Office of Residential Life and Housing


Frequently Asked Questions


These questions cover the basic information about living on campus. Additional questions should be directed to the Office of Residential Life and Housing.

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How do I apply for housing?

Q: When can I apply?

Q: What if I miss the priority deadline?

Q: Is there a wait list?

Q: Am I guaranteed a housing assignment?

Q: How can I get in contact with my roommate?

Q: Can I change my room/roommate?

Q: What if I don’t get along with my roommate?

Q: What is a Resident Assistant?

Q: What is a Residence Hall Director?

Q: What is an Excel Mentor?

Q: What should I bring with me?

Q: What can’t I bring with me?

Q: How big is my room? What furniture is in my room?

Q: I am in a converted triple. What does that mean?

Q: Does my room have air conditioning?

Q: Is there freshman only housing?

Q: Is there male or female only housing?

Q: Can I have guests?

Q: What is a Hall Attendant?

Q: Where can I do my laundry?

Q: Do I have to have a meal plan if I’m living in the residence hall?

Q: How do I change my meal plan?

Q: What kinds of activities and events are put on in the residence halls?

Q: What is an RSA?

Q: What is a Hall Council?

Q: What is the Green Community?

Q: Is there an International Students building?

Q: What are the Honors Suites?

Q: Are there Internet, telephone and TV connections in the rooms?

Q: Can I stay in my room during winter break and over the summer?

Q: Can I have alcohol in the Residence Hall?

Q: What will happen if I violate a rule or policy in the residence hall?

Q: I'm a smoker. Where can I smoke?

Q: What type of security do the residence halls have?

Q: How can I get a single room?

Q: How do I cancel my housing?

Q: What size are the mattresses?

Q: Do you offer housing to graduate students?

Q: What size refrigerator is allowed to in my room?


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Q: How do I apply for housing?

A: If you are interested in living on campus you will need to:

  1. Submit a completed Residence Hall Agreement. You can fax the completed agreement to 516.877.3653 or drop it off in person to our Main Office located in Earle Hall.

  2. Pay a $300 non-refundable non-transferable housing deposit to the cashier located in the lower level of Levermore Hall. Alternatively, you may pay your deposit online.

  3. Be registered for classes.

  4. Be fully compliant with University Immunization Requirements. Please contact Health Services for more information.

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Q: When can I apply?

A: New students applying for the fall should apply by the May 1, 2012, priority deadline. New or current students applying for the spring should do so around the beginning of November.

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Q: What if I miss the priority deadline?

A:You should complete your application requirements as soon as you can, although we do prioritize the students who meet our deadlines first. 

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Q: Is there a waiting list?

A: It depends on the time of year.  In past years we have opened in the fall with some students in a position where they have to wait for housing to become available. We work as hard as we can to get our students onto campus as quickly as possible. 

During the spring we’ve been traditionally able to get all those who applied into housing by the time the semester begins.

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Q: Am I guaranteed a housing assignment?

A: While we never guarantee housing, our advice is: If you are interested, apply! We do prioritize students who get their materials in before the priority deadline in May for the fall semester.

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Q: How can I get in contact with my roommate?

A: We mail out an assignment letter with the name(s) and contact info for your roommate(s). It is in your best interest to contact your roommate(s) before you move in. You can prevent some problems that may arise before they occur. For example, you can discuss who is bringing certain items for the room such as refrigerators and television. For the most up to date information on your housing and roommates you can access the housing application within eCampus under the Services tab.

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Q: Can I change my room/roommate?

A: Yes, however, there is a two week freeze on all room assignment changes once classes start. Before a change of rooms is authorized you must fill out a “Room Change Request” form which you can get from your Resident Hall Director (RHD). You may not change rooms with someone without going through the proper procedures. Don’t forget to consult whoever is paying the bills before making any changes as different rooms may have a different price!

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Q: What if I don't get along with my roommate?

A: The relationship you have with your roommate will have a significant impact on your college experience. In order to have a positive relationship with your roommate, you must be aware of their needs, show them respect and be willing to compromise. Your roommate must, of course, extend those same courtesies to you in return. We recommend having an honest conversation as early as possible to discuss each other’s habits and needs.

