Residence Life Housing Selection

Returning Residents

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 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.

Room Selection 2023 Important Dates

Date Deadline Information
Wednesday, March 1 Online Housing Application goes live for current spring residents.
Click the link below for step-by-step instructions on how to complete your Housing Application.
Monday, March 13- Tuesday, March 14 Homesteading (process to keep current living accommodations unless otherwise notified by the Office of Residence Life that the current space cannot be homesteaded).
Wednesday, March 15 Pull-In Process (Students who have homesteaded their room will have the ability to pull a roommate into a double occupancy room should a vacant space exist.)
Thursday, March 16 Relocated Student Room Selection (process to select new living accommodations for students notified that they cannot retain current room due to housing configuration changes). Rooms must be filled to capacity.
Friday, March 17 Themed Living Community Selection (Umoja Scholars LLC; gender-inclusive housing).
Monday, March 27- Friday, April 14 Graduate and Law General Room Selection.
Wednesday, March 29- Friday, April 14 Senior General Room Selection.
Friday, March 31- Friday, April 14 Junior General Room Selection.
Monday, April 3- Friday, April 14 Sophomore General Room Selection.
Wednesday, April 5- Friday, April 14 First-Year Student General Room Selection.


Start Date Group
Sunday, March 26, at 11 a.m. Graduate Students and Seniors
Wednesday, March 29, at 1:30 p.m. Juniors
Sunday, April 2, at 11 a.m. Sophomores
Wednesday, April 5, at 1:30 p.m. First-Year Students
Friday, May 19 Deadline to register for the fall 2023 semester; students not registered for the fall 2023 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 register as a full-time student and maintain full-time status throughout the academic year 

Submitting the Housing Application

Beginning early March, you can complete your housing application and housing preferences online. Once you complete your housing application, please check the Room Selection Important Dates, to see when you can Homestead your room(if applicable), be pulled into another resident student's room, participate in Relocated Student Room Selection, or select a room during General Room Selection

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. 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 four ways in which students can participate in the room selection process. Students can choose to Homestead their current room (if their room is eligible to be homesteaded), participate in the Relocated Selection (if applicable), participate in the General Selection process 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.

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 access 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 building, you must select a triple room in another high-rise building).

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

General Selection
The General Selection process gives students the opportunity to select a room in the living area that best suits their needs and preferences. Selection is prioritized by class year. All rooms must be filled to capacity (i.e. a double room must have two occupants). 

Administrative Assignment
Students 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.