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About Residence Life & Housing

Our Residence Life program offers students exceptional living and learning experiences within a welcoming, safe, clean, and well-maintained environment. Our Residence Hall is located in the beautiful Brooklyn Heights neighborhood. We invite students from 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 at [email protected].

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.

Inclusive Community

The Office of Residence Life creates an environment that fosters a sense of belonging. This is accomplished through our 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.

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.

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 a luxury student housing experience, 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.

The 2023-2024 Resident Assistant Selection Process is Now Open!

*Must be current SFC students to apply.

Resident Assistants (RAs) are an integral part of our Residence Life program, and we are committed to selecting and training the most qualified team. Residence Life is committed to providing an enriching experience for the residents of our community through engagement with their RA and participation in our Residential Curriculum Model. RAs will build meaningful relationships with their residents as well as provide educational and developmental programming for the residential community.

RAs are also fundamental in providing safety and security through participation in an on-call duty rotation, as well as policy education and enforcement. RAs also assist with the operations of the building through the management of check-ins and check-outs, completing administrative tasks, in addition to other responsibilities. RAs serve as both a role model and a resource personnel by assisting students with their academic and personal growth and fostering a sense of belonging within the new residence hall community at 97 Columbia Heights. The benefits of being a Resident Assistant are invaluable. You will develop skills and abilities (e.g., active listening, community building, public speaking, programming, and crisis management) that will aid you throughout your college experience and field of choice.

All those interested in applying to be an RA for the 2023-2024 academic year must attend an RA Info Session. RA Info Sessions will be hosted at the Residence Hall at 97 Columbia Heights. Click here to sign up!

Spring 2023 Housing Information

Students interested in living in the residence hall at 97 Columbia Heights for the Spring 2023 semester need to take the steps below to be eligible. Our website, including the Frequently Asked Questions tab, answers many questions about life in the residence hall. For any additional questions, please email or call the Office of Residence Life.

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. 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 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.

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. 2023-2024 Room Rates have not yet been announced.

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 - $14,000 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 offers 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% offer pantries with cabinetry, a microwave and half-size refrigerators.

Quad rooms have four students per bedroom, triple rooms have three students per bedroom, and double rooms have two students per bedroom. Most bedrooms have a private bathroom. No more than four students share a bathroom.

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:
For information about meal plan options at our Campus Cafeteria, please reach out to the Dean of Students Office. They can be emailed at [email protected] or visit the office at suite 6101 on campus at 179 Livingston St.

Spring 2023 Important Dates

The dates below are important for current resident students. Current resident students who have questions should contact their RA.

January 16, 2022

Move In

January 17, 2022

Floor Meetings

January 18, 2022

First Day of Classes

January 27, 2022

Roommate Agreements Due

February 6, 2022

Room Change Period Begins

February 8-10, 2022

Health & Safety Inspections

February 20, 2022

Presidents Day – No Classes & Admin Offices Closed

February 27, 2022

Spring Break Intent Form Available

March 6, 2022

Spring Break Intent Form Due

March 8-10, 2022

Health & Safety Inspections

March 11-19, 2022

Spring Break – No Classes

March 27, 2022

Easter Break Intent Form Available

March 31, 2022

Room Change Period Ends

April 1, 2022

2023-2024 Housing Deposits Due

April 3, 2022

Easter Break Intent Form Due

April 6-9, 2022

Easter Break – No Classes & Admin Offices Closed

April 12-14, 2022

Health & Safety Inspections

April 21, 2022

2022-2023 Housing Application Due

April 22-28, 2022

Closing Meetings

May 1, 2022

Last Day of Classes – 24 Hour Quiet Hours Begin

May 2, 2022

Study Day

May 3-9, 2022

Final Exams

May 10, 2022

Spring Closing – All students must check out by 12 noon

May 18, 2022*


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:
    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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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.

Summer Programs

Are you interested in housing your summer program at 97 Columbia Heights? Residence Life and Housing works with programs who need accommodations from mid-May to mid-August. Host your program in one of the most luxury neighborhoods in New York City. Our residence hall is located in the beautiful Brooklyn Heights neighborhood, with easy access to all that New York City has to offer. Our suite style housing is perfect for hosting groups of all ages during the summer months. We also offer an impeccable standard of cleaning and linen rental services that enable those who stay with us to feel right at home!

St. Francis also has a number of facilities available at our brand new, state-of-the-art campus located at 179 Livingston St. Groups can reserve classrooms and gathering spaces for daily activities. Group rates are also available at our on-campus dining facility. We provide all-inclusive rate packages so programs can pay one-price per participant and have all their needs taken care of. We also work with our Internationalization office to host summer programs from all over the world. If you're interested in hosting your summer program at St. Francis, contact Assistant Director Melissa Lourie at [email protected]

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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. Our Residential Curriculum guides how Residence Life engages with our resident students to ensure a comprehensive living and learning experience. 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 information.
Meet the Team
Assistant Director of Residence Life & Summer Conferences

Melissa Lourie

[email protected]
Office: 718-489-2024 
Assistant Dean for Residence Life & Student Conduct

Anilsa R. Nuñez

[email protected]
Office: 718-489-2041 

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