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Quarantine Basics

Quarantine Dining



This page is intended to provide information and guidance for students who will be quarantining in NYU Housing upon arrival for the Spring 2021 semester.

How Long Is The Quarantine Period?
  • New York State requires anyone arriving from outside of New York and its five contiguous states (CT, MA, NJ, PA, VT), including most international locations, to quarantine on arrival. The default expectation is for a 10 day quarantine, however, the State makes provision for a shorter quarantine period — which we recommend — if you meet certain criteria.
How Do I Qualify For A Shorter Quarantine Period? 
  • To avail yourself of this shortened quarantine, you will need to arrange to be tested within the three-day period before departing for NYC. 
  • This test must be negative and you will need to provide proof of the test to NYU’s COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team
  • Important: We will be relying on students themselves to make the necessary pre-departure testing arrangements; the University will not arrange for this testing. Those who are unable to arrange a pre-departure test will need to quarantine for the full 10 days
  • You must be tested on the day you arrive to housing (through the University)
  • You will need to be tested again (through the University) on day four of quarantine. If this test is also negative, NYU’s COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team will review the results and inform you if you are able to end your quarantine early.

Quarantine Move-In

Please arrive at your residence hall to begin the process of moving into your room. Depending on your arrival date, you may asked to schedule an appointment time and we ask that you arrive during that time period. 

If you're moving in to University housing for the first time or if you're returning, 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).

Please note, in some circumstances, residents will be temporarily relocated to another room in student housing, potentially in a different residence hall, for the quarantine period. This is due to quarantine requirements stipulated by New York State. Residents identified for temporary reassignment will be notified prior to arrival on-campus. 

We recommend that you bring items that you would like access to during this time, like books, e-readers, music, video games, a musical instrument, art supplies or other items you might find useful during the quarantine period. 

In most residence halls, you will have access to Philo Edu, which is the University's provider of television programming and HBO Max. Philo Edu provides 64 channels of programming and HBO Max provides on-demand entertainment content. For more information about Philo Edu and HBO Max, please review the Campus Cable website

In addition to the above, we suggest you bring: 
  • 10 days of clean clothing
  • Medical and personal care items
  • Prescription and other medications 
  • Non-perishable snacks
  • Hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes
  • Cloth face masks
  • Chargers for your devices
  • Paper products (tissues, napkins, etc)
Friends & Family Welcome Meeting

We are hosting a welcome meeting for parents, families, and friends of all residents moving in for the Spring 2021 semester on Wednesday, January 20th at 2pm EST. Register to attend

Quarantine Basics

Quarantining requires that you stay in your room/living quarters for a period of up to 10 days. Students in quarantine are prohibited from doing any of the following:

  • Leaving your suite or apartment (except for an emergency, to seek medical care, or for COVID-19 required testing)
  • Visiting other students’ rooms, meeting with others in common spaces, and visiting friends or family in the lobby
  • Using laundry facilities
  • Visiting other NYU buildings
  • Shopping, going out for food, or taking a walk outside
  • Taking public transportation

If you are quarantining in a shared suite, you should remain in your bedroom unless you need to use the suite facilities (bathroom, kitchen). Please be sure to maintain physical distance and wear a mask when you do so.

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

  • Cleaning Supplies: Upon request, NYU will provide general purpose cleaning supplies to help you keep your bathrooms clean.  Staff will also deliver additional trash bags or toilet paper if needed.  Contact the resource center, noon - 6 PM daily, in your building to request these supplies.
  • Deliveries:  As with meal delivery, NYU will also bring delivered items to your door, 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. Deliveries should include your name and room number.
  • Special Programming: For virtual opportunities & programming, check out the Winter Break Guide.In addition to these activities, NYU is hosting daily programs specifically for those who are quarantining, including, but not limited to, fitness classes, meditation sessions, themed hangouts, informal faculty conversations, and other fun and useful options. Fellow NYU students, Spring Welcome Leaders, will also connect virtually with smaller groups of quarantining students to help build community. You’ll be able to peruse these programs starting January 15th via NYU Mobile and in your weekly hall newsletters. For a full listing of Division of Student Affairs online programming and activities please visit this website
  • 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 (SHC) and Counseling and Wellness Services (CWS) will be available to support your medical or mental health needs, as they arise.  You might be feeling upset, or worried, or alone. We’re here for you! To speak with a certified counselor at any time, day or night, call the Wellness Exchange at 212-443-9999. While in quarantine, you’ll be monitoring your symptoms. If you need to reach a medical provider at the Student Health Center, please call 212-443-1000, anytime.
  • Trash and Other Quarantine Room-related needs: Please tie up your trash bags tightly and deposit your trash outside your apartment door each morning for pick up.  If you notice that something in the room needs to be fixed -- an outlet doesn’t work, a light is out -- please complete a Work Request form, and our facilities staff will address these smaller issues once you end quarantine. Should an emergency occur - your toilet is overflowing, the heat isn’t working - contact the Resource Center between 12 Noon and 6 PM daily or, outside those hours, Public Safety at 212-998-2222 to be connected to RLHS staff on duty.
  • Required Testing:  The confirmation of return to campus email you received includes testing information specific to your arrival.  You must be tested for COVID-19 through the university on the day you return to the residence hall.  Depending on the day of your return, you will complete a Binx saliva test available in your residence hall or a nasal swab by appointment at the NYU Bonomi Family Admissions Center.  If you are eligible to shorten your quarantine and need to take a test on day four of your quarantine (keep in mind the day you arrive back on campus is “day zero”), schedule an appointment now for a nasal swab test at the NYU Bonomi Family Admissions Center.  Students in Othmer and Clark will complete their “day four” test, if applicable, using the provided Binx saliva test kits returned to the Othmer Hall Resource Center. In addition to these tests, you will maintain your regular testing schedule.  All residence hall students are required to test weekly on a day assigned according to your last name.  You will receive two Binx saliva kits delivered to you when you arrive for you to use to complete these tests.

Quarantine Dining Information

You will initially receive $210 in GrubHub credits to cover your first four days in quarantine ($30 for the day you arrive and $60 for day two, three and four). Once you've arrived on-campus and complete the Return to Campus Form, you will receive the balance of your GrubHub credits. 

An NYU Eats Welcome Bag and a case of water will be delivered to your room on the day you arrive.

Please visit the Campus Services Quarantine Dining Information webpage for additional details regarding quarantine dining procedures and delivery procedures. 

For questions about Grubhub allocations or other concerns about Dining, please contact 'Ask Campus Services' at askcampusservices@nyu.edu or call 212-998-4900, open seven days a week from 9 AM - 8 PM.


If you have questions or need assistance during your period of quarantine, contact your residence hall resource center, open from noon - 6 PM daily or, for urgent issues outside of these hours, please contact NYU Public Safety at 212-998-2222 and you will be connected to the Residence Life Hall Staff on duty.

In the case of emergency, contact NYU Public Safety at 212-998-2222 for assistance. 

Last updated: January 8, 2021