Room Change Day – Thursday, October 5th!

Room Change Day will take place on Thursday, October 5th in 68 Duffy Hall. Room Change Day allows residents the opportunity to change their current housing assignment. A room change can occur by either choosing to enter into a vacant assignment, or by switching assignments with another resident. If you wish to change into a vacant room assignment or switch assignments with another resident, you MUST come to the Housing and Residence Life Office, located in 68 Duffy Hall, on Room Change Day during the designated time for your desired residence hall.

A list of vacancies will be posted, in advance of Room Change Day, outside of the Housing and Residence Life Office (68 Duffy Hall) on Wednesday, October 4th at 5pm. If you wish to move into one of the posted vacancies, please attend the session listed below, on Room Change Day, for that location:

For filling vacancies or switching into
Boland and Aquinas Halls


For filling vacancies or switching into
Cabrini, Neumann, Serra, and Xavier Halls


For filling vacancies or switching into
Ora Manor and Turrell Manor


Important Points to Consider:
– Vacancies are limited, and will be filled on a first-come, first served basis.

– A list of vacancies will be posted outside of the Housing and Residence Life Office (68 Duffy Hall) on Wednesday, October 4th at 5pm.

– If you intend to make a room switch that is outside of your current residence hall (i.e you live in Turrell Manor but want to switch into Xavier Hall), please come at the building time for the residence hall that you wish to move INTO.

– If you cannot make the time scheduled for your particular need, please come to HRL (68 Duffy Hall) in advance, and complete a proxy form to send with someone else in your absence.

– We recommend you communicate your desire to move out with your current roommate in advance of Room Change Day, to be fair and prepare them for your departure.

– Upon changing rooms, residents will have 48 hours to check out of their old assignment and into their new assignment. Please plan accordingly.


If you have any questions about Room Change Day, please email, or stop our office, located at 68 Duffy Hall.

Check your email for your Room Assignment Information!

Hi Pirates!   

Please check your SHU Email to view your room assignment information (including your roommate(s) name(s) and your selected meal plan.

For freshmen and transfers, your assignment email included an important parking pass for move in day.  You can also print out a copy here: Move in bulletin and dashboard parking pass if you’ve misplaced the one in your email.

Just to go over some important dates:

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 – Bills are due for the Fall semester

Friday, August 4th, 2017 – Early Arrival Requests Due

Sunday, August 20th, 2017 – Approved Early Arrivals may begin moving in

Thursday, August 24th, 2017 – Freshmen and Transfers Move-In Day

Friday, August 25th – Upperclass Student Move-In Day

Monday, August 28th – First Day of Classes!


Enjoy the rest of your summer, Pirates!

Pirate Preview Parent Presentation (say that 5 times fast!)

Hi Pirate Parents!

If you came to our Pirate Preview Parent Presentation, I promised I’d post our Powerpoint for your reference.

Or if you missed out on Pirate Preview, feel free to take a look and learn a little more about Housing & Residence Life.

Be sure to follow this blog for important updates throughout your Pirates’ journey at Seton Hall.

Pirate Preview 2017

Roommate Selection Tips

A Guide to Finding a Roommate

The following information is meant to help you navigate the process of selecting a roommate who will best fit your living habits and expectations.  It provides good rules for being a good roommate and questions to consider when talking to someone about living together.  Please read this over carefully.  Remember, not all best friends make the best roommates, and not all roommates will make the best friends, but with some help from this guide and communication of expectations, your experience living together can be one that is mutually beneficial and smooth sailing!

