Residence Life

Room Changes

The Office of Residence Life does its best to place students with compatible roommates and suitemates. Unfortunately, sometimes the living situation is not always ideal. Before considering a room change, we hope that you take these steps:

  1. Speak with your roommate(s)/suitemate(s) regarding any conflicts and expectations,
  2. Meet with your Resident Assistant for a roommate/suitemate mediation,
  3. If necessary, arrange a meeting with your Resident Director (or Graduate Resident Director) to discuss room change options.

For additional information on tips for living successfully with a roommate/suitemate see the "Living with a Roommate" section below.

  • Living with a Roommate

    The key to getting to know your roommate is communication. You cannot discover who he/she is unless you talk to each other. While we hope all roommates have a positive experience together, it is not guaranteed that you will become best friends, nor is that necessarily expected. When roommates don't get along, it can make for a challenging year. How do you work through problems with your roommate? Here are some tips:

    1. Communication is the key. Talk to each other and tell your roommate when you are upset about something he/she did.
    2. Be tactful when sharing your feelings with your roommate.
    3. Be a good listener. Try to see each other's viewpoint.
    4. Remain pleasant and control your emotions.
    5. Discuss little problems as they arise to prevent them from escalating into bigger conflicts.
    6. Be assertive in asking for what you want or need.
    7. If you need a mediator, contact your RA.

    After you begin to get to know each other, you may be able to prevent problems by making an agreement about what will and will not occur in your room. Many people have great success with informal conversations, while others like to write an actual contract. If you and your roommate think that negotiating a formal contract is a good idea, you will want to consider the following issues:

    1. Study time in the room/apartment.
    2. Visitation and guest policy.
    3. Bathroom use schedule for suite living.
    4. Cleaning the room, suite, bathroom and/or apartment.
    5. How you will handle any problems or conflicts.
    6. Sharing of food and cost of groceries.
    7. Use of one another's property, including use of stereo, TV, computer, etc.
    8. Space for clothes, luggage and storage.
    9. Use of phone and relaying messages.
  • Roommate Mediations

    The staff members of the Office of Residence Life are trained mediators who can help roommates and/or suitemates in conflict express their concerns and find acceptable compromises. Residents can contact any staff member within their complex for advice on how to approach and discuss concerns in a way that will help foster a good relationship and strengthen communication skills.

    Staff members are also able to formally facilitate a suite and/or room mediation that includes a formal contract outlined by the members of the suite and/or room during the conversation. Failure to negotiate or abide by the agreed upon roommate contract may result in a fine and/or judicial action.

  • Processes for Room Changes

    Single Rooms
    Single rooms are highly sought after and any student looking for a room change into a single room will need to visit the Office of Residence Life (126 Wellness and Campus Living Center, North Campus) to be placed on the single room wait list. Single room changes are conducted on a first come, first served basis once a single room becomes available. At the start of the fall semester on the first day of classes, the single room wait list first becomes available to Grad/Law/Medical students, the following day to seniors, then juniors, sophomores, and finally first-year students. The single room wait list carries over from the fall semester to spring semester.

    Summer for Fall Semester
    During the summer, you can submit any room change requests by sending an email to reslife[at]  You will need to provide the following information in your email:

    1. Detailed description of your request, your current room assignment, and Hofstra ID
    2. If applicable, list of requested roommate(s) and suitemate(s), their current room assignment, and Hofstra ID

    Once your request has been read, you will receive a confirmation email and will be contacted when a new assignment is available.

    Fall Semester
    During the fall semester, students will have the opportunity to request a room change if needed at the start of the third week of the fall semester. Room changes are on-going at the discretion of the Resident Director up until the week prior to Thanksgiving, after which, only emergency room changes will be permitted.

    Spring Semester
    Two weeks into the spring semester, the room change period begins. Room changes are on-going at the discretion of the Resident Director up until the end of February, after which, only emergency room changes will be permitted.