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.

The following items may be needed, depending on personal preference, in all residence halls unless otherwise indicated in the information about your specific residence hall in the residence hall pages:

  • 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:  Clothing, toiletries, medicines, books, study materials, and whatever else is necessary for you to live and work comfortably.
  • Cooking equipment:  Residents in apartment-style buildings, which have stoves and refrigerators, provide their own cook ware, dishes, and supplies. 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.)
  • Refrigerator and/or microwave:  Apartment-style residence halls all have refrigerators, and some identified on the residence hall pages have microwaves. Other residents may bring a small refrigerator (less than 5 cubic feet) and/or microwave.
  • 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.  Please note: 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.

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 disability, a written request must be received by the Moses Center for Students with Disabilities 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, toasters, toaster ovens, grills, or other open flame or heating coil devices
  • Pets or animals of any kind. (Exception: Fish in a tank no larger than ten gallons, and dogs identified as service animals or emotional support animals previously approved by the Moses Center for Disabilities (CSD) are permitted.)
  • Weapons of any kind:  This includes firearms, fireworks, ammunition, knives, swords, or explosives.


There is no storage space for students' use in public areas of 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 facilities.

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