Communal Floor Living Style 

Tower 2 Housing Options:

  • Standard Double
  • Standard Triple
  • Low Cost Double

The floor layout includes 8-10 rooms in various configurations for two to three students, 5 shared bathrooms, a common space, and a communal kitchen. Every other floor will share a communal washer and dryer.
Regardless of your room type, all room configurations for first year students will have bunked and/or lofted beds. Please note that not all rooms within a room type are exactly the same; we have tried to group rooms together which we believe provide a similar living experience and within the limitations of not being able to offer ten different rates for the ten different layouts.

Because of the shared bathrooms and to provide as much privacy, first year students will live on floors with residents all of the same gender.

Tower 3/Tower 4 Housing Options:

  • Standard Double
  • Large Double
  • Standard Triple

The layout of the Communal residence hall floors have an open floor plan. 8 to 9 rooms per floor share 5 bathrooms, a kitchen, washer/dryer (2 floors share one set), and a common room.
Standard Double will include bunked or lofted 90cm beds, closets, and desks.

The major difference between a large double and standard double is that the large double can have on the ground 90cm beds instead of lofted or bunked beds.
The triple room includes one bunked bed set and one lofted 90cm bed set (with closet and desk underneath).

Apartment Style Living

Tower 3/Tower 4 Housing Options:

  • Standard Double (apartment)
  • Large Double (apartment)

Students will have the option of living in 6 person apartments. Each apartment will have two standard double rooms and one large double room. Apartment amenities include a kitchen (with built-in stove top, microwave, refrigerator, and rice cooker), a washer/dryer unit, living room with dining table, couch TV, and a large balcony.

Students living in the apartment style Standard Double will have 90cm beds and desks in the room, with a closets directly across from the room.  Both stardard doubles (4 people) will share a bathroom.
The large double will have 90cm beds, desks, closets, and a bathroom in the bedroom.


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 are responsible for washing your university-provided linen and returning it clean when you check-out of the residence hall.
  • 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 communal 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 purchase 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 conveniently located on the first floor of Tower 1 or in the Academic Building. 


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 (Including, but not limited to 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.

How to Submit a Facilities Work Order
It is everyone’s responsibility to maintain working order of the facilities equipment (lights, bathroom, furniture). Students with facilities and maintenance issues will need to report tIthem immediately by submitting the Green Center Towers Work Request form. For urgent issues (i.e. water leak causing flooding, heat or power outage, bodily fluid cleanup, elevator malfunction, etc.) during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30am - 5:30pm) please call Campus and Facilities at 021-2059-5866. For urgent issues outside of regular business hours, please go to the lobby of Tower 2 to speak with the Public Safety Officer on duty.

Potential Room Damages
Damages caused by a student may result in a fine or penalty. Do not put hooks, post or hang anything on the wall, door, furniture or outside your room or without proper adhesive.  Damages in communal spaces will be charged equally among all residents. Fees for any damages found in your room that were not indicated on your check-in form and is beyond normal wear and tear will be assessed and charged a fee case by case. Any damages be charged on your bursar account.

Missing or Damaged Items Upon Checkout

  • Air Purifier: 999 RMB
  • Chair: 290 RMB
  • Desk: 928 RMB
  • AC Remote Control: 20 RMB
  • Excess Trash Fee: 300 - 600 RMB [Tape and hooks left on walls are considered excessive trash, as staff will need to spend extra time to clean and repair.]

Residential Assistants
Sudents living in residence will be supported by 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 Student 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 sh.slr.stugov@nyu.edu.