Hofstra has numerous options for students who decide to live on campus. For first years, there are a couple different routes people can take to find out the merits of each. But for those who don’t have time to take a tour of each individual complex or don’t have older friends with knowledge of the different places to live on campus, this series on each freshman dorm should provide a brief introduction to life in each freshman residence house.
First off, the Netherlands. Out of the various housing options available at Hofstra, the Netherlands is one of only two residences reserved solely for freshman students. The complex is comprised of 11 two-story houses divided into two courtyards, Netherlands South and North.
The residence complex is located on the west perimeter of campus and is a 5-10 minute walk from the Student Center and a 10-15 minute walk from Hofstra USA (a Dave and Buster's style eatery) and Dutch Treats (the small campus grocery store).
The Netherlands Core, the complex’s own food court, offers students the regular option of fruits and snacks along with fast food restaurants Subway and Nathan’s. The Core also holds classrooms below.
Each house has a laundry room with two washers and dryers and a lounge area equipped with a kitchen area, ping-pong table, and flat-screen TV. The dorms themselves are structured suite-style with a common area, bathroom and two bedrooms stocked with wooden desks, bed frames, drawers, and wardrobes.
Resident opinion on the housing option is mixed.
Lauren Johnson, a freshman double major in education and English said, “I appreciate that we don’t have to pay to do our laundry, but I definitely think the bathrooms need fans because the air in there stinks. That’s my only complaint.”
Justin Ayala, a freshman undecided major explained, “I think we need fans in the bathroom. I also think we need more laundry machines, because just two for the washer and dryer is not enough. There are a lot of conflicts I’ve formed out of situations with clothes being taken out. We also need better windows because if we had to jump out if there’s a fire you’re going to die probably. But yeah it’s nice. Maybe kitchenettes too. Nice little kitchen areas in the dorms would be nice.”
On the many positives of life in the Netherlands, Melissa Terzarkos, a senior marketing major and Resident Assistant for the Utrecht House said, “Living in the Netherlands has an endless number of opportunities and provides first-year students with all the resources they need. The complex consists of eleven houses and seven are living learning communities. The LLC’s in the Netherlands are the ZARB house for business students, the studio house for students interested in film and production, S.T.A.G.E (students aspiring for a greatness in entertainment) house for students who love drama and theater, pre-health house for students on the pre-med track, the communications house, live NYC house which offers free trips to NYC for the students living there, and lastly, math, science and engineering house. My experience living in an LLC has been one that is incomparable. Living with students who share the same major or similar interests has allowed me to create a bond with my housemates like no other and excel in my classes as I have all the help I need. I have found my home away from home and couldn’t be happier. My housemates are more than just my friends; they are my family. The Netherlands community is a great one to be a part of and I wouldn’t trade it in for the world.”
Next week: first-year resident opinion on Stuyvesant Hall and the pros and cons of living on-campus.
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