Unlike a university whose campus is separated by gates or walls, NYU is very much in and of New York City. Nothing isolates the experiences at NYU from the outside world - our buildings and facilities are another part of a busy metropolis with which we share the streets, sidewalks, parks, and trains. It's nearly impossible to tell where the city begins and the University ends. While studying and living in New York City is a unique and exciting experience, it does present several significant challenges, especially on move-in day. Please refer to the information provided to prepare for your arrival.
Students may not move into their residence hall prior to each semester's official Opening Day.
Upon arrival in the Fall semester, students will check-in at their specific residence hall's Resource Center. Residential Life and Housing Services staff will be available to greet students and provide them with important check-in materials including keys, room inventory reports, area attractions, along with residence hall policies, procedures and amenities.
- New undergraduates will be able to check-in beginning on Sunday, August 27, 2017. Specific instructions will be provided with housing assignment details.
- New graduate students will be able to check-in beginning on Sunday, August 27, 2017. Specific instructions will be provided with housing assignment details.
- Returning undergraduates will be able to check-in beginning on Sunday, August 27, 2017.
- Students with short term/temporary assignments at the Stewart Hotel will be able to check-in beginning at 3:00pm on Sunday, September 3, 2017.
First Year Residence Hall Check-In Times
7:00am-10:00am: Floors 2-6
10:00am-1:00pm: Floors 7-11
1:00pm-4:00pm: Floors 12-14
4:00pm-6:30pm: Floors 15-17
7:00am-10:00am: Floors 2-3
10:00am-1:00pm: Floors 4-6
1:00pm-3:00pm: Floors 7 and above
7:00am-10:00am: Floors 2-6, 23-26
10:00am-1:00pm: Floors 7-9, 20-22
1:00pm-4:00pm: Floors 10-12, 17-19
4:00pm-6:30pm: Floors 13-16
7:00am-10:00am: Floors 2-3
10:00am-1:00pm: Floors 4-5
1:00pm-4:00pm: Floors 6-7
7:00am-10:00am: Floors 2-4, 14-16
10:00am-1:00pm: Floors 5-6, 11-13
1:00pm-4:00pm: Floors 7-10
7:00am-10:00am: Floors 2-5
10:00am-1:00pm: Floors 6-10
1:00pm-4:00pm: Floors 11-18
7:00am-10:00am: Floors 3-4, 15-16
10:00am-1:00pm: Floors 5-7
1:00pm-4:00pm: Floors 8-11
4:00pm-6:30pm: Floors 12-14
7:00am-10:00am: Floors 2-5
10:00am-1:00pm: Floors 6-9
1:00pm-4:00pm: Floors 10-12
4:00pm-6:30pm: Floors 13-14
7:00am-10:00am: Floors 6-9
10:00am-1:00pm: Floors 10-13
1:00pm-4:00pm: Floors 14-18
7:00am-10:00am: Floors 2-4
10:00am-1:00pm: Floors 5-6
1:00pm-4:00pm: Floors 7-8
4:00pm-6:30pm: Floor 9
Upperclass and Graduate Hall Check-In Times
New upperclassmen may check-in to their residence halls between the hours of 8:00AM-5:00PM beginning on Sunday, August 27, 2017.
New graduate students may check-in to their residence halls between the hours of 8:00AM-5:00PM on Sunday, August 27, 2017.
Returning undergraduates may check-in to their residence halls between the hours of 8:00AM -9:00PM on Sunday, August 27, 2017.
- Students with short term/temporary assignments at the Stewart Hotel cannot check-in until 3:00pm on Sunday, September 3, 2017.
- It is suggested that residents of Gramercy Green checking in on Sunday the 27th arrive during the following schedule:
Floors 2 - 6, 17 - PH: 8:00am - 12:00pm
Floors 7 - 11: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Floors 12 - 16: 4:00pm - 8:00pm
- It is suggested that residents of Palladium checking in on Sunday the 27th arrive during the following schedule:
Floors 4 - 6: 8:00am - 11:00am
Floors 7 - 9: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Floors 10 - 12: 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Planning Your Check-in
While studying and living in New York City is a unique and exciting experience, it does present several significant challenges, especially on move-in day. You should be sure to:
Plan to arrive during your reserved check-in time according to your building and floor assignment.
Check the weather and traffic forecasts for lower Manhattan, and plan accordingly. New York City parking rules are complicated and are not suspended during check-in.
Dress comfortably. You will be on your feet for most of the day, doing a lot of walking, and waiting in long lines.
Prepare for a long day. It may be hot and humid, or cool and raining. Either way it is likely that hundreds of residents and family members will be waiting in long lines to check-in and to use the elevators. Patience and a sense of humor will be invaluable assets to carry with you throughout the day.
