Housing

Building Guide and Policies

Welcome to residential living at New York University School of Law!  What follows is a guide to our residential facilities, the amenities provided, and a brief overview of some of our policies.

Community Facilities and Study Rooms
 

D’Agostino Hall:

  • The D’Agostino Hall Commons is a large, open space which offers lounge style seating, access to computers, printing and copying, tables and power outlets for group study, and vending machines.  More computers and a printer are available in the computer lab located in room 309.
  • The 14th Floor D’Agostino terrace offers a commanding view of the city and makes for a great study spot or place to relax and enjoy the view.  Additionally, the 12th floor possesses a small terrace outside the laundry room good for studying or waiting for your laundry.
  • D’Agostino features modern banquet, lecture and seminar rooms which are available for outside conferences and meetings.  A commercial kitchen is fully staffed and offers catering service.  For more information on reserving one of these spaces or utilizing our services, visit the Office of Conferencing and Special Events website by clicking here.

Mercer Residence:

  • Mercer Residence Hall’s lobby offers a comfortable lounge style seating area with four computers and printing.  More computers, printers and a scanner are available in the computer lab located on the 7th floor.
  • Behind the elevators and down the hall, Mercer’s game room features ping pong, foosball, a pool table, darts and a few tables and seating to relax at. 
  • Mercer has four study rooms on the 8th floor and one on the 3rd.  These rooms are specified as quiet-study areas.
  • The Mercer Pub/TV room located on the basement level offers seating.  Additionally, the room has a large television and makes for a great location to host a small gathering to watch the game or a movie.
  • The basement level features vending machines, as well as a piano that is available to Mercer’s resident musicians to practice.

Door Attendants and the Front Desk

Both Mercer and D’Agostino residence halls provide 24 hour front desk security.  In addition to ensuring only residents and their approved guests are entering the building, our attendants provide a variety of services:

  • Lending out:
    • Vacuum cleaners
    • Emergency lock-out keys
    • Moving bins
  • Attendants will contact you on your room phone to announce guests and food deliveries
    • Building staff will not go up to your apartment to announce guests, nor contact you via your cell phone.  Please coordinate with your guests and food delivery services accordingly

Residents of 130 MacDougal Street may utilize the building buzzer system for guests and deliveries.

Keys

One apartment key is issued to each resident upon arrival.  A temporary guest key can be obtained for a refundable $5.00 deposit from your building office.  Lost keys (room or mail) should be reported to your hall office immediately.  A $50.00 lock replacement charge is assessed on all lost or overdue room/guest keys for security reasons. 

Residents who have locked themselves out may obtain a lock-out key from the Front Desk Attendant by presenting their University ID.  The lock-out key must be returned to the front desk within 15 minutes or, for security reasons, a $50.00 dollar fee will be assessed and the locks changed.

Note: Residents of 130 MacDougal Street should visit D’Agostino Hall’s front desk for lock-out keys.

The Resource Center

Both D’Agostino and Mercer residence halls have a Resource Center located in the lobby.  The Resource Center manages all aspects of mail/parcel receipt for their respective halls.  

Incoming letter mail may be picked up from your mailbox, located in the lobby of your residence hall.

All packages for residents are received, signed for, and distributed at the Resource Center.  Upon receipt of a package an email notification will be sent to your NYU email only. Packages not retrieved within 3 business days will be returned to sender.  In order to pick up your package visit the Resource Center and present your valid NYU ID.

Note: All mail and packages must have your full name on the address label. Otherwise the package cannot be released to you as your ownership cannot be verified.  We cannot accept mail or packages for any person that is not a confirmed resident of the residence hall.  Additionally, cash-on-delivery items will not be accepted.

Your addresses are as follows:

D’Agostino Residence Hall

“Your name”

110 West Third Street

Apt # (eg. 1405B)

New York, NY 10012

Mercer Residence Hall

“Your name”

240 Mercer Street

Apt # (eg. 203A)

New York, NY 10012

130 MacDougal Street

“Your name”

130 MacDougal Street

Apt # (eg. A)

New York, NY 10012

Security

All residents must show a valid NYU ID Card with the corresponding residential sticker in order to enter their residence halls.  Residents of other NYU Law Residence Halls cannot freely visit other residence halls and must be announced as guests.

Lost and Found

In the event that any of your personal belongings are misplaced, Mercer and D’Agostino residence halls have lost and found boxes located at the Front Desk.

