About Founders Hall

Welcome to Founders Hall, NYU’s newest residence hall and home to over 700 first-year students, located in the Union Square/East Village area of NYC! Built on the site of the former St. Ann’s church, the historic façade and fence have been preserved as part of the front courtyard. To help facilitate the community, enhance your academic experience, plan events, and provide support, there are 25 Resident Assistants, one Resource Center Assistant, three student affairs professionals and two Faculty Fellows-in-Residence. With 26 floors, Founders features a large outdoor courtyard, two TV lounges, one study lounge with computers, wi-fi access throughout the lobby and lounges, recycling/trash rooms on every floor, a laundry room, and energy and sustainability focused features. Throughout the year there will be many chances to get involved especially with the Founders Advisory Board (FAB), our very own hall government where you can run for an elected position or serve on the general council.

Note: Beginning in Fall 2018, the University will provide a small microwave-refrigerator unit in each suite in Founders Hall, to be shared by the residents within the suite.

Getting Around

  • 10-15 minute walk to Washington Square.
  • Subway Access:
    • Two blocks from Union Square subway station for N, R, L, Q, 4, 5, & 6 trains.
  • The closest free NYU Shuttle is Route C, which stops on 13th St and Third Ave. For more info, please see Bus Routes and Schedules.
  • Closest dining hall is on 12th St. and Third Ave, Third North Courtyard Cafe.

Wellness Initiative at NYU

The Wellness Initiative at NYU (WIN) is a collaboration between the Division of Student Affairs and the NYU School of Medicine. The program is designed to ease the transition into college, reduce risk-taking behavior, and enhance student resilience by teaching emotion regulation and communication skills, self-efficacy, and mindfulness, along with sleep hygiene, nutrition, and physical fitness. WIN incorporates a class (CAMS-UA.0114: “Risk and Resilience”) and specially designed residence hall activities. WIN is available to all first-year students at Founders Hall, where the resident assistants, faculty fellows, and staff are all focused on providing interactive wellness programming.  You can apply to WIN through the Housing application by indicating an interest in the Thematic Engagement Community section and completing one short essay question.  If you have questions about the program or the application process, please email


Residence Hall Professional Staff

RHD Founders

 Paula Zwillich

 Residence Hall Director
: 212-998-4918

Resource Manager Founders

Jerry Roman

Residence Hall Resource Manager
: 212-443-4390

RHAD Founders

David Jones

Residence Hall Assistant Director
Phone: 212-998-4917

Faculty Fellow in Residence

Dave Hollander, FFIR

David Hollander

School of Professional Studies

Faculty Fellow in Residence Founders

Michael Funk

Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development