Overview: Golden Rules to Keep in Mind

  1. Be clear from the beginning.
    Do you know in advance that you hate it when someone hits the snooze button fifteen times every morning? That you’re a neat freak? That you need ten minutes to yourself before talking to anyone after you wake up? Let your roommate know as soon as you can about your little quirks and preferences. It’s not fair to expect him or her to pick up on them right away, and communicating what you need is one of the best ways to eliminate problems before they become problems.
  2. Address things when they’re little.
    Is your roommate always forgetting her stuff for the shower, and taking yours? Are your clothes being borrowed faster than you can wash them? Addressing things that bug you while they’re still little can help your roommate be aware of something she may not otherwise know. Addressing little things is much easier than addressing them after they’ve become big.
  3. Respect your roommate’s stuff.
    This may seem simple, but it’s probably one of the biggest reasons why roommates experience conflict. Don’t think he’ll mind if you borrow his cleats for a quick soccer game? For all you know, you just stepped over an uncross-able line. Don’t borrow, use, or take anything without getting permission first.
  4. Be careful of who you bring into your room — and how often. You may love having your study group into your room, but your roommate may not. Be mindful of how often you bring people over. If your roommate studies best in the quiet and you study best in a group, can you alternate who hits the library and who gets the room?
  5. Lock the door and windows.
    This may seem like it has nothing to do with roommate relationships, but how would you feel if your roommate’s laptop got stolen during the ten seconds it took you to run down the hall? Or vice-versa? Locking your door and window s is a critical part of keeping safe on campus.
  6. Be friendly, without expecting to be best friends.
    Don’t go into your roommate relationship thinking that you are going to be best friends for the time you’re at school. It may happen, but expecting it sets both of you up for trouble. You should be friendly with your roommate but also make sure you have your own social circles.
  7. Be open to new things.
    Your roommate may be from someplace you’ve never heard of. They may have a religion or lifestyle that is completely different from your own. Be open to new ideas and experiences, especially as it relates to what your roommate brings into your life. That’s why you went to college in the first place, right?!
  8. Be open to change.
    You should expect to learn, grow, and change during your time at school. And the same should happen to your roommate, if all goes well. As the semester progresses, realize things will change for both of you. Be comfortable addressing things that unexpectedly come up, setting new rules, and being flexible to your changing environment.
  9. Address things when they’re big.
    You may not have been totally honest with tip #2. Or you may suddenly find yourself with a roommate who goes wild after being shy and quiet the first two months. Either way, if something gets to be a big problem quickly, deal with it as soon as you can.  If you need help, ask your RA, Residence Coordinator, or Residence Hall Director.
  10. If nothing else, follow the Golden Rule.
    Treat your roommate like you’d like to be treated. No matter what your relationship is at the end of the year, you can take comfort knowing you acted like an adult and treated your roommate with respect.

Download a list of good questions to ask potential roommates.

Information taken from:

Registration time, Pirates!

As per our Housing License Agreement (that long document you agree to before you complete the Roommate Survey/Housing Application), you must be registered as a full-time student (which means 12 or more credits) unless you are graduating next semester to live in housing.

In other words, if you’re not signed up for classes for Fall 2017, you cannot select a room during Room Selection, no matter how many Priority Points you’ve accumulated. 

Check out the Seton Hall University registration schedule here and do everything you can to get registered for Fall 2017 before it’s time for you to pick a room.

Room Selection Instructions


Room Selection Instructions have just been sent to the 1225 students who qualified to be a part of Room Selection for 2017-2018. Be sure to check your SHU email and read this helpful Powerpoint before the lotteries start next week.

Best wishes for a successful Room Selection process!


Room Selection 2017 Online Room Selection Instructions – 2017final

Priority Points and Priority Point Appeals

A student’s outcome in Room Selection is largely based upon the number of Priority Points they earn. Priority Points are earned in four categories:

GPA Priority Points  
3.75-4.0 10  
3.50-3.74 9  
3.25-3.49 8  
3.0-3.24 7  
2.75-2.99 6  
2.50-2.74 5  
2.25-2.49 4  
2.00-2.24 3  
1.80-1.99 2  
Less than 1.80 1  
Judicial Status Priority Points
No record 10
Disc. Reprimand 9
1+ Disc. Rep 8
Probation I – 1 sem 6
Probation I – 1 year 4
Probation II 1
Suspension 0
Expulsion 0


Campus Involvement
Activity Priority Points
Club/Org Exec Board up to 5
High Involvement up to 4
Average Involvement up to 3
Low Involvement up to 2
Level of involvement determined by Exec Board of reporting club. Club must submit their roster by Feb. 28th for you to get credit.
Intramurals up to 2
On-Campus Employment – 1 semester 1
On-Campus Employment – 2 semesters 2
Athletic Event Attendance up to 2


Res Hall Citizenship
Activity Priority Points
Program Attendance 1-8
Based on avg # of programs attend by hallmates.
Hall Council and Citizenship 1-2
Based on participation in Hall Council & demonstrating model citizenship


Students who qualified for Room Selection received their Priority Point totals via SHU email on Thursday, March 16th.  Any student wishing to appeal their Priority Point total must do so by 11:59pm on Sunday, March 19th.  To allow ample time for considering your appeal, please allow 2 business days from the date of your email for a response.

