Othmer Hall is an 18-story building that is home to 400 NYU students. Along with Clark Hall, these buildings make up the two residence halls on the Brooklyn campus. Both residence halls have first-year only floors. And upperclass students may choose from any of the 14 upperclass residence halls in Brooklyn or Manhattan. Students who live in Othmer Hall are a short walk to their classes and the Jay Street-MetroTech subway station is nearby.
The First Year Residential Experience
All residential first year students live in FYRE (First Year Residential Experience) halls. FYRE is designed to help students transition to campus, build community, and acclimate to New York City. Being a part of FYRE is a great way to create connections with other first-year students. Every year, students compete in the FYRE Olympics, which brings all of the first year residence halls together for friendly competition.
Each NYU residence hall is fully staffed with a Residence Hall Director, a Residence Hall Assistant Director and a Resource Center Manager. These professional staff members oversee the team of Resident Assistants (RAs) who coordinate events and promote community development on their floor. RAs can assist students with questions related to housing and navigating the university. FYRE RAs receive larger budgets and additional training to help ease the transition for first year students.
Meal Plans & Dining
Every first year student that lives on campus is required to have a meal plan, which can be used at any of the NYU Dining Facilities. First year students living in traditional housing must participate in an NYU dining plan, and upperclass students living in Othmer must maintain a minimum of 50 meals. Meal plans come with Dining Dollars, which are pre-loaded onto students’ ID cards, and can be spent at any participating vendor. There is one dining hall in Brooklyn, the Jasper Kane Cafe, which was renovated in 2017. Additionally, the university takes measures to accommodate multiple dietary restrictions (i.e., gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, kosher, halal) in all dining facilities.