Living in NYU Berlin Housing is a mandatory part of program enrollment. Housing is only available for the dates of the program, January 25 – May 21.

Student Life & Housing FAQs

  • When do I need to arrive?

All students MUST arrive on January 25 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 2, when the Study Away Confirmation Portal becomes available. You will have approximately 4 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 20.  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 Berlin, 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 1.5 weeks before the beginning of your program. You will receive your room type; information about roommates will be provided when you arrive.

  • Can I choose my roommate(s)?

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?

At this time, all students are required to live in NYU provided accommodation. If, however, you have a mother, father, legal guardian, or adult sibling who permanently resides in an established family home in the vicinity of the academic center, you may be considered for an exemption from this policy. You can submit a letter of petition to housing.appeals@nyu.edu for consideration.  Submitting a request does not guarantee exemption; appeals will be evaluated by a housing committee on a case by case basis, and you will be notified of a decision.

There may be updates to this process, and we will keep students up-to-date on any changes.

  • 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?

For your safety, all students at NYU Berlin must have a cell phone that works locally.

  • It’s usually easier – and cheaper – to get a cell phone pay-as-you go plan in Berlin than to use your U.S. plan. You can get a plan from O2, Vodafone or T-Mobile with pay-as- you-go minutes. You can either unlock your smart phone and just replace the SIM card when you get to Berlin (if you have a GSM phone), or you can buy a cheap phone there from one of the service providers.  During orientation, NYU Berlin site staff will show you where to get phones and how to top them up.
  • If you prefer, some phone companies, such as AT&T, also offer study abroad plans that allow you to keep your U.S. number and pay lower rates. Ask your provider!

For more information about getting to know the city, see here.

  • How do I access Money abroad?

We used to recommend the Deutsche Bank/Bank of America relationship, but it was recommended by visiting faculty that a Capital One 360 Checking account might be a great alternative.  It’s quite similar to DKB in Germany — a purely online bank with no monthly fees.  There are no conversion fees on international withdrawals (or debit card purchases, for places that accept MasterCard), and they don’t charge one for using a foreign ATM.  The ATM in Germany does charge a small fee, but when staff get large amounts at Deutsche Bank (say 700 EUR), the fee tends to be 2.50 EUR or less, so they are always within 0.5% of the spot rate.  It’s easy (and free) to transfer money to the 360 checking account from one’s existing US Bank, so you’d don’t have to change anything else.

  • *While we are wary of pushing any one financial institution, we would recommend students at least consider setting up something like this before arriving in Germany.

*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.
  • If you continue to use your current bank account, 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 much of Europe; American Express less so.  However, in Berlin, largely you will use cash.  It will be more difficult to find places that accept credit cards within the city.
  • 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 Berlin?

Your address in Berlin is:

Your Name
NYU Berlin
Charlottenstraße 96-97
10969 Berlin

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 Berlin Spring 2016 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?

You can ship some items to Berlin before you arrive. The security personnel will keep any deliveries in a locked room until you arrive. All mail can be sent to your address in Berlin.

Note: Please be aware that packages sent from the U.S. may be subject to extensive VAT taxes, particularly regarding electronic devices and clothes. These taxes might be collected upon delivery or sometimes after delivery in a separate invoice. Due to German Customs policies, it is necessary to affix the right customs form to the outside of the package. This form is called PS Form 2976-A and contains an itemized list of the package’s contents, including their value. An invoice, in duplicate, is required for all personal shipments with a value of $300 or more. Failure to do so will result in you having to personally pick up your package at the Berlin Customs office, which usually implies a lengthy wait and high customs fees.