Visitors and Guest Passes

Visitors must be accompanied by the resident or possess a Guest Pass in order to enter the building.  The Front Desk Attendant can also call your room phone to announce a guest and obtain your permission to allow your visitor(s) to go up to your apartment alone. 

The resident/licensee may obtain a Guest Pass for each guest by stopping by their respective building office.

If your guest is staying for more than three concurrent nights, written permission from your apartmentmate(s) is required.  Overnight guests are permitted for no more than seven nights per 30 day period.  Stop by your building office to obtain a shared space consent form and present it when picking up your Guest Pass.

Note: Guest Passes cannot be obtained by telephone or email.  You must visit the office in person.

Cot Rentals

Cots for overnight guests in D’Agostino and Mercer residence halls are available for rental.  Cot rentals cost $5 per night (Monday-Thursday) and $10 for the weekend (Friday-Sunday).  Due to the limited number of cots available, reservations must be made in advance and in person.

To make a cot reservation, please visit your building office.  For the Mercer Residence see the Office of Residential Life, located adjacent to the Mercer Lobby.  If you are in D’Agostino Hall visit the Office of Facilities and Services, located on the Mezzanine level.

Check-Out Time

All residents and visitors must check out by 10:00 a.m. on the date you are contracted to depart.  If you wish to depart at another time or date, contact the NYU Law Office of Residential Life located in the Mercer Residence to determine whether a special arrangement may be accommodated.

There will be a $300.00 late check-out fee assessed to any resident who fails to check out on time.

Housing Payments

Housing payments may be made online via e-check, by phone or in person.  Bills are processed and distributed by the University Bursar’s Office, located at 25 West Fourth Street.

Computers

Residents have access to computers and printers located throughout the Law School.  The computer room in the Law Library is available only to NYU School of Law students.  For more information about computing at the Law School, contact the Department of Information and Technology Services.

To request toner or paper for printers in the Mercer lobby or computer labs and D’Agostino Commons or computer lab, please contact the front desk.

Report computer and printer hardware problems to the Department of Information and Technology Services at 212-998-6719

Cable Television

Both D’Agostino and Mercer residence halls receive cable television through NYU Campus Cable.  Residents must provide their own television sets and cable cords.  Instructions on how to connect your television to campus cable can be found here

Residents of 130 MacDougal Street may personally contract with an external cable provider.

Telephones

D’Agostino and Mercer residence halls are part of the NYU telephone service.  Telephone numbers are provided to students before arrival. 

This service includes:

  • Unlimited local calls
  • Call waiting
  • Voice Mail

A long distance calling card is required for international calls.  For additional information, or assistance with your service please see the NYU ITS Telephones & Voicemail website. 

Residents of 130 MacDougal Street may personally contract with a third party telephone provider.

Maintenance and Repairs

Should any appliance, furniture or other furnishing supplied by NYU School of Law need repair, residents of Mercer and D’Agostino residence halls must complete a work request online.  The handyman on duty will be forwarded the work order and correct the problems as they arise in the queue.  Repairs to appliances, furnishings or equipment supplied by NYU are the responsibility of management alone.  No reimbursement to a resident or vendor performing repair services is allowed.  In cases of emergency repair issues (eg. overflowing toilet, smell of gas, or no heat):  contact the front desk of your respective building.

Residents of 130 MacDougal Street should make their requests for service to Collins Building Services’ Client Services division.  Submit a work request online or contact the Client Services Center by telephone at (212) 998-1001.  In the event of service emergencies (eg. flooding, smell of gas, or no heat) contact the D’Agostino Hall front desk at (212) 998-6502.

Pest Control

An exterminating service representative visits each building once per week.  On these visits, an NYU building staff member accompanies the representative for the duration of any preventative maintenance or responses to complaints. 

If you require this service contact the Office of Residential Life for Mercer Residence Hall, or the Office of Facilities Services for D’Agostino Residence Hall.

Services for 130 MacDougal Street are managed by Collins Building Services.  Requests for extermination should be submitted online or by telephone (212) 998-1001 to the Client Services Center.

Windows

Windows in all apartments have window limiters installed on the window frame of the sliding portion of the window.  This restricts the amount the window can open (6 inches) and removal of these stops is strictly prohibited by university policy.  All apartment windows are cleaned annually by a professional window cleaning service.  Residents will be notified ahead of time of scheduled window-cleaning dates. 

