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Women's Housing

Brookdale Dorm building
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The Office of University Housing & Residence Life is here to ensure that your college experience is pleasant and rewarding. We will work toward your goals for success and academic achievement a number of ways. We provide you with a comfortable and safe environment for study, spiritual growth, relaxation, and fun.

We are pleased to share that the Housing Application for the 2021 Spring Semester is now open. To apply for housing, please log into the Yeshiva University Housing Portal with your YU username and password.

Because space is limited, we may not be able to accommodate all students who apply for housing. We will be prioritizing completed applications based on the following:

1. Returning students who already reside in University housing
2. First-time on campus students
3. Returning students whose permanent address is at least 50 miles from campus
4. Returning students whose permanent address is within 50 miles from campus

Housing rates are as follows:

•    251 Lexington Ave IHP: $4625
•    30 Park Ave IHP: $4850
•    35th Street Residence Hall: $6000
•    36th Street Residence Hall: $4625
•    Brookdale Standard/Suite: $4625
•    Brookdale Deluxe: $4850
•    Schottenstein Residence Hall: $4625

To safely account for the need for social distancing, occupancy on campus has been modified, and space is limited for this year. Occupancy in all residence halls has been updated as follows:

•    251 Lexington Ave IHP: Either 1 or 2 students per apartment
•    30 Park Ave IHP: 2 students per apartment
•    35th Street Residence Hall: Either 2 or 3 students per apartment
•    36th Street Residence Hall: 1 student per room
•    Brookdale Residence Hall: 3 students per room, regardless of room type
•    Schottenstein Residence Hall: 1 student per room


All students living on campus will be required to enroll in one of three meal plans. Meal plans allow students to use their dining card in the various on campus cafeterias. Students in need of additional money for food may add funds at any time.

High Plan: The total cost of this plan is $2000 for the semester. These funds are tax-free, and expire at the end of the Spring 2021 semester. This plan is for students who spend approximately $125 per week.

Standard Plan: The total cost of this plan is $1750 for the semester. These funds are tax-free, and expire at the end of the Spring 2021 semester. This plan is for students who spend approximately $110 per week.

Reduced Plan: The total cost of this plan is $1500 for the semester. These funds are tax-free, and expire at the end of the Spring 2021 semester. This plan is for students who spend approximately $95 per week.


Refund Schedule for Housing Spring 2021

1/17 - 1/23     75% Refund
1/24 - 1/30     50% Refund
1/31-  2/6       25% Refund


We will notify all students of their application status by December 21, 2020. Further directions and assignments will be available after this time.

Applications for 2021-2022 Academic Year will open during the Spring 2021 semester.

For questions, contact the Office of University Housing and Residence Life at berenhousing@yu.edu.

Students must be enrolled for 12 or more undergraduate credits in the Stern College for Women or the Sy Syms School of Business to qualify for University housing on the Beren Campus. By living in University Housing, students are agreeing to live in accordance with halachic norms and Torah ideals and allow common sense, good judgment, and courtesy to govern their actions at all times.

Yeshiva University Undergraduate Housing Agreement

To provide housing for its undergraduate students, Yeshiva University (the "University") makes residence accommodations ("Housing") available to qualified undergraduates enrolled on a full-time basis who satisfy the criteria below. If at any time your status changes and you are no longer a full-time student in good standing, you will be ineligible for Housing, and you must inform the Director of Housing immediately.

Subject to the University's policies and procedures found on the University's Housing website, the contents of which are incorporated by reference into this Agreement, you are being offered the opportunity to occupy a bed in University Housing for the current academic year. The fees for Housing will be included in your Student Account Statement, including the non-refundable deposit of $300 which was required upon application for housing.

You understand and agree that if you accept this offer, your residence in University Housing is a revocable privilege, not a right, that is at all times subject to your (i) maintaining your status as a full-time undergraduate student in good standing at Yeshiva University; and (ii) complying with all of the University's standards of conduct and Rules and Regulations, (link to Rules and Regulations) as provided on the University's Housing website and elsewhere, as they now exist or as they may be amended in the future. In the event you no longer satisfy the above requirements, you agree to vacate the housing on or before the earlier of the expiration date of your full-time status in good standing or the day specified in any notice of termination given by the University. The University reserves the right to either reassign you to another room in the same building or in a different building, and to assign or reassign other eligible and qualified students as additional occupants of the room to which you have been assigned.

You agree that if you are assigned to a room in an Independent Housing Program ("IHP") building, you will not acquire any rights as a tenant, including but not limited to rent stabilization or other rights to a renewal lease or to select roommates. You further agree to comply with all the applicable terms and conditions governing the University's use and occupancy of IHP units, a copy of which is available for review.

