Living in NYU Tel Aviv Housing is a mandatory part of program enrollment. Housing is only available for the dates of the program, January 23 -May 25, 2017.

Student Life & Housing FAQs

  • When do I need to arrive?

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

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

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

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

  • When will I receive my housing assignment?

You can expect to be notified of your assignment approximately two weeks before the beginning of your program. You will receive your room type; information about roommates will be provided when you arrive.

  • What is the likelihood of securing a single room?

There is a very limited number of single rooms available, which cannot be guaranteed. Students registered with the Henry and Lucy Moses Center for Students with Disabilities, who are approved for a housing accommodation, are given priority. Please look at their website for information about reasonable accommodations and what is evaluated when assessing need.

  • Can I choose my roommate?

Yes, you can request to live with other students of your choice. You will be able to do this when you fill out your housing preferences in the Study Away Confirmation Portal. Please make sure all students wanting to live together request one another.

While we cannot guarantee we will be able to meet your request, we do make efforts to accommodate these requests where possible.

  • Can I find my own housing?

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

Student Exemption Request Form

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

Proposed Student Host Form

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

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

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

  • How do I get a phone for use abroad?

NYU Tel Aviv students are required to have a phone for their semester away. NYU will provide students with a mobile phone to use for the term, and approximately $25 USD in phone credit. Although we are providing this first amount in service, we will expect you to keep enough credit on your phone so that you can call out in case of an emergency. Even if you run out of credit, we will still ask you to keep your phone with you, as you will still be able to receive short incoming calls and text messages.The phones you receive will be very basic — in other words, don’t expect them to do anything beyond phone calls and text messaging. However, if you have an unlocked phone that you would prefer to use while you are studying away, you will still be able to use your approvixmately $25 USD in credit (and SIM card) on that device instead. You will be able to coordinate this with the NYU Tel Aviv site staff during orientation.At the end of the semester, you will be expected to return your SIM card, phone, charger, and any other accessories that were provided.There will be a form sent to all NYU Tel Aviv students later in the semester asking your plans for a phone while away.

  • How do I access Money abroad?

You can change dollars at the airport when you arrive but the exchange rates are notoriously bad. To avoid the bad exchange rates many travelers prefer to withdraw money when they arrive abroad from an ATM machine at the airport. You might have to pay withdrawal fees, but with ATMs you’ll get a much better rate of exchange because your bank itself sets the rate. You can find up-to-date currency conversion rate information at http://www.xe.com/ucc/.Some additional tips:

  • Avoid opening a local bank account. Given that you’ll be abroad for a relatively short period of time, it’s hard to justify spending long hours dealing with complicated government policies.
  • Instead, we recommend that you maintain your bank account in the U.S. and use ATMs to retrieve local currency from your U.S.-based account. ATMs also allow you to receive the most up-to-date exchange rates—and they can be found almost everywhere! If you take our advice and plan to use your ATM card abroad, here are a few things you should do ahead of time:
    • Find out if your bank charges a fee for international withdrawals and check to see if they have partner banks abroad – that will help ensure that your ATM withdrawals are as inexpensive as possible.
    • Inform your bank of your change in residence and the length of your stay abroad to prevent them from blocking your purchases or placing a “hold” on your account.
    • Set up online banking – you’re unlikely to find a branch of your bank abroad and will want to keep track of your spending and ensure that all your purchases are legitimate (unfortunately, fraud can happen anywhere).
    • Make sure your debit/credit card has a 4-digit PIN number – other lengths of PINs often won’t work abroad.
    • Visa and Mastercard are accepted quite widely throughout Prague and much of Europe; American Express less so
    • Photocopy all your cards (front and back) in case your card is lost or stolen and you need to cancel it; leave a copy with a friend or relative both in the United States and abroad (not in your purse or wallet – they might get stolen as well).
    • Check your bank and credit card statements online regularly to help you identify any unusual activity.
  • Beware of pickpockets!
  • What is my address in Tel Aviv?

Your address in Tel Aviv is:

NYU Tel Aviv
36 Bnei Dan St
Tel Aviv 62260 ISRAEL

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

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

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

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

  • Can I mail items to the site in advance?

Students are not able to mail items ahead of arrival.