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Brookdale Hall

Beren Residence Life

Residence Life provides a comfortable and safe environment for study, spiritual growth, relaxation, and fun.

Welcome to app University Residence Life!

The housing application for the 2024-2025 Academic Year is now open! To apply, please log into the app University Housing Portal with your YU username and password. For further questions or help with your application, please email  berenreslife@yu.edu with any questions!

Beren RAs 2022

We look forward to welcoming you to campus!

The Beren Campus has six residence halls. Each has a unique atmosphere and set of amenities. Scroll through the sidebar to decide which residence hall is right for you.

Requirement

The university policy requires all new students to reside in university housing for their first 2 semesters on campus. This policy is designed to help the new students to engage with the YU community and the supportive resources on campus.

If after your first 2 semesters, 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.

Eligibility

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.

Application

2024-2025 Application Schedule

Keep track of important dates and deadlines for the housing application, move in, and refunds for the 2024-2025 Academic Year

Housing Timeline:

May 21, 2024: Housing application and roommate groups open for the 2024-2025 Academic Year

June 10, 2024: Housing applications due

Any applications submitted after June 10, 2024 at 11:59pm EST will be considered late.

June 24, 2024: Room selection for new Fall 2024 students

June 26, 2024: Room selection for upperclassmen

Mid July: Confirm/cancel your assignment for Fall 2024

August 1, 2024: Last day to cancel Fall 2024 housing reservation with 100% refund

August 20, 2024: Move-in for new students only

August 25, 2024: Move-in for returning students

Room number will be provided when you check in on move-in day.

Beren Move In

Move In

Before you arrive on campus, please make sure you have:

• Made your financial arrangements with the Office of Student Finance
• Uploaded your completed immunization form and copies of your immunization records via the
• Sent an ID photo to berencardpix@yu.edu

You will be given your room assignment when you arrive on campus.

YU ID Card

Your YU ID Card is used to gain access to all YU buildings and YU shuttles, serves as your dining card for on and off campus purchases, and functions as your library card. Please email a photo of yourself to be used to prepare your ID in advance of your arrival using the following guidelines::

  • Picture should be a front facing picture of you alone and should be taken from the chest up.  
  • No hats, bandanas or dark sunglasses.
  • The picture should be taken in front of a solid color background.
  • Smiling is encouraged.

Please send your JPEG formatted picture (most smartphones send JPEG) to yucardpix@yu.edu. Be sure to include your legal name, your YU ID number (800XXXXXX), and the school you are enrolled in (Stern College for Women, Sy Syms School of Business, app College, or Katz School). When you arrive to campus, you will need to present a driver’s license or other photo identification to retrieve your ID.

Calendar

Important Dates

Residence halls remain open throughout the academic year but are closed for Jewish holidays. Below are important dates with the relevant Residence Life information.

Fall Move-In

Move-in for new students will take place on August 20th. Retuning students are welcome to move-in on Sunday, August 25th.

Rosh Hashana

All residence halls will be closing for Rosh Hashana.

Yom Kippur

All residence halls will be closing for Yom Kippur. 

Sukkot

All residence halls will be closing during the holiday days of Sukkot.

Thanksgiving

All residence halls will remain open 

Chanukah

All residence halls will remain open 

Spring Move-In

Spring Move-In will take place on January 12, 2025.

Purim

All residence halls will remain open 

Pesach

All residence halls will be closing for Pesach. Any student who is in need of accommodations for holidays, should contact Rachel Ciment, the Director of Spiritual Guidance on the Beren Campus, at either rciment@yu.edu or 646.592.4126. The Residence Life Office will communicate policies regarding chametz prior to Pesach.

Move-out

All residence halls will be tentatively closing on Wednesday, May 22, 2025.

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Resident Advisors

Your resident advisor — RA — will ease your transition to college life. With her door often open, she is your first resource for answering questions, making referrals, and resolving issues. She'll be able to offer tips on everything from study habits to subway directions, from campus activities to restaurant suggestions.Whether you have a question or just want to hang out, your RA is there to help.

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 the Office of 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. The application process will take several stages and is detailed below. 

Application: Submit an online application on the app University Housing Portal. Details and deadlines will be emailed out.

Group Selection: All candidates are required to participate in a group interview, which will be held in late February.

Interviews: The strongest applicants from the first and second stages will be invited for an in-person interview with Residence Life administrators. Interviews will be conducted in March.

Offers will be made before Pesach.
 

