Information for New Students

University and Residence Hall Policies

In order to foster a community that supports an academic environment, the University upholds these rules and regulations:

  • The New York State drinking age is 21; the University upholds this state law. Beer balls and kegs of beer are prohibited in residences at all times. The possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited at all times in the public areas of first- year colleges (common areas, TV lounges, study areas, hallways). Individuals under 21 years of age are not permitted to possess or consume alcoholic beverages in their rooms.
  • Residents are held accountable for the cost of damages to their room and its furnishings; in addition, all members of a floor, residence or first-year college may be charged for an equal share of excessive damages that occur to their public residence areas.
  • The University willingly abides by the village of Canton’s mandatory recycling ordinance. Containers for recycled material are located throughout the residences. Material that must be sorted and recycled includes paper, cardboard, metal, glass and hard plastics.
  • So as to promote an attractive, safe and accessible campus, parking areas on the perimeter of the campus provide parking space for faculty, staff, students and guests. Students must obtain a car registration permit from the security and safety office in order to park on campus.
  • Fish are the only pets permitted in University-owned rooms.
  • Smoking is prohibited in all University-owned residences (e.g. halls, townhouses, Greek houses, cottages and suites).
  • For safety reasons, the following are not allowed in student rooms: space heaters, sun lamps, hot plates, candles, incense, immersion coils, air conditioners, upward facing lamps (i.e., halogen or medusa lamps), toasters, toaster ovens, darts and dart boards, charcoal or gas grills, ceiling fans, dimmer switches, waterbeds, hot tubs/spas/pools and hookahs.
  • Because of delivery and electrical issues, water dispensers and water delivery (five-gallon jugs) are prohibited in all University owned residences.

For more details regarding University Policies and Procedures the Student Handbook may be viewed online.

Furnishings Each room has window drapes and/or shades, a single bed (extra-long twin size), desk, chair, dresser, closet space and wastebasket per person (however, we strongly encourage you to recycle as much as possible in the bins in the residences). The rooms are approximately 12x13 feet for a double and 9x10 for a single.

Linen/Laundry A laundry room with high-efficiency washers and dryers is provided in each residence; there is no charge to residents.

For linen services, you may wish to check out available services and fees through Residence Hall Linens.  St. Lawrence University has been offering the Residence Hall Linens Program for more than 20 years.  The SLU campus has extra-long beds (greater than 76 inches in length) that are designed to maximize comfort.  These extra-long mattresses require specially-sized sheets, blankets and comforters.  Residence Hall Linens bedding and accessories are guaranteed 100 percent satisfaction right up to graduation.  If you are ever displeased with the bedding, you may return your linens for a full refund.   Residence Hall Linens Program: or call 1-800-957-4338.  

MicroFridge and Refrigerator Rentals These can be rented by the semester or for the academic year; only one fridge is permitted in each room. The MicroFridge Combination unit is a 2.9 cu. ft. two-door refrigerator-freezer/.6 cu. ft. microwave oven. The stand-alone refrigerator is 2.5 cu. ft. You may place your order here:  For information or if you have questions, please contact: Lewis Freedman, 2161 Coddington Road, Brooktondale, NY 14817 Phone: 607-539-6673; E-mail: