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Leo Goodwin Sr. Residents

Frequently Asked Questions

Room Selection

All students wishing to reside on campus are required to complete a Housing Contract. Upon completion of the Housing Contract, you will be emailed instructions about the next step in the process which will include information on how to pick a new room. The contract will be made available early-to-mid Winter semester.
The housing application for the 2019-2020 academic year is now open! Remember: rooms are limited and assignments will be done on a first-come, first-served basis. As a result it is important you complete your housing contract as soon as possible.
Typically, if you submit your contract, you will receive an automated email confirming the submission within a minute. However, in rare cases, you will not receive the email.  In these situations, you should log back into the housing application page and see if the contract in question is still available. If it is, you will need to resubmit the contract. If it isn’t, please call us at (954) 262-7052 or email us at  It is your responsibility to ensure/confirm that your housing application submission was successful.

The majority of incoming first-year students will end up living in Leo Goodwin Sr. Residence Hall. Incoming students in the Razor's Edge programs will live in The Commons, but most incoming first-year students should expect to live in Leo Goodwin.

All current undergraduate residents who will have 1-3 terms (semesters) lived on campus by the end of the Winter 2019 semester (May 5, 2019) will reside in The Commons, FFV, or CLC.

Undergraduate students who will have 4 or more terms (semesters) lived on campus by the end of the Winter semester 2019 (May 5, 2019) will have the opportunity to live in Mako Hall, Rolling Hills Buildings A and C.  

Undergraduate students who are 25 years of age or older may live in the upper class apartments depending on availability.  Housing is not required or guaranteed for students who are 25 years of age or older.

For the 2019-2020 academic year, students may not retain their current housing assignments.

Undergraduate residents who have a completed a housing contract on file, but are not able to select a space in the apartments, will be placed on a waitlist. The waitlist will be for housing in Mako Hall, FFV, CLC, or Rolling Hills depending on terms lived on, and you will be assigned to the first available space in these areas on a first–come, first–served basis.
Yes – however, this depends on availability at the time you complete your 4 term lived on. You will not be included in the group of students who are able to select Mako Hall and Rolling Hills during the original process. Please note there may be a sizeable waitlist by the end of the summer when you complete your 4 term lived on, so it is recommended you secure a room in FFV or CLC and request to be placed on the waitlist. You will be added to the waitlist only when you complete your 4 term lived on.

This year, students will be able to select their own roommates and assign approved roommates to their desiered room. 

Please note that students will only be able to request and approve students who are within their same term group. This process is to ensure that students who have lived on campus the longest, have the most options available to them when selecting rooms over someoen who has lived on for less semester. 

Ex. a student who has 1 term lived on, can not request or a approve a request from a student who has 7 terms lived on. 

The groups below can only request each other as roommates

  1. Razors Edge year 1
  2. Razors Edge year 2
  3. Fischler Academy and Huizenga 1 year and 2 year
  4. 0 terms lived on (under 20 years old)
  5. 0 terms lived on (20 years and older)
  6. 1-3 terms lived on
  7. 4+ terms lived on

Please note that new student roommate self-selection will begin on May 3, 2019. 

The short answer is “no.”  During the self-selection process, a suite will be locked for a few minutes while a student is selecting their bedroom. Students wishing to live together should go through the roommate selection process.

Please note that the roommate selection process starts for a student 72 business hours after they submit a contract. 

You will not need to resubmit a $500 deposit each year, as we hold onto your original deposit until you choose to leave housing altogether. When you submit a new contract, our system will see that you have a deposit on file and should not ask you to submit another one.

Students who need to leave housing prior to the conclusion of their housing contract for academic reasons may be exempt from buying out their contract. These decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. Please check out our Housing Contract Release Process page for for information.

All our housing assignments are decided on a first-come, first-served basis.  As all students will be participating in a self-selection process this year, you may select a single room for yourself if there are any available at the time you try to select your room. If there are no more singles during this process, it means we do not have any available.

Every single student who wishes to live on campus needs to submit a housing contract, Razor’s Edge included. Razor's Edge first years can only live with other Razor's Edge first years. Razor's Edge second years can only live with other Razor's Edge second years. Both Razor's Edge first and second years must live in the Commons Residence Hall. 

Room and Meal Plan Information

Please check out our Room Rates page for more information about housing costs.

Undergraduate students wishing to reside on campus for Summer 2019 semester must complete a separate Summer 2019 housing contract. The Office of Residential Life and Housing will then assign you to a space in the apartment area(s) designated for summer housing. Students living on campus during the summer are expected to be available to move from their Winter semester assignment to their summer assignment during the first few weeks of the summer housing term, and from their summer assignment to their Fall semester assignment during the weeks following the conclusion of the summer housing term.  Students who are not available during these times may face additional charges to have their items moved/removed.