You agree that you will take reasonable care of furnishings provided by the University and be responsible for their return in good repair except for reasonable wear and tear. You further agree to neither remove any of the existing furniture, nor install any large appliances including air conditioners, nor make any alterations, improvements or additions without the University's prior written consent.

You agree that if you do not live up to your obligations under this Housing Agreement, you may be subject to legal action, dismissal from Housing and/or discipline by the University, including suspension or expulsion.

You agree that the University may enter the room assigned to you, whether or not you are present, to conduct an inspection, make repairs, show the room or apartment or to maintain health, safety and security, and standards of conduct, or in the event of emergency.

Roommates are expected to do their best to make a success of their placement.They are encouraged to find a resolution to the problems or difficult situations before requesting a room change. When they feel they have exhausted all possible solutions, and a student is interested in changing her room assignment, she should set up a meeting with a housing administrator to explore her housing options. Room changes are made only with authorization from the Office of University Housing and Residence Life.

A student can request a room change for the Spring semester by sending an email detailing the request to berenhousing@yu.edu in late November/early December. 

When a student requests to change rooms at the end of the Fall semester, she is expected to move out of her current room and into her new room before winter vacation.

•    Cleanliness: It is the student's responsibility to leave her area (ie. bed, desk, dresser, closet, etc.) neat and clean.  Each student moving will receive a garbage bag from her RA to help facilitate this process. A charge of $100 per person will be incurred if there is damage to the room/furniture or if excessive clean-up is required.
•    Transportation: Vans will be available during specific times to assist the student move her belongings to another building.
•    Key Return: The student moving must return her current room and mailbox keys before Intersession. The student should seal her keys in the envelope provided by her RA and then place them in the Key Return Box on Security's desk in Brookdale Residence Hall. There is a charge of $35 for a room key and $10 for a mailbox key if they are not returned by the deadline.
•    Key Pick-Up: The student should pick up her new keys from the University Housing and Residence Life office (215 Lexington Avenue, 5th Floor) during regular office hours.
•    Male Guests: Male guests will be permitted upstairs in all residence halls during the specific hours throughout the week of Finals to assist with room changes and students moving out of University Housing. These hours will be emailed to each student during Reading Week.
•    Laundry: For a student to use her laundry card in another building, she must go online and update the CVA# and address assigned to her card.

If you decide not to live in University housing, please exercise discretion when selecting your apartment and roommates. The University will not monitor or bear any responsibility for any non-University housing.

Undergraduate Student Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

Yeshiva University strives to maintain a community which supports intellectual growth, learning from others, mutual respect and freedom of thought and expression. Yeshiva University undergraduate students are encouraged to take advantage of the academic and non-academic opportunities available to them, to deepen their intellectual insights through formal instruction, and to expand their educational experience through and beyond their academic programs.

Respect for one another is essential to preserving the spirit of community at Yeshiva University. Membership in the Yeshiva University community entails certain rights and responsibilities. All members of this community are accorded these rights, and are equally accountable to uphold their responsibilities. It is therefore important to maintain a clear statement of basic rights, obligations and responsibilities concerning both academic and personal conduct.

For the full Bill of Rights, as well as other University Standards and Policies, please visit this page.

You will receive information about fire safety and evacuation procedures specific to your residence hall at the beginning of each term. It is extremely important that you and your guests know all applicable fire safety procedures for your building.

Residents who fail to fully comply with applicable fire safety procedures, who fail to abide by building emergency evacuation procedures, or who otherwise violate rules and regulations related to fire safety will be subject to disciplinary action.

In general, you are expected to maintain adequate standards of cleanliness to avoid fire hazards and must not obstruct sidewalks, entrances, passages, fire escapes, elevators, lobbies, stairways, corridors, or halls with personal property. The following items are prohibited in the residence halls and will be confiscated:

•    Flammable decorations (ie twinkly lights)
•    Natural or artificial trees
•    Non-University electric heaters and air conditioners
•    Halogen lighting equipment and electric blankets
•    Explosives, fireworks, firearms, or ammunition
•    Candles, hookahs, incense, outdoor grills, or any other type of open flame or open coil device (ie toaster ovens, toasters, hot plate burners, George Foreman grills, panini and sandwich makers, rice cookers, slow cookers, etc.). This applies to Shabbat and Hanukkah candles, which may be kindled only in officially designated areas. For Shabbat candle lighting purposes in your room, you may use an incandescent electric light.

The use of extension cords is discouraged; power strips with surge protectors are preferable.

Students found in possession of prohibited items will be subject to disciplinary action. If you have any questions or concerns regarding fire safety, please contact the Office of University Housing & Residence Life.

