- Does paying a security deposit guarantee I will be placed in housing?
No. Like most rental agreements, the security deposit is requested in advance of moving in and held to cover any damages that occur to the room while you live there. Providing the security deposit is part of the application process, it does not guarantee you will be placed in housing. In the case that you are not placed in housing, your deposit will be returned to your CUNYfirst account.
- There were no damages to my room, when can I expect my security deposit to be returned?
At the end of your contract, the FOUNDStudy team will inspect your room and determine if there are any damages. Once this process is complete, Baruch Residence Life will request your deposit (minus any charges for damage) to be returned. This process can take up to a month to go through the various offices for approval.
- When will I find out if I have received housing at Baruch?
The application for the upcoming academic year becomes available in April. We start to process applications right away and hope to provide offer letters beginning in mid to late May.
Billing and Payment
- The Residence Hall has four types of rooms available: Standard Double, Deluxe Double and Standard Single and Deluxe Single. The housing fee is added to each student’s CUNYfirst account at the beginning of the fall and spring semester. Room prices can be found here.
For a student in a standard double, a fee of $7,250 would be placed on their CUNYfirst account in August, and then again in January. Payment dates coincide with the dates tuition is due.
The Housing Fee for each semester (amount dependent upon the type of room are assigned) will be placed on your CUNYfirst account. Only the security deposit is to be paid via wire transfer. Please do not send your housing fee by wire transfer as it could potentially cause delays and result in a Bursar hold placed on your account.
Move In/Move Out
- I am confirmed for housing and have paid all of my fees, when do I get to move in?
Move in traditionally occurs a few days before the first day of classes. These dates are subject to change depending on a variety of conditions, however, you will be provided with more information as the semester approaches.
- I am currently in housing and my spring semester is coming to an end soon, when do I know when to move out?
The move out date is within 24 hours of your last final exam.
- What should I bring?
We are very excited to offer students the opportunity to dorm in mid-town Manhattan! The building, located at 569 Lexington Avenue, is close to the 6 train that will take you to campus in just a few stops. It is also centrally located to notable NYC attractions like Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral Central Park and Times Square. The rooms provided vary in size and students are encouraged to only bring what they truly need for their time at Baruch. The building does have multiple common spaces, lounges, and a fitness center for students to connect with one another outside of their assigned rooms. Please note, deluxe double rooms may not have a larger footprint than a standard double. Go here for a list of what to bring, and what not to bring.
- Residents are not authorized to have any of the following items:
- Halogen lighting equipment.
- Electric or gas-powered heaters.
- Convection Ovens/Toasters
- Candles, incense, pipes (including water pipes or bongs).
- Flammable decorations such as Christmas lights etc.
- Furniture, television, refrigerator or microwave (except what is provided by FOUND STUDY).
- Illegal substances of any nature.
- Explosives, fireworks or weapons of any kind.
- Smoke laden materials/vapors, fog machines and/or instruments.
- Hover boards, self-propelled scooters
- Can I stay in my room over the winter break and/or summer?
Students are able to remain in housing over the winter break. Baruch does not provide summer housing of any kind. Those interested in living in the hall over the summer months are encouraged to lease a bed for the summer through www.foundstudy.com directly.
- How will my roommate be assigned?
As part of the application, students are able to identify their preferences for roommates. We do our best to honor roommate requests. Please note, both students must request each other for this to occur. We also utilize a tool called “The Roommate Finder” that helps us to pair students with similar preferences. Completing the Roommate Finder is optional. We do work to pair first year students together, however, as with all roommate assignments this is not always possible.
- What is Gender Neutral Housing?
Gender Neutral Housing allows for same-gender, different-gender, gender-queer or other gender identities to live together regardless of biological sex in a platonic environment in which they feel supported. There are a small number of gender neutral rooms available. To request a gender neutral room, both students must indicate this choice on their application, providing consent for the living arrangement.
- When will I find out who my roommate is?
Roommate assignments are sent out in late July/early August. For those moving in to the residence hall for the Spring term only, roommate assignments are sent in early January.
- What if my roommate and I don’t get along?