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Graduate Assistants

There are six graduate assistants (GA) living on campus to help facilitate residents' needs. They oversee the residence halls and manage all campus wide issues that arise during the evenings and weekends in conjunction with the Directors of Residence Life. Security or the student's RA can contact the GA on duty at any time.

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 the Office of Residence Life?

If you answered yes to most or all of these questions, you may want to apply to be a graduate assistant.

Application: Submit an online application on the app University Housing Portal. Details and deadlines will be emailed out.

Interviews: The strongest applicants from the application stage will be invited for an in-person interview with Residence Life administrators. Interviews will be conducted in late February and March.

Offers will be made before Pesach.

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University Meal Plan Info

All students living on campus will be required to enroll in one of three meal plans each semester. 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. To learn more about dining, check out Dining Services or, to see the financial breakdown, visit Student Finance.

University Meal Plan Info

Residence Halls

Brookdale is comprised of 4 and 5-person apartments equipped with a kitchenette with counter space, a sink, and cabinet space. There are a very limited number of rooms with full kitchens. There is a communal Beit Midrash, study room, and central package center as well as two large communal lounges on the lobby floor of the building. The exercise room and laundry room are on the basement level. Brookdale Residence Hall is 20 floors high and has two elevators. There is 24/7 security at the front desk and Resident Advisors living in the building to help students with any issues they may have.

Schottenstein Hall is comprised of single rooms, with some 2-person rooms. There are communal bathrooms on each floor that are cleaned daily by the housekeeping staff, two large communal lounges on the lobby level, and exercise and laundry rooms on the basement level. Schottenstein also has a fully equipped communal kitchen. Schottenstein is 7 floors high and is equipped with an elevator. There is 24/7 security at the front desk and Resident Advisors living in the building to help students with any issues they may have.

app University occupies a cluster of apartments within this larger residential building. Our student apartments house 3, 4, 5, or 6 students. Each apartment features a full bathroom and a full kitchen. A laundry room is available on the basement level. The Megantic is 6 floors high and is equipped with an elevator. The building is secured via a daytime physical presence and overnight patrols. A Resident Advisor lives in the building and a rabbinic campus couple lives across the street to help students with any issues they may have.

251 Lex is comprised of 2, 3, and 4 occupancy apartments featuring a full kitchen and bathroom. Most of the apartments are studio apartments. The building does not have a laundry room or a gym, but these amenities are available at nearby residence halls. 251 Lex is 5 floors high and is a walk up building. There is 24/7 security command center in the entrance and a Resident Advisor living in the building to help students with any issues they may have.

35th Street Residence Hall consists of apartments for 4, 6, and 8 students. Each apartment features a full bathroom, 2-person bedrooms, and a full kitchen. There is a communal lounge on the lobby floor of the building, and exercise and laundry rooms are on the basement level. 35th Street is 9 floors high and is equipped with an elevator. There is 24/7 security at the front desk and Resident Advisors living in the building to help students with any issues they may have.

36th Street Residence Hall is comprised of single rooms, with some 2-person rooms. There are communal bathrooms on each floor that are cleaned daily by the housekeeping staff. Most rooms also have a small sink. There are two large communal lounges on the lobby floor of the building, and exercise and laundry rooms on the basement level. 36th Street is 5 floors high and is a walk up building. There is 24/7 security at the front desk and Resident Advisors living in the building to help students with any issues they may have.

39th Street Residence Hall is comprised of 4 and 6-person units. Each apartment features a full bathroom, 2-person bedrooms, a full kitchen, and a washer and dryer in-unit. There is a communal lounge on the ground floor. 39th is 5 floors high and is a walk up building. There is 24/7 security at the front desk and a Resident Advisor living in the building to help students with any issues they may have.

Brookdale, Schottenstein, & 36th Street

Standard: $5,625 per semester, $11,250 per year

Deluxe (Brookdale Only): $6,750 per semester, $13,500 per year

251 Lexington Ave Residence Hall

$6,750 per semester, $13,500 per year

35th Street, 39th Street, & The Megantic

$7,750 per semester, $15,500 per year

Contact Us

Please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Residence Life if you have any questions or if we can be of any assistance.

General E-mail: BerenResLife@yu.edu
General Phone: 646.592.4163

Office:
215 Lexington Avenue
Monday - Thursday, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Avi Feder
Director of Residence Life
avi.feder@yu.edu

Rachel Haber
Associate Director of Operations
rachel.haber@yu.edu

Neima Pollak
Associate Director of Residence Life
neima.pollak@yu.edu

Rachel Sherin
Residence Life Manager
rsherin@yu.edu

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