Residence Life Housing Selection

Residence Hall Check In/Out

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 √ Pillows √ 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


Information regarding renting a microfridge from CSI Campus Specialties, our microfridge rental unit provider, and purchasing linens through Our Campus Market (OCM), 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 homeowner's insurance or by securing renter's insurance. Many homeowner policies allow for a rider for renter's insurance. Please discuss this matter with your insurance agent prior to your arrival to campus.

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 $40.00 laundry fee per semester for unlimited use of the washers and dryers in their residence halls.


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.

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 a more detailed breakdown of our fines and fees, go to our Policies and Procedures page.

Midyear 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 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Midyear 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 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. 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 $1500 cancellation fee. NOTE: Depending on the check-out date, 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, but all students must check out of their current housing assignments within 24 hours of their last final exam or by 9 a.m. on the Saturday before Commencement during posted check-out times.

Students looking to reside on campus beyond 9 p.m., Saturday, May 18, 2019 must submit their Housing Extension Request Form before 5 p.m. on Friday, April 26, 2019 to the Office of Residence Life (Room 126 Wellness and Campus Living 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 at
  • 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 ( in order to be given this extension. See 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 20, 2019 need to submit a Summer Housing Application at Housing Extensions will be provided as approved/denied at the discretion of 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 nongraduating seniors must check out of within 24 hours of their last final exam or by 9 p.m., Saturday, May 18, 2019 during posted check-out times. Students who remain in the residence halls past Saturday, May 18, 2019 without an approved extension will be charged for a late check-out and any other applicable fines.

Note: Residential Students residing in Alliance Hall are NOT eligible for an extension beyond Saturday, May 18, 2019 unless they are a graduating student. Alliance Hall will be the summer residence hall and must be available for summer housing residents.

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, or by fax at 516-463-4107, or by email at A fee of $50.00 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 23, 2020.