Living with another person can be challenging. One of the benefits of living with a roommate while in college is it is an opportunity for students to work on their communication and collaboration skills. Students are encouraged to work together to create an environment that both students can live in. However, this isn’t always possible. Residents are expected to approach disagreements with their roommates in a mature and respectful manner. If they are not able to reach a positive outcome themselves, residents should enlist the assistance of the Student Life Staff. There are multiple steps that can be taken, including mediation and room changes. No room changes will occur in the first two weeks of the semester. Please note, we have a limited number of beds and it is not always possible for two people to move together.
- When am I no longer able to withdraw from housing without facing fees or penalties?
The cancelation policy goes in to affect once the student has submitted the deposit and accepts the offer for housing. Should they choose to withdraw after accepting the housing offer, they are subject to fees and penalties based on date and time of cancellation as stated in the application and housing contract.
- I signed the housing contract for the entire academic year (Fall and Spring semesters), but I found out that I can live with a relative during the Spring semester and I want to withdraw, what are my fees and penalties?
Students who signed an academic year contract and wish to withdraw for the Spring semester, will be subject to a $3,000 cancellation fee for breaking the academic year lease agreement, as well as a forfeit of their $300 security deposit. The deadline to request a withdrawal from Spring semester housing is November 1. Students who cancel after November 1 will be charged for the entire Spring semester.
- What happens if I withdraw from housing halfway through the semester?
Please refer to the housing contract and cancelation policy to determine the fees associated with cancelation. For example, if a student cancels housing after the third week of the semester Baruch College will receive 100% of the semester housing charges.
- Who can I contact in order to explain my reasoning for withdrawing for housing?
To appeal any fees associated with cancelation, please complete the appeal form. You can also email email@example.com with any questions you may have.
- Can I have a pet?
Emotional Support Animals. The policy of the building is that no pets are allowed. However, with proper documentation and approvals, an exception can be made for an emotional support animal. For more information on how to apply, please contact Residence.Life@Baruch.CUNY.edu.
- I have a medical/religious exemption for the COVID vaccine, can I still live in the hall?
All Baruch students living in the Residence Hall must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. There are no exceptions to this policy. Residents are required to participate in testing throughout their stay. All testing will be provided free of charge.
- Who or What is FOUNDStudy?
The Residence Hall at 569 Lexington Avenue is owned and managed by FOUNDStudy. Baruch leases just under 300 beds, found on three consecutive floors in the building. Students from other schools lease the beds found on other floors.
The FOUNDStudy staff manage move in, all maintenance requests, programming in the building and have oversight of the common spaces.
Students who are placed in Baruch Housing will have their housing fee applied to their CUNYFirst account along with their tuition bill. Students who direct lease with FOUNDStudy will not have their housing fee applied to their tuition bill, rather they will need to pay FOUNDStudy directly.
- What can I do if I didn’t get a Baruch bed?
If you were not able to be assigned a bed through Baruch, you can request to be placed on a waitlist should a bed become available. To do this, please email Life@Baruch.CUNY.edu. Additionally, you may be able to directly lease a bed in the Midtown East building through FOUNDStudy. This will allow you to be in the same building as other Baruch students, though you will be billed directly by FOUNDStudy.
- How can I become an Resident Assistant (RA)?
Becoming a Resident Assistant (RA) is a great way to develop interpersonal skills transferable to any industry. RAs at FOUND Study are paraprofessionals who have been selected and trained to assist residents within the residence hall. They are a resource for residents in the community largely focusing on community development, being a referral agent, and guiding building operations. This position requires an individual who is flexible, solution-oriented, and able to assume a variety of roles as dictated by the changing needs of students. The Resident Assistant position requires approximately 20 hours per week. The Resident Assistant is responsible for an area of approximately 45 resident students on average, with the specific scope of responsibilities varying depending on the assignment. The RA is a member of a staff team and is directly supervised by a Community Manager and a Student Life Coordinator, who assists in creating enrichment events for FOUND Study students. Interested in being an RA at FOUND? Visit the FOUND Study Midtown East FAQ page for information regarding upcoming applications and interest sessions!