Welcome to Campus & Final Reminders

As today is the first day of classes, we at the Office of University Programs want to officially welcome you to NYU and January Term! Here are some final reminders:

Walk-In Hours: Isaac Amad, your Academic Advisor, will be available each week in the Academic Resource Center for walk-in advising hours at the following times:

Monday: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Wednesday: 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Thursday: 1 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Or, if you are unable to meet at these times, email up.advising@nyu.edu to set up an individual appointment.

Drop and Refund Deadlines: Don’t forget that today, Monday, January 4 is the last day to drop a course and receive a full tuition refund. Get in touch with the advising team ASAP if you need to drop your course. Additionally, this Wednesday, January 6, is the last day to drop a course without receiving a “W” grade (withdrawn). For additional dates and deadlines, please see the January Term student handbook.

Winter Guide: Get involved during your time here! Check your NYU email inbox and the Student Resource Center (SRC) website for the Winter Guide, a newsletter highlighting events on campus and throughout NYC during January Term.

Once again, welcome to NYU, best of luck with your courses, and please be in touch if you have any questions!

What to Pack & When to Arrive

If you can believe it, classes begin this coming Monday, January 4! Today we’re providing you with a final to-do list, including what to pack and when to arrive.

What to Bring: Although we know it can be difficult, it is essential to pack lightly!  Don’t forget that many of you will be buying souvenirs, gifts, and other random things, and you will want to have room in your luggage to bring it all home!  If you forget to pack something, chances are high that you will be able to get it in New York after you arrive.

One common rule is to set out everything you plan to bring and then cut it in half.  Try it and think of it as a personal challenge! When you do pack, don’t forget to put your valuables in your carry-on along with an extra change of clothes in case your luggage gets lost or is delayed on its way to New York. (This happens more often than anyone would like.)

The following is a basic list of suggested items to bring this winter:

    • Passport (international students) or government-issued photo ID (American students)
    • Comfortable walking shoes. New Yorkers walk everywhere…a lot!
    • Warm clothes and snow boots
    • Reusable water bottle
    • Umbrella
    • Laptop or computer. There will be several computer labs available to you around campus, but if you prefer to use your own laptop, feel free to bring it.  If you are an international student, don’t forget an adapter!
    • Backpack or school bag. You will be carrying your books and supplies with you everywhere. It is a good idea to have a sturdy bag with you.
    • Medication. If you need medication, you should bring enough to last you for the entire January Term.  Having copies of your prescription(s) in generic form is also a good idea.
    • Extra-long twin sheets (80 inches) for your residence hall bed and towels (if living on campus).
    • Toiletries you can’t live without — those brands you know you can only get at home or will be too expensive in New York.
    • Battery-powered alarm clock
    • Notebooks, pens, pencils, and calendar/planner for class. Bring whatever supplies you know work best for your studying style.
    • Journal
    • Camera
    • Guidebook(s)

Books: The NYU Bookstore allows students to browse textbook options before even receiving a syllabus. Create your own personalized book list, compare prices between the NYU bookstore and major leading retailers, download an eBook, or rent books! As there are so many options, we suggest exploring the bookstore’s website to familiarize yourself with the materials you’ll need. Order online or when you come to campus!

When to arrive: Students living in campus housing should plan to arrive on Sunday, January 3 beginning at noon. When you arrive at your residence hall, report to the hall’s Resource Center. You will need to present a valid photo ID to receive your keys. You can also check out a rolling cart if you need help with your belongings. Students not living in University housing should plan to arrive in time to attend their first class of the January Term. Also, don’t forget to get your NYUCard once you arrive and before your first class.

Please email us at up.advising@nyu.edu with any last-minute questions or concerns. Have a happy new year, and we look forward to welcoming you to NYU next Monday!

Holiday Reminders

A reminder that the University will be officially closed from Thursday, December 24 – Sunday, January 3, and we will reopen on Monday, January 4. We will still be updating the blog regularly, and as always, you may email up.advising@nyu.edu with any urgent questions. However if you do not receive an immediate response, please know that it is due to the University’s closure. We also suggest you follow University Programs on Twitter. Happy holidays!

