of fitness equipment. Go ice skating in the SUNY Broome Ice Center, or check out the video arcade while you’re there. Check out one of the productions in our Little Theater. Check out our radio station, The Hive. Become a volunteer. Join a sports team or check out a Hornets game. Join one of our more than 50 clubs, which cover a wide range of interests. More information about campus life can be found on The Swarm.
How do I form a club?
A complete list of all of our clubs & organizations can be found here, but if you do not find something that excites you, you can always form a new club. Stop by the Student Activities Office (Old Science 227) for more information.
How do I reserve a meeting space for a club or other campus group?
All requests for space are made through The Swarm. Club Advisors and Student Leaders have access to request rooms. If you have any questions, please stop by the Student Activities Office (Old Science 227).
What do I do if I’m sick?
At SUNY Broome, a Registered Nurse and a Nurse Practitioner are available to help with your health concerns. They can also provide referrals to other physicians, specialists, and community health agencies. Visit the Health Services site for more information.
How can I fill a prescription?
There are several pharmacies located within a two-mile radius of campus, including CVS and the Weis Supermarket.
What do I do if I get locked out of my room?
Students must be in possession of their key fob at all times to ensure proper security of the hall as well as their suite and room. If a student has been locked out of their room, the student must report to the Housing Security Desk(in main lobby of Student Village) and provide identification. If identification is in the room, the student must present it before being allowed to remain in the room.
What do I do if there is a dispute with a fellow student?
If students are unable to work things out among themselves, we suggest seeking assistance from someone else, such as the Resident Assistant. The Resident Assistant can sit down with all parties and help mediate the situation by creating a safe environment where all parties can speak openly. In addition, the Resident Assistant can help the suite establish a suite-mate agreement in which certain expectations are written out, signed by all parties and posted in the suite.
How do I reach Public Safety?
Public Safety is located in the Public Safety Annex building, the small building with the black awning between Decker Health Sciences and Applied Technology. To contact them, call (607) 778-5083. In an emergency, please call 911.
Where do the buses go, and how can I find the schedule? How much do they cost?
The BC (Broome County) Transit bus line stops on campus and travels regularly throughout the community. Bus schedules are available in the Student Village main lobby and the Student Center hallway. Students may ride any BC Transit routed bus for free upon showing their current student ID to the bus driver. Please Note: ID cards may be used on the fixed route service only. The Route 8/Front St. route stops on campus.
What restaurants are available locally?
Plenty! Upper Front Street alone includes McDonald’s, Applebee’s, Cracker Barrel, Starbucks, Nirchi’s, The Spot Diner, Sonic, Subway, the Finish Line Sports Café, Juanito’s, Denny’s, Grande’s Restaurant, Pizza Hut, Burger King, Moe’s Southwest Grill, and Hoopla Frozen Yogurt. Student can also easily hop on a bus to downtown Binghamton or to the Vestal Parkway to get an additional selection of local eateries.
Where are the local stores?
Since the suites in the Student Village have a full-sized kitchen, students can take advantage of purchasing groceries or other food items right on Upper Front Street. Supermarkets include MaineSource Food & Party Warehouse, Aldi and Weis Markets. There is also a Price Chopper further up the road. Wegman’s Supermarket is also located close by in Johnson City, a 10 minute ride by bus.
For students looking for more elaborate shopping, like purchasing clothes, gifts or other accessories, they can take the bus to downtown Binghamton for boutique shopping, to the Oakdale Mall for lunch and “mall” shopping, or to Vestal Parkway, the region’s commercial center.
What are the local entertainment options?
It’s easy to see a movie, simply walk across the street to Regal Cinemas! Looking for art-house films? Check out The Art Mission & Theater in downtown Binghamton. You can see an opera, or check out a range of shows at Binghamton University’s Anderson Center for the Performing Arts, the Endicott Performing Arts Center, the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena, the Goodwill Theater and the Cider Mill Playhouse – just to name a few! Check out the red pandas, the meercats and the other critters at the Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park, or learn something new at The Roberson Museum and Science Center. Gaze up at the stars at The Kopernik Observatory & Science Center. Catch a Binghamton Mets baseball game or Binghamton Senators hockey game. Once a month, downtown Binghamton showcases its art galleries, stores and local performers for the First Friday Art Walk, which runs from 6 to 9 p.m. You can also check out www.bingpop.com to see information on upcoming local events.
I want to see some nature.. What have you got around SUNY Broome?
On the hill behind the Ice Center and near the Hornet Field, you will find campus nature trails that offer both natural beauty and a peaceful atmosphere. Love plants? You’ll appreciate the nearby Cutler Botanic Gardens.
Otsiningo Park has two entrances nearby: one on Bevier Street and one on Front Street. It features paved exercise trails along the Chenango River, sports fields, four sand volleyball courts, a bocce court, community gardens, picnic areas and more. It also hosts a regional Farmers Market on Saturday mornings.
Further afield, Broome County has many parks with hiking and nature trails, summertime swimming, cross-country skiing, kayak and sailboat rentals and more. Chenango Valley State Park in Fenton is described as an “ice age wonder.”
Like to bike? Full-time SUNY Broome students qualify for free membership in the Southern Tier Bicycle Club.
I keep hearing about a food called a ‘spiedie.’ What is it?
Believed to have been invented in nearby Endicott (which is also the birthplace of IBM, coincidentally), spiedies are a local delicacy consisting of cubes of marinated meat served on bread. The name comes from an Italian word for meat cooked on a skewer. The Broome County area loves its spiedies; the annual Spiedie Fest & Balloon Rally is one of the region’s biggest events. Great local places to go and try a spiedie are Spiedie and Rib Pit or Lupo’s Original Spiedies.