Predetermine what is really necessary to bring on check-in day. Seasonal items that are not needed for the first few weeks of the school year could be brought in sometime after check-in day when there are no lines for the elevators. You can also ship these items to your building so they arrive after you check-in. Please note that packages delivered before you arrive cannot be accepted and will be returned to sender.
Plan on arriving at your reserved check-in time according to your building and floor assignment (available on this page).
NYU Public Safety Officers and University volunteers will be directing traffic and directing you to check-in.
STOP, DROP, PARK: An NYU Public Safety Officer will direct your vehicle into a "TEMPORARY" unloading zone. As soon as a vehicle is unloaded it must be moved out of the unloading area. There are parking garages located near all residence halls.
Typically the incoming resident goes to the check-in table to sign for her/his keys and to pick up a "Welcome" packet while family and/or friends begin to unload personal belongings.
Tip 1: Never leave personal belongings unattended, whether it is on the sidewalk, in an unlocked car, or in a lobby. The University does not accept responsibility for lost, damaged, or stolen items.
Tip 2: Be sure to comply with posted parking regulations. NYU is not responsible for parking tickets issued by the New York City police or traffic agents.
A) Proceed to the designated “check-in" table, with a photo ID readily available.
B) Complete all registration forms and receive your room keys.
C) Proceed to your room.
It may only take 15-20 minutes to sign-in and collect your room keys, but the number of residents checking-in, plus family members, plus all of their personal belongings, adds up to guaranteed long lines for the elevators.
Tip: Consider using the stairs if you live on a lower floor. The average building has 700 residents and only three elevators.
Tip: Bring your own wheels. Each building has only about a dozen carts that can be borrowed to move items into the building. Do not rely on the availability of a cart. Many residents bring their own hand-trucks, trolleys, or luggage carriers. You will be thankful you did!
Reminder: Packages delivered before you arrive cannot be accepted and will be returned to sender.
Your Resident Assistant is a full-time junior, senior, or graduate student who serves as a peer counselor, a resource and referral person, an advocate, a programmer, a policy enforcer, and a group leader. Your RA will welcome you when you arrive at your floor and will be able to answer questions and help resolve any concerns you may have. Although our buildings are occupied throughout the entire year, the Department of Facilities Management has worked tirelessly to prepare your room. If, however, something in your room is not working properly, your RA will be able to assist you.
What To Bring & What Not To Bring
Things to bring
The following items may be needed, depending on personal preference, in all residence halls unless otherwise indicated in the information about your specific residence hall in the residence hall pages:
Bedding/linens: You will need extra long (80 inch) twin bed size flat and fitted sheets, blankets, bedspreads, and pillows. You will also need to provide your own towels and washcloths.
Personal items: Clothing, toiletries, medicines, books, study materials, and whatever else is necessary for you to live and work comfortably.
Cooking equipment: Residents in apartment-style buildings, which have stoves and refrigerators, provide their own cook ware, dishes, and supplies. Toasters, toaster ovens, and hot plates are prohibited in all residences for fire safety and electrical reasons.
Refrigerator and/or microwave: Apartment-style residence halls all have refrigerators, and some identified on the residence hall web pages have microwaves. Other residents may bring a small refrigerator (less than 5 cubic feet) and/or microwave, or arrange to rent them from private vendors. Coordinate plans with roommates/suitemates to avoid duplication and space problems.
Room amenities: non-halogen desk or floor lamps, small area rugs, posters, alarm clock, clothes hangers. All windows have blinds, so curtains are not needed. Please note: only painter's tape can be used to post items on walls.
TV: Preferably a small flat-screen TV to allow use without disturbing roommates. Coordinate plans with roommates/suitemates to avoid duplication and space problems. Bring a cable to connect your TV to NYU Cable, which provides over 80 channels of content.
Landline telephones: Residents can provide their own landline telephones.
Computers: Residents may bring their own computer, or purchase one through the NYU Computer Store. Laptops are recommended.
All undergraduate residence halls have wireless internet service.
- Air conditioners, air coolers
- Drugs and other controlled substances without prescription
- Electric heaters
- Flammable decorations including natural or artificial Christmas trees
- Inflatable mattresses
- Halogen lamps
- Hot plates, pressure cookers, toasters*, toaster ovens, grills, or other open flame or heating coil devices (*one toaster is permitted in suites with kitchens, but it must be stored and used in the kitchen area.)
- Extension cords (power strips with surge protectors are permitted)
- Pets or animals of any kind (small tropical fish are permitted)
- Weapons of any kind including firearms, fireworks, ammunition, knives, or explosives
New York State and NYU required Vaccination
All NYU students are REQUIRED to comply with NYS and NYU immunization requirements. Students who have not submitted the appropriate documentation WILL NOT be permitted to check in to University housing. For more information please visit the Student Health Center’s website by clicking here.