Facilities and Services


Each residence hall floor is equipped with common area, single-sex bathrooms (some areas have suites that contain bathrooms).

Common Area Spaces

Each residence hall is equipped with several common area spaces for all to use.  These include study lounges and recreation rooms.  The spaces are also used for programs, meetings and just hanging out.  Storage of personal items including bicycles and room furniture are not permitted in common area spaces.  Please see the storage section for more information.  If a group or person would like to reserve a common area space, please see the AC/RD/GA of that residence hall.  Sleeping in any common area space is also prohibited.


Each residence hall has a kitchenette designed for preparing occasional snacks and small dinners. It is the responsibility of each student to clean up the kitchen after they use it.  Students may need to contact a staff member to gain access to the building's kitchenette.

Laundry Facilities

Washers and dryers are available in each residence hall and are free of charge for residents.  Students may need to swipe their SUNY card to activate them.  Please report any malfunctions directly to the MacGray Laundry Company (contracted by PACES) at (800) 622-4729 and put a warning note on the machine for others.  Laundry left unattended for more than a week may be collected by the staff and put into storage.


Residence Life sponsors a web based movie program in partnership with Residence Life Cinema, a division of Swank Motion Pictures, Inc.  Each Month, August through May, there will be 12 different movies available free of charge for viewing from your residence hall IP address.  Students who would like to make a request for a specific movie should e-mail residence life at least 6 weeks before the month.  To access the site from a residence hall based IP address, please click on the following link: http://swank2.potsdam.edu

Office Locations

The Office of Residence Life is located in S191 Draime Hall Extension.  Every student is welcome to visit the office during regular business hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays when classes are not in session).

Each Residence Hall has professional staff.  The AC/RD/GA each has an office located within his/her residence hall, except for the Town Houses, Sisson & Van Housen. Please see their posted office hours for the times that the office will be staffed. In addition, the halls have a student staff Resident Assistant (RA) office that is staffed during posted hours in the evenings.

Wireless, High-Speed Internet & CableTV (Residential)

SUNY Potsdam has partnered with Time Warner Cable to provide Road Runner wired and Wi-Fi high-speed internet service, as well as 90 cable TV channels to all students living in our residence halls at no extra charge.  Refer to your Road Runner Welcome Kit for connection information.

To make it easier for students seeking assistance with either RR wired, RR Wi-Fi, cable TV, or to order additional cable services, there is now one convenient number to call ((866) 339-8225).  This service is available 24/7 and additional self help information can be found at http://web.twcny.com/campus.

Phones & Voice Mail

The College does not provide phone lines (i.e. land lines) in student rooms.  Emergency phones that dial directly into University Police will be located in each residential area.  Students are urged to come to campus with cell phones or they can purchase one through the College's discounted plan for students.  More information can be found by e-mailing that office at telcom@potsdam.edu
or http://www.potsdam.edu/cts/services/TelCom/studentcellinfo.cfm

Vending Machines

Each residence hall area has a variety of coin and BEAR express operated vending machines for beverages and snacks.