Residence Life

New Residents

Incoming undergraduate, graduate, law, and medical students are assigned on a first come, first served basis based on the student’s housing application submission date. When space becomes limited, the Office of Residence Life reserves the right to assign space based upon geographic distance from campus. Information regarding the housing application process is sent to the student’s home in his or her Admission’s acceptance packet.

Students who wish to apply for housing must complete the two-step application process outlined below. Once both steps have been completed, the Office of Residence Life will assign a housing space and will communicate the housing assignment to newly assigned students by sending an email to the student’s Hofstra pride email account. This mailing will include where the student will be living, along with contact information for any roommates/suitemates (if applicable), and information about moving into the residence halls. General information regarding moving into the residence halls can be found at  

Commuting Students Looking to Move onto Campus

Current commuting students who wish to reside on campus have the ability to apply for housing at any time by paying the required $300 housing deposit and submitting a housing application online at

New Resident Application Process
Specialty Housing Options

New Resident Application Process

Eligibility Requirements for Incoming Residents:

  • Students must be admitted to Hofstra University
  • Students must pay the $300 housing deposit
  • Students must register for full-time course load during selected orientation session and maintain a full-time course load throughout academic year to remain in housing

Paying Your Housing Deposit

Students can submit the required $300 housing deposit online for the appropriate term. Housing deposits may be paid via electronic check online through e-bill located on the Deposits tab through the student portal at Students paying by cash, check or money order must do so at the Student Financial Services Suite, 206 Memorial Hall.
In order to pay online, please follow these steps:

  1. Simply 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 "Student Payment Center" under General.
  5. Click on "My Payment Center".
  6. Select the "eDeposits" tab.
  7. Select the term for which you are applying.
  8. Select the type of deposit you want (i.e. Housing Deposit).

Completing Your Housing Application

After paying your housing deposit using the steps above, students should complete their housing application. To complete your application, please follow the steps below:

  1. Log into
  2. Click on "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"
  6. Select the term for which you are applying to reside on campus.
  7. Follow instructions to complete the housing application and select a dining plan, as it is a condition of residency for all undergraduate students. 

New Resident Assignment Process

Deposited students who have submitted housing applications will be assigned on a date-received basis. Housing assignments will be communicated electronically to student PRIDE accounts throughout the summer.

First-Year, Commuter*, and Transfer* Students

(Not available to sophomore, junior, or senior standing students)
*See for information regarding class standing

Living Learning Communities: Eight thematic "living-learning communities" are associated with several first-year clusters and seminars, giving students the opportunity to live with many of the same students they are in class with, as well as students who share the same passion for leadership, business, communications, math and sciences as well as health science issues and the arts. For more information please visit our Living Learning Community page.

Transfer* and Commuter* Students

(Available to sophomore, junior, or senior standing students)
*See for information regarding class standing