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
- 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 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 attendants. 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.
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, you must visit the Resource Center during business hours and present a 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. Packages will not be distributed after business hours.
Your addresses are as follows:
D’Agostino Residence Hall
Mercer Residence Hall
130 MacDougal Street
110 West Third Street
240 Mercer Street
130 MacDougal Street
Apt # (eg. 1405B)
Apt # (eg. 203A)
Apt # (eg. A)
New York, NY 10012
New York, NY 10012
New York, NY 10012
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
Obtaining a Guest Pass:
The resident/licensee may obtain a Guest Pass for each guest by stopping by their respective building office and filling out a Guest Pass Request Form. If your guest is staying for more than three (3) consecutive nights, written permission from your apartment mate(s) is required before the Guest Pass Request Form can be processed. In addition to building access, the Guest Pass allows the use of University Transportation services.
Note: Guest Passes cannot be obtained by telephone or email. Guest pass requests must be made in person during office hours Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Hours of Visitation:
Regular Hours Guests:
- A resident is permitted to have up to three (3) guests in their apartment at any time during regular hours between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. on weeknights (Sunday-Thursday) and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. on weekends (Friday and Saturday) without the prior permission of their apartmentmates provided there is no interference with the rights of an apartmentmate.
- All Regular Hours Guests must have followed the appropriate access procedures as set forth above.
- An overnight guest is anyone who is present between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 9 a.m. on weeknights (Sunday-Thursday) and 1:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on weekends (Friday and Saturday).
- A Resident Host must have the permission of their apartment mate(s) to have an overnight guest if the visit is for three (3) days or longer.
- Even if permission from apartment mate(s) is granted, if there are complaints about the actions or presence of an overnight Guest by an apartment mate is interfering with the academic or personal well-being of the individual or community members, the guest may be asked to leave the premises by the Department of Residence Services.
- A Resident Host may have no more than three (3) overnight guests at one time per a 30 day period.
- A Resident Host may not have an overnight guest – whether the same or a different person - for more than three (3) consecutive nights or for more than seven (7) nights per 30 day period.
- The same individual may not be an overnight guest in the residence hall system for more than seven (7) nights per a 30 day period, whether with the same or different resident hosts.
- All overnight guests must have followed the appropriate access procedures as set forth above in this document.
All guests in a University residence hall are expected to abide by all University and Office of Residence Services, procedures and regulations;
- A Resident Host is responsible for the actions of their guest(s) in the residence hall building, apartment and common area in which that host resides and will be held accountable for any violations of University policy and/or for any theft, injury to person or property resulting from the behavior of their guests, regardless of whether that guest is a fellow University student or not.
- University students who engage in disruptive or volatile behavior while a guest in a residence hall or an apartment/room will also personally be held accountable for their actions.
- Matters involving the problematic behavior of a guest may be managed through administrative actions (e.g. Classification of guest as Persona Non Grata), through the University student conduct process, or may be referred to local law enforcement when deemed appropriate.
- Should a guest who engages in volatile behavior be a student at another college or university, New York University reserves the right to report that individual’s behavior to their home institution.
- Overnight guests are not to sleep in lounges or other public spaces.
Apartment mate(s) Interference:
- Whenever a resident has a concern about the presence of a guest in the room, they should approach the apartment mate whom the guest is visiting to express their concerns and to seek to resolve the issues.
- Should Residence Services staff receive (1) a complaint that the presence of a guest (Regular or Overnight) is unreasonably interfering with the academic or personal well-being of the residents of the residence hall or a particular apartment mate(s) or (2) a complaint that the students sharing a living space are unable to agree on the time, date, frequency, and duration of each other’s visitors, the Residence Services staff may restrict the presence of guests in that apartment until such time that the residents are able to come to a mutually satisfactory agreement about visitation.
- As deemed appropriate, such matters will be addressed through informal discussions apartment mate(s) or through formal mediation. Should such efforts fail, the Residence Services staff shall have the authority to establish reasonable parameters for visitation and all residents of that apartment will be expected to adhere to those terms. Failure to abide by those conditions may likely result in the reassignment of the student who violates the terms set forth and may also subject that student to disciplinary action should their guests be involved in a violation of a University policy.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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
- Full Sized Beds
- All beds are extra-long twin mattresses (80”x36”) with the exceptions of the following:
- Either a dresser or in-closet shelving for clothing storage
- Desk Chair
- Bookcase or shelving unit
- Lounge chair
- Available in:
- Mercer Residence Hall
- D’Agostino Residence Hall type L1 apartments
- 130 MacDougal Street
- Available in:
- Shower Curtain
- Window Blinds
- Either a bathtub or standing shower
- Recycling Bin
- Compost Bin
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New York University is bound by federal law to protect each resident's right to privacy. We must abide by the tenets of the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974. According to FERPA guidelines, NYU cannot provide information about any student's residency to third parties. This information includes, but is not limited to, assignment verification, account statements, and telephone numbers. Please visit the NYU FERPA Policy website for more information.
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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 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 machines are located in the Mercer Residence Lobby and in the D’Agostino Hall Commons.
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.
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.
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. This includes the use of electronic smoking devices.
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.