Room Selection Process
There are five ways in which students can participate in the room selection process. Students can choose to Homestead their current room, apply for the Themed Living Communities, participate in the Relocated Selection (if applicable), participate in the General Selection, 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
Themed Living Communities
Themed Living Communities offer upperclass students who share educational, social, or extracurricular interests the opportunity to live together in Nassau Hall. TLC residents explore their passions with a cohort of like-minded residents and enjoy an increased sense of belonging. These communities are open to all students, regardless of major. Prior participation in the First Year Living-Learning Communities is not required, but highly encouraged as the selection of students for the TLCs is highly competitive. To participate, students indicate their interest on the Residence Life Housing Application and select one of six predetermined TLCs:Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Math, Science's, Engineering, Communications, Pre-Health(Prep) and Zarb. For more information and full TLC descriptions, go to Hofstra.edu/TLC.
Co-Ed housing offers students the option to share a suite, regardless of sex. For more information please visit our Co-Ed Housing page.
General 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, participate in general selection, or request an administrative assignment.
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. Relocated Selection occurs prior to General Selection since relocated students are not eligible to Homestead their current space. Eligible students may participate in Relocated Selection by signing into their housing application online via www.my.hofstra.edu during the advertised Relocated Selection Process and selecting a room that is identical to the type of room the student currently resides in from a list of available spaces (i.e. 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 or spaces on the Themed Living Community floors located in Nassau Hall are not considered relocated.
The General Selection process gives students the opportunity to select a space in the living area that best suits their needs and preferences. Selection is prioritized by class year (i.e., Rising Senior, Rising Junior, Rising Sophomore). All rooms must be filled to capacity (i.e., a double room must have two occupants).
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 email in the summer.
Note: Students who apply for housing after the deadline will be assigned on a space-available basis later in the summer.