The Orientation and New Student Programs office hosts Explore Next Door (END), a series of trips and experiences for undergraduate students to take advantage of New York City and the surrounding area. The fall semester trips are open to all new students (first-years and transfers) and our spring semester trips are open to all undergraduate students. The purpose of this program is to introduce students to the cultural wealth of New York City and provide them with an opportunity to connect with their fellow students, faculty, and administrators outside of the classroom.

These opportunities can be in-person or virtual in nature.

Eligibility / Cancellation Policies

  • The fall END trips are open only to new registered first-year and new transfer undergraduate students. During the spring semester, trips are open to all registered undergraduate students. Students are required to pay a $10 cash deposit to hold their spot. Your deposit is refunded after you attend the event.
  • One trip per semester per student.
  • Students must be present on the date and time of sign-up and present a valid Hofstra ID. Students may not sign up other students for trips.
  • Sign-ups are on a first-come, first-served basis; we cannot sign up anyone before the designated date and time of sign ups.
  • Students must cancel by 9 a.m. three business days before their scheduled event by contacting the Orientation and New Student Programs office in Room 242 Student Center at 516-463-4874.
  • Any student who fails to cancel within the cancellation period will have to forfeit their deposit.
  • If you are interested in attending an Explore Next Door trip and have a disability requiring any kind of special travel needs, please contact the Office of Orientation and New Student Programs at 516-463-6914 or email at least two weeks before the scheduled trip.
New York City

Meeting Locations and Times

You will get detailed information regarding the location and time for each trip when you sign up.

Current / Future Explore Next Door Trips

Fall 2023

  • Blue Man Group
  • Moulin Rouge
  • Queens Botanical Garden
  • The Rockettes and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular
  • American Museum of Natural History

Spring 2024 (tentative)

  • Chicago
  • Islanders Vs. Lightning

Prior Explore Next Door Trips

Welcome Week 2023

  • Big Onion Multi Ethnic Food Tour
  • Radio City Tour
  • Central Park Walking Tour
  • Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
  • Big Onion Greenwich Village Tour
  • Artechouse
  • Bronx Zoo
  • Rise NY
  • Harry Potter Experience
  • Spyscape
  • Jones Beach
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Whitney Museum
  • The Highline
  • MoMA
  • Big Onion Financial District Tour
  • The Color Factory
  • Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
  • Summit One
  • The one with the Friends Experience
  • Brooklyn Boulders Rock Climbing
  • Mets vs. Mariners game

Spring 2023

  • NY Islanders vs. Detroit Red Wings
  • Whitney Museum of American Art and The High Line
  • One World Observatory

Fall 2022

  • Broadway - Book of Mormon
  • Brooklyn Bridge Walking Tour
  • Broadway - Hadestown
  • Harbes Farm 
  • Taste of China in Flushing, NY
  • The Rockettes and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular