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International Student Affairs

Housing Options

On Campus

Students who wish to apply for on campus housing must complete a two-step application process. Once both steps have been completed, the Office of Residence Life will assign a housing space and will communicate the housing assignment to students by sending an email to their Hofstra pride email account. It is important to apply for housing as soon as possible. Housing is assigned on a first come, first served basis based on students' housing application submission date. Information about the housing application process is sent to new students in their Admissions acceptance packet. Although the Office of Residence Life will try its best to meet individual housing preferences, please keep in mind that housing requests are not a guarantee for a particular room or assignment. Learn more about on campus living options and how to apply for housing on the Residence Life website:

There are many options for residence hall living including traditional corridor style, suite style, and living-learning residence hall communities. All of our halls have internet access, lounge areas, laundry facilities, cable TV and our rooms are furnished so that each student has their own bed, desk, chair, dresser, closet/wardrobe. Students living in suites with lounges are permitted to bring in furniture such as small couches, televisions, etc. to make their living space feel like home.

Living-Learning Communities

Living-Learning Communities (LLCs) provide students who have a passion in a particular area (e.g. Civic Engagement, the Arts, Wellness, etc.) to live with other students who share that same interest. Students work collaboratively to plan programs, workshops, trips and other activities related to their area of interest. Some communities also incorporate what they are learning in class with their living communities. Hofstra is excited to offer an International Exploration LLC specially designed to create opportunities to match international students with domestic students who are specifically looking for an intercultural exchange experience. These pairings will allow international students to build close relationships with U.S. peers, learn about American culture, and expand their worldview.

Advantages to On Campus Living

More and more undergraduate and graduate/law students are discovering the benefits of on-campus living. As a campus resident, our students forge lifelong friendships, get to know students from other states and countries, and gain valuable leadership and team-building experience. Living on campus means our students are close to classes, the library, computer labs, the Student Center, recreational facilities, and the hundreds of activities, sporting events, and educational, social, and cultural programs that take place on campus throughout the academic year.

Even if your home is close to Hofstra’s campus, living on campus may be the perfect choice for you. Students living on campus have the opportunity to learn to live independently while having the support of resident assistants (RAs) who live on their floor to provide informal counseling and oversee community life in the residence halls. Students living on campus have the added advantage of developing time management skills and communication and interpersonal skills as they learn to live with fellow residents. Our halls are staffed 24 hours a day by resident security representatives and have full-time live-in professional staff available to respond to student issues and concerns.

If you have any questions about on campus living, please contact the Office of Residence Life at (516) 463-6930 or Reslife{at}Hofstra.edu. We hope you will choose to make Hofstra your “home away from home”.

Off Campus

Students interested in researching off-campus housing should contact the Office of Off-Campus Living and Commuting Student Services for additional assistance. However, students should be aware that off-campus housing is limited. In addition, it is the student's responsibility to locate their own off-campus accommodations. There is no guarantee that students will find off-campus housing upon arrival, so please try to make housing accommodations well in advance. It is highly recommended that international students live on campus during their first year at Hofstra so that they can familiarize themselves with the surrounding area as well as give time to research available apartments. Please note that students cannot live on campus while searching for an apartment since they will be charged the full-year housing rate.