Person decorating their room

The University provides each resident with a bed, twin mattress, desk, desk chair, drawer space, and closet/wardrobe space. Storage space in student rooms is extremely limited (usually just a small closet/wardrobe, dresser, and under bed space), so please don't overpack. You may also want to coordinate bringing larger items with your roommates where possible.

Review the list of items below prior to packing. We encourage all students to pack light and consider ordering items that you may need after your arrival. We advise that your limit your belongings to items that will fit in one 24.5”x34.5” moving bin (provided by the University on move-in day). The following items may be needed, depending on personal preference, in residence halls unless otherwise indicated in the information about your specific residence hall in the residence hall pages:

The Bare Necessities - What we encourage you to bring - pack light

  • Bedding, linens, towels:  All mattresses require extra long (80 inch) twin bed size flat and fitted sheets, with the exception of Clark Street, where beds are standard twin size (75 inch).
  • Personal items (minimal):  Clothing, toiletries, medicines, books, study materials, and whatever else is necessary for you to live and work comfortably. Please consider the volume of clothing that you pack considering our fall remote learning opportunities.  
  • Kitchen Utensils:  Minimal dishes and eating utensils. 
  • Residents in apartment-style buildings, which have stoves and refrigerators, provide your own minimal cookware, dishes, and cooking supplies.

Items to Reconsider -Ask yourself, do I really need this??

  • Cooking equipment/appliances: Toasters*, toaster ovens, and hot plates are prohibited in all residences for fire safety and electrical reasons.  (*One toaster is permitted within suites with kitchens, but the toaster must be stored and used in the kitchen area.) Rented or purchased microfridge units (Small refrigerator (less than 5 cubic feet) and/or microwave.)
  • Some traditional-style residence halls provide a microfridge (microwave + refrigerator unit); these halls are identified on the residence hall pages.
  • Room amenities:  Students may bring non-halogen desk or floor lamps, area rugs, posters, and clothes hangers. All windows have blinds, so curtains are not needed. TVs and speakers should be compact and equipped with headphones to allow use without disturbing roommates.
  • Decor: If you bring decor only use painter's tape. Only painter's tape can be used to attach decorations to walls. Residents are responsible for any damage done to walls upon checkout and will be charged for wall repair and/or painting. Command Hooks or double-sided tape cannot be used on walls, as they will cause damage.

What Not to Bring

  • Furniture:  Personal furniture may not be added to a room. If a student requests or requires special furniture to accommodate a documented disability-related need, a written request must be received by the Moses Center for Student Accessibility in accordance with the Request for Reasonable Accommodation process. Medical documentation is required to support the request.
  • Air conditioners, air coolers, and electric heaters
  • Candles or Incense
  • Drugs and other controlled substances without prescription
  • Flammable decorations including natural or artificial Christmas trees
  • Halogen lamps
  • Extension cords and multi-plug adaptors (Exception: Power strips with built-in surge protectors are permitted)
  • Hot plates, pressure cookers, grills, or other open flame or heating coil devices
  • Portable washers and dryers
  • Toasters and toaster ovens are only permitted in suites with kitchens; only one toaster or toaster oven per kitchen & it must be stored/used in the kitchen area.
  • Pets or animals of any kind. (Exception: Fish in a tank no larger than ten gallons, and service or emotional support animals previously approved by the Moses Center for Student Accessibility are permitted.)
  • Weapons of any kind:  This includes firearms, fireworks, ammunition, knives, swords, or explosives.


There is no storage space in the residence halls. Please do not bring more personal property than you can keep within your room. Students may not store belongings in the residence halls during the summer. Students who need or wish to store belongings during the summer are encouraged to use local commercial storage providers.

Property Insurance

NYU is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen items. If you are not currently covered by your family's homeowner's or renter's insurance, you may want to consider purchasing a policy.

One vendor that provides this type of insurance policy can be found at