Living in NYU Berlin Housing is a mandatory part of program enrollment. Housing is only available for the dates of the program, January 23 – May 20, 2017.

Student Life & Housing FAQs

  • When do I need to arrive?

All students MUST arrive on January 23, 2017, as indicated on the program calendar. Late arrival is not permitted.

  • When will I sign up for housing and what are my options?

You will sign up for Housing beginning November 7, when the Study Away Confirmation Portal becomes available. You will have approximately 2 weeks to enter your housing preferences there, along with other details such as your emergency contact and passport info. Ultimately, all items will be due by November 18. Your $1000 housing reservation fee is not due until this time. More information about the Portal will be made available on this blog.

For more about housing options in Berlin, please visit the Housing section of our web site.

  • When will I receive my housing assignment?

You can expect to be notified of your assignment no later than 1.5 weeks before the beginning of your program. You will receive your room type; information about roommates will be provided when you arrive.

Please Note: You will receive your housing assignment through an official email from NYU Berlin site staff. Prior to this notification, any housing assignment you may see (for example, in the Portal), is NOT final. Please wait for the official housing assignment email to learn your placement.

  • What is the likelihood of securing a single room?

There is a very limited number of single rooms available; hence, we cannot guarantee first preference placement (i.e. a single room). Priority will be given to students who are approved by the Moses Center for Students with Disabilities. The single rooms at the Student Residence that remain after all requests for singles approved by the Moses Center have been met are assigned via a lottery system.

  • Can I choose my roommate(s)?

Yes, you can request to live with other students of your choice. You will be able to do this when you fill out your housing preferences in the Study Away Confirmation Portal. Please make sure all students wanting to live together request one another. While we cannot guarantee we will be able to meet your request, we do make efforts to accommodate these requests where possible.

  • Can I find my own housing?

All students are required to live in NYU provided accommodation although exemptions may be granted in limited circumstances (such as staying with a close relative who is already living near the academic center). You can submit a petition by the link below.

Student Exemption Request Form

The student must also ensure that the proposed host completes the following link and sends proof of residence as per the instructions on the form.

Proposed Student Host Form

Please note that submitting a request does not guarantee exemption and appeals will be evaluated by a housing committee on a case-by-case basis.  All completed exemption requests (i.e. both forms and proof of residence) for the fall semester must be received by April 15; all exemption requests for the spring semester must be received by November 15.  Students will be notified of the decision via email following the respective deadlines.  Completed requests submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

There may be updates to this process, and we will keep students up-to-date on any changes.

  • Am I able to cancel my NYU assigned housing? Will I receive a refund?

The Housing License binds you for the entire period you will be enrolled at the site unless you submit a written cancellation request to the Office of Global Programs that meets particular conditions by the designated cancellation dates. All appeals are subject to the cancellation fee schedule. You can read the Housing License and cancellation fee schedule at www.nyu.edu/global/housing-details

  • How do I get a phone for use abroad?

To assist you most effectively in case of an emergency, all students at NYU Berlin must have a cell phone that works locally and share their number with Student Life staff.

  • It’s usually easier – and cheaper – to get a cell phone pay-as-you go plan in Berlin than to use your U.S. plan. You can get a plan from O2, Vodafone or T-Mobile with pay-as- you-go minutes. You can either unlock your smart phone and just replace the SIM card when you get to Berlin (if you have a GSM phone), or you can buy a cheap phone there from one of the service providers. During orientation, NYU Berlin site staff will show you where to get phones and SIM cards and how to top them up.
  • If you prefer, some phone companies, such as AT&T, also offer study abroad plans that allow you to keep your U.S. number and pay lower rates. Ask your provider!
  • How do I access Money abroad?

The easiest way to access your funds is by using your ATM/Debit card to pull out money from any ATM, as this will usually guarantee you the most competitive conversion rate. A few recommended banking options worth researching with low or no ATM transaction fees are the Deutsche Bank/Bank of America ATM Alliance, and the Capital One 360 Checking account.  The Capital One 360 account is a purely online bank with no monthly fees or conversion fees on international withdrawals (or debit card purchases, for places that accept MasterCard). While there is no charge from Capital One for using foreign ATMs,  students should note that  ATMs in Germany typically charges a very small fee, within approximately 0.5% of the spot rate. Transferring money to the 360 Checking Account is also free and can be done from an existing US bank account.


  • *While we are wary of pushing any one financial institution, we would recommend students at least consider setting up something like this before arriving in Germany.

*Some additional tips:

  • Avoid opening a local bank account. Given that you’ll be abroad for a relatively short period of time, it’s hard to justify spending long hours dealing with additional bureaucratic processes.
  • If you continue to use your current bank account, find out if your bank charges a fee for international withdrawals and check to see if they have partner banks abroad – that will help ensure that your ATM withdrawals are as inexpensive as possible.
  • Inform your bank of your change in residence and the length of your stay abroad to prevent them from blocking your purchases or placing a “hold” on your account.
  • Set up online banking – you’re unlikely to find a branch of your bank abroad and will want to keep track of your spending and ensure that all your purchases are legitimate (unfortunately, fraud can happen anywhere).
  • Make sure your debit/credit card has a 4-digit PIN number – other lengths of PINs often won’t work abroad.
  • Visa and Mastercard are accepted quite widely throughout much of Europe; American Express less so. However, in Berlin, largely you will use cash. It will be more difficult to find places that accept credit cards within the city.
  • Photocopy all your cards (front and back) in case your card is lost or stolen and you need to cancel it; leave a copy with a friend or relative both in the United States and abroad (not in your purse or wallet – they might get stolen as well).
  • Check your bank and credit card statements online regularly to help you identify any unusual activity.
  • Beware of pickpockets!
  • What is my address in Berlin?

To get your address in Berlin, please contact your Study Away Advisor, Patrick Stancil.

For other important Site contacts, please visit the Contacts page of our site.

  • I don’t know anyone else on the program. Help!

Whether you are an NYU or visiting student, don’t worry if you don’t know anyone else on the program. Many of the students who study abroad on our programs go independently and are looking to meet new people. In fact, most students who go report feeling comfortable abroad because of the small, intimate communities there.

We’re confident that you’ll make friends and find your niche within your NYU program. We’ve created the NYU Berlin Spring 2017 Facebook Group specifically for students to “meet” each other before the start of the semester. This is particularly helpful for students who are not in the NYC area and may not be able to attend pre-departure events. So make sure you join and don’t be shy! Once you arrive on site, various orientation activities, social and otherwise, will help you to further get to know your new class- and roommates and co-create your Berlin community.

  • Can I mail items to the site in advance?

You can ship some items to Berlin before you arrive. The security personnel will keep any deliveries in a locked room until you arrive. All mail can be sent to your address in Berlin, which you can get from your advisor, Patrick.

Note: Please be aware that packages sent from the U.S. may be subject to extensive VAT taxes, particularly regarding electronic devices and clothes. These taxes might be collected upon delivery or sometimes after delivery in a separate invoice. Due to German Customs policies, it is necessary to affix the right customs form to the outside of the package. This form is called PS Form 2976-A and contains an itemized list of the package’s contents, including their value. An invoice, in duplicate, is required for all personal shipments with a value of $300 or more. Failure to do so will result in you having to personally pick up your package at the Berlin Customs office, which usually implies a lengthy wait and high customs fees.