About Lafayette Hall

The 80 Lafayette Street Residence Hall is located on the border between Chinatown and TriBeCa, an area rich in architectural beauty. The hall is in close proximity to the culturally significant neighborhoods of City Hall, Chinatown, Little Italy and trendy SoHo, the fashion capitol of Manhattan. Lafayette opened in Fall 1999, and houses nearly 1,100 upperclass students. Lafayette is home to 32 Resident Assistants, a Resource Center Assistant, and three Faculty Fellows-in-Residence. Lafayette also hosts the Fraternity and Sorority Life Community, housing as many as 8 fraternities and sororities on the penthouse floors of the building. The team at Lafayette goes by the motto Live-Laf-Love!

The main lounge of Lafayette offers two large screen digital TVs for watching your favorite shows, or connecting a laptop or gaming system to gather around shared interests with friends. The lounge has tables and chairs for studying as well as a more quiet study lounge just off from the events area. There are three music practice rooms (one includes an upright piano), and a dance room located next to the main lounge. Vending machines can be found on the ground floor as well. Laundry rooms exist on every residential floor, except for the 18th. Each laundry room consists of three washers and three dryers which operate on a mobile app or card system separate from your NYU ID. Ask the team at the ground floor Resource Center about using the mobile app or laundry cards--we're happy to help! The mailroom is around the corner from the Resource Center, offering 24 hour access to your standard letter mail. Packages can be picked up from the Resource Center package room, open during scheduled operating hours.

Getting Around

  • 20-25 minute walk to Washington Square.
  • Some residents choose to ride a bicycle, scooter or skateboard to campus. Lafayette has the largest bike storage room on campus, and a Bike Share program for rentals. Riders must wear a helmet.
  • Subway Access:
    • 2 and a 1/2 blocks from Canal Street subway stations for N, R, Q, 6, J, M, Z trains.
    • 5 blocks from Canal Street subway station for A, C, and E trains.
    • 5 blocks from the Franklin Street subway station, 1 train.
    • 8 blocks from the Chambers Street station, 1, 2, & 3 trains.
  • The closest free NYU Shuttle is Route A (Tandon and Manhattan campus) Route B (Manhattan campus),  and W (weekend route).  All routes make a stop on 80 Lafayette Street, or at Canal and Lafayette if there is city construction interfering with the route. For more info, please see Bus Routes and Schedules.
  • The closest dining hall is at Washington Square Park, Kimmel Market Place.

Live! Laf! Love!

Residence Hall Professional Staff

Lafayette RHD

Joe Liberatore

Residence Hall Director
Phone: 212-992-1013

Lafayette RHRM

David Mendoza

Residence Hall Resource Manager
Phone: 212-992-1018

Lafayette RHAD

Sam Nelson

Residence Hall Assistant Director
Phone: 212-992-1015

Lafayette FFIR

Lourdes Dávila

Faculty Fellow in Residence

College of Arts and Science

Lafayette RLA

Yean Franco-Martin

Residential Life Assistant

Lafayette FFIR

Daniel Spector

Faculty Fellow in Residence

Tisch School of the Arts

Lafayette FFIR

Duncan Yoon

Faculty Fellow in Residence

Gallatin School of Individualized Study