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About Residence Life

Our Residence Life program offers students exceptional living and learning experiences within a welcoming, safe, clean, and well-maintained environment. We invite students from New York City, across the country, and around the globe to find their home with us.

To apply for housing, or if you have questions about living with SFC, contact the Office of Residence Life at (718) 489-2041 or [email protected].

Living & Learning Experiences

The Office of Residence Life utilizes a residential curriculum as an intentional way of promoting learning and development for resident students. The Residence Life program at St. Francis College implements a multitude of strategies to advance learning and development within our residence halls. These strategies are directly related to the institutions Mission & Vision, as well as our department’s own educational priorities.

Safety & Security

The Safety & Security of our residents is a top priority for the Office of Residence Life. Our residence hall has security officers stationed in the residence hall 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The Office of Residence Life also provides a two-tiered on call structure, including a student staff and professional staff member on duty at all times. Residence Life staff are trained to respond to a multitude of emergencies to ensure proper response.

Inclusive Community

The Office of Residence Life creates an environment that fosters a sense of belonging. This is done through Office of Residence Life staff building individual relationships with residents, helping residents to communicate effectively with roommates, and providing opportunities for our community to support our students and local community. We provide programs that are directed at enhancing students’ ability to connect with others, explore their personal identities and develop a deeper understanding of their impact within our community and the world.

Clean & Well Maintained Facilities

The Office of Residence Life works closely with its property management company, FOUND Study, to provide clean and well maintained facilities. The Office of Residence Life & FOUND Study maintain a high standard to ensure SFC students are provided with luxury student housing, right here in New York City. We work closely with our facilities staff, housekeeping staff, and private cleaning companies to ensure our residence hall is always maintained to the highest standard.

“Watch this video for a visual overview of our beautiful SFC living facilities located at 97 Columbia Heights. Brooklyn Heights was named as one of America's most beautiful neighborhoods by Travel + Leisure magazine.”

Residence Hall Amenities

  • 24-hour main entry security and cameras in common areas
  • Study and programming lounges
  • Common kitchen with seating
  • Access to programs and events hosted by Residence Life
  • Elevator and ADA Compliance
  • Mail and package receiving system
  • Laundry rooms
  • Beautiful views
  • Other amenities available at sister property down the street

Residence Hall Photos

Brooklyn Heights — Your Extended Campus

97 Columbia Heights, our new 11-floor residence, is located within the beautiful and historic Brooklyn Heights neighborhood, across the street from the landmark Brooklyn Heights Promenade and within a short walk to Brooklyn Bridge Park, a world-class waterfront park full of amenities. The residence hall offers a variety of living and study spaces, as well as spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline.

Living at 97 Columbia Heights is a vibrant experience. Explore the local neighborhood, including shops and a selection of distinct restaurants. Walk to Brooklyn Bridge Park, where you can enjoy cultural and athletic events, free movies and a running path along the piers overlooking the East River. If you like sports and concerts, venues like the Barclays Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Prospect Park Bandshell are just a short subway ride away. You can also travel one stop into Manhattan for limitless social and cultural opportunities.

Getting around is easy because public transportation is just minutes away from the residence hall, and the A/C/2/3/4/5/N/R subway lines make the entire city easily accessible.

Fall 2022 Housing Information

Students interested in living in the residence hall at 97 Columbia Heights for the Fall 2022 semester need to take the steps below to be eligible. Students should first pay a $300 Housing Deposit via TouchNet. Paying a Housing Deposit does not guarantee a student housing.

The Office of Residence Life will reach out to students within one business day of them paying a housing deposit to review their eligibility requirements and send the Housing Application link. Once a student has met all eligibility requirements, they will be placed according to the inventory available at the time. Depending on inventory, a student may not be placed right away after becoming eligible. Once a student receives a room assignment, they can make arrangements to move in as long as all pre-move-in requirements have been met.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Full time enrollment at St. Francis College.
  • Payment of a $300 non-refundable Housing Deposit via student account. (The Housing Deposit is non-refundable only if a student leaves SFC. If a student remains at SFC, the Housing Deposit amount will be credited to your student account.)
  • Students returning to SFC need to have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Completion of a Housing Application and Terms and Occupancy Agreement.
  • Good financial standing with the Office of the Bursar.

Pre Move-In Requirements

  • Proof of health insurance coverage submitted to the Office of Residence Life here.
  • Fully vaccinated against COVID-19 needs to be uploaded here or sent to [email protected] Boosters are encouraged.
  • MMR immunization records submitted to [email protected]
  • Financially cleared by the Bursar prior to move in. The Office of the Bursar needs to notify the Office of Residence Life that a student is financially cleared to move in.
  • Negative COVID test results prior to move-in. Either a negative PCR test within five (5) days or a negative rapid test within three (3) days. At home tests not accepted.

