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At SVA, we strive to support our students both inside and outside the classroom. Students living on campus join a unique community of artists in a safe, diverse, and supportive living environment.
We offer students several housing options to fit all living preferences and budgets. Ludlow Residence is a traditional style residence hall that offers single and double room options. The 23rd Street Residence, 24th Street Residence, and Gramercy Women's Residence Halls offer students apartment-style living.
For information on summer housing, visit our Summer Housing page.
***College offices are closed to visitors until further notice. Housing tours are currently suspended.***
You are invited to take a tour of SVA's Residence Halls! Appointments are not required, but please note our upcoming schedule changes.
23rd Street & 24th Street Residence Tours
Tours of 23rd Street Residence are available weekdays between 12:00–2:00pm. To arrange a housing tour please visit the Office of Residence Life, located in the 24th Street Residence at 340 E. 24th Street (at corner of 1st Avenue).
Ludlow Residence Tours
Tours of Ludlow Residence are available Monday-Friday between 12:00–2:00pm. To arrange a tour, go directly to 101 Ludlow Street and check in with the security officer.
Please note SVA administrative offices will be closed on the following dates and housing tours will not be available:
Wednesday, March 11 - Friday, March 13- Limited operations- no external guest tours
Friday, March 6, 2020- SVA Spring Spring/College Holiday
Monday, May 25, 2020- Memorial Day
Friday, July 3, 2020- Independence Day Holiday
SVA housing costs in one of the College's residences range from $16,600 to $19,950 for the 2020-2021 academic year. Housing room rates are based on room size and type. Prices for the 2020-2021 academic year are below:
New students will be placed in housing on a first-come, first-served basis and based on availability of options.
24th Street Residence small double: $18,200
24th Street Residence double: $19,950
24th Street Residence triple: $16,550
Gramercy Women’s Residence double: $18,050
Gramercy Women’s Residence shared studio: $19,800
23rd Street Residence (formerly The New Residence) double: $18,600
23rd Street Residence (formerly The New Residence) small double: $16,000
Ludlow Residence double: $18,000
Ludlow Residence single: $19,600
Housing Placement Fees
A nonrefundable $500 enrollment fee and an $400 housing deposit nonrefundable placement fee must be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
All students who elect to apply for housing are required to pay a $400 Housing Placement fee for each academic year that you choose to return to housing.
The $400 Housing Placement Fee is an annual, nonrefundable fee that students are required to pay when signing up for housing, and every year when renewing housing for the following academic year. This administrative fee is not refundable, even upon cancellation.
Residential students are responsible for any room damages, lost keys, etc, that a student may incur while living on campus and these costs are billed to a student's account.
The Office of Residence Life is committed to providing comfortable, welcoming, and safe housing options for all students. Gender-Inclusive housing (GIH) is an initiative that allows two or more students to share a multiple-occupancy room, suite, or apartment regardless of the students’ sex or gender. GIH furthers the College’s non-discrimination policy and provides housing options for students who may identify as transgender, are more comfortable living with another sex or gender, or do not wish to prescribe to gender classifications. Although the College respects the privacy of individuals and will not require students to reveal their reasons for opting into GIH, this option is not recommended for couples in romantic relationships. Further guidelines to the policy are outlined below.
GIH is available to all students. All eligible returning students, who participate in the "Returning Student Room Selection Process" receive a notification about the Gender Inclusive Housing (GIH) policy during the room selection process and the options, should they wish to select Gender Inclusive Housing. Gender-inclusive housing is also available to first-year and transfer students. Incoming first-year and transfer students will have the option of selecting gender-inclusive housing via the student housing application. First-year and transfer students who indicate they are interested in GIH will be contacted by a Residence Life professional staff member so that the College can provide housing that best meets the needs of the student.
Placement into SVA housing is otherwise based on same-gender matching unless students specify and request Gender-Inclusive Housing (GIH). Below is the SVA Gender Inclusive Housing policy.
Policies & Conditions
The following policy and conditions are applicable to students who elect to live in a gender-inclusive space.
- Students may choose to request a roommate(s) of any sex or gender.
- Residence Life will only honor those requests made by all parties living within the same living space (i.e., room, apartment, suite).
