Travel and Moving In


Yes. Students are strongly encouraged to travel with no more than one person. Students and their family member or guest traveling from states on New York’s quarantine list must complete a Traveler Health Form. Per New York’s travel advisory website, “As part of the enforcement operation, enforcement teams will be stationed at airports statewide to meet arriving aircrafts at gates and greet disembarking passengers to request proof of completion of the State Department of Health traveler form, which is being distributed to passengers by airlines prior to and upon boarding or disembarking flights to New York state. Travelers coming to New York from designated states through other means of transport, including trains and cars, must fill out the form online.” The form requires individuals to note the address of their final destination. Residence hall students should write “1999 Burdett Ave, Troy, NY, 12180.” Off-campus students should use their off-campus address. Families and other guests not booking a hotel in New York should denote the same address. Families and other guests booking a hotel in New York should submit the hotel’s address.

No. All Rensselaer students, who will have physical access to campus this fall, residing on and off campus, must self-quarantine for 14 days in their local residence hall or apartment upon arrival, regardless of the location they are arriving from. Students who live locally, even if they have not traveled during the summer, must also self-quarantine for 14 days prior to coming on campus.

Yes. All Rensselaer students, who will have physical access to campus this fall, residing on and off campus, must self-quarantine for 14 days in their local residence hall or apartment upon arrival, regardless of the location they are arriving from. This quarantine is not nullified or shortened by a negative test result. Students will quarantine in their residence hall room for two weeks. Food will be delivered and students will attend classes virtually until their quarantine is complete.

All on campus Rensselaer students are required to self-quarantine for 14 days. The pandemic continues to spread and as of August 4, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 4,649,102 total cases in the U.S., and 154,471 COVID-related deaths. We are committed to providing an in-person, campus-based experience for our students, as long as it is safe to do so. For the well-being of our campus community and to help prevent the spread of the virus on campus, all on-campus students will be required to quarantine for 14 days once they have moved into their housing.

During move-in, August 22-24, a strict quarantine requirement will be in effect. This means that students are to remain in their room without physically socializing. On August 25, the Office of Student Living and Learning will communicate expectations for the remaining quarantine period, which runs through September 8. Information outlining quarantine expectations was sent to students on August 14 and August 18. If students did not receive the information, they can contact

All students are expected to arrive on time for their scheduled check-in. Students who need to reschedule should contact as soon as possible. In the event of a late arrival, the student will still be required to complete a 14-day quarantine. During this time, they will be able to conduct their studies remotely. If a student is signed up for a course with lab content, arriving late may result in a missed opportunity to participate in hands-on lab work. However, the equivalent remote version will still be available for them to observe and use to complete related reports.

Per New York state’s Guidance for Travel, “The requirements of the travel advisory do not apply to any individual passing through designated states for a limited duration (i.e., less than 24 hours) through the course of travel. Examples of such brief passage include but are not limited to stopping at rest stops for vehicles, buses, and/or trains; or layovers for air travel, bus travel, or train travel.”

Those traveling through one of New York’s airports, train stations, or bus stations may be subject to additional health and safety measures. Travelers arriving at a New York state airport may encounter enforcement teams who are collecting Health Traveler Forms. For those entering New York via car, there are no measures to screen for individuals traveling from states that are on New York’s quarantine list. More information may be found on New York’s Quarantine Restrictions FAQ document.

No. We encourage students to consider ride-hailing providers such as Uber and Lyft. Both services require drivers to utilize masks.

Rensselaer can only provide keys and access to the residence halls for students who have been tested by the Institute’s Student Health Center. As such, Rensselaer does not provide housing accommodations for students, family members, or guests arriving before their testing/move-in date. Below is a list of hotels* located in Troy near the Rensselaer campus.

*Rensselaer does not endorse any of these hotels, nor does the Institute receive any compensation from students or families booking a room.

A number of Troy restaurants are open and offer delivery (for those traveling from states on New York’s quarantine list), take-out, and dine-in options. Consult hotel staff for suggestions and recommendations.

At your appointed time, you will need to check-in at the Rensselaer Houston Field House* for your COVID-19 test. Do NOT drive to your residence hall. You will receive further instructions after you take your COVID-19 test regarding how to retrieve your key and navigate to your assigned room. If you are arriving via taxi, Uber, or Lyft, there will be signs directing the driver to a drop-off location.

*Houston Field House is a searchable location on Google Maps, “Houston Field House, Peoples Avenue, Troy, NY.” You can also search 1900 Peoples Ave, Troy, NY 12180. Please note that directions from Google Maps or other navigation applications/devices may produce different routes. Please review the directions below with directions from other sources.

From the North:
Take I-87, the Adirondack Northway, South to Exit 7 East. Get on Route 7 headed Eastbound. Continue on Route 7 for approximately 4 miles and take the exit for Downtown Troy. You will be on 6th Avenue. At the second traffic light, make a left turn onto Federal Street. Stay in the left lane and at the fork in the road, veer left onto Peoples Avenue and continue up the hill. Continue straight through three traffic lights. After the third light, veer right as you climb the hill in front of the Houston Field House. From there you will be directed to either a parking lot for personal vehicles or a drop-off area for students arriving via taxi, Uber, or Lyft.

From the South (I-87), East, and West (I-90):
Take I-787 North to exit 8, 23rd Street, Watervliet, and Green Island. At the light, take a right onto Albany Avenue. Continue on Albany Avenue and take a right onto the Green Island Bridge. You will enter Troy on Federal Street. Remain in the left lane of Federal Street and continue left at the fork in the road onto Peoples Avenue. Continue on Peoples Avenue toward the Houston Field House. Veer right as you climb the hill in front of the Houston Field House. From there you will be directed to either a parking lot for personal vehicles or a drop-off area for students arriving via taxi, Uber, or Lyft.

Yes. Rensselaer does not limit the number of cars, trailers, or other vehicles for move-in; however, we strongly encourage students to pack light this year. Your family can always mail additional items later.

After completing your COVID-19 test, you will be directed to the location where you will receive your key, Rensselaer ID, and directions to your residence hall.

Yes. The student meal plan will be active upon your arrival but is only available for students. During the initial 14-day quarantine period, dining services will deliver meals each day to each student’s room or residence hall. 

No. To ensure social distancing and to limit the number of non-students in the hall at any one time, only one person will be allowed to accompany the student on the initial move-in. If that individual leaves to purchase items, they cannot re-enter the hall. Students will have to bring the items in themselves.

Review, one last time, all New York state travel advisory information. Remember to bring and wear a mask. Per Executive Order 202.14, “Any person who is over age 2 and able to medically tolerate a face-covering shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain, or when not maintaining, social distance.”

For students, you will need to provide your Rensselaer RIN at check-in for your COVID-19 test. Please either memorize your RIN or have it accessible. Please ensure your phone is charged before entering the testing tent. You will receive your test results via text message or phone call. If you do not have a cell phone, the Health Center staff will utilize a different process to inform you of your test results.

Students will receive a one-month PPE package at the testing/check-in site on move-in day. The package will consist of 20 disposable masks (five per week for four weeks), and two cloth masks. Disposable masks are to be used during instructional periods in the classroom.

Students should be prepared with bed linens and any other necessary items.

We encourage students to bring everything they need with them when they move into their residence hall. Once students move in, quarantine will begin, and they will not be able to leave except for emergency situations.

If students on the p.m. schedule do not want to utilize the secure space, they are welcome to wait and bring their items to campus when they have been approved to move in.

The room will be disinfected, and we will follow protocols to allot the appropriate time prior to another student moving in.

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