Cleaning

Residents are responsible for the cleaning and care of their apartments.  Cleaning supplies and materials are not provided, but a vacuum cleaner can be borrowed from the Front Desk Attendant.  Failure to maintain the apartment in reasonable condition may result in termination of your housing license.

Laundry

The NYU School of Law Residences provides do-it-yourself laundry facilities in Mercer and D’Agostino residence halls.  Residents of 130 MacDougal Street may utilize those in D’Agostino Residence Hall.  Laundry facilities are open for use daily between 7:00 a.m. and 11:30 p.m.  Our laundry facilities utilize the Smart Card pay system.  Using one of the machines located in the laundry room, the smart card can be loaded with money from a credit or debit card.

  • D’Agostino Hall: Located on the 12th floor  by the small terrace.
  • Mercer Residence: located on the 7th and 17th floors. 

D’Agostino Residence Hall is additionally equipped with a laundry notification system.  Machine (washer/dryer) availability can be checked using the internet.  Additionally, an email alert or text message can be requested when either machines are available or laundry is finished.

  • Log onto Laundry Alert at www.laundryalert.com
  • Type in “NYUL898” when prompted to sign in
  • Click “Submit”
  • To be notified via email or text when a machine is available or your laundry is done, click the link on the left hand side of the page titled “Let Me Know” and provide the requested information

Room Furnishings and Supplies

University furnishings may not be removed under any circumstances from the apartment.  NYU cannot store unwanted university furniture due to storage limitations

Each apartment comes equipped with the following furnishings:

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove/Oven
    • Nearly all campus stoves utilize an electric ignition.  To turn on the burner, push the valve handle in and turn to the light position.  An audible click will be heard as an electric spark attempts to light the burner.  Once the burner is lit, turn the valve handle until the sparking ceases and adjust the flame to the desired height.
    • To operate the oven, turn the dial counter-clockwise­ to the desired temperature setting.  Allow for a delay of 45 seconds before the main burner lights.
  • Bed
    • All beds are extra-long twin mattresses (80”x36”) with the exceptions of the following:
      • Full Sized Beds
        • D’Agostino hall L1 type apartments
        • All 130 MacDougal Street apartments
    • Queen Sized Beds
      • Mercer Residence type A, D, and E apartments
  • Either a dresser or in-closet shelving for clothing storage
  • Desk
  • Desk Chair
  • Bookcase or shelving unit
  • Lounge chair
    • Available in:
      • Mercer Residence Hall
      • D’Agostino Residence Hall type L1 apartments
      • 130 MacDougal Street
  • Shower Curtain
  • Window Blinds
  • Either a bathtub or standing shower
  • Recycling Bin
  • Compost Bin
  • Lighting:
    • Mercer Residence Hall and 130 MacDougal Street residents should bring floor and desk lighting as the apartments are not equipped with lighting.
    • D’Agostino Residence Hall residents should bring desk lighting; a wall light fixture is provided in each bedroom.
    • Halogen lamps are prohibited in NYU School of Law housing as they pose a significant fire risk.

Shower Operation

To activate the showerhead, turn the faucet(s) and push in the horizontal ‘diverter stem’ which allows water to flow upwards into the showerhead.  Do not pull the stem forward to turn the shower off.  Once water has been turned off, the diverter stem will release automatically.

Decorating and Painting

Residents may decorate their apartment walls with pictures and other wall decorations with the use of safe-peel tapes or small nails.  Any type of hanger resulting in larger nail holes, marks on the walls or damage to the wall is not permitted.  Any damage caused to painted surfaces, including those cause by glue or large nails, is assessed against the occupants of the apartment. 

Additionally residents are not permitted to paint their own rooms.  If the room requires painting, residents can submit a work request to have their apartment added to the painting list.

Heating and Air Conditioning

Mercer and D’Agostino apartments have units for heating during the winter, and cooling during the summer.  Due to the nature of our temperature systems, air conditioning and heating cannot be run simultaneously within the building.  As seasonal temperatures change, the buildings overgo a switch between the two systems.

The wall-mounted thermostat in each room can be set as follows:

  • Fan speed can be set to: off, low, medium, or high
  • In the heating season: temperature can be set between 68-74°F
  • In the cooling season: temperature can be set between 70-78°F

In addition, the temperature in unoccupied bedrooms is automatically lowered to a minimum of 55 degrees in winter and raised to a maximum of 84 degrees during summer.  The smart building management system maintains these temperatures in a range such that comfortable conditions are restored within 15 minutes when bedrooms are entered. This is an energy savings measure as part of NYU’s sustainability initiative.

