Housing and Residence Life

SAB’s onsite residence hall is a living-learning environment. We strive to cultivate a safe, nurturing and healthy community which integrates artistic growth with academic success and the development of strong life skills.  A focus on meeting the unique needs of adolescent residents ranging in age from 14 to 18 underpins the work of the School’s Student Life Department as they  oversee SAB’s home-away-from-home for Intermediate and Advanced Winter Term students whose families live outside of the New York metropolitan area. Residential spots are limited and housing invitations are allocated through the admissions process.



Housing and Residence Life



SAB’s residence hall is conveniently located within the Samuel B. and David Rose Building on Lincoln Center’s campus—the same building that houses the School’s studios, administrative offices and cafeteria. Remodeled in 2018, the residence hall is contemporary and spacious.

Double and single rooms are arranged in suites that contain two or more private bathrooms.  All student rooms have spectacular city views and Wi-Fi is available throughout.

The residence hall’s main floor is the hub of daily activity and our inviting reception desk is staffed 24/7. Here students sign in and out of the building, visit with Student Life staff in their offices and drop in to meet with members of SAB’s wellness team.

The residence hall contains two large student lounges, both outfitted with comfortable seating and big screen smart TVs, where students gather to socialize with their friends and attend educational programs. Our modern community kitchen is often the site of gatherings and students are welcome to bake and cook as they might in their own homes. The residence hall also contains a large multipurpose classroom space equipped with computers and printers in which students can work on homework and projects, meet with tutors or gather to group study for an upcoming academic exam.

Boys sitting at table in Dorm Kitchen
Residence Hall kitchen space.

Staffing, Supervision, and Security

SAB’s Associate Director of Student Life for Residential and Transitional Programming, the Assistant Director of Student Life for Academic and Cultural Programs and our Dean of Students all live onsite in the Residence Hall year-round and provide professional supervision of our residential community. They are supported by a team of three live-in Assistant Residence Hall Directors who are full-time graduate students in programs related to education and student affairs. Three student Community Development Assistants and a collection of other support staff also participate in the hall’s daily operation.

Adult staff are on duty at all times in the Residence Hall. During the weekdays, our front desk is staffed by two Residence Life Associates who manage the hall’s administrative needs and tend to the students’ daily schedules. In the evenings and on the weekends, the hall is managed by our graduate ARHD staff, with professional live-in staff serving on an emergency backup rotation. Residence Life staff maintain a visible and engaged presence in our community, ensuring that students and parents are easily able to connect with staff as needed.

Residence Life staff are responsible for implementing all departmental policies and regulations, responding to crises or medical emergencies, and overseeing the community’s safety and well-being.

The residence hall is highly secure, with Lincoln Center maintaining 24 hour guard desks at multiple check points in our building.  All guests to our facility require prior approval and identification.

Dorm Security and sign out
Photo credit: Rosalie O’Connor

Community Standards, Policies, and Regulations

Our residential community is guided by a robust set of policies and regulations that not only keep our community safe, but also provide a structure that is conducive to student growth, development, and well being. Residence Life staff welcome open dialogue with parents and guardians to determine how we can best serve and support each student.

All students are required to ask for and receive permission from the residence hall staff on duty any time they leave the Rose Building. Staff will cross-reference student requests with parental permissions, grant or deny the outing, and then monitor students’ timed returns. Additionally, all residential students are subject to a tiered curfew system that is based on age.

Other policies are geared towards the unique needs of community living. Students are required to observe quiet hours, participate in community clean up responsibilities, attend mandatory community meetings and adhere to visitation policies. Parents, guardians and out of town guests are welcome to check in to the residence hall and visit with students during prescribed times, but no guests over the age of 20 may spend the night in our facilities.

Programming and Community Building

A residential program becomes a true community when those living within it grow and learn together, maintaining a mutual investment in the climate and culture they share. Developmental and social programming where students engage with each other and staff is integral to this process.

Developmental programming in our residence opens space for students learning about the world and the unique ways they relate to it. These educational programs happen weekly and are centered around international education, diversity, alcohol and drug awareness, nutrition and wellness, civic engagement and city exploration. These programs, conducted by our professional and graduate student staff, help ensure that students take time away from their artistic and academic obligations in order to broaden their learning of the world around them.

Social programming also plays an important role in the residence hall’s community development process. Every week, student leaders plan and implement a Fun Friday program in one of the residence hall’s lounges where students gather for an evening of fun competitions and group activities. Once monthly, students and staff share a Community Dinner at which that month’s student birthdays are celebrated. Additionally, large scale programming like our annual Festi-Fall has become honored traditions that students look forward to year after year.

Food Service

SAB’s cafeteria, which is shared with The Juilliard School, is located on the Rose Building’s main floor and was fully renovated in 2019. The modern and warm facility is operated by AVI Fresh and caters thoughtfully to the many needs of young, growing athletes and artists. This is achieved with innovative food programming and through close partnerships between AVI management, SAB’s professional nutritionist, and the Dean of Students.

SAB Cafeteria

AVI Fresh is also dedicated to accommodating dietary restrictions. Vegetarian and vegan options are available daily, all foods are labeled with ingredients, and common allergens are readily flagged for all visitors. Students with highly restrictive dietary allergies are also accommodated with ready-made meals that meet their needs.

All residential students are required to have a 20-meal per week meal plan that is included in their annual room and board fee. Each meal plan includes $100 in declining balance points per semester that can be used to make purchases outside of assigned mealtimes. Students may add additional dollars to their declining balance account as needed.

Lastly, AVI operates Café 11, a market-style point of sale shop in the residence hall. Students are able to access the market before curfew to make small purchases such as fresh fruit, yogurt, ice cream, and other snacks and beverages.