Residence Life Housing Selection

Returning Residents

Students who wish to return to housing for the upcoming academic year will be required to participate in the Room Selection Process. In order to participate, returning residents must meet the eligibility requirements listed in the Application Process section, submit their housing deposit, and update their housing application by the dates indicated on the room selection timeline. 

We encourage you to carefully review the "Residential Living Agreement" prior to selecting your room, as your electronic signature provides your consent to abide by all rules and regulations as outlined in the Agreement. Please refer to the Residence Life website for all policies and procedures related to both the selection and homesteading process. Our office will email students prior to the start of each selection process to ensure you do not miss your specific selection date.

Note: Students are encouraged to clear up any outstanding balance with the University prior to paying the required $300 housing deposit. On Monday, March 1, 2021 the housing deposit and online housing application system goes live. If you have an outstanding balance and pay the housing deposit, that payment will be put towards your account balance and you will therefore not have the ability to submit a housing application. 

Room Selection 2021 Important Dates

Monday, March 1 Housing Application and Housing Deposit Payment Systems are available. Click the link below for step-by-step instructions on how to pay your housing deposit and complete your Housing Application.
Sunday, March 7 Grad/Senior registration for fall 2021 classes.
Sunday, March 14 Junior registration for fall 2021 classes.
Sunday, March 14 Deadline to submit $300 housing deposit to participate in Homesteading (See description below.)
Monday, March 15– Friday, March 26 Homesteading (process to keep current living accommodations unless otherwise notified by the Office of Residence Life that the current space cannot be retained). Rooms must be filled to capacity.
Sunday, March 21 Sophomore registration for fall 2021 classes.
Sunday, March 28 First-year student registration for fall 2021 classes.
Sunday, March 28 Priority deadline to pay the $300 housing deposit in order to be eligible to participate in Relocated/Themed Living Selection.
Monday, March 29 Relocated Student Room Selection (process to select new living accommodations for students notified that they cannot retain current room due to housing configuration changes).
Tuesday, March 30 Themed Living Selection (Gender Inclusive, Black, Indigenous Community).
Saturday, May 1 Deadline to cancel fall 2021 housing assignment and request a refund of the $300 housing deposit.
Friday, May 21 Deadline to register for the fall 2021 semester; students not registered for the fall 2021 semester may be removed from their fall housing assignment.

Eligibility Requirements for Returning Residents:

  • Be a current resident and have lived on campus for eight semesters or less (commuting students may be requested as a roommate if they meet all other eligibility requirements and be pulled into a room during the homesteading process) 
  • Meet New York state immunization requirements 
  • Have no outstanding balance on your student account 
  • Students must pay the $300 housing deposit
  • Students must register as a full-time student and maintain full-time status throughout the academic year 

Submitting the Housing Deposit

Students can avoid long lines by opting to pay the required $300 housing deposit online. In order to pay online, please follow these steps:

  1. Log in to the Hofstra portal at
  2. Click on the "Navigation Menu" in the top left hand corner.
  3. Click on the "Student Services" menu.
  4. Click on the "Student Payment Center" under General.
  5. Click on "My Payment Center".
  6. Select the Deposit tab.
  7. Select term for which you are applying (e.g., fall 2021).
  8. Select deposit payment type (i.e., “Housing Deposit”.
    Continuing students - do NOT select “Admission & Housing Deposit” This is only for newly admitted students in the upcoming fall).

Submitting the Housing Application

Beginning early March, you can complete your housing application and housing preferences online and indicate if you wish to homestead, be pulled into another resident student's room, or be administratively assigned. As a reminder, you must pay the housing deposit first before being able to access and update your housing application. To complete your application, please follow the steps below:

  1. Log into
  2. Click on the "Navigation Menu" in the top left hand corner
  3. Click on the "Student Services Menu"
  4. Click on the "Residence Life Menu"
  5. Click on the "Residence Life Room Application" under the Residence Life Menu
  6. Select the term for which you are applying (e.g., 202109 for undergraduate, graduate or law students; 202111 for medical school students).
  7. Follow instructions to complete the housing application and select a dining plan as it is a condition of residency for all undergraduate students.

Room Selection Process

There are three ways in which students can participate in the room selection process. Students can choose to Homestead their current room, participate in the Relocated Selection (if applicable), or request an Administrative Assignment - in which students can request that the Office of Residence Life assign them a space according to their housing preferences outlined on their application. Instructional videos posted at the bottom of the Room Selection Process description will help guide you step-by-step through the online selection process.

Specialty Housing Options

Co-Ed Housing

Co-Ed housing offers students the option to share a suite, regardless of sex. For more information please visit our Co-Ed Housing page.

Housing Selection Process


Homesteading is a process by which students can reserve their current room or suite for the next year. This process also allows students to request to live with another student in their current room or suite* (being pulled into a room). Students may request to "Homestead" their current space by completing the online housing application and indicating that they wish to Homestead their current room. All rooms must be filled to capacity (i.e., a double room in the high rises must have two occupants and a suite must have each bedroom, other than the single, filled to capacity). To successfully homestead your room you MUST check the homesteading box on your online housing application during the advertised homesteading periods.