Problems may still arise, but it is up to you and your roommate to work toward a solution in a mature and positive way. In the case where your roommate is unresponsive or difficult to communicate with, you may ask a Resident Assistant (RA) or your Residence Hall Director (RHD) to step in to help you resolve the problem which in some cases results in mediation of the issues between you and your roommate.

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Q: What is a Resident Assistant?

A: A Resident Assistant (RA) is a student who has shown remarkable leadership abilities and has a willingness to help their peers. Each floor in every residence hall has at least one RA living on it. Every night, there is an RA on duty in each building. They can be located in the RA office located on the first floor from 6:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m. during the semester or they be found conducting rounds within the building. They also run events in the buildings; there’s always something to do on campus!

Don’t forget, the RA is there to help you with any issue or problem you have, no matter how small you think it is.

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Q: What is a Resident Hall Director?

A: The Resident Hall Director (RHD) is a full time live-in professional staff member. Each residence hall has one RHD and it is their responsibility to ensure the needs of the building and its residents are met.

The RHD's office is located on the first floor of each residence hall. They have specific office hours where you can stop by and speak with them. Alternatively, you can call or email your RHD to make an appointment.

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Q: What is an EXCEL Mentor?

A: The EXCEL Mentors reside in Eddy hall as part of the EXCEL mentorship program which is designed to help first year students with their transition from high school, as they acclimate to the college environment. They serve as another resource and can help you get the answers you need. Additionally, they run programs in Eddy Hall.


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Q: What should I bring with me?

A: Space is limited. Always talk to your roommate before making any decisions about what to bring. Refer to the lists below for suggestions. Pay careful attention to items that are not allowed.

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Things You May Want to Bring
  1. Laptop or personal computer
  2. Alarm clock
  3. Laundry basket and detergent
  4. Towels
  5. Toiletries
  6. Personal clothing
  7. Hangers
  8. Standard twin sheets, pillows and comforter
  9. HEPA filter air purifier (no more than 100 watts)
  10. Portable hair dryer (1,000 watts or less)
  11. Telephone (landline phone jack is included in the room)
  12. Basket for shower stuff
  13. Soap and soap dish or shower gel
  14. Flip-flops for the shower
  15. Lysol or similar disinfectant product
  16. Dustbuster and/or Swiffer or similar products
  17. Calendar
  18. Reading lamp
  19. Light bulbs (energy saver preferred)
  20. Stamps
  21. Waste basket/ small recycling container or bag
  22. Masking tape
  23. Iron and ironing board
  24. Flashlight
  25. Umbrella
  26. Refrigerator (no more than 4 cubic feet)
  27. Fan
  28. Rug
  29. Low maintenance plants
  30. Room decorations

Before move-in day, check with your roommate(s) about not duplicating some of these items. For example, coordinate who will bring the refrigerator, television, rug and telephone.

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Q: What can't I bring with me?

A: Prohibited in residence halls:

  • Weapons (or reasonable facsimiles thereof)
  • Alcohol (including containers), narcotics and other illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia and Firearms, fireworks, and explosives.
  • Cooking appliances or other high wattage equipment, such as halogen lamps, hot plates, electric coffee pots, immersion heaters, popcorn poppers, electrical/space heaters, electric frying pans, electric woks, microwave ovens, stoves, toaster ovens, air conditioners, refrigerators over 4 cubic feet, or any other appliance over 1,000 watts, with the exception of hair dryers.
  • Gasoline machinery, such as motorbikes, motorcycles or mopeds, and any other combustible items, including combustible engines, flammable liquids, non-electric lanterns, combustible decorations, and holiday lighting.

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    "Medusa" lamps are NOT permitted
    Medusa Lamps, or lamps with soft plastic or paper lampshades (fire hazard)
  • The possession of candles or the burning of any other substances. (e.g., incense)
  • Extension cords or outlet extenders (surge protectors with an on/off switch are acceptable)
  • Waterbeds
  • Tapestries, curtains and/or drapes
  • Pets of all kinds. Exceptions are:
    • Seeing-eye dogs for authorized persons
    • Fish contained in a properly maintained tank of no more than 10 gallons.

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Q: How big is my room? What furniture is in my room?

A: Generally, double rooms are approximately 15 feet by 13 feet. However, some rooms have different configurations with different dimensions. All students have their own bed, desk and desk chair. Dressers and closets are in some circumstances shared between students.

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Q: I'm in a converted triple. What does that mean?