For the 2019-2020 year, residents in Leo Goodwin and The Commons will have a $1,595 mandatory meal plan per semester. Residents in Mako Hall, FFV, CLC, and Rolling Hills will have a mandatory $450 meal plan per semester. Please keep in mind that Dining Services and meal plans are managed by Nova Southeastern University Business Services, and that these rates are subject to change from year to year. To learn more about changes in meal plans please contact Business Services at (954) 262–8830.

A student’s mandatory declining-balance plan rolls over from the fall semester to the winter semester, but expires at the end of the winter semester. There are no mandatory meal plans required or provided during the summer term. If a student has an optional declining–balance plan, those funds are accessible by the student for seven years, and may be used year-round. However, optional declining–balance plans are non–refundable.

Incoming Students

Each student is able to submit a Personal Preference Survey within the Housing Portal.  This survey is a list of 10-15 questions about a student's personal living preferences.  Students will be able to view one anothers' answers to these questions when selecting rooms in order to assist in finding compatible roommates.

In our upper-class apartments (Mako Hall, FFV, CLC, and Rolling Hills), students are provided with a full-sized refrigerator and a stove/oven. Mako Hall has in unit dish washers, washer and dryers. The rooms and suites in Leo Goodwin and The Commons do not come with any kitchen appliances. Students may bring microwaves up to 900 watts, mini-fridges up to 4.0 cubic feet, and any other appliance that does not have an external heating system. This means something like a Keurig is allowed, but something like a hot plate is prohibited.

All of our beds in Leo Goodwin, The Commons, FFV, CLC, and Rolling Hills Building C quad rooms require Twin Extra Long (or Twin XL) bedsheets. The mattress dimensions are 39 x 80 inches.

Students living in Mako Hall have full-sized beds. 

Students living in Rolling Hills A have queen-sized beds.

We strongly discourage the use of beds that are not provided by our office, as the mattresses that we provide comply with the strictest state fire codes and have a strong resistance to bed bugs. A student may bring their own bed, but they may not remove the university-provided bed from their room, so it may reduce the person’s usable space.
Yes, a new transfer students will be able to choose between CLC/ FFV.
No, you do not. For your own convenience, we recommend submitting your immunization records as soon as you are able to after submitting your contract.  However, as long as you submit the required immunization records prior to arriving at NSU, you will be allowed to move in. You may email them to us at or fax them to (954) 262-3812.

Moving Out

Nova Southeastern University has a residency requirement for all undergraduate day-time students entering an academic year with fewer than 49 credit hours, except for in the following cases:

  • You are married or in a domestic partnership.
  • You reside with a parent or legal guardian within the tri–county area (Broward, Dade, and Palm Beach).
  • You are a veteran or active United States military personnel.
  • You are 25 years of age or older.
For all questions regarding a release from your housing contract, please see our Housing Contract Release Process page, which lays out the majority of situations in a fair amount of detail.  If you do not see your situation there, please feel free to reach out to us at
From the date a student moves out of housing, it could take up to a week for the student’s check-out to be processed by our office. Once your checkout has been processed, the Bursar’s office releases your housing deposit back to your student account. If you have an account balance, the deposit goes toward paying off that balance. If you do not have an account balance, the deposit will either be released back to the card used to pay it originally or sent to you as a check. Please reach out to the Bursar’s office at (954) 262-5200 for more information.


At this point in time, we do not have any kind of family housing and do not allow children to live on campus.

These questions all have different answers depending on the year and depending on each individual situation. We have a number of camps and conferences on campus each summer, and many of our summer move–over dates are dependent on the dates and locations of these groups. Additionally, our summer housing is located in our upper class apartments, many of which will not become fully available until after graduation.

In general, move-over into summer housing occurs within the first week of the summer housing term and move-over from summer housing into fall housing occurs either toward the end of the summer housing term or shortly after. If you currently live on campus, will live on campus during the summer, and will live on campus in the fall, you will never be completely without housing. We try to communicate specific move-in and move-out details at the beginning of the summer.

Unless you are living in summer housing, you must completely remove your belongings from the residence halls. We do not provide summer storage services, as our rooms are used during the summer for camps, conferences, and summer students.

Unfortunately, if a student is not registered for classes, they will not be able to reside in on-campus housing. If a student is only registered for courses for the first eight weeks of a semester, they will not be able to live on campus for the second eight weeks unless they register for more classes. The same applies to students who are only registered for the second eight weeks of classes within a semester.

The only exception to this rule is undergraduate housing for the summer term. An undergraduate student may live on campus during the summer without being registered for summer courses, provided they are registered for courses the following fall semester.

Nova Southeastern University provides student housing 365 days per year, and 366 days during a leap year. We also have three to four levels of on-call emergency response every hour of every day. You are not required to move out of housing at any point during the duration of your contract, with the exception of emergency evacuation periods. However, if you will be remaining on campus during longer breaks like winter break, we request that you notify your Resident Assistant and Area Coordinator.
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