Electricity and Electrical Outlets

Each bathroom and kitchen is equipped with a ground-fault electric outlet.  Should moisture levels in these rooms raise to high, the outlets will automatically shut off.  Once moisture returns to safe levels, pressing the reset button will restore power to the outlet.

As part of New York University’s ongoing sustainability initiatives, the Office of Residential Life asks that all residents turn off lights when leaving their apartment.

Ventilation

The kitchens and bathrooms in our residences are equipped with low-volume exhaust fans that operate twenty four hours per day.  The fans are located on the roof and are calibrated to provide an adequate turnover of air in each apartment.

Smoke Detectors

The smoke detectors used at NYU are set to early warning.  These detectors will activate before fire, toxic gases, smoke, or heat reach dangerous levels.  These require no adjustment and residents should refrain from tampering with them.  If the device is activated, it will automatically cease once the triggering condition no longer exists.

Note: If your apartment smoke detector sounds due to cooking, do not open the door to your apartment.  Turn off your stove, and open a window.  Opening the door could cause the smoke to activate the building alarms, triggering an evacuation and emergency response.

Emergency

If an emergency arises and the need for EMS, Police, or Fire personnel is required, always dial 911. 

  • After calling 911, follow up with the front desk of your respective building
    • Mercer Residence Hall: (212) 998-6513
    • D’Agostino Residence Hall: (212) 998-6502
  • In situations that do not require immediate emergency response, call the University Office of Public Safety: (212) 998-2222

Note: If you or someone living with you has a special need which will hinder your egress during an emergency or evacuation, please let the Office of Residence Services know ahead of time so that the office is prepared to send assistance during a crisis.

Emergency and Fire Safety Procedures

Residents should be fully aware of Emergency and Fire Evacuation Procedures and the locations of building exits.  If there is a fire, or you must evacuate, follow the path outlined on the inside of your apartment door in an orderly fashion.  Familiarize yourself with the location of the red pull-box fire alarms located throughout the buildings.

Compost

All residents of D’Agostino and Mercer residence halls are provided with a compost pail for their apartment.  All compostable materials collected in this pail should be placed in the green compost bin located in the refuse closets located on each floor.

Compost these following items:

  • All food (fruit, vegetables, cheese, meat, poultry, seafood, bread, rice, pasta, bones, etc.)
  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Paper bags and newspaper used to wrap food scraps, or any paper used to line the compost pails
  • Tea Bags
  • Food soiled paper (napkins, paper towels, paper plates, etc.)
    • This does not include Styrofoam or plastic dishes/cutlery as those items are not considered to be compostable

Recycling

Recycling bins are located in the Mercer Residence Hall refuse closets. In D’Agostino Residence Hall they can be found by the elevators.  Residents of 130 MacDougal Street have recycling containers located in the basement.

Both Mercer and D’Agostino residence halls utilize single stream recycling.  No separation of glass, paper, plastic or metal is necessary and can be placed in the same bin.

ATM

ATM machines are located in the Mercer Residence Lobby and in the D’Agostino Hall Commons.

Noise

Residents are reminded that social gatherings in apartments should be conducted in such a manner that is considerate of apartmentmates and neighbors.  Parties should be concluded by 11:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday.  On Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays or on evenings immediately preceding holidays, the deadline is 1:00 a.m.  Parties may never occur in hallways.  For the consideration of your neighbors noise (eg. music and loud conversations) from your gathering should not be heard in adjoining apartments.  Quiet hours may be added during exam periods or for other special circumstances.  Of course, twenty-four hour courtesy hours are always in effect.

Pets

As per the housing license, students in Law School housing are not permitted pets of any kind.  Visitors and guests may not bring pets into the building.

Smoking

NYU is a smoke-free campus.  Smoking in all residence halls is prohibited.  Any resident or guest wishing to smoke must exit the building and do so in the designated smoking areas.

Bicycle Storage

A secure bicycle storage room is located adjacent to the front lobby of Mercer Residence Hall.  Bike room storage spaces are available by lottery at the start of the academic year.  Other spaces are available outdoors in designated areas; any bicycles found chained or stored attached to undesignated building property will be removed.