Housing for International Students
One of the most important things to take care of prior to your arrival at Rockland Community College is where you are going to live. RCC currently does not offer on-campus housing. International students who are in need of housing generally rent rooms or apartments off-campus in the surrounding area.
We have recently started working with the Stony Point Conference Center, located about 12 miles from campus in Stony Point, NY who are offering single and double rooms for RCC international students. See below for more information.
Students interested in homestays should contact Aunt Elsie's Homestays.
In addition, ISS does have a limited list of available rooms and apartments in the area that we try to keep up to date. Our office can help guide students to what housing is available, but it is up to the student to find their own housing. To receive a list of local homestays that have contacted RCC, please email International Student Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stony Point Center
As a 60 year old retreat and conference center, Stony Point Center has been providing warm, caring hospitality to people from all over the world for a long time.
The 30 acre campus is located approximately 12 miles from Rockland Community College. Stony Point Center provides a free shuttle and the campus is also accessible by public bus. Our campus is safe, quiet, clean, and comfortable, and the staff and volunteers create a friendly environment for all who come. There are a number of areas to quietly study and there are also areas where you can interact with our other guests, volunteers and staff. A great way to practice your English! Please see our brochure and website for more information.
Rates (as of September 2016)
Rates below are per person, per month, based on staying for one semester at the center.
Double Occupancy Room: $500
These costs include once a week cleaning service by the housekeeping staff, linens and towels, extra blankets, WiFi in the room, shuttle service to/from RCC, and access to the laundry room in the Lodge.
All you can eat, homemade food made from their local gardens. Dietary needs can be accommodated as well.
2 meals per day, 3 meals on Saturday & Sunday: $450
3 meals per day (including bagged lunch if needed): $550
Stony Point Center will provide a minimum of 3 shuttles to and from RCC every weekday. Additional shuttles may be available depending on the class schedules of the students. Rockland County Bus 94 goes direct from the town of Stony Point to RCC (takes about 40 min), shopping district and a large mall. It is a 10-15 minute walk from Stony Point Center to the bus stop. The Center is also within walking distance to drug stores, a 24 hour gym, the local library, and the post office.
Please contact Kitty Ufford-Chase, co-director, at email@example.com or 845-786-5674, ext. 121 with any questions. The center can be flexible with your staying needs and will work out a rate for you if needing to stay less than 1 semester.
ISS recently started working with Aunt Elsie's Homestays to help international students in finding homestay options with local families.
Since 2001, Aunt Elsie’s Homestay & Educational Services Agency™ has provided housing to students first in New York and then in other cities in the United States as well as other major cities in the world. They now service approximately 1,500 students per year.
Students interested in finding out more should reach out to the agency themselves:
Phone : 201-499-7847
Fax : 201-499-7846
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Howard Johnson Inn
17 North Airmont Road, Suffern, NY
2.6 miles from campus
RCC has established a special daily rate of $79 plus tax. You need to either call them or email the hotel directly and mention Rockland Community College to receive this rate.
Crowne Plaza Suffern-Mahwah
Three Executive Blvd, Suffern, NY
2.6 miles from campus
Rooms for Rent/Apartments
The following websites can be used to find possible other housing in the area. Please note, RCC is not affiliated with any of these websites.
- Average rents range from $500 to $600 per month with a family.
- Students are expected to leave an additional $500 to $600 as security deposit--usually the equivalent of one month's rent. This money is used to cover damage to property or to cover lost rent if a student moves before the agreed time period.
- Keep in mind that most landlords/ladies expect students to stay in their home at least one semester (4 months).
- Rules vary from home to home.
- Apartments may require a co-signer
- Rent for a 1 bedroom apartment may start at $1000 per month
- We suggest reading BestColleges.com Student Renter's Guide when thinking about renting an apartment. Helpful Hints when Apartment searching:
- Make sure you are able to view photos or view the apartment in person before signing the lease
- Some apartments require first & last month’s rent and a broker fee.
- Inquire about what bills you will be responsible for
- Don’t move into a new place without signing a lease