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Potsdam Prepared: Fall 2021 Updates

Please refer to the Residence Life webpage at and click on the “Residential Living” link for detailed information.

All students must indicate their housing preferences and/or apply for an exemption to live off campus (available online).

Room assignments are made on a first-come, first-serve basis. Since space in many areas is limited, we advise you to submit housing preferences as soon as possible.

Note: If you have any physical conditions or concerns that impact your housing needs, please see the Residence Life webpages for specific information.

Live On Campus

  • Log into BearPAWS
  • Go to the “New Student Services” link
  • Go to the “New Student Housing Registration” link
  • Read/agree to Housing License and submit
  • Indicate your housing preference from the drop down menu
  • If you have a roommate request, enter your desired roommate’s student Potsdam ID number in the field provided. Your desired roommate must enter your student Potsdam ID number on their form as well.
  • “Submit” your preferences

Please make your housing request as soon as possible.  Bedding and linens are not provided so please plan to purchase all your bedding and linens when you arrive (extra-long twin sheet set - 39 x 80 inches or 99 x 203 centimeters, pillow case, pillow, blanket, towel) or you may order online and have the items shipped to your campus mailbox for you to collect upon your arrival for orientation.

Living Off Campus

  • Apply for a housing exemption
  • Log into BearPAWS
  • Go to the “New Student” link
  • Go to the “New Student Housing Registration” link
  • Indicate that you will not be residing on campus and continue on to complete the exemption form and submit
  • You will receive an email with the decision of your request for exemption

The Student Government Association maintains a list of off-campus housing options ( and additional options can be found in the Classifieds section of North Country Now, a local media outlet available online.  Unfortunately, the International Education & Programs office cannot assist in securing off-campus housing and we strongly recommend you arrive several days earlier than your official arrival day to make off-campus housing arrangements.