Cancellations and Fees

Cancellations after the updated final 2020-2021 cancellation deadline (July 20, 2020) are accepted only for specific reasons as outlined in the Housing License. The NYU Housing License is a commitment for both the Fall and Spring terms. Please note the following housing cancellation deadlines and related fees are non-negotiable. Cancellation fees are applied equally according to the published schedule and are never waived or applied to other balances. Please note, cancellation fees are deducted from the original reservation payment.  

Petition for Release

If you need to cancel your housing outside the published cancellation period, and do not meet the criteria itemized under cancellations, you may petition for special consideration. This process is in place for students who can document a change in their personal circumstances, which has occurred after the final cancellation deadline, that supports their request to be released from the terms agreed to in the housing license.

Typically, successful petitions are able to easily document significant changes in one's financial, medical, or family circumstances that would necessitate a release from one's housing commitment. Any petition that is approved carries a non-negotiable $1,000 cancellation fee and any appropriate pro-rated housing charges.  The petition for release form can be accessed by logging into the housing portal via the Housing Forms card in NYU Home.

Please note:  The deadline to submit a petition for consideration of the Fall 2020 term is Friday, October 16, 2020.  The deadline to submit a petition for consideration of the Spring 2021 term is Friday, March 12, 2021. 

If you are a Fall 2020 resident and you wish to have a Spring 2021 petition reviewed prior to winter break, please submit it via the housing portal by 5:00pm on Friday, December 11, 2020.

Academic Year 2020-2021 Cancellation Schedule:

Returning Undergraduate Fall 2020 Residents:

  • Cancellations received by July 20, 2020 will NOT be charged a cancellation fee.
  • July 20, 2020 is the final cancellation deadline.  Only school-approved cancellations will be accepted after July 20, 2020.
  • School-approved cancellations (eg. withdrawals, deferrals, and leaves of absence) received after July 20, 2020 will be charged a $1000.00 cancellation fee.

Newly Admitted Fall 2020 Residents: (Including New First-Years)

  • Cancellations received by July 20, 2020 will NOT be charged a cancellation fee.
  • July 20, 2020 is the final cancellation deadline.  Only school-approved cancellations will be accepted after July 20, 2020.
  • School-approved cancellations (eg. withdrawals, deferrals, and leaves of absence) received after July 20, 2020 will be charged a $1000.00 cancellation fee.
  • School-approved cancellations, such as December graduations or confirmed Spring 2021 NYU-study away participation, will not be charged a cancellation fee.

New Incoming Spring 2021 Residents:

  • Only new Spring 2021 housing applicants have the opportunity to cancel their spring housing commitments.  Current Fall 2020 residents do not have the ability to cancel their spring housing commitments outside of the school-approved cancellations noted below.
  • December 11, 2020 is the final cancellation deadline. Only school-approved cancellations will be accepted after December 11, 2020.  
  • All new spring housing applicants are financially bound to the terms of the hosuing license unless they submit their cancellation requests by December 11th.
  • There is no cancellation fee for new spring housing applicants submit their cancellation requests by the published deadline.
  • School-approved cancellations such as December graduations or confirmed Spring 2021 NYU-study away participation will not be charged a cancellation fee.
  • School-approved cancellations such as withdrawals, deferrals, and leaves of absence will be charged a $1000.00 cancellation fee no matter when they are received.

The following are the allowable reasons to cancel housing beyond the published deadline:

Leave of Absence

NYU expects its students to maintain continuous registration in an academic program with the exception of summer breaks. However, at times it is necessary or desirable for a student to take a leave from enrollment for a period of time. Such leaves may be voluntary or involuntary, and will be handled in accordance with the NYU Student Leave Policy. Students must also refer to the bulletins and websites of their specific schools or visit their schools administrative offices for additional information concerning the impact of a voluntary or involuntary leave and any additional requirements for a leave of absence.

Information about the University Student Leave Policy can be found here.

To cancel housing, due to an approved Leave of Absence, students must submit official documentation with their school. Housing charges will be incurred up to the point of check-out.

There are two types of Leaves of Absence, and it is important to note that not both allow a student to retain their housing guarantee.

  • Medical Leave - Students on Medical Leaves must receive clearance from The University Health Center before they can return to housing. Students will receive information and instructions via email about returning to housing.
  • Personal Leave - Students who maintain matriculation, but are not enrolled may be approved for a personal leave. Students on a Personal Leave of Absence do not maintain their renewable housing status. Please note, a $1,000 cancellation fee will be applied.

Withdrawal

A student who officially withdraws from the University will not be permitted to remain in housing. Housing charges will be incurred in accordance with the terms of the housing license, and a $1,000 cancellation fee will be applied if the withdrawal date falls outside the published cancellation period.

December Graduation

Students graduating in December may cancel their housing for the Spring term, and are expected to check-out of their Fall 2019 housing assignments within 24 hours of completing their last final exam, or by Noon on Friday, December 18, 2020, whichever comes first.

Study Away

Students who have accepted admissions to an NYU-approved study away program do not need to complete a cancellation form. While away, students will receive information and instructions via email about returning to NYU-NY housing.

Students who are residing in NYU-NY for the Fall 2020 term and are studying away for the Spring 2021 term must check-out of their Fall 2020 housing assignment within 24 hours of completing their last final exam, or by Noon on Friday, December 18, 2020, whichever comes first. 

Room Changes

Bed-for-Bed Exchange Forum

This process provides residents with a forum to “swap” spaces with one another. By checking the box within the Bed-for-Bed Room Exchange section of the housing portal, you authorize the Office of Residential Life and Housing Services to share your contact information (email address, building location and type of room accommodation) with all other students interested in considering a bed-for-bed room change.

Once you opt into the forum, you will be able to search for an exchange online through the Housing Portal based upon your gender preference and classification. To opt into or out of the process you can check or uncheck the box within the Bed-for-Bed Room Exchange section of the Housing Portal at any time. Only those students who have opted into the process will be able to use the online search tool to search for participating rooms.

Please Note: Due to current circumstances and the University's need to prioritize students' needs related to the pandemic, the Fall 2020 Bed for Bed Forum is currently suspended until further notice.  

Academic Year Room Change

Our ability to accommodate room/building changes is based solely on the availability of space. When vacancies are available, different types of room changes are possible depending on the individual student's needs. Each student interested in a room change may meet with their Residence Hall Director to discuss options and determine the best course of action.

Please note that housing rates are different from building to building, and related to room type within a building. Some buildings may also require enrollment in a meal plan. Please be sure to review our rates in advance of accepting a room change offer.

Please Note: Due to current circumstances and the University's need to prioritize students' needs related to the pandemic, the last day to submit a general room change request will be November 15, 2020.  After November 15th, room changes will be suspended until further notice.