2022-2023 Room Rates

The College is pleased to announce that the housing rates for 97 Columbia Heights will NOT increase for the 2022-2023 Academic Year and will remain at the current cost. The Residence Hall will operate under the current College COVID Guidelines.

All students interested in housing are required to complete a Housing Application and pay a non-refundable $300 deposit. Rooms are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Quad: $7,000 per semester - $14,00 per academic year
  • Triple: $7,500 per semester - $15,000 per academic year
  • Double: $8,000 per semester - $16,000 per academic year

Room and Suite Types:
The Residence Halls offer mostly suite-style living with one, two and three-bedroom suites with one, two and three bathrooms. 70% of our suites are equipped with a full kitchen: cabinetry, sink, stove and full-size refrigerator. The other 30% are one-bedroom studios with cabinetry, a microwave and half-size refrigerators.

One Bedroom Studio

  • Double or triple occupancy
  • Full kitchen or pantry
  • One bathroom

Two Bedroom Suites

  • Double, triple or quad occupancy per bedroom
  • Full kitchen
  • Two bathrooms

Three Bedroom Suites

  • Double, triple or quad occupancy per bedroom
  • Full kitchen or pantry
  • Two or three bathrooms

Meal Plan Options

2022-2023 Meal Plan Rates:
The meal plan for 2022-2023 are currently under negotiation by the College. More information regarding meal plans will be sent out once it is available. The Office of Residence Life no longer manages meal plans.

2022-2023 Housing Selection

Residence Life is still accepting Housing Deposits for the 2022-2023 academic year. Students interested in living on campus should pay a $300 Housing Deposit through the TouchNet portal. Instructions on how to pay a Housing Deposit can be found in our FAQ section. Students who pay a housing deposit at this time will be placed based on the inventory available at the time, once students meet all Eligibility Requirements listed blow.

New Resident Housing Selection Timeline

2022-2023 Terms & Occupancy Agreement

All students interested in living in the residence hall must meet the following requirements:

Eligibility Requirements

  • Full time enrollment at St. Francis College.
  • Payment of a $300 non-refundable Housing Deposit via student account by May 1, 2022. Late deposits are accepted and students will be placed based on the inventory available at the time.
  • Continuing St. Francis students need to have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Completion of a Housing Application and signing of the Terms and Occupancy Agreement at submission of the application.
  • Deposit is not refundable after June 1, 2022.
  • Good financial standing with the Office of the Bursar.

Pre Move-In Requirements

  • Proof of health insurance coverage submitted to the Office of Residence Life by July 15, 2022.
  • Fully vaccinated against COVID-19 needs to be uploaded no later than July 15, 2022. Boosters are encouraged.
  • Immunization records submitted to [email protected] by July 15, 2022.
  • Financially cleared by the Bursar prior to move in.
  • Negative COVID test results prior to move-in. Either a negative PCR test within five (5) days or a negative rapid test within three (3) days.
  • Attendance at a mandatory Virtual Community Meeting prior to move-in.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

$300 Housing Deposit Due

Monday, May 9, 2022

Housing Application Link sent to all students who made deposits.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Housing Applications & Occupancy Agreement Due: Students who do not complete on time will be processed with students who made late deposits.

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Deadline for requesting housing deposit refund/credit.

Decline Form Required.

Friday, July 15, 2022

COVID Vaccine, Immunization Records, and proof of Health Insurance due.

Monday, July 18, 2022

Housing Confirmation Letters will be sent to students who have met the requirements outlined above.

Friday, August 12, 2022

Housing Assignment Letters will be emailed.

Monday, August 15, 2022

Fall 2022 bills are DUE. Students who chose a payment plan, payments are due the 15th of each month. Contact the Bursar for questions.

August 15-26, 2022

Mandatory Virtual Community Meetings. Signups for meetings will be sent in Housing Assignment email. All resident students must attend one of the available community meetings in order to move in.

Saturday, September 3, 2022

New Students & Residents Move-In Day

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

1st Day of Classes


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the housing requirements?

In order to live in the residence hall, SFC students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Payment of a $300 non-refundable Housing Deposit via TouchNet.
  2. Registered as a full-time student during the semester that they live in the residence hall.
  3. Acceptance of all COVID-19 Guidelines and Testing Requirements:
    1. Be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in accordance with the Back to Brooklyn policy: https://www.sfc.edu/about/backtobk/covid-19vaccine
    2. Have negative COVID test results prior to move-in. Either a negative PCR test within five (5) days or a rapid test within three (3) days.
    3. Follow all CDC/NYS and Health Department travel guidelines and quarantine protocols.
  4. Good academic standing - have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  5. Completion of the Housing Application and acceptance of the Terms & Occupancy Agreement.
  6. Good financial standing with the Office of the Bursar.
  7. Good judicial standing (conduct history for current students is subject to review).
  8. Proof of health insurance coverage.
  9. Attendance at a mandatory virtual Community Meeting prior to move-in.

