TO: Students in NYU Undergraduate Housing

FROM: Kate Baier, Executive Director, Residential Life and Neil Hanrahan, Executive Director, Housing Services

DATE: July 31, 2020

We are very excited to welcome you back to NYU this coming fall semester! While the world looks very different this year versus what we had imagined, nonetheless, we are very much looking forward to seeing you on-campus, connecting with you and your peers, and supporting you through your college journey.

This is the first of a number of communications that you will receive in the lead up to the fall semester; all are very important, so please read through them thoroughly, follow stated instructions and deadlines, and as always, be in touch with Residential Life and Housing Services by emailing us at with any questions. We are here for you.

Quarantine Guidance

As you read from NYU’s recent communication on quarantine and testing, all students coming from any state on the list of New York State travel advisory states or any international point of departure is required, by law, to complete a 14-day quarantine before students attend any in-person classes or enter NYU academic or administrative facilities. In addition, because the list of restricted states changes day to day, we strongly recommend that any student who is 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 also follow the same protocol.

Given this guidance, we ask you to consider your current location, along with any travel plans you will undertake prior to your arrival to housing/NYU, and honestly assess if you will need to quarantine for 14-days when you come to New York City in August. The 14-day quarantine requirement doesn’t just apply to those who live in the impacted states; indeed, it also applies to students who spend more than 24 hours in a travel advisory state (see NYS travel advisory guidance for more detail). Determining whether or not you are obligated to quarantine is helpful for the next step in the process and will guide you to the correct Move-In time period.

Schedule a Move-In Appointment

Ok, now that you’ve determined if you will be obligated to quarantine, we can move on to the next step in the process — scheduling your Move-In appointment.

  • For those who are required to quarantine, but plan to do so in their NYU housing assignment, you must select a Move-In appointment on either August 18 or 19.
  • For those who are required to quarantine, but plan to do so outside of their NYU housing assignment, you must attest to your quarantine plans as well as select a Move-In appointment on August 31, September 1 or later.
  • For those who do not need to quarantine, as you live in New Jersey, New York or Connecticut, or your state is not on the NYS travel advisory list, you must select a Move-In appointment on August 31, September 1 or later.

To allow for appropriate physical distancing and to create a smooth check-in process for everyone, all students are required to sign up for a move-in appointment. Move-in windows are 90 minutes long and appointments are available every 30 minutes, from 9 AM - 9 PM. The number of appointments for each interval is limited in order to address the various public health guidelines.

Sign up for a move-in appointment time here. Click "Access Application" and then click on "Move-In Appointments" to select your time.

PLEASE NOTE: All students — including returning students — must select a scheduled time for move-in, between either August 18 - 19 or as of August 31, September 1 or later, depending on their circumstances. If you arrive at your residence hall building outside of your assigned 90-minute time window or without an appointment you will NOT be permitted to enter the building. Early move-in exceptions cannot be granted at this time.

Once you complete the Move-in appointment sign-up process, you will receive an email confirmation with the details of your scheduled appointment. If you wish to change your move-in appointment, just return to your housing portal to cancel your previous appointment and schedule a new one. More information on your specific building, testing within 24 hours of arrival, and other important information will follow in future communications.

Updated License Agreement

As previously indicated, the updated housing license agreement has been provided as part of this process. In order to confirm your assignment, please review and accept the terms of this license, which is included in the same portal and process as scheduling your Move-In appointment. A copy of the 2020-2021 Student Housing License can be found here (PDF).

The deadline for both accepting the housing license and scheduling your move-in appointment is Friday, August 7th, 2020.

Looking Ahead

A few more things you can be doing now...

  • Familiarize yourself with pre-arrival testing requirements. You can learn more about testing and submitting your results here.
  • Pack smart and light. Check out our packing guide to review suggestions of what to bring and learn about what not to bring.
  • To minimize the number of trips you will need to make to bring your belongings inside and to reduce elevator traffic, we must limit the belongings you are moving in at this time to those that can fit into one moving cart (cart dimensions are 28 in deep x 29 in wide by 40 in long).
  • Packing light will also reduce the amount of assistance you will need to move in. Each student will be allowed to bring only one person into the building at a time.
  • We are unable to accept packages prior to your arrival. Please do not schedule packages for delivery prior to your move-in date.

Finally, we continue to monitor official guidance related to COVID as we plan for the Fall 2020 semester and assure you that your safety and well-being remain our top priority. We encourage you to regularly check NYU's COVID-19 web hub for the most up to date guidance and information.

We hope this information is helpful, knowing that we have additional communications forthcoming. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to be in touch with us with any questions or concerns at

Very Best,

Kate Baier, Executive Director, Residential Life

Neil Hanrahan, Executive Director, Housing Services