Evacuation Drills

The Office of Safety and Security may conduct evacuation drills. These are an important way to prepare you to respond to a fire alarm. You must evacuate the building immediately upon hearing the alarm. Residents who do not are subject to disciplinary action.

Emergency Evacuation
General Emergency Fire Safety Instructions

A. Keep calm. Do not panic. Notify the Fire Department as soon as possible. Fire Department personnel will be on the scene of a fire within minutes of receiving an alarm.

B. If your building is equipped with a fire alarm and that alarm is sounded, you should evacuate the building in accordance with the procedures outlined in the Fire Safety notice affixed to the back of the room/suite entry door. WHEN A FIRE ALARM SOUNDS, ALWAYS EVACUATE THE BUILDING.

C. Because flame, heat, and smoke rise, generally a fire on a floor below your room or apartment presents a greater threat to your safety than a fire on a floor above.

D. Do not overestimate your ability to put out a fire. Most fires cannot be easily or safely extinguished alone. Do not attempt to put a fire out once it begins to quickly spread. If you attempt to put a fire out, make sure you have a clear path of retreat from the room.

E. When exiting the building during a fire, close all doors as you exit to confine the fire. Never use the elevator. It could stop between floors or take you to where the fire is.

F. Heat, smoke, and gases emitted by burning materials can quickly choke you. If you are caught in a heavy smoke condition where visibility is poor, get down on the floor and crawl. Take short breaths, breathing through your nose.

G. If your clothes catch fire, don't run. Stop where you are, drop to the ground, cover your face with your hands to protect your face and lungs, and roll over to smother the flames.

As a member of our residential community, you have a responsibilities and a commitment to others.

In general, you should:

1. Respect the basic rights of others.
2. Respect University property and the personal property of others.
3. Refrain from activities that interfere with the regular operations of the University.
4. Present identification upon the request of an authorized University official.
5. Ensure that guests behave in a manner consistent with University and housing policies.

Quiet Hours

Designated quiet hours in ALL residence halls begin at 11 p.m. Quiet hours are maintained to provide an atmosphere conducive to relaxation, study, and sleep within our residence community. 

During designated quiet hours, no noise should be heard outside of your rooms. You should not engage in any form of disruptive activity in hallways or other public areas, inside or near residences. 

Students who cause disturbances or excessive noise at any time will be subject to disciplinary action.

Personalizing your Room

We encourage you to create a comfortable, personalized, and functional living space. You are welcome to decorate your room with personal memorabilia. 

Keep these guidelines in mind: 

1. Room furnishings, including wall posters, should be in consonance with the standards of propriety for the Yeshiva University community.
2. You may affix items to the wall using masking tape, as that will not damage the walls. Do not use nails, tacks, certain tapes, contact paper, wallpaper, and the like. If you need assistance, please complete a Facilities Management work order form. Also note that you will be financially responsible for any damage to the walls.
3. You will be responsible for damage to University property and facilities in your room or public areas.
4. Please do not tamper with thermostat valves attached to radiators; report any heating problem to Facilities Management.
5. Furniture may not be removed from student rooms. Furniture may not be taken into student rooms from other rooms or from any other area of the University. No furniture may be removed or exchanged from any of the study spaces/halls.
6. Residence facilities may not be utilized for the purpose of conducting any form of private business.
7. Nothing may be posted on the windows of your room. Nothing should be stored on your windowsills, since this presents a danger to passersby.
8. No flyers, notices, or other written materials may be posted or distributed under the doors of student rooms or in mailboxes without authorization from the Office of Residence Life.
9. University housing does not allow pets.
10. Telephone jacks may not be removed from student rooms.

Yeshiva University is not responsible for loss, damage, or theft of personal belongings. Many families have homeowners' insurance policies or special "floaters" added to the policy to cover losses away from home. For everyone's benefit, please report any losses or thefts immediately to the Office of Safety and Security at the Beren Campus, as well as to your RA and the Office of University Housing and Residence Life in Brookdale Hall.

Alcohol and Drug Policy/Illegal Substances

Possession of illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia is prohibited and will subject the students involved to dismissal from the university.

In accordance with Yeshiva University's Drug and Alcohol Policy, undergraduate students, regardless of age, are prohibited from possessing and consuming alcoholic beverages on Yeshiva University premises. Students are also prohibited from possessing any drug paraphernalia.

Smoking (cigarettes, ecigs, vaporizers, cigars, pipes, hookahs, water pipes, and the like) is prohibited everywhere within all university residences including students' rooms, bathrooms, corridors, elevators, stairways, lounges, study halls, balconies, etc. All forms of gambling and/or card playing are prohibited in the residences as well. Any of the above behavior will subject the students involved to dismissal from the university.

