The Application Process

Once a new freshman undergraduate student has accepted admission to NYU, they will be able to access the housing application on the NYU Home Housing Forms channel.

Students admitted prior to April 30, 2019 must complete their 2019-2020 housing applications and submit the $1,000 housing reservation payment by May 1, 2019.

Students admitted after May 1, 2019 must complete their 2019-2020 housing applications and submit the $1,000 housing reservation payment by the enrollment deadline provided by the Admissions Office.

Important Note:  In order to live on campus, all students MUST comply with the July 1, 2019 deadline to submit required immunization records to NYU Health Services.  Click here for details and instructions.

The Assignment Process  

A key experience of a college education is the opportunity to live and study with people from diverse backgrounds. This is uniquely true at NYU, where students are prepared to enter an increasingly global society by studying at campuses throughout the world. For this reason, geographic diversity is a primary variable in the room assignment process for first year students. This model reflects the University’s value that students should network across geographic differences.

It is important to note that application preferences are not always met due to competing demand and space availability. We do our best to meet as many requests as possible, but preferences are not guaranteed.

  • The following criteria and application preferences are considered when assignments are made for incoming freshmen residents:
    • School location (Brooklyn residence halls are required for Tandon School residents, Manhattan residence halls are required for all other schools)
    • Reasonable accommodations for medical needs which are reviewed and approved by The Moses Center by their May 1st reasonable housing application deadline
    • Applications for themed engagement communities (Residential College, Explorations Programs)
    • Gender identity or legal sex
    • Geographic diversity
    • Preference for lower cost housing
    • Residence Hall preference/ranking
    • Responses to the housing lifestyle questionnaire (which carry the least weight in the process)
  • Students may not submit requests for specific roommates during their freshman year at NYU. We feel it is important for all new students to meet new people, expand their interests, broaden their understanding of different regions and cultures, and stretch their comfort zones with all that NYU’s global network has to offer. We want our residents to celebrate each others commonalities and expect that they will respect each others differences. 
  • Early Decision Admitted students are not assigned in advance of other admitted students, and do not receive priority in the housing assignment process.  The benefits of early decision admission are connected with admission to the University, but not to housing assignments. 

Anticipated Fall 2019 Assignment Communication Timeline:

Please note, all students do not receive assignment notices at the same time.

The following is a brief outline of what to expect over the course of the summer. While waiting longer for an assignment may not seem ideal, we find that we are often better able to meet more application preferences as we wait for fall-term attendance to be finalized. (During this time of year, it is not unusual for students to defer their admission, take a medical or personal leave of absence, or even withdraw. Once such cancellations are processed, we are able to make more assignments.) Most importantly, all students who are guaranteed housing will receive a housing assignment prior to move-in day.

  • July 2019: Approximately 90% of incoming freshmen residents will receive assignment notices on July 5, 2019. Their "actual" housing charges will appear on their bills from the Bursar on July 16th. Approximately 10% of incoming freshmen residents remain unassigned, and will have "estimated" housing charges on their bills from the Bursar on July 16th. Actual charges will replace the estimated charges when assignments are finalized.
  • August 2019: Approximately 10% of incoming freshmen residents will be assigned on a rolling basis as space permits, between July 6th and August 21, 2019. In many cases, but not all, students in this population may have applied late in the housing application period, after the application deadline, or may have been admitted to the University later in the Admissions process. Some freshmen may be assigned to temporary first-year communities on floors normally dedicated to upperclass students. In these cases, students will be advised that their assignment is temporary, and notified when a space in a dedicated first-year community becomes available. At that point, the student will be asked to complete their move to their permanent assignment within the next two days.

2018-2019 First-Year Application Statistics

  • The following data from the Fall 2018 term may give you an idea of what to expect while working through the application and assignment process.
    • 50% of students were assigned to their first preference residence hall
    • 85% of students were assigned to one of their top three residence hall preferences
    • 52% of students who applied for a themed engagement community were accepted and assigned to one
    • 93% of freshmen live on campus
    • 100% of freshmen are required to have a meal plan
    • 97% of bedrooms are shared occupancy (2-3 people)
    • 3% of bedrooms are single occupancy (1 person)
    • 90% of freshmen receive their housing assignment notices in July
    • 10% of freshmen receive their assignment notices in August