Housing Applications for Returning Students are due February 28th!

The Housing Application and Housing Deposit link is now open for returning students wishing to apply to participate in Room Selection for the 2017-2018 academic year.  The deposit and application are due by February 28th. Both can be found on their housing profile or at the link below:

The housing deposit for returning students is $325 and is non-refundable.  Students who are full scholarship athletes, EOP/Pre-med/Pre-dent, or Clare Booth Luce scholars have their deposit waived BUT must still submit a housing application.   We will only accept 1200 students to participate in Room Selection for next year.

Students are also invited to apply for the Sophomore Discovery Program in Xavier Hall or the Turrell Manor Servant Leadership & Academic Excellence Program in Turrell Manor.

Those applications are open as well and can be found respectively:

All students wishing to have their Priority Points calculated and select a room for next year MUST deposit and apply by February 28th.  No exceptions can be made as we have set this date to allow for the processing of out of state deposits as well as calculation of Priority Points.

Students will receive their Priority Points the week of March 15th and will begin selecting rooms in April.

Students will be updated about the Room Selection process through their SHU email throughout the course of the upcoming weeks.

Academic Resources in the Residence Halls

The Department of Housing and Residence Life provides a living, learning environment that fosters the academic and personal experience for residents, and helps them prepare for the rest of their lives.

To that end, we want to remind students of the academic services that are available on campus.

Tutors in Residence

Tutors in Residence are 6 students who maintain regular office hours in Boland and Aquinas Hall to provide academic assistance to students in a variety of subject areas.  Check out the link below for their hours and areas of expertise –

University Libraries

Students should utilize the University Library as an alternative study space.  Below are the hours for the University Library –

Academic Resource Center (ARC)

HRL also works in collaboration with the Academic Resource Center to provide even more access to students who need academic support.  Please see the link below for their information and hours –

Both the TIRs and ARC offer programs and study groups throughout the semester to support and encourage strong academic performance.

Utilizing these resources is important, as Housing and Residence Life requires all resident students to maintain a 1.8 cumulative GPA to remain in housing.  Maintaining a strong GPA is important as GPA is a factor in determining your priority points for selecting your housing next year.

HRL’s 1.8 GPA Policy

The Department of Housing and Residence Life believes that living in a residence hall is a valuable educational experience. Students learn and refine life skills in an environment that exposes them to great diversity of lifestyles. The residence hall experience is one that compliments the classroom experience. Students have opportunities to apply what they learn, to question each other, study with each other and attend programs and activities designed to facilitate learning. The students and staff who reside in the halls create the environment. All students have a responsibility to respect and contribute to the learning environment. Behavior that undermines, or that indicates a lack of commitment to the learning environment is not acceptable.

A GPA requirement is a tool used to reinforce the commitment expected of resident students. The department of Housing and Residence Life actively promotes responsible decision making and good learning habits. It is our goal to retain students with a strong interest in contributing to the learning-living environment.

At the beginning of each Spring semester, Housing and Residence Life (HRL) professionals meet with all resident students who have a cumulative GPA of 1.8 or below. During this meeting, the HRL professional helps guide and support the student through creating and effective plan to help increase the student’s GPA by the end of the semester. The professional provides students with resources such as hours and location of the writing and math centers along with the lobby hour schedule of our Tutor in Residences where student are able to drop in for assistance with their academics. Before the conclusion of the meeting, both parties set up a date and time for a follow up meeting to take place in following weeks to ensure the student is successfully reaching their GPA goal.

Room Selection 2013-2014 – Important Dates!

The following email was just sent to all students who qualify for returning Room Selection for 2013-2014:

Congratulations on qualifying for Room Selection 2013-2014! Your Room Selection lottery times can be found on your Housing Profile on PirateNet.

 Attached to this email is a step-by-step instruction guide on how Room Selection works. Please look it over carefully and get ready to pick your room.  HRL will post updates on our Facebook and Twitter feeds (Follow us @SetonHallHRL). 

 The official period of Room Selection begins tomorrow with Aquinas Hall Upperclassmen Room Selection.  Below is a table of important Room Selection Dates & Times.

Upperclass students qualified for Room Selection:

Click here for a step-by-step guide for selecting a room online for 2013-2014: Online Room Selection Instructions – 2013

Click here for important Room Selection dates and times: Room Lottery Times