Any student receiving a government grant who is involved with the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of a controlled substance will lose her government grant. Furthermore, the university will be required to notify the appropriate government offices of any student receiving a government grant who is involved with drugs.

The following will subject the student involved to dismissal from the residences:

•    Setting a fire, unauthorized use of a fire extinguisher, or setting off a false alarm. •    Possession and/or use of all forms of fireworks.
•    Throwing objects from residence windows or any other area of the buildings.
•    Causing damage to or use of public or private telephones for dishonest purposes or harassment.
•    Causing damage to or tampering with elevators, mailboxes or vending machines.
•    Possession of firearms, other weapons, or any implement perceived by the university or by the students as dangerous.
•    Being present on the rooftop of the residences. The rooftop is off limits at all times except in case of a fire emergency situation. Security personnel check the roof regularly.
•    Unauthorized installation of cables, electrical wiring, or telephone lines on the premises of the residences.
•    Causing damage to any university housing property.
•    Nothing should be stored on your windowsills, since this presents a danger to passersby.

The students assigned to a room will be held responsible for any violation of regulations that occurs in their room even if they are not present.

Undergraduate University Housing closes throughout the academic year for Yom Tov. The specific dates and times are listed below. Please note that University Housing will remain open throughout Thanksgiving, Winter Break, and Shavuot.

Any student who is in need of accommodations for Yom Tov, should contact Rachel Ciment, the Director of Spiritual Guidance on the Beren Campus at either rciment@yu.edu or 646-592-4126.

Please remember to do the following before leaving the dormitories for vacation:

•    Take your keys with you
•    Close all of your windows
•    Unplug anything electrical
•    Turn off all of your lights
•    Turn off your air conditioning/heating units
•    Empty all of your the garbage cans,
•    Secure all of your valuables
•    Double lock your door

Refrigerators and Microwaves

There are three communal microwaves in University Housing for students to use.  It is expected that only OU food is heated in these microwaves.  Their locations are listed below:

•    In the back lounge of Brookdale Residence Hall
•    In the back lounge of Schottenstein Residence Hall
•    In the hallway of the back lounge of 36th Street Residence Hall 

Students may choose to have a microwave and/or small refrigerator in their room.  Some students opt to use these appliances exclusively, while others may decide to share with their roommates.  Alternatively, the roommates may agree to rent or buy a microwave and/or refrigerator together.  It is important to discuss the details with one another.

•    Microwave ovens are the only cooking appliances permitted in undergraduate university housing, according to New York City fire regulations and residence codes.  Fire and safety inspections of rooms are conducted during the school year and prohibited appliances will be confiscated.
•    Small refrigerators of five cubic feet or less are permitted only in accordance with official specifications.

Additional Permitted Appliances and Electronics

•    Desk lights, irons, non-commercial hair dryers, computers, and other similar appliances are permitted in University Housing.
•    Keurigs and other coffee makers are acceptable appliances, as long as there is no open flame or coil.
•    Other cooking appliances (but no open-flame devices) can be used in the kitchen area in 35th Street and IHP apartments, as well as Brookdale Deluxe rooms (ie blenders, food processors, hand mixers, etc.)
•    The use of extension cords is discouraged; power strips with surge protectors are preferable.
•    Non-University space heaters and air conditioners, open-coiled appliances and halogen lamps are not permitted in University Housing.
•    One lounge in each residence hall is equipped with basic cable TV. Cable TV is not permitted in student rooms in any University Housing location.

At this time, guests are not permitted in University buildings. A guest is defined as any individual not currently residing in University Housing. Violations of any of the following guidelines is grounds for dismissal or other disciplinary action from the University.

YU Wireless 

YU Wireless is the internet service available in all academic buildings on campus. For further information, click here.
For additional support contact the ITS Academic Computing Office by emailing helpdesk@yu.edu or calling 646-592-3457.


YUHousing

As of Summer 2018, we have completed a major improvement to the Yeshiva University wireless network! Now all Manhattan residence halls have wireless network connectivity provided by our partner, Privatel, Inc., called "YUHousing".

Getting Started


Frequently Asked Questions  

Q: How do I log in to YUHousing?

A: You will log on with your University-provided Active Directory credentials

 

Q: How do I find my YUAD credentials? 

A: If you don't know your credentials or are unsure what they might be, you can use an online tool at https://www.yu.edu/findid

 

Q: What if I receive an "Invalid Credentials" error? 

A: If you receive this error, please contact the YU Helpdesk at 646-592-3457 or e-mail helpdesk@yu.edu 

 

Q: What if I need technical or wireless access assistance/support? 