A: A converted triple is a room which has three residents living in it. That means there are three beds, three desks, three dressers and two closets. The closet space must be shared.  

The set up may sound a bit cramped to some, but the space can fit all three residents comfortably and has the same floor space as any double room. This is achieved by bunking two beds and lofting the third bed to allow furniture to be placed underneath it. Converted triple rooms are a rite of passage for many freshman students across college campuses. 

However, as the semester goes on and more rooms open up, residents in a converted triple may be offered a chance to “de-triple." In this case, one of the three residents can volunteer to move to another room. If the “de-tripling” offer is declined, those residents may not be offered another chance during the semester.

Triples are also the most economical room type; costing less than a standard double room. Prices can be found on the Costs for Housing page.

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Q: Does my room have air conditioning?

A: Unfortunately, not every room in the residence halls is equipped with air conditioning (AC). Earle Hall has AC on the first and fourth floors. Waldo, Chapman and Linen Halls have AC on their 4th floors only. Eddy and New Hall A and B have AC in every room.

Rooms with AC cost a little more than rooms without it. Prices can be found on Costs for Housing.

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Q: Is there freshman-only housing?

A: No. None of the residence halls are specifically reserved exclusively for use by freshman students only. We want our freshman to become a part of the existing community, and to benefit from the experience of our upper-class students.

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Q: Is there male- or female-only housing?

A: None of the residence halls are gender specific. In most halls, room genders are located together by floor or wing with designated men’s and women’s bathrooms.

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Q: Can I have guests?

A: Yes, you can have guests in the residence hall. If a guest visits between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m., they must be signed in by the Hall Attendant on duty. You are responsible for your guest and their behavior at all times, you must stay with your guest or they will be asked to leave. You must sign out your guest when he or she leaves the residence hall.  

You may also have a guest visit overnight, however you must fill out an overnight guest pass and hand it into your RHD at least 24 hours in advance.  Your roommate(s) must approve any overnight guests in the room. 

At any point if you feel uncomfortable with a guest in the room you are entitled to ask them to leave. If they refuse, please notify a staff member immediately.


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Q: What is a Hall Attendant?

A: Hall Attendants are student workers that ensure people who are entering the building actually live there. They are also responsible for checking guests in and out of the building. The Hall Attendant sits near the main entrance of each building.

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Q: Where can I do my laundry?
A: Each building has laundry facilities. These units are free of charge and can be used only by residents of the building. Consult our staff for specific locations after your arrival.

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Q: Do I have to have a meal plan if I’m living in the residence hall?

A: It is a requirement for all residential students to have a meal plan.

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Q: How do I change my meal plan?

A: The first two weeks of each semester is the time you may change your meal plan. To do this, log into your eCampus account, go to the Services tab and launch the Housing application. You may also augment your account by purchasing additional Panther Dollars at any point in the semester. To do this you will need to speak with a member of the Lackmann Dining Services located in the UC cafeteria.

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Q: What kinds of activities and events are put on in the residence halls?

A: Resident Assistants, Mentors and Hall Councils continually put on events within the residence halls. These events range from social events to educational. Educational programs focus on topics such as alcohol and drug awareness, fire safety, health and wellness, cultural awareness, academics and many other topics. Examples of some social events may include ice cream socials to themed dance parties. If you are interested in seeing a particular event you can talk to the staff or get involved in your Hall Council.

Residents can attend these events and meet other people from their building and get to know them. It’s a great opportunity to make new friends. These events are covered by the resident activity fee so that you can enjoy the events throughout the year without worrying about paying for them.

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Q: What is an RSA?

A: RSA stands for the Resident Student Association. They host campus wide events for our resident students. They also oversee the Hall Councils, and fund most programming activities on campus.

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Q: What is Hall Council?

A: Every residence hall has a Hall Council. Each Hall Council has a budget and is responsible for organizing events within their building. They can also advocate for residents and their needs if there are specific building issues.

The Hall Council is lead by an executive board that is elected by residents. Every resident in the building is allowed to attend and participate in Hall Council. Hall Council meets on an evening during the week. The exact day and time differ from building to building.

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Q: What is the Green Community?

A: The Green Community is a recent initiative that has taken root in Chapman Hall. It consists of students who wish to learn more about what they can do to become more sustainable and find out how they can make a difference when it comes to the environment.