Dining During January Term

As mentioned, campus offices and services aren’t operating at 100% during January Term, as it is technically NYU’s winter break. However students do have a few on-campus dining options to sustain them throughout the day.

The Kimmel Marketplace, located on the 3rd floor of the Kimmel Center for University Life, will be open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., serving breakfast and lunch. All students, both those who live on and off campus, are welcome to use the dining hall.

Additionally, the Starbucks on Washington Square East and 4th Street will be open during January Term, along with the Dunkin’ Donuts at 110 E. 14th Street.

It’s important to note that there are no meal plans available during January Term. Students may use campus cash, dining dollars (if you have a spring semester meal plan), cash, or credit card to pay for meals at these locations. And, of course, there are countless off-campus dining locations throughout New York City to fulfill any dining need or craving!

Your NYUCard

All NYU student students must get a NYUCard for the January Term. Your NYUCard will be your gateway to many things – classrooms, libraries, freeseums, athletic facilities, and great student discounts!

Once you are registered in your January course, you can get your NYUCard. Simply submit a photo online and, once approved by the NYUCard Center, pick it up in person. If submitted and approved by 3:00 PM, you can pick up your card the following business day. The NYUCard Center is located at 7 Washington Place on the corner of Mercer Street. Please note that you must bring a valid photo ID with you to get your card. More information can be found online.

Your NYUCard can also serve as a debit card with Campus Cash. Campus Cash is a service that allows you to put money onto your card and use it at participating shops, cafes, and restaurants, as well as on-campus dining halls. Rather than worry about carrying and budgeting your cash, save time and safely consolidate your money by enrolling in Campus Cash.

As you can see, your NYUCard is a powerful thing! If you have further questions about obtaining your NYUCard or Campus Cash, email us at up.advising@nyu.edu.

Housing for January Term

Coming from out of town to study at NYU? It’s important that you find and secure housing now so you have a warm place to study this January! Let’s talk about some of the on and off-campus housing options you have this winter.

University Housing: Students interested in on-campus housing should have indicated so on their January Term application. Once admitted, they will receive an email with housing information and application instructions. If you are interested in on-campus housing and did not indicate this on your admission application or did not receive an email with housing information, please contact the Office of University Programs.

Please note that campus housing is extremely limited and not guaranteed.  Students who complete a housing application will be placed on a priority list to receive housing if space becomes available, but all students are encouraged to research off-campus housing options as a security measure.

If you have questions about living on campus, please contact the Office of Residential Life and Housing Services.

Off-Campus Living: Off-Campus Housing Services provides assistance to students seeking private off-campus apartment rentals. We encourage students to use the Off-Campus Housing Guide in their search for housing, or to contact the office directly at 212-998-4411 or offcampus.housing@nyu.edu.

More information about housing both on and off campus can be found on our Housing and Dining page.

First Steps as an Admitted Student

Now that you’ve been admitted to January Term, it’s time to make your student status official! Below is a “to-do” list of necessary steps. Please see our Critical Instructions page on the visiting student website for additional information.

1. Activate your NetID: Your NetID is your log-in and username information for all NYU-related things. Go to http://start.nyu.edu and follow the instructions.

2. Log-In to NYUHome and Albert: NYUHome is the central hub for online communication. Log-in using your NetID and newly created password. Once you’re in, visit the “Academics” tab and explore the Student Center where your schedule, classroom location, and grades will be displayed.

3. Accept/Decline your Admissions Offer: If you haven’t done so yet, log in to Albert, select “Applicants” and then “Application Status” to Accept or Decline your admissions offer.

4. Activate your NYU Email: 24 hours after accepting your admissions offer, log back in to NYUHome. On the main page, click the “E-mail” link. This should take you to your new NYU gmail account! If you are having difficulty with this, please see the troubleshooting steps on our Critical Instructions page.

5. Choose your classes: Detailed instructions on how to register will be featured in our next post! In the meantime, we suggest you explore the course search in Albert (go to Student Center, top left corner, click on “Search”).

If you have any questions or difficulty completing this initial “to-do” list, please feel free to email up.advising@nyu.edu! Check back this Thursday for our next post on how to register.