A: For any other wireless access issue, please contact (732) 974-1502 or email service@privatelinc.com

 

Q: How do I connect a device that doesn't have a screen?

A: Connecting such devices is easy, and we have made an instructional video to guide you through it.  Or you can view instructions online

 

As a reminder, please be mindful with your internet usage. Illegal downloading, illegal file sharing or online piracy may result in a disciplinary hearing and intermittent or loss of internet access.

Keys 
Keys are a basic part of maintaining a safe and secure campus experience. In order to protect the belongings of all University Housing students, each student is expected to lock the door to her room at all times. Upon moving onto campus, each student will receive a room key and either a mailbox key or a mailbox code depending on the specific Residence Hall. Yeshiva University issued keys may not be duplicated. Any student attempting to do so may be subject to disciplinary action.  All room and key switches must go through the Office of University Housing and Residence Life. If a student loses her key or suspects it has been stolen, she should notify Security immediately and order a replacement key. 

Lost and Replacement Keys  

•    If a student loses her key, there is a $35 fee to replace a room key and a $10 fee to replace a mailbox key. 
•    If one roommate misplaces a key, the lock will be changed by the university locksmith and all roommates will receive a new key. Only the one roommate who lost the key will be charged for the replacement key.  
•    The student can pay with cash or a credit card. The student must first go to the Office of Student Accounts which is located on the 6th floor of 215 Lexington Avenue, where she will pay. Next, she should proceed to the Office of University Housing & Residence Life (215 Lexington, Room 520) to submit a copy of her receipt. The key(s) will then be ordered.
•    Once the lock is changed and a replacement room key is made, a note will be placed on the student's door and the key will be available to be picked up from the Office of University Housing & Residence Life between 9:00 am and 5:30 pm.
•    In the interim until the student's new key arrives, Security is available to open and lock the room after the student presents their ID. If the student needs to check her mail while waiting for a replacement key, she can ask the RA on Duty to open her mailbox for her.

Key Return 
At the end of the academic year, each student will receive an envelope from her RA, labeled with her name, current housing assignment and her mailbox number. Upon moving out, every student must place her keys in this envelope and close it securely. The envelope is to then be placed in the Key Drop-Off Box next to the Security desk in each residence hall.     

•    If the correct procedure for returning your key is not followed by the appointed time, the student will be billed $35 for the room key and $10 for the mailbox key by the Office of Student Accounts.  
•    Once a student has handed in her keys at the end of the semester, she is officially out of housing. Her entire space must be completely empty at that time.  

There is a self service laundry area with washing machines and dryers in the basement of each residence hall.  Resident Advisers distribute the Laundry Smart Cards to every student during the first week of the semester.  If lost, a replacement laundry card can be picked up from the Office of University Housing & Residence Life, located in 215 Lexington, Room 520, during regular business hours.

There are two options to pay for the use of the laundry facilities.  Students can either use a credit card to set up an online account or they can use the cash machine, which is located in the Brookdale Laundry Room, to add money to their smart cards.

Click here for instructions on how to activate and re-load your laundry card.
To register either a new card, a replacement card or to assign a card to a different residence hall, please follow the instructions above.

Laundry Alert is a service that enables students to:

•    Determine the availability of washers and dryers in the building's laundry room.
•    Request to be notified via email when a machine becomes available.
•    Know when the wash/dry cycle is finished without waiting around for it.

Laundry Alert notifies students so there's no need to keep running down to the laundry room to check on machines. To use this service, enter the building's log-in, which can be found on the laundry machine, and click "Sign In".

To report any problems with the machines in the laundry room, please fill out a Work Order Form by clicking on this link.

Please submit a work order request by clicking on the link below.  Someone will address the issue within 3-5 business days.  This is the place to report all plumbing, electrical and HVAC (heating/air conditioning) issues, as well as other items that might need to be repaired.   

If you have a question about the status of your work order, contact the University Housing and Residence Life department at berenhousing@yu.edu and include the number associated with your work order that was emailed to you with your work order confirmation.

http://micromain.yu.edu/WorkRequest/Login.aspx

Each student is assigned a mailbox when she checks into housing. The mailboxes are located in the following areas:

• Brookdale Residence Hall – hallway in basement
• Schottenstein Residence Hall – entryway to back lounge
• 35th Street Residence Hall – in the back of the Fitness Center in the basement
• 36th Street Residence Hall – in the lobby, next to the Security desk

All mail must be addressed to the student using her legal name, not her preferred name or a parent's name. Mail is only accepted for students currently residing in University Housing. 

