Returning Resident Room Selection FAQ
Q: What are the eligibility requirements to participate in room selection?
A: 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 2017 semester by Friday May 26, 2017.
Q: Where can I pay my housing deposit?
A: You may pay in person in Memorial Hall or you may pay online with credit card through the Hofstra Portal.
Q: Where do I complete my housing application?
A: You may submit your housing application via the Hofstra Portal. You must pay your housing deposit before you are able to update your application.
Q: Do I have to complete another housing application to participate in the room selection process?
A: Yes, every student must submit their online housing application, indicating if they wish to homestead, be pulled into a student’s room, be administratively assigned by the Office of Residence Life, or participate in the general room selection, before they will be permitted to select a room for the upcoming academic year.
Q: There’s a lot to do! What order do I do it all in?
A: First, meet all eligibility requirements. Secondly, pay your housing deposit. Thirdly, submit your housing application. Fourth, participate in whichever process you select on the dates advertised.
Q: Why are the deadlines for deposit and housing application different?
A: The deadlines are based on the specific room selection process you are interested in participating in.
Q: 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?
A: Yes! Your roommate, must also submit his or her 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.
Q: My preferred roommate is a commuter and does not meet the “current resident” requirement. What should we do?
A: 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.
Q: What if I’ve lived on campus for eight or more semesters?
A: 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.
Q: What if I have an outstanding balance on my student account at time of deposit?
A: 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 towards your outstanding balance.
Q: What if I miss the deadline to participate in the room selection process?
A: 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.
Q: Can someone else pull me into their room?
A: 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.
Q: I’m pulling in another student when I homestead my room. What do I need to know?
A: 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.
Q: May someone else sign up for housing on my behalf?
A: 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.
Q: 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?
A: 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.
Q: My two friends and I want to live in a suite. Can we select that option in online housing selection.
A: 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.
Q: How can I secure a single room for next year?
A: Students when they submit their housing applications can preference a single room (do not list any roommates in the roommate section). Students then participate during their designated room selection time based on their current class standing. The system will indicate where on campus single rooms are still available and they can select a single in the community of their choice.
Q: I’ve already participated in the room selection process, but changed my mind and wish to edit my selection. Can I?
A: 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.
Q: I want to live in the Co-Ed Housing, may I do that online?
A: Students who wish to apply for the Co-Ed Housing must submit their housing application online and then contact the Office of Residence Life (244 Student Center) regarding specific housing options. Applicants must still submit their $300 housing deposit.
Q: What are some other specialty housing opportunities available for upperclassmen?
A: Themed Living Communities located in Nassau Hall offer upperclassmen unique living experiences. For more information about Themed Living Communities, go to hofstra.edu/TLC