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Seton Hall University

Housing Basics for Returning Students

Residency on campus is voluntary and there is no requirement for returning students to live on campus.  

Room Availability

University housing is in great demand. We try to accommodate as many returning students as possible. We use a lottery to determine who gets a bed. Each student who applies for housing can earn Priority Points which, in turn, determine that student's lottery numbers. The higher your priority points, the more likely you are to get a room.

How to Participate in Room Selection

  1. Check to make sure your account is in good standing (no holds, outstanding balances, etc.).
  2. Pay your $325 non-refundable returning student room reservation deposit. You must pay the deposit each year. The deposit may be paid online
  3. Complete the Roommate Survey.


All students who wish to have the Priority Points calculated and participate in Room Selection must pay their room reservation deposit by February 28th.  Priority Points are calculated each year in March and Room Selection processes begin late March/early April.  Each year’s specific room selection dates will be e-mailed to all students qualified for room selection via their SHU e-mail accounts.   If you have any questions regarding Room Selection, ask a Housing and Residence Life staff member. If you do not deposit on time, you will be placed on a Housing Wait List.

Room Assignments, Roommates and Moving Instructions 

Shortly after you apply for housing, you'll receive your Priority Point total, which will designate your room lottery time, and will determine whether or not you can retain your current room and pull-in a roommate. You can also apply to specialized living learning communities such as Turrell Manor Honors and Servant Leadership or Xavier Hall Sophomore Discovery Program.

Room lottery for returning students takes place during the spring semester each year. We will send your residence hall selection, roommate information and Move in Day instructions to your home address by the end of July.

Meal Plans

Any student residing in a non-apartment style hall (Xavier, Serra, Neumann, Cabrini) must choose a meal plan. Residents of Turrell Manor or Ora Manor can opt-out of all meal plans or select the "Commuter Meal Plan".

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