How do I apply for housing?

Students interested in living in the residence hall need to pay a $300 non-refundable housing deposit. This deposit can be made via TouchNet by taking the following steps:

  1. Log into mySFC
  2. Click 'Log into mySFC portal'
  3. Under Quick Launch, click 'Pay Tuition'
  4. On the top bar click ‘Deposits’
  5. Select the term you are hoping to live in the residence hall
  6. Select Housing Deposit
  7. Process Payment

After Residence Life receives your Housing Deposit you will be sent the Housing Application in accordance to the Housing Selection Timeline. The Housing Application should be submitted by the date provided. If applying for spring housing, complete immediately. If applying for fall housing, refer to the Housing Selection Timeline for more information about when the Housing Application will be sent and when it is due.

What types of rooms/suites are available?

There are four types of occupancy in the residence hall:

  • Single – One student per room within a suite or studio
  • Double – Two people per room within a suite or studio
  • Triple – Three people per room within a suite or studio
  • Quad – Four people per room within a suite

There are three types of suite layouts:

  • One Bedroom Studio – Double or triple occupancy with a full kitchen or pantry and one bathroom
  • Two-Bedroom Suite – Double, triple, or quad occupancy per bedroom with a full kitchen and two bathrooms
  • Three-Bedroom Suite – Single, double, triple, or quad occupancy per bedroom with a full kitchen or pantry and two or three bathrooms

What's the difference between a kitchen & pantry?

A kitchen has cabinetry, a stove/range, a full-size refrigerator, and a sink. A pantry has cabinetry, a mini-refrigerator, and a microwave. 70% of our suites have kitchens. There is also a common kitchen located in the residence halls Cellar Level that students with pantries can utilize.

What kind of furnishings/amenities are offered?

Each student receives:

  • Extra-long twin size bed and mattress
  • Under-bed storage unit (2 drawers)
  • Desk and desk chair

Each room has:

  • Shared hanging space
  • Window blinds
  • High-speed internet/Wi-Fi
  • Electricity
  • A/C & Heating System

What other amenities are available?

Our residence hall at 97 Colombia Heights has a number of amenities students can take advantage of, such as:

  • 24-Hour Main Entry Security & Cameras in Common Areas
  • Study & Programming Lounges
  • Common Kitchen w/ Seating
  • Access to programs and events hosted by Residence Life
  • Elevator & ADA Compliance
  • Mail & package receiving system
  • Laundry rooms
  • Beautiful views

Our residents also have access to take advantage of the amenities located at our sister property down the street at 119 Columbia Heights. These amenities include:

  • Additional Recreation Rooms
  • Library & Study Lounges
  • Fitness Room
  • Media Room

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What to Bring What Not to Bring

How does Residence Life manage Safety & Security?

A security desk is located at the front entry in the lobby. This security desk is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Residents are required to swipe their Residence Hall ID in order to enter the building, as well as show it to security. Residence Life professionals and student staff also serve 24 hours a day, 7 days a week duty rotation. Resident Assistants also conduct rounds of the building daily. The building and suites are equipped with state-of-the-art life protection systems including fire sprinklers and smoke detectors.

Do I have to pay for laundry?

Yes, laundry costs $2.25 per load per machine. Residents download the MyMagicPass app to pay for laundry machines located in the building. Students and family members can easily load funds onto the MyMagicPass app using a debit or credit card. The building has six laundry rooms available to residents.

Can I request a roommate?

Yes, students can request a roommate when they complete the Housing Application. If two or more students want to live together they should ensure that they all name each other on their individual applications. This will ensure Residence Life knows that it is a mutual selection.

If you don’t already have a roommate picked out, don’t stress! The Housing Application asks students a number of questions regarding their preferences to ensure that students are matched with the best possible roommate.

Am I guaranteed to receive my housing preferences?

Residence Life does its best to accommodate student's housing preferences, however, we assign students based on the inventory we have at the time of placement. Continuing residential students are placed first, then students are placed in order of when their housing deposit is received, and when all other housing requirements are met. For example, a freshman student who pays a housing deposit early, but does not register for classes on time will be placed after someone who has met all of the requirements.

What if I have more questions?

We’re happy to help! We encourage all students to attend a Residence Life Info Session. If you still have questions, contact the Office of Residence Life at [email protected] or call us at 718-489-2041.

Important Documents

Residence Life Policies & Procedures are provided through our important documents. All residence hall students are responsible for reviewing and understanding these documents while living in the residence hall. If a resident has any questions about the Policies & Procedures outlined in these documents they can reach out to their RA or the Office of Residence Life at [email protected] for more infomation.
Meet the Team
Assistant Director of Residence Life & Summer Conferences

Melissa Lourie

[email protected]
Office: 718-480-2024 
Assistant Dean for Residence Life & Student Conduct

Anilsa R. Nuñez

[email protected]
Office: 718-489-2041 

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