- Returning students must select spaces with their prospective roommate(s) following the same processes and deadlines of all students entering the housing selection process.
- Students will not be required to reveal their reasons for opting to live in gender-inclusive housing, although romantic relationships within the same living space are discouraged.
- Students will not be assigned to gender-inclusive housing unless they have elected to do so. Although we feel that students are able to make decisions about their housing situation, we encourage students to maintain an open dialogue with their families about their decision to live in a gender-inclusive situation.
- As with any roommate situation, conflict between individuals may arise. We strongly encourage proactive conversation between roommates regarding room preferences, utilizing a roommate agreement. Your RA will be facilitating a roommate agreement with you. Room change requests due to conflict will follow the same procedure as any other conflict, using the student staff and/or professional staff members to aid the situation.
- When there is a vacancy in a gender-inclusive space, the student(s) remaining in the room may elect to pull in any new roommate whose age is appropriate for the style of housing, following other standard procedures within Residence Life. In the event of an additional resident moving into the space, all parties must be agreeable to the change.
- Any space in Ludlow, 23rd Street Residence, and 24th Street Residence can be gender-inclusive. This avoids segregation and offers students gender-inclusive housing within multiple housing styles. The default designation for a room, apartment, or suite will be single-gender unless the students selecting into the space opt to create a gender-inclusive pair/group. Once a room, apartment, suite is gender-inclusive that space will continue to be gender-inclusive as long as the residents can continue to occupy the living space.
To secure SVA housing, please submit a $400 nonrefundable Housing Placement Fee using the Undergraduate Enrollment Fee and Housing Deposit Form to the Office of Admissions. After you have paid the fees, Residence Life will send an email to your SVA email address inviting you to complete the online housing application. These invitations are sent on a weekly basis.
Students will also be asked about their living preferences, such as sleeping habits, cleanliness, and social levels. Our system uses the responses to these questions along with student preferences to help match roommates and suitemates.
Students will be asked to indicate their room type preferences including single, small single, double, and small double. These preferences are taken into consideration along with availability and the student profile during the placement process. As placements are made based on availability, it is not always possible to accommodate student’s top choices.
We encourage students to pay their $400 Housing Placement Fee prior to May 1, to ensure housing for the upcoming academic year.
During the online housing application, students will be asked about their living preferences, such as sleeping habits, cleanliness, social lifestyle, etc. If you know another incoming student that you'd like to live with, you may request each other on your housing application.
Our residence halls have Security Officers monitoring the building entrances 24-hours a day, as well as features such as security cameras in common areas. We remind students that although they live in a community of other artists and peers, it is important to be attentive to personal safety. Students should lock their room doors, and carry their keys with them at all times. During orientation, students may attend programs to learn about navigating the city safely.
Incoming students can check into their residence hall during the last weekend in August. Specific details regarding assigned check in times will be included in the housing assignment email that residents receive in June. Earlier check in dates and times are not permitted.
The F.Y.R.E. Program (First Year Residential Experience) is a series of educational and social residence hall programming that is developed to promote student development, leadership and life skill acquisition.
Checkout for the Spring semester is Tuesday, May 5, 2020, however to allow for greater flexibility with planning, the Spring semester checkout date is extended to Monday, May 18, 2020. However, residents who are able to complete their checkout by the end of the Spring 2020 occupancy date are encouraged to do so.
All residential students, who are still checked-in via the housing database, have received a detailed email communication about Spring semester checkout and FAQs. Residents are asked to read the notification thoroughly and save it for future reference.
Once your belongings are packed and loaded and you are ready to submit your room and mail keys (where applicable) and sign out, you can complete an "Express Checkout."
An Express Checkout Box is located in the lobby of each Residence Hall near the security desk.
When your items are removed, find the express checkout box to obtain and complete an express checkout envelope. Fill out the envelope with your student information, place your keys inside the envelope and then place your envelope into the slot at the top of the express checkout box to complete that process to send notification of official checkout and submit your keys.
