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Check In/Out

  • Before You Arrive

    What to Bring

    We suggest that residents consult with their room/suitemates regarding what items each will bring in order to avoid duplicates.
    √ Desk Lamp √ Umbrella √ Shower Caddy
    √ Area Carpet(s) √ Surge Protector(s) √ Alarm Clock
    √ Television √ Headphones √ Whiteboard
    √ Dishware √ Blankets/Sheets/Comforter √ Personal Toiletries
    √ Drinkware √ Towels √ Shower Shoes/Flip Flops
    √ Cooking Utensils/Silverware √ Pillow √ Desk Supplies (e.g. stapler, paperclips. etc)
    √ Hangers √ Laundry Basket & Detergent √One cup coffee maker(one per bedroom) UL approved and equipped with automatic shut-off

    What Not to Bring

    For health and safety reasons, the following are prohibited in the residence halls:
    X Any type of firearm or weapon X Electric Blankets X Pets (other than fish)
    X Black Light Bulb (in University fixtures) X Electric Grills

    X Power Bed Risers

    X Tapestries on ceilings or walls (e.g. flags, curtains, etc)

    X Halogen Lamps/Lights X Electric Heaters X Toaster Ovens
    X Candles/Incense X Extension Cords X Toasters*
    X Cinderblock X Multiplugs X Waterbeds
    X Cooking Appliances X Hot Pots/Plates X Rice Cookers
    X E-cigarettes/Hookahs X Microwaves** X Additional items are identified in the Guide to Pride
    *Permitted in the Graduate Residence Hall kitchens only
    **Please refer to the section on Absocold Combination Appliance Rentals
              

    NOTE: Students found with prohibited items in their room may be documented and receive appropriate fines to their student account. For a more detailed breakdown of our policies, fines, and fees go to our Policies and Procedures page or www.hofstra.edu/livingfactor.

    Vendors

    Information regarding Absocold Combination Appliance Rentals and the available Linens program can be found on our Vendors page.

    Insuring Your Belongings

    It is imperative that students safeguard their belongings. We encourage all students to have adequate insurance, either through their homeowners or securing renter's insurance. Many homeowner policies allow for a rider for renters insurance. Please discuss this matter with your insurance agent prior to your arrival to campus.

  • During Your Stay

    Common Amenities / Laundry

    Although there are many different living areas available on campus, each residence hall offers similar amenities. For example, each has laundry, study, and kitchen facilities in common areas of the building, except the Graduate Residence Hall where each suite has its own kitchen. Typically, rooms are furnished with a bed, dresser, wardrobe or closet, desk, chair and wastebasket for each student. Moreover, each room is equipped with a TV hookup, and Internet service.

    Each student is charged a $40 laundry fee per semester for unlimited use of the washers and dryers in their residence halls.

    Recycling

    Hofstra University has made significant contributions toward protecting the environment by its comprehensive recycling program. Residence halls and student rooms have been equipped with recycling receptacles for cans and bottles. In addition to this program, the University has an active compost operation for leaves, plants and tree clippings. Due to fire safety and health standards, recycling bins for newspapers and other recyclables in the residence halls is not permitted but can be found in the Student Center.

  • Checking Out of the Residence Halls

    When you are preparing to check out, please ensure that you follow all the proper procedures:

    • Remove all personal belongings from the room (the University assumes no responsibility for lost, damaged or discarded items), and 
    • Restore your room to its original condition, and 
    • Have an RA check your room in your presence to note any damages or repair needs on the Room Condition Report (RCR), and
    • Return your key and receive a key receipt.

    *Failure to abide by these policies and procedures will result in the application of appropriate fines and fees to the student's account. For more detailed breakdown of our fines and fees, go to our Policies and Procedures page.

    Mid-Year Check Ins
    Students needing to check into their housing assignment on any day during the academic year that is not an advertised check in day may do so by visiting the Resident Assistant Office of your residence hall between 6pm-9pm.
    Mid-Year Check Outs
    If you need to check out of your housing assignment during the course of the academic year, all check outs take place between the 6pm-9pm office hours with the Resident Assistant(s) on duty. The student is responsible for ensuring they complete all check out requirements. See Check Out section above for procedures.

    Per the Office of Residence Life Living Agreement, the housing agreement is a one-year contractual agreement and failure to remain in housing for the full academic year without prior written approval for cancellation will result in a $750 cancellation fee. NOTE: Depending on the date of the check out, students may be eligible for a refund of some housing costs, more information can be found in The Living Factor located on the

    May Closing

    At the end of the spring semester in May, all resident students must check out of their housing assignments. Over the summer, we do offer Summer Housing (for more information head to www.hofstra.edu/summerhousingapp) but all students must check out of their current housing assignments within 24 hours of their last final exam or by 9am, the Saturday before Commencement during posted check out times.

  • Housing Extension Requests

    Students looking to reside on campus beyond 9pm, Saturday, May 20, 2017 must submit their Housing Extension Request Form before 5pm, Friday, April 28, 2017  to the Office of Residence Life (Room 244 Student Center).

    • Graduating Seniors do not need to submit an extension request.
    • Students involved in a club or organization that is directly involved with Commencement Ceremonies (e.g. cheerleading, pep band, etc.) or other University sponsored event, must have their advisor send a list of students to the Office of Residence Life to the attention of Michael Perlmutter, Assistant Director, Residential Operations (Michael.Perlmutter@hofstra.edu) by 5pm, Friday April 28.
    • Summer Housing students who have applied for Summer Session I must complete a Housing Extension Request Form. Please note: you must have applied for Summer Session I Housing on the Hofstra Portal (my.hofstra.edu) in order to be given this extension. See www.hofstra.edu/summerhousingapp for more information regarding Summer Housing.
    • Law students participating in the Law School Writing Competition also need to complete a Housing Extension Request.

    Students requesting extensions beyond Monday, May 22,2017 need to submit a Summer Housing Application at my.hofstra.edu. Housing Extensions will be provided as approved/denied at the discretion fo the Office of Residence Life. Residents will be notified via their Hofstra Pride email account by their Resident Director regarding the decision. As a reminder, all non-graduating seniors must check out of within 24 hours of their last final exam or by 9pm, Saturday, May 20, 2017 during posted check out times. Students who remain in the residence halls past Saturday, May 20, 2017 without an approved extension will be charged for a late check out and any other applicable fines.

    Note: Residential Students residing in Alliance Hall, Bill of Rights Hall. Estabrook Hall and the following houses in Colonial Square East: Cambridge, Hempstead, Hampton, New York, and Norwich Houses are NOT eligible for an extension beyond Saturday, May 20, 2017 unless they are a graduating student. Bill of Rights, Estabrook, and the above noted houses in Colonial Square East are undergoing renovations which begin promptly after commencement. Alliance Hall will be the summer residence hall and must be available for summer housing residents.

  • Early Arrival Fee

    New for Fall 2017, The Office of Residence Life will begin accepting Early Arrival Request applications for students wishing to return early to their fall residential assignment. Interested students should submit an Early Arrival Request Application, located on the Documents and Downloads page of the residence life website, and submit in person to the Office of Residence Life, by fax at 516-463-4107, or by email at Reslife@hofstra.edu. A fee of $50 per night will be assessed to the accounts of students granted an early arrival. If approved, the earliest date a student can request an early arrival is Sunday, August 27, 2017.