Each residence hall has its own address, and you should use only these addresses.
251 Lexington residents should direct their mail to Brookdale Residence Hall.

Brookdale Residence Hall:
(Student's Name)
50 East 34th Street     
Room ____
New York, NY 10016
Schottenstein Residence Hall:
(Student's Name)
119 East 29th Street
Room ____
New York, NY 10016 
35th Street Residence Hall:
(Student's Name)
150 East 35th Street
Room ____
New York, NY 10016     
36th Street Residence Hall:
(Student's Name)
151 East 36th Street
Room ____
New York, NY 10016


Mailbox keys are provided for students living in Brookdale, Schottenstein and 35th Street Residence Halls. 36th Street residents are provided mailbox combinations. If one misplaces her combination or has difficulty opening or locking her mailbox, please contact the Office of University Housing and Residence Life.

To safeguard mail, we encourage students to make sure their mailbox doors are closed at all times. Please return misdirected mail to the Office of University Housing and Residence Life; do not leave it near the mailboxes.

 

The Package Center


There is a central package room for all Beren campus students residing in University Housing.  It is located in Brookdale Residence Hall, room 2D. ALL package deliveries will be processed at this location ONLY.  All packages (anything that cannot fit in a small mailbox) for undergraduate students on the Beren campus must be sent to: 

(Student's Full Legal Name)
50 East 34th Street
New York, NY 10016

The hours of operation are: 
Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm 
Friday: 10:00am - 1:00pm 
Sunday: 8:00pm – 10:00pm 
During breaks, special hours will be posted


When a package arrives, it will be processed and placed in the Package Center.  An automated email, listing a control number will be sent to the student's YU email account to alert her that she has a package to pick up. The student will present her YU ID to the Package Center staff member. 
Important Points to keep in Mind:
• Prepay shipping charges on all packages or they will not be accepted.
• Packages not properly addressed will not be accepted.
• The university does not carry any insurance for packages. Therefore it is advisable to insure the box at the time of shipping.
• The university is not liable for damage to or loss of any package/letter.  

If a student is interested in working in the Package Center and is eligible for the work study program, email a University Housing administrator to check on availability.

Heading off to college is often one of the most exciting journeys in a person's life. Living on campus is a great way to make friends, become involved in a new community, and gain independence. Dorm life can also be stressful, since living with a friend or stranger is a new experience for most students. The following information offers tips on roommate etiquette and helpful strategies to address conflict in University housing. The office of University Housing and Residence Life (UHRL) believes that a positive relationship among roommates is an essential component of the overall college experience.

Getting Acquainted

It's not essential that roommates become best friends, but dorm life is easier when there is a positive and respectful environment. Open communication and the willingness to compromise are valuable aspects of a healthy roommate relationship. Regardless as to what the religious and cultural backgrounds are, each student enters the dorm with a unique set of personality traits, habits, and beliefs about what college life will be like.

Discussion Questions

1. What is your reason for choosing Yeshiva University?

2. What are your Major, interests and hobbies?

3. Are you a social butterfly or homebody?

4. How do you resolve conflicts?

5. What time of day/night do you study?

6. Are you a night owl or a morning person?

7. What hours do you usually sleep? Study? Relax? Socialize?

8. Are you organized?

Guidelines for the Room

During the first week of the semester, a room meeting is recommended. This is an opportunity to sit down as a group and decide together what the rules, responsibilities, and shared expenses will be. Everyone should have equal input in these decisions, and compromise will be necessary. Since views and habits usually evolve over time, it's important to continue discussing these themes throughout the year.

•    Setting up the furniture in the room (layout, kitchen area)
•    Creating a cleaning schedule (Who? What? When?)
•    Purchasing cleaning supplies and other items for the room (toilet paper, windex)
•    Discussing sleeping and study habits (hours, lighting, noise)
•    Respecting individual preferences for noise (music, Skype)
•    Setting up parameters for visitors and overnight guests (use of bedding, length/timing of visit)
•    Establishing what items will be shared (refrigerator/microwave, soap)

Tips and Tools to Navigate the Roommate Experience

Dealing with Conflict: Even under the best circumstances, conflict is bound to arise between roommates. This is especially true after the first few weeks of school, when the stress of midterms and the challenges of living away from home become clearer. Overcoming conflict can lead to more open, effective communication. Here are a few suggestions to help students work through everyday issues:

•    Stick to the room contract. This should be a fair set of guidelines, designed with everyone's input.
•    Talk about issues as they arise.
•    Be direct and to the point.
•    Avoid making assumptions.
•    Go straight to the source.
•    Know when to get help. Resident Advisors, Graduate Assistants, and other member of the UHRL team are always available to assist you.

