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Housing Basics for New Students

New Students: Start Here to Your Home at the Hall!

Welcome to Your Home at the Hall! The Department of Housing & Residence Life (HRL) is very excited to welcome you to our residential community.

This page serves as HRL’s starting point for newly accepted first-year and transfer students. It provides all the information that you will need to know about living in Seton Hall University housing as an incoming student.

Housing Requirement and Availability

There is no residency requirement for any student to live in University housing. To be eligible for University housing, you must be registered as a full-time student (at least 12 credits).

Housing is guaranteed for the first 1,050 first-year/transfer students who – by the May 1 deadline – (1) complete a housing application and (2) submit a housing deposit.

How to Receive a Housing Assignment and Select Your Roommate(s)/Suitemate(s)

The process of receiving a housing assignment and selecting into a roommate group is explained at the Housing Assignments for First-Year and Transfer Students webpage

Meal Plans

All students living in on-campus University housing assignments are required to have a meal plan assignment. The default meal plan option is Meal Plan U.

After receiving your housing assignment and until Add/Drop Day (approximately one week into the semester), you may upgrade to Meal Plan U-300 or Meal Plan U-700 via your eRezLife portal.

Meal Plan Options
Meal Plan  Meals  Pirate Bucks Guests 
U Unlimited  75 5
U-300 Unlimited  300 5
U-700 Unlimited  700 5

For more information about meal plan options, please visit the Meal Plans webpage.

Billing for Housing and Meal Plans

Housing and meal plan rates can be found on the Tuition and Fees webpage. 

Should you choose to cancel your housing and/or meal plan assignment, you will be refunded in accordance with the following proration schedule:

Number of calendar days after Add/Drop Day Amount of Refund
Day 1-7 80%
Day 8-14 60%
Day 15-21 40%
Day 22-28 20%
Day 29+ 0%

Housing and meal plan charges will be added to your billing account and sent via the electronic billing (e-bill) system utilized by the Bursar’s Office. Questions about billing and payment should be directed to the Bursar’s Office. Questions about financial assistance should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid.

What to Bring to the Residence Halls

While preparing to pack your items, check out the What to Pack for Seton Hall Residence Halls webpage. We recommend coordinating with your roommate(s) and suitemate(s) to ease the move in process, too.

If you are interested in renting a MicroFridge (combination microwave and refrigerator), visit the MicroFridge website. While we partner with the MicroFridge vendor to coordinate them dropping off and picking up the units in the residence halls, they oversee the rest of the process. Therefore, you should contact the vendor directly with any questions.

Virtual Residence Hall Room Tours

While HRL is unable to offer residence hall or room tours of Aquinas Hall or Boland Hall prior to your arrival to campus, we are happy to share Residence Hall Virtual Room Tours.

Receiving Mail and Packages

All mail and packages are delivered to the University Mailroom, located in Mooney Hall B-13.Once you arrive to campus, you may receive a mailbox key by visiting Mooney Hall B-8.

Beginning on July 1, you may send items to your campus mailing address:

*Your Name*
Seton Hall University
400 South Orange Ave
South Orange, NJ 07079

*Note that, as all campus mail and packages are handled in a centralized Mailroom, you are not required to include your residence hall in the mailing address.

Storage Scholars: Student Storage Made Easy 

Storage Scholars is a preferred moving, storage, and shipping partner of Seton Hall University. From securely storing your belongings during breaks to ensuring safe delivery of packages, Storage Scholars has consistently demonstrated their commitment to excellence. Look no further than Storage Scholars for a hassle-free experience, superior customer service, and peace of mind. Visit their website to learn more and explore the comprehensive range of student storage, moving, and shipping services offered to the SHU community.

How it works:
1. Pack & Lock - After receiving our free packing supplies, pack your belongings, lock everything in your room, and leave at your convenience.
2. Pick-Up & Store - After exams, your school provides our student team access to your room, so we can transport and store your items in a local, secure, and temperature-controlled facility.
3. Delivery - Your belongings will be delivered to your new room on campus the week before classes start or we’ll deliver off campus on your preferred date.
4. Shipping - We can ship boxes home for the summer, or to your first apartment a few months after graduation (optional).

Learn more and sign up using this Storage Scholars link.

New Student Move-In Day

New Student Move-In Day is a celebrated Seton Hall tradition! This year, it is scheduled for Wednesday, August 21 and Thursday, August 22.

More information can be found on the Move-In Day webpage. We can’t wait to see you there!