Residence Hall & Freshman Move-In

This is a picture of a student unpacking their suitcases in their dorm room.

Residence Hall for First Year Students

All first-year students will live in the Jinqiao Residence Hall. To learn more about the Residence Hall please explore the Residential Life and Housing page. There you can also take a 360-degree tour of the Jinqiao Residence Hall.


Move-In Day Arrangement

Fall Move-In Day
Sunday, August 25th, 2019

Move-In Day is one of the most highly anticipated days of a university experience. After spending an entire summer preparing for your journey to NYU Shanghai, you will finally arrive to pick up your room key, and open the door to your new home away from home.

All NYU Shanghai first-year students live with someone of a different nationality, creating an unprecedented exchange of knowledge, culture, and ideas. To help you navigate this busy time, we will provide you with a packing list of suggested items to bring, and give you more details about your housing assignment.

Students who plan to arrive in Shanghai prior to Move-In Day, please note that you will need to find your own accommodations, as the residence halls will not be ready to receive you until Move-In Day.


Welcome Table

Our staff and Orientation Ambassadors will be on site to welcome you from 9 AM to 9 PM on Move-In Day. When you arrive at the residence hall, please come to the 1st Floor Resource Center in Building #2 where you can pick up your room key and welcome package. If you arrive after 9 PM, you can still pick up your room key and welcome package at Public Safety, which is located in the lobby of Building #2.

NYU Shanghai Airport Pickup Service

Airport pickup shuttle service from Pudong International Airport (PVG) will be arranged on Move-In day (August 25th, 2019) to bring you to the Residence Halls. Shuttle arrangements will be announced in one of the Summer Newsletters. Students will be given priority seating on the shuttle bus, so seating for family members will not be guaranteed.


Shanghai Airports and Railway Stations

Airport Arrival:

There are two airports in Shanghai. Most international flights land at Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) while domestic flights and at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA). Both airports have two terminals and are connected by Metro Line 2. Taxi rides to the Jinqiao Residence Halls from both airports take about one hour.

Railway Station Arrival:

There are three main railway stations in Shanghai. Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station is located next to Hongqiao International Airport, and is connected to the city by metro lines 2 and 10. Hongqiao Railway Station connects Shanghai to the rest of China with high speed trains and bullet trains that run in all directions, at all times of day.

Shanghai Railway Station is the oldest railway station located in Shanghai. It is located in the city center, and connects to the rest of shanghai by metro lines 1, 3 and 4. It mainly operates bullet trains to the northern regions of China and low speed trains to the rest of China.

Shanghai South Railway Station is connected to Shanghai by Metro Line 1 and Line 3. It mainly operates bullet trains to the southern regions of China and low speed trains to the rest of China.


Traveling from the Airport

Airport Shuttle Bus Service:There are a few privately owned shuttle buses that go to the city center from Pudong International Airport. Destinations including Hongqiao International Airport, Jing’an Temple, and Shanghai Railway Station. The shuttle bus to Shanghai Railway Station (Line 5) has a stop at Century Avenue/Pudong Nan Road, which is the closest stop to the campus of NYU Shanghai. Ticket fares range from 15 RMB – 25 RMB (2 - 4 US dollars) and the buses typically operate from 6:30 AM to 11:00 PM.

Metro: Metro line 2 runs through the city horizontally and connects Pudong International Airport and Hongqiao International Airport. If you choose to take the metro from Pudong International Airport, you will need to get off, and board another train at Guanglan Road Station. It will cost you 6 RMB and take about an hour to reach Century Avenue Station (the station closest to campus). While this is the most economic means of travel, it is not recommended for those traveling with large luggage.

Taxi: Taking a taxi is the most convenient way to get from the airport to the residence hall or campus. When you enter the arrival hall after your flight, look for signs leading you to the taxi queue. If your fare is solicited by strangers as you are heading towards the queue, please reject these offers, since these taxis are privately owned and will be more expensive. As you begin to queue up for the taxi, make sure you have the address of your destination ready in Chinese, since most taxi drivers do not speak English.

We have prepared two bilingual address cards to help you get to the Jinqiao Residence Hall and the campus of NYU Shanghai. The trip usually costs around 120 to 150 RMB (19-24 USD), depending on traffic at your time of arrival. As a reminder, there is no tipping culture in China, and you should always ask for a “fapiao” (receipt) whenever you leave a taxi. This “fapiao” can help you track down the vehicle, and retrieve lost items.

More detailed advice about using taxis will be included in the NYU Shanghai Online Pre-Arrival Orientation.


Transportation to NYU Shanghai

NYU Shanghai Campus Address Card

NYU Shanghai Residence Address Card