The Green Community is largely student run and hosts events both in Chapman Hall and around campus. Green Community meetings are not restricted to those living in Chapman Hall.

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Q: Is there an International Student building?

A: No. However, we welcome our international students across campus. 

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Q: What are the Honor Suites?

A: The honors suites are a small residential area for students in the honors college. Each suite features two triple bedrooms attached to a lounge and a shared bathroom. Students must be accepted into the Honors College program to be eligible to live in these suites. For more information regarding the honors program please contact the Honors College Dean Richard Garner.

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Q: Are there Internet, telephone and TV connections in the rooms?

A: Every room in the residence halls has an Internet jack and a TV connection. Phone service is turned on by request only. Resident students must bring their own Ethernet cable to connect to high speed, wired internet and their own coaxial cable to connect their TV to the Cable TV Jack. The residence halls are also equipped with Wi-Fi access for wireless connections. Go to the IT site for more info on Residence Hall Connections.

Phone and voicemail service is now available through Google Voice, which you can use through your computer and through most smartphones.

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Q: Can I stay in my room during winter break and over the summer?

A: Generally you may not stay in your room during winter break unless you specifically apply for winter housing and have a valid reason to stay, for example a class. You may leave your belongings in the room. We recommend taking anything of great value or that you may need for the break home. Once you have checked out for the winter break you will not be permitted to reenter the room until spring move in.

You or your belongings may not remain in your room over the summer. You must move everything out of your room for the summer break.
Again, you may apply for summer housing if you are taking classes over the summer. You will most likely be required to move at the end of the spring semester to your summer housing assignment.

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Q: Can I have alcohol in the Residence Hall?

A: No alcohol is permitted in the residence halls at any time.

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Q: What will happen if I violate a rule or policy in the residence hall?

A: You will be subject to disciplinary procedures. The rules are there to help maintain a positive learning and safe environment for all of our students.

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Q: I'm a smoker. Where can I smoke?

A: You may smoke tobacco products at least 25 feet away from any entrance, outdoor air intakes and operational windows. You cannot smoke anywhere within the residence halls (or inside any building on campus).

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Q: What type of security do the residence halls have?

A: Public Safety officers are always making rounds around campus and throughout each residence hall. They also monitor cameras throughout campus. If you need to contact a Public Safety officer, you can do so by dialing “5” on any campus phone or by picking up any of the red emergency phones located throughout the residence halls. We also recommend adding the security booth phone number (516.877.3507) to your cell phone contact list just in case.

In addition, the front door is the only door residents are allowed to enter and exit from and is also monitored by cameras. To enter the building, you must swipe your Adelphi ID card through a card reader. You will have access only to your own residence hall.

RAs also conduct rounds of the buildings during the evening helping to ensure that our building and students are safe.

Ultimately, the best safety precaution you can take is to make sure your room is always locked when you leave and to report any suspicious activity to Public Safety.

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Q: How can I get a single room?

A: Single rooms on campus are very limited and are first reserved for Office of Disability Support Services for students with medical needs.

Students interested in a medical single should contact the Office of Disability Support Services by calling 516.877.3145 or sending an email to dss@adelphi.edu.

Assignments to single rooms are done in the following priority:

  1. Students approved by the Office of Disability Support Services
  2. Non-traditional students
  3. Graduates
  4. Seniors
  5. Juniors
  6. Sophomores
  7. Freshmen

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Q: How do I cancel my housing?

A: Students requesting to cancel their housing agreement must submit a completed Early Release Request from the Annual Housing Agreement Form (PDF 135KB).

Please be advised that there is a room refund policy.

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Q: What size are the mattresses?

A: Our mattresses sizes are standard twin. Adelphi's Resident Student Association has partnered with the Residence Hall Linens company to provide easy ordering of new linens. See the RSA's Residence Hall Linens and College Bedding Program.

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Q: Do you offer housing to graduate students?

A: Yes.

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Q: What size refrigerator is allowed to in my room?

A: A resident student's refrigerator should be no more than 4 cubic feet.



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Contact
For additional information, please contact:

Office of Residential Life and Housing
Earle Hall Room 100
Adelphi University
P.O. Box 701
Garden City, NY 11530-0701
p - 516.877.3650
f - 516.877.3653
e - housing@adelphi.edu


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