Weekday checkouts/moveouts (Monday-Fridays) prior to May 18, 2020- NO APPOINTMENT NEEDED
If you arrive to checkout during a weekday prior to May 18, 2020, no appointment is needed for checkout. Weekday checkout volume is historically lower in terms of the number of residents who arrive for checkout, however, where applicable, building staff will monitor residential entrance into buildings to ensure social distancing.
Weekend checkout (Saturdays- Sundays in May) Appointments by resident "Last Name"
If you arrive to checkout on a weekend in May, the anticipated weekend checkout volume is expected to be higher in terms of the number of residents who arrive for checkout. Therefore in order to ensure adequate distancing in buildings, a WEEKEND appointment schedule, arranged by resident's Last Name, has been implemented for the following weekends:
Weekend: Saturday, 5/2/20 - Sunday, 5/3/20
Weekend: Saturday, 5/9/20 - Sunday, 5/10/20
Weekend: Saturday, 5/16/20 - Sunday, 5/17/20
Last Name (A - E)- Checkout arrival time: Saturdays from 8am- 1pm: Residents with Last Name beginning with letters (A - E) can arrive within this timeframe to complete their checkout.
Last Name (F - L)- Checkout arrival time: Saturdays from 2pm- 7pm: Residents with Last Name beginning with letters (F - L) can arrive within this timeframe to complete their checkout.
Last Name (M - S)- Checkout arrival time: Sundays from 8am- 1pm: Residents with Last Name beginning with letters (M - S) can arrive within this timeframe to complete their checkout.
Last Name (T - Z)- Checkout arrival time: Sundays from 2pm- 7pm: Residents with Last Name beginning with letters (T - Z) can arrive within this timeframe to complete their checkout.
Yes, residents can bring helpers/loved ones to asist with their checkout.
Residents should be prepared to move belongings down to the ground level of their building. Resident helpers/loved ones should be prepared to generally only enter the building to assist with moving items from the lobby to vehicle.
Resident's helpers should be prepared to stay with their vehicle and expedite the process by moving belongings to the ground level when they are ready to load quickly.
Any residents and their helpers/loved ones are required to wear a face-cover/masks in accordance with the current NYS Order. Please plan ahead to ensure that you and your helpers have the supplies needed.
Residents and helpers are also advised to bring supplies to help expedite their move out, similar to check-in. Building moving bins will be limited and available for use based on availability.
A listing of companies that provide storage and moving services was outlined on the checkout preparation emails that were sent to all students. Please share this communication with your family and loved-ones, where applicable.
Please note that SVA has no affiliation or endorsement with the companies listed on the resource list.
RA Selection is the process where the resident assistant staff is selected for the following academic year. Each year, the RA selection process begins in late January for the following academic year. Students must have completed at least one full time undergraduate semester at SVA to apply for an RA position. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
At the end of each year, the SVA Office of Residence Life partners with City Harvest and reFashion NYC, as well are other NYC entities, to collect donations of non-perishable food and clothing/appropriate textiles for reuse. The Ethical Eco Move out program is a month-long initiative, meant to promote education and citizenship within our residential community as a component of the larger NYC community as well as our responsibility to be friendly to the environment.
At the end of the Fall and Spring semesters, residential students, in conjunction with their RA and Residence Hall Directors, prepare for the end of semester Universal Cleaning Deadline. Before leaving for the winter break or summer break, residents are asked to work with their roommates and suitemates to divide and share responsibility to ensure that their space is cleaned and organized prior to the break.
Students interested in changing their room and/or building after the semester has begun, may do so by filling out a Room Change Request on MySVA.
- Log in to MySVA.
- Click on the Departments tab.
- Choose Residence Life under the Administrative Offices list.
- Choose Room Change Request and follow the instructions.
Room changes begin the 3rd week of classes. If there is an available room that meets your preferences, you will receive an email from our office with the room change offer.
Before considering cancelling your housing assignment, you must review the corresponding housing agreement. The housing agreement is for the full academic year including fall and spring semesters. The housing agreements are available as PDF downloads on this page.
Questions and concerns regarding housing cancellations should be directed to the Office of Residence Life at email@example.com.
SVA's Residence Halls are open year-round including during school breaks when the College administrative offices are closed. There is always 24-hour security as well as Residence Life staff members on duty.