Living on Campus

What to Bring

Storage space in student rooms is limited (each student has a small closet), so don't overdo. You should also think carefully about what you truly need and what you are going to do with your belongings after the year if you do not live close by. Part of being a traveler and global citizen is traveling light and learning how to live with less material items. You are coming to NYU Shanghai to gain invaluable experiences, not accumulate things.

The following items may be needed, depending on personal preference:

  • Bedding/linens
    You will be provided with a pillow, sheets and a blanket.  If you would to bring your own bedding, mattresses are 90 cm wide and 200 cm long. You will also need to provide your own towels and washcloths. You will have the option to swich out your NYU-provided linen every two weeks.  

  • Personal items
    Clothing, toiletries, medicines, books, study materials, and whatever else is necessary for you to live and work comfortably.
  • Cooking equipment
    All residents will have access to a communial kitchen with a refrigerator, microwave, rice cooker, a cook top and pots, pans and cooking utensils. Due to limited space, residents should check with their floormates after arrival and make plans to purhcase dishes, cooking utensils and additional supplies. Toasters, toaster ovens, and hot plates are prohibited in all residences for fire safety.  Our cooktops can only be used with certain types of pots and pans, so even if you would prefer to purchase your own, please check with Residence Life before purchasing.
  • Room amenities
    Students may bring non-halogen desk or floor lamps, rugs, posters, alarm clock, and clothes hangers. All windows have curtains. TVs and speakers should be compact and equipped with headphones to allow use without disturbing roommates. Coordinate plans with roommates/suitemates to avoid duplication and space problems. Cable TV is not available.
  • Computers
    The residence hall has wireless internet. Residents may bring their own computers or use the computer labs conviently located on the first floor of Tower 1 or in the Academic Buidling. 

What not to Bring

  • Furniture (except small book shelves)
    Each room is furnished with a bed, desk, desk chair, and closet for clothing for each student. Personal furniture may not be added. 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 Special Accommodation process. Medical documentation is required to support the request.  A small media stand, bookcase, or nightstand is permissalbe if the total dimensions of each piece do not exceed 2 meters. Total meters can be calculated by adding the longest width, the longest height, and the longest depth together when fully extended (such as legs or sides).
  • Air conditioners (provided in each room)
  • Candles or Incense
  • Drugs and other controlled substances without prescription
  • Electric blankets, pads and heaters
  • Refrigerators or microwaves (provided)
  • Hot plates, toasters, toaster ovens, grills, or other open flame or heating coil devices
  • Water Kettles
    A hot and cold water dispenser is provided on each floor
  • Flammable decorations including natural or artificial Christmas trees
  • Halogen lamps
  • Pets or animals of any kind
  • 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 will be provided with an option to use a local storage company, paid for by students.

Residential Assistants

In addition to the Office of Residential Life, each student will be supported by two upperclass resident assistants (RAs). RAs are students’ first line of support and assistance, communicating their needs to the Office of Residential Life and assisting them in their transition to life in a new environment. They are also responsible for building a sense of community by planning floor-specific activities and ensuring that every resident feels included and empowered. Finally, RAs act as peer mentors, ready to listen and advise their residents on problems related to any part of the college experience.

Student Life and Residence Committee

The Stuent Life and Residence (SLR) Committee is a function of the student government focused on the residential life experience. The SLR acts as a conduit between residents and the Office of Residential Life to improve the experience in the dorms and give the student body a voice regarding their living situation. Students with serious or general concerns about their living arrangement should contact the SLR, which will work with the administration to address the problem. Sitting on the SLR Committee is also a great way to help define the NYU Shanghai residential community and leave a legacy at the school after graduation. For more information on the SLR, please email


Off-Campus Housing Policy

At NYU Shanghai, living in NYU Shanghai sponsored housing is mandatory for all freshman, sophomores and Study Away Students. NYU Shanghai juniors and seniors may live off-campus if they have submitted a NYU Shanghai PDF iconNYUSH-HousingWaiverandRelease-Aug13-2015.pdf and been approved to live off campus in accordance with this Off-Campus Housing Policy.


NYU Shanghai juniors and seniors may apply to live off-campus if all the following criteria are met and maintained throughout the academic year: (A) You must be in good academic standing (2.0 GPA or greater); and (B) You must be in good judicial standing (i.e., you may not be on any disciplinary sanction, and all prior sanctions must be completed at the time of the request).


All Juniors or Seniors interested in living off-campus must fill out the NYU Shanghai Housing Waiver and Release and return to Residential Life for approval.

If approved, the Waiver is valid for the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 Terms. Students wishing to live off campus for a second year must reapply and be approved before the Fall 2016 Term.


By signing the Waiver, you agree to review and abide by all policies and regulations of NYU Shanghai and Student Life, including, but not limited to, this policy and NYU Shanghai Student Conduct and Policies, and the laws and regulations of Shanghai and the People’s Republic of China, including, but not limited to, the temporary residence registration process, that are or become effective during the academic year. Violations of these policies, regulations, and/or laws may result in disciplinary action and/or revocation of the Waiver. You are responsible for your own actions off-campus. NYU Shanghai will not intervene with any aspects of your off-campus living condition. Students who choose to live off campus will lose their NYU Shanghai Housing preference if they decide to reregister for NYU Shanghai Housing in the future. 


To live off campus in the Fall 2015 Term, you must submit the NYU Shanghai Housing Waiver and Release by July 24, 2015. The Manager of Residential Life will review all requests, and decisions will be sent out within 5 business days after receipt. Applicants who are approved will be released from their NYU Shanghai Housing License with no penalty. Students who submit their applications after the July 24, 2015 deadline and who are approved will be required to pay a cancellation fee to cancel their NYU Shanghai Housing License. Any denied applicants may appeal the decision to the Dean of Students within 5 business days after receiving the initial decision. NYU Shanghai reserves the rights to revoke its approval of your Waivers at any time if you no longer meet the off-campus housing eligibility criteria or in accordance with the NYU Shanghai Student Conduct and Policies. NYU Shanghai will not be responsible for any financial damages levied for breaking the lease.