*If a student's space is ineligible for Homesteading, due to relocation, the student can elect to participate in the Relocated Selection (see below). First-year students living in areas or designated first-year spaces cannot homestead their rooms, and are not eligible for Relocated Selection. First-year students must select to live with another student who is eligible to homestead their room or request an administrative assignment. 

Relocated Selection

Relocated Selection is provided to students who have been identified and informed by the Office of Residence Life that their current room or suite is not eligible for Homesteading. Eligible students may participate in Relocated Selection during the advertised Relocated Selection Process by selecting a room that is identical to the type of room the student currently resides in from a list of available spaces (e.g., if you live in a triple in a high rise, you must select a triple room in another high rise building).  

NOTE: Students assigned to first-year areas are not considered relocated.

Administrative Assignment

Students who pay their deposits by the designated deadlines may request on their Housing Application that the Office of Residence Life assign them a space according to the preferences outlined on their application. The Office of Residence Life will assign you a space based on your preferences and notify you of your housing assignment via your Hofstra Pride email account.

Note: Students who apply for housing after the deadline will be assigned on a space-available basis later in the summer.

What are the eligibility requirements to participate in Room Selection?

You must:

  • Pay the $300 housing deposit by the established deadlines
  • Meet NY state immunization compliance
  • Have cleared up any outstanding balance on your student account at the time of deposit
  • Register as a full-time student for the fall 2021 semester by Friday May 21, 2021.
Where can I pay my housing deposit?

You may pay in person in Memorial Hall or you may pay online with a credit card through the Hofstra Portal.

Where do I complete my housing application?

You may submit your housing application via the Hofstra Portal. You must pay your housing deposit before you are able to update your application.

Do I have to complete another housing application to participate in the room selection process?

Yes, every student must submit their online housing application, indicating if they wish to homestead, be pulled into a student’s room, or be administratively assigned by the Office of Residence Life before they will be permitted to select a room for the upcoming academic year.

There’s a lot to do! What order do I do it all in?

First, meet all eligibility requirements. Second, pay your housing deposit. Third, submit your housing application. Fourth, participate in whichever process you select on the dates advertised.

Why are the deadlines for deposit and housing application different?

The deadlines are based on the specific room selection process you are interested in participating in.

I’m homesteading and my roommate is not returning to the room. Does my roommate have to do something in order for that to work?

Yes! Your roommate must also submit their housing application to indicate that they will not be homesteading their space. After they do this, you will be able to pull another residential student into that space. Graduating students do not have to submit a housing application.

My preferred roommate is a commuter and does not meet the “current resident” requirement. What should we do?

Commuter students may submit their housing deposit and housing application online requesting you as a roommate. The Office of Residence Life will administratively assign you both based on availability.

What if I’ve lived on campus for eight or more semesters?

In order to participate, you will need to contact the Office of Residence Life for a waiver form to request permission to remain in residence.

What if I have an outstanding balance on my student account at the time of deposit?

You must clear any student account balance prior to paying your deposit. If you have an outstanding balance when you make your housing deposit, the $300 deposit payment will be applied toward your outstanding balance.

What if I miss the deadline to participate in the room selection process?

Residents who have paid their deposit but have not selected a housing assignment by the end of the housing selection process will be administratively assigned by the Office of Residence Life.

Can someone else pull me into their room?

Yes, as long as you both meet all eligibility requirements, pay your housing deposits, and submit your housing applications on time to mutually request each other.

I’m pulling in another student when I homestead my room. What do I need to know?

The person you are pulling in must submit their housing application BEFORE you, listing you as their preferred roommate. Once they’ve updated their housing application, you will update yours – indicating that you also want them as your roommate and select the homestead option on your application during the advertised homesteading period.

May someone else sign up for housing on my behalf?

Yes, after listing each other as preferred roommates on your housing applications, the student with the most credits may select a room or suite on behalf of the group. NOTE: All selections made by you or your preferred roommate(s) are final.

I plan to live with three friends in a suite. How do I know who will be my assigned roommate and who will be my suitemates?

You must list your specific roommate FIRST when listing roommates. The first student listed will share a room with you. The other two will share a room with each other and will be your suitemates.

My two friends and I want to live in a suite. Can we select that option in online housing selection?

All rooms and suites must be filled to capacity. In order to select that option, you must fill an entire suite by finding an additional friend to take that space. You may also check the “roommate finder” book in the Office of Residence Life, or select to be administratively assigned with your preferred roommates.

How can I secure a single room for next year?

When students submit their housing applications, students can preference a single room (do not list any roommates in the roommate section). If students are being administratively assigned, the Office of Residence Life will try their best to assign students based on their preferences.

I’ve already participated in the room selection process, but changed my mind and wish to edit my selection. Can I?

Unfortunately, no. All selections made during room selection are final. Students will not have the ability to access their housing applications once they have made their selection.

I want to live in the Co-Ed Housing, may I do that online?

Students who wish to apply for the Co-Ed Housing must submit their housing application online and then contact the Office of Residence Life (Room 126 Wellness and Campus Living Center) regarding specific housing options. Applicants must still submit their $300 housing deposit.