Date: August 7, 2020
To: NYU Students in Housing
From: Residential Life & Housing Services

Dear Student,

We hope this finds you and your loved ones safe and well. Our excitement builds as we get closer to the day that we get to welcome you to campus!

This is the next communication in our series of follow up emails with helpful guidance and information to ready you for your arrival on campus -- this time we are focused on expectations and supports available to students during quarantine, suggestions for preparing for the 14 days and starting useful expectation-setting conversations with those with whom you are living this fall.  

As we’ve asked before, please read this carefully, follow stated instructions and deadlines, and as always, be in touch with Residential Life and Housing Services by emailing us at housing@nyu.edu with any questions.  We are here for you.

Remember: Schedule your move-in appointment by today, Friday, August 7th

Even since our most recent communication, the list of New York State travel advisory states has shifted, with new states added and others removed.  Remember, any student arriving from one of the “restricted” states or any international point of departure is required to quarantine for 14 days before attending any in-person classes or entering NYU academic or administrative facilities. We also continue to recommend that any student coming from outside the tri-state area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut), but whose states may not be on the list of travel advisory states, follow the same protocol.

With that, we want to remind you that you must accept the updated housing license and choose a move-in appointment by today, Friday, August 7th, in order to move into your building during either of the housing arrival periods, if you haven’t yet done so. In the event your quarantine status changes due to updates to the NY State required quarantine list, we will do our best to accommodate you.  You can review and accept the updated license and select a move-in appointment by:

  • Go to https://housing.nyu.edu/Apply/
  • Click "Access Application"
  • Click "Move-in appointments" on the purple menu bar
  • Follow the instructions to select your appointment

More on quarantining:

The many questions we have received have made it clear that not everyone has a shared understanding of what it means to quarantine since we were last in touch. 

In order to paint a more clear picture of what quarantining requires, we have shared details in the recent University communication, as well as below, for you to refer to, to help you understand what quarantining in your housing assignment will look like (if you are planning to do so).  Please note that, with all things COVID-19, circumstances and requirements do change regularly, so we ask that you check back frequently; we will also communicate substantial updates to you.

The Basics of Quarantining

As shared in the recent University Communication, quarantining requires that you stay in your room/living quarters for a period of 14 days.  Students in quarantine are prohibited from doing any of the following:

  • Leaving your suite or apartment
  • Visiting other students’ rooms, meeting with others in common spaces,
  • visiting friends or family in the lobby
  • Using laundry facilities
  • Visiting other NYU Buildings
  • Shopping, going out for food, or taking walks outside
  • Taking public transportation

The only exceptions in which you may leave your room/apartment is to pick up your meals/other deliveries to your floor, to attend medical appointments, and to go for your COVID-19 testing. 

How will NYU support quarantining students?

NYU will provide a number of programs and services to help ensure you feel cared for, during this period.

Meals:  NYU will provide you with three meals a day at no cost, including for those with a range of dietary needs, delivered to your floor. You will also be able to avail yourself of meal delivery services (at your expense), within certain times during the day, should that be of interest. For more information and to submit dietary restrictions, visit the NYU Dining Quarantine Arrivals Dining page.  In addition, all apartment-style and some traditional-style residence halls provide a microfridge (microwave + refrigerator unit); check if your assignment has this by checking your residence hall pages.

Cleaning Supplies: NYU will provide general purpose cleaning supplies to help you keep your bathrooms clean.  We will also have a small amount of laundry detergent for hand washing your clothing available, should you desire this.

Deliveries:  As with meal delivery, NYU will also be able to bring delivered items to your floor, within certain time frames during the day.  Given the time it may take to get your items to you, we request you limit deliveries to items that can’t melt or otherwise perish.

Special Programming and Student-to-Student Support: In addition to the full complement of welcome activities, NYU is creating daily programs specifically for those who are quarantining, including, but not limited to, fitness classes, meditation sessions, themed hangouts, shared reflective spaces, academically-focused offerings, skill-building activities, and other fun and useful options.  Fellow NYU students will also convene smaller groups of quarantining students to help build friendships and community.  You’ll be able to peruse these programs starting August 10th via NYU Mobile. You can also share your suggestions via our programming ideas survey.

Health and Wellness: Your health and wellness is first and foremost in our minds; that is especially true during quarantine. Clinicians from the Student Health Center and Counseling and Wellness Services (CWS) will be available to support your medical or mental health needs, as they arise.  In addition, CWS will outreach to students in quarantine, as well as offer a daily quarantine support group.  Finally, should you start to feel unwell, our Student Health Center and our COVID-19 Prevention and Response Team will be available to assist you.

Required Testing:  NYU requires students get tested for COVID-19 within 24 hours of arrival.  While we encourage students to get a COVID-19 test prior to moving into a housing assignment (testing will be available from 8 AM - 8 PM starting on August 18 at our on-campus testing location, more information available here), others may not have that option.  Either way, students will be able to schedule a testing appointment in advance of arriving on-campus.  More information on scheduling your testing appointment is forthcoming.

Advice on what to Pack: 

We suggest you bring two weeks’ worth of clean clothing, toiletries, your preferred cleaning supplies and any medications you may need.  Bring items that you would like access to during this time, like books or e-readers, music, video games, a musical instrument, art supplies or other items you might find useful during the next 14 days.  Finally, as we’ve mentioned in earlier communications, please limit what you bring for move-in to what can fit into one moving cart (dimensions are 28 inches deep x 29 inches wide by 40 inches long).

As always, please regularly check our NYU's COVID-19 web hub for the most up to date guidance and information on how the University is managing its response to COVID-19.

Setting expectations with your future living companions:

As we prepare to return to campus and the residence halls during a very unique time, there are considerations around COVID-19 and health and safety that we want you to begin to think about and discuss with your future roommate and/or suitemates.  These additional considerations are on top of all the other topics and preferences, such as doing the dishes, waking early/staying up late or quiet study hours, that are important for you and your living companions to discuss and agree upon before something becomes a conflict in your suite or apartment.  Ideally, if you talk through these items now and establish a shared set of expectations up front, everyone - including yourself - will have a more satisfying shared living space. 

To assist in facilitating this important conversation, you can access the pre-arrival questions through the roommate agreement link on your housing portal, available via NYU Home starting Friday, August 7th. Discussing your expectations for living and your COVID-19 related practices will help create a more comfortable space for you and your roommate/suitemates. 

We hope this information is helpful, knowing that we have additional communications forthcoming.  As we mentioned in previous communications, there is an informational webinar next Wednesday, August 12 from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT) for all residents. During the webinar, residence hall staff will provide additional information regarding the move-in process and on-campus living.

Please visit the Webinar Registration Page to confirm your participation. If you are not available at this time, the webinar will be recorded for viewing at a later time and posted online.

In the meantime, don’t hesitate to be in touch with us with any questions or concerns at housing@nyu.edu.

Very Best,


Kate Baier, Executive Director, Residential Life

Neil Hanrahan, Executive Director, Housing Services