Difficult Conversations

Here are some guidelines to address difficult conversations.

•    Schedule the discussion in advance, and take everyone's academic and social commitments into consideration.
•    Meet privately. You are more likely to resolve an issue if each person involved is able to speak openly.
•    Stick to the facts. Your roommates will be more receptive to what you have to say if you are able to calmly describe the issue at hand in neutral, factual terms. You may want to jot down important points in advance.
•    Use "I" statements and take ownership of the problem. Realize that there are always two sides to every story.
•    Be willing to compromise. Look for solutions that are in everyone's best interest.
•    Take turns talking and be prepared to listen. Once you've opened the discussion, give your roommates adequate opportunities to respond. Don't interrupt them and don't get defensive. Try to really hear what they are saying instead of thinking about what you are going to say next. Ask questions if you don't understand, and remember that your roommates are more likely to try and see your point of view if you make an effort to see theirs.

When a Roommate Needs Help

Whether or not you and your roommates are best friends, the close living quarters in dormitories offer you a unique glimpse into each others' personal lives. For this reason, you may be among the first to notice if your roommates are experiencing serious difficulties. While it may be tempting to offer help or advice when roommates are in trouble, it is important to recognize that many situations require the assistance of a trained professional. If you have concerns about a roommate or friend, do not hesitate to contact University Housing and Residence Life or the Counseling Center.

Shabbat is a warm communal experience in University Housing. Tables are set up in each residence hall lounge for candle lighting each Shabbat. Refreshments and board games are put out every Friday night and Shabbat afternoon in each dormitory lounge for student enjoyment. Elevators in Brookdale, Schottenstein and 35th Street residence halls, as well as Stanton Hall, are set to run automatically on Shabbat. 

Shabbat programming is aimed to be inclusive of students from all backgrounds and inclinations. To achieve the Shabbat environment we strive for, in University Housing residence halls, public observance of Shabbat is mandatory for students and guests. It is the student's responsibility and that of any guests she hosts for Shabbat to abide by the residence regulations.

•    Students' and guests' behavior and dress should be appropriate for Shabbat
•    No Shabbat candles may be lit in student rooms because of NYC fire regulations
•    The use of computers, radios, TVs, microwave ovens, etc., is prohibited on Shabbat. Such appliances will be confiscated immediately if this rule is violated, and the student involved will be subject to disciplinary action.

The Undergraduate Student Health Center on the Beren campus provides, at no cost to the student, care for colds, flu, ear infections and other minor illnesses or injury. The Health Center also refers students to doctors and medical centers that best suit their needs if they have chronic or complex problems.The student should review her health insurance coverage, as she is financially responsible for any outside care. Medical care is provided on campus by a physician or physician's assistant under the supervision of a physician.

The Undergraduate Student Health Program provides:
•    Experience and expertise in student health
•    A provider network comprised of outstanding medical staff
•    In-depth understanding of students' needs
•    Close coordination and communication with University administration

Student Health Insurance is available through the Office of Risk Management. Students are encouraged to visit the Student Health Center or call the phone numbers listed for all medical concerns.


Marie Pierrot, Physician Assistant
Call: 212-340-7792 | 646-592-6235
Fax 212-340-7858
Located in the Brookdale Residence Hall, Room 2B
Marie.Pierrot@mountsinai.org


The following hours are in effect during days when classes are in session.
Monday-Thursday: 8:30 am - noon, 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Friday: 8:30 am - noon, 1:00 pm - 2:30pm


Emergency Phone Numbers Available 24 Hours a Day.
Beren Campus Security 212-340-7796
Hatzalah Volunteer Ambulance Service 212-230-1000
 

When a Student is Injured or Sick On-Campus:

When the Student Health Center is OPEN:

If you are able to safely get to Brookdale, proceed to the Student Health Center for assistance. You can request a van from any security desk on campus to assist you. If the student is not able to move or moving will risk further injury, call Security immediately at 212-790-0303.


When the Student Health Center is CLOSED there are several options:

1.    Notify the RA or the GA that a student is not feeling well or has been injured and they will coordinate with security and the necessary medical personnel. There is a doctor on call 24 hours a day who can be called for phone consultations by the staff. This enables the student and the doctor to make a collaborative decision as the appropriate next step for that individual situation.
2.    Students can call Security directly at 212-790-0303 and they will then notify the GA on duty who will then work with the injured or sick student to get them the care they need
3.    Mount Sinai Doctors clinics are staffed with doctors who can treat simple ailments and prescribe the necessary medication. MSD is located directly across the street from Brookdale Residence Hall at 55 East 34th Street (212-252-6000). Monday - Friday from 8am-8pm Saturday & Sunday from 8am-2pm.

