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We are Residential Life & Explorations.
We are Relationship Builders, Leaders & Educators.

The Office of Residential Life & Explorations seeks to empower students to establish and cultivate community while practicing responsible leadership.  We strive to create a safe and inclusive environment that encourages learning and nurture intentional relationships, allowing students to embark, explore and find their anchor on campus.

2020-2021 Housing and Dining Rates

Dear Students:

The experiential elements of a 21st-century liberal arts education include a strong academic mission, small class sizes, intensive student/faculty interaction, and the benefit of an integrated living and learning community. All of these elements enhance your student experience and help us deliver on our educational promise to you and your families.

In our ongoing efforts to strengthen our residential experience, we regularly assess our housing and dining options. This allows us to ensure we offer the best experience for our students.

We are excited to share, that for the 2020-2021 academic year, we will be offering new housing and dining options. The new options have been created to both bolster the residential educational experience, and support expressed student needs and interests.

The new options are different than what we’ve offered in the past, so we wanted to provide a breakdown of options for next year.


With the addition of the new Lakeside Neighborhood, residential and community spaces will be greatly expanded. Lakeside Neighborhood will center on community and wellness, offering students private personal space surrounded by collaborative communal spaces—all focused on supporting their health and well-being. The 250,000-square-foot, five-story facility hugs the southeastern shoreline of campus, offering impressive views of Lake Virginia and easy access to the Cornell Campus Center, Kathleen W. Rollins Hall, Olin Library, and the rest of campus. 

Each of the 124 units in Lakeside Neighborhood will be anchored by a well-appointed shared living space, including a furnished living room, a full kitchen with stainless-steel appliances, and a washer and dryer. In addition to a private or semi-private bedroom, each resident will have a full private bathroom, closet, workspace, and additional storage.

 We are anticipating the opening of a limited number of beds in the Lakeside Neighborhood in August 2020 with a full opening of the complex in Spring 2021. Housing selection nights will take places in early April.

For the Fall 2020 opening, Lakeside priority will be assigned accordingly:

  1. Students currently living in five-person Sutton apartments.
  2. Students living off-campus via the sophomore exemption.
  3. Students who lived in McKean during 2018-2019. 

For the Spring 2021 opening, Lakeside priority will be assigned accordingly:

  1. Students returning from study abroad.
  2. Current Seniors and Juniors who wanted to live in Lakeside in Fall 2020.
  3. Returning Sophomores and First-Year students.
  4. Incoming Transfer and First-Year students 


As a small, residential liberal arts school, we believe strongly in building a sense of community on our campus. One of the ways that is accomplished is by providing multiple dining options so students can take advantage of campus life. 

Dining Services have been greatly enhanced by last fall’s renovation of the Skillman Dining Hall. Next year, with the opening of Lakeside Neighborhood, students will experience an improved campus market (C-Store) which will offer a greater fruit and vegetable selection, enhanced grab-and-go products like sandwiches and salads, nearly three times the grocery space, a smoothie bar, a hot grille serving nutritious to-order food, and a full-service coffee bar.

Dining at Rollins is an excellent value with high-quality, reasonable-priced, and healthy meal options. In addition, Rollins Dining has been nationally ranked in food quality and service. The changes you will note in dining plans for the upcoming year is additional plan types to meet student need and interest, and that students living in Lakeside and Sutton will be required to have meal plans. 

2020-2021 Housing and Dining Costs

I am attaching a document that outlines the 2020-2021 Housing and Dining Costs. I would encourage you to review it carefully. In addition, this week we are offering two open houses for students who may have questions or concerns. Those will be held Tuesday, March 10, 2020, and again Thursday, March 12th at 12:30 p.m. in Student Affairs Suite in the Cornell Campus Center. Students who cannot make those times and have questions are encouraged to contact Residential Life & Explorations at or by phone at (407) 646-2649. 

2020 - 2021 Fee Schedule
2020 - 2021 Housing Selection Booklet


Leon Hayner
Associate Dean of Students
Office of Residential Life & Explorations | Rollins College
407.646.2649 |