Learn Where You Live in NYU’s First-Year Residence Halls

Through Explorations communities, first-year students can make friends and focus on an interest right in their residence hall

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Many of NYU’s first-year residence halls offer Explorations communities, a network of theme-based floors designed to help students delve deeper into their interests and find like-minded friends—all without leaving their residence hall. On these floors, residence assistants and other staff plan theme-based activities so that students can explore that topic together. If you’re interested in joining an Explorations community, you can select your top four preferences on your NYU housing application.

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Brittany Hall

Aside from having Adam Sandler and Al Pacino as former residents, Brittany Hall’s claim to fame is, literally, F.A.M.E. (Featuring All Music Endeavors), a floor for students who share an appreciation of music, and Big Apple, Big Screen, for film lovers, along with Black Violets, where Black-identifying students celebrate the many facets of Black culture.

Clark Street

Clark Street Hall in Brooklyn has a First Generation floor, which is a supportive environment to help students who are the first in their family to attend college get the most out of their first year.

Founders Hall

In Big City, Small Footprint students who are passionate about sustainability hear from exciting guest speakers, engage in discussions about how innovation and activism have created sustainable solutions in New York City and beyond—and how they can continue to drive progress—and share plant-based community dinners. And of course, there are plenty of opportunities to engage in environmental stewardship.

Lipton Hall

L’Etage Français in Lipton Hall gives residents the opportunity to live with other Francophiles. The NYU Show floor is for television fans who want to learn more about the industry, and Vivir en Español is for students with an interest in the languages and cultures of Spain and Latin America.

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Othmer Hall

Women at Tandon is a popular floor in this Downtown Brooklyn residence hall. The community offers women engineering students a strong support system as they pursue STEM-related academic programs and careers.

Rubin Hall

Rubin’s First Generation floor is a supportive community for students who are the first in their family to attend college. The hall’s Inequality & Justice community examines wealth inequality in New York City through service learning and conversations with professionals and activists.

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Third Avenue North Hall

Theatre lovers will bond with one another in the 3N Theatre Arts Company community here, while those interested in the intersection of food and social justice come togehter on the Food & Culture floor.

Weinstein Hall

The Laughing Matters floor at Weinstein exposes students to stand-up and improvisational comedy through trips to local comedy venues. Students on the Represent NYC: Expressions of Social Justice floor explore how art and media represent diverse identities and communities.

University Hall

The Geeks in the City floor is for fans of books and movies set in the sci-fi and fantasy realms.


Current Explorations Communities

For the most up-to-date list of our Explorations communities, visit our housing website.

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