THE UHRL TEAM

Our motto at University Housing and Residence Life is "Together Everyone Achieves More" (aka TEAM). There is a TEAM of staff members available to answer questions, offer support, or laugh with at 2 am in the middle of midterms. This TEAM is in place to help student's transition to dormitory living smoothly and help each individual navigate college life. 

You can expect each member of the University Housing and Residence Life staff to:

• Be friendly, respectful and patient
• Accept all members of the community and appreciate individuality
• Educate students about the resources available on campus
• Support each student's needs
• Promote positive social interaction
• Set up monthly floor programs for their residents to get to know one another
• Encourage floor members to get involved in University activities
• Help resolve conflicts between roommates or floor mates

There are two main University Housing and Residence Life offices, staffed daily by Housing administrators. One is located on the first floor of Brookdale Residence Hall and the other is located on the first floor of 35th Street Residence Hall. 

GRADUATE ASSISTANTS

There are five Graduate Assistants (GA's) living on campus to help facilitate residents' needs. They oversee the residence halls and manage all campus wide issues that arise throughout the evenings and weekends in conjunction with the Director/Assistant Director of University Housing and Residence Life. Additionally, GAs help facilitate all undergraduate student medical and psychological emergencies on campus. Security or the student's RA can contact the GA on duty at any time.

RESIDENT ADVISORS

Resident Advisors (RA's) are full-time undergraduate Yeshiva University juniors and seniors, living in university housing. There is an RA responsible for each floor in housing. Students often stop by their RA's room to ask random questions as well as to address more serious topics. The RA's are creative program planners, as well as resources and advocates for the residents on their floors. They serve as vehicles in the development of the residence hall communities and deal with concerns of the students. The RA's also assist with daily, Shabbat and vacation duty coverage, planning monthly floor programs, and administrative tasks associated with the operation of the entire University Housing community. 

RA's are on duty throughout the residence halls:

Brookdale RA Office: Sunday -Thursday, 9 p.m. - midnight
Schottenstein RA Office: Sunday - Thursday, 9pm - 10:30 pm
36th Street RA office: Monday and Wednesday, 9 pm -10:30pm
35th Street RA office: Tuesday and Thursday, 9 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

There are also University Housing and Residence Life staff members are on duty every Shabbat.


Want to Be an RA?

Are you creative, dynamic and responsible?  Do you want to organize floor and building programs?  Do you care for others and want to apply those skills?  Do you represent the values and ideals of YU and the mission of University Housing and Residence Life? Have you been living on campus for at least one semester at the time the application is due?

If you answered yes to most or all of these questions, you may want to apply to be a Resident Advisor for the 2021-2022 Academic Year.  The application process will take several stages and is detailed below. 

Application: Submit an online application on the Yeshiva University Housing Portal. Applications are due by 11:55 pm on Tuesday, February 23.

Group Selection: All candidates are required to participate in Group Process, which will be held on March 1 and March 2 from 7:30-9:00 pm. More information will be shared with candidates once the application process closes. 

Interviews: The strongest applicants from the first and second stages will be invited for an in-person interview with University Housing and Residence Life Administrators. Interviews will be conducted between March 8 and March 18.

Offers will be made by March 24, 2021.


Interested in the GA Position?

Are you a leader, a doer, and a great communicator?  Will you be graduating college this Spring? Do you want to build community on campus?  Do you enjoy working as part of a team to effect change?  Do you represent the values and ideals of YU and the mission of University Housing and Residence Life?

If you answered yes to most or all of these questions, you may want to apply to be a Graduate Assistant for the 2021-2022 Academic Year.  More information about the application process will be available shortly.

If you have any questions, concerns or if we can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of University Housing and Residence Life.

Students are welcome to drop into the RA office in any of the 4 residence halls.  If a student would prefer to set up an appointment with a housing administrator, please contact us and we will schedule a mutually convenient time to meet.

General Emailberenhousing@yu.edu 
 

Becky Ciment, LMSW
Acting Director of University Housing and Residence Life
215 Lexington Avenue, Room 520
Email: rebecca.ciment@yu.edu 
Telephone: (646) 592-4163

Becca Colner, M.Ed
Assistant Director of University Housing and Residence Life
The Benjamin Residence Hall, 148 Lexington Avenue, Room 2A
Email: rebecca.colner@yu.edu

Rachel Haber
Housing Coordinator
215 Lexington Avenue, Room 520
Email: rachel.haber@yu.edu
Email: thebenjamin@yu.edu

Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday 9am-5:30am
Friday 9am-2:30pm
Select evenings by appointment.

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