John Jay offers comfortable and caring housing options to its students. The College ensures that each residence hall has a welcoming home atmosphere, and each room includes amenities like study desks, chairs, chests of drawers, closets or wardrobes, wireless Internet access, and a cable connection. The residence halls are also conveniently located, offering an easy 15-minute subway commute to campus.
Living as a New Yorker
Living in the John Jay residence, the New Yorker, enhances the College experience and allows students to enjoy the campus situated in close proximity. Living in our student housing allows you to get more involved in our diverse cultural and athletic events, as well as our community outreach programs. Student government and team civility programs enable you to engage in civic and leadership opportunities on campus. The residence halls also provide an excellent social community for students to develop life-long relationships with fellow residents.
When you stay in the John Jay residence, you will have access to myriad student support services, including career development, student counseling, health services, public safety and community service programs. Visit our Student Support Services for more information.
For more information about the John Jay residence, please refer to the Handbook and the John Jay supplement. Want to sign up? Complete this form. If you are accepted as a resident, you will receive notification and will need to fill out a copy of the John Jay Housing License.
The John Jay College Residential Life and our partner Educational Housing Services (EHS) staff will work hard to ensure a smooth transition and support you in your desire to make a home at John Jay. Our Residential Life program also takes an active role in partnering with parents to ensure the development of body, mind and spirit of their students.
Deluxe double: A larger version of a double occupancy living space furnished with two beds, each with a chest of drawers, desks, desk chair per resident. There are two closets, one television and one refrigerator are also provided within the room. Deluxe double rooms have two full bathrooms.
Deluxe triple:A triple occupancy living space furnished with three beds, each with a chests of drawers, desk, desk chair per resident. There are two closets, one television and one refrigerator also provided within the room. Deluxe triple rooms have two full bathrooms.
Double: A double occupancy living space furnished with two beds, each with a chest of drawers, desk and desk chair per resident. There is one closet, television, refrigerator and private bathroom are also provided within the room.
Large Double: A larger version of a double occupancy living space furnished with either captain’s beds with drawers or beds with dressers, desks, desk chairs and wardrobes or a closet. A bathroom and refrigerator are also provided within the room. All residences except Marymount also provide a television in each room.
Large Single: A larger version of a single-person living space furnished with a captain’s bed with drawers or bed with a dresser, desk, desk chair and wardrobe or closet. A television, private bathroom, and refrigerator are also provided within the room (except Marymount). This may also be a double room purchased as a single.
Lofted Triple: A triple occupancy living space furnished with loft beds, desks, desk chairs and wardrobes or a closet. “Loft” style beds have desks underneath for efficient use of space. A bathroom and refrigerator are also provided within the room. All residences except Marymount also have a television.
Single: A single-person living space furnished with a bed, chest of drawers, desk, desk chair and, one closet. A private bathroom, television and refrigerator are also provided within the room.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I pay?
A $25 non-refundable application fee is due at the time you submit your application. Your housing charges will be billed in two equal charges at the beginning of the fall and the spring semesters. In addition to the housing charges there will be a $400 reservation fee charged to each student’s CUNYfirst account. Once paid, the $400 will be held by the College to secure against any potential damage to the room and be returned once the resident vacates the residence. All payments can be made through student’s CUNYfirst accounts. Payments received via check or money order can be submitted directly to the Bursar.
2. Is there a payment plan?
John Jay College students may participate in the Nelnet Monthly Payment Plan. A Payment Plan is an easy and convenient way to manage your semester bill by providing a low cost option to budget tuition, fees and housing expenses. It is not a loan program- there are no interest or finance charges assessed and there is no credit check. The only cost is a per semester non-refundable enrollment fee. For more information on the Nelnet payment plan please visit http://www.jjay.cuny.edu/paying-your-tuition.
3. Can I use my NYS 529 College Savings Plan to pay for housing?
Yes. Please contact the Bursar's Office for more information.
4. How long is the Housing License Agreement?
The contract is for one full academic-year (two semesters)
5. Can I stay at the Hall during the Holidays?
Yes, the building will be open for students to stay on-campus throughout the duration of the academic year and you will be allowed to stay on-campus over the winter break/session. Please contact the Office of Residence Life for more information about winter break housing at RLHP@jjay.cuny.edu.
6. Can I stay in the residence hall for all my four years?
Residential housing contracts are only executed for one academic year at a time. Please note that current residents have the option to renew on an annual basis in the spring semester.
7. Does John Jay College provide summer housing?
John Jay’s housing is only contracted for the academic year and we do not have control of the New Yorker residence during the summer months. The New Yorker Residence is operated by Educational Housing Services and you can visit their website (http://www.studenthousing.org/live/new-yorker.) to learn more about them as well as contact them regarding summer housing availability
8. How safe is the residence hall?
Very Safe. The residence hall maintains 24-hour security on location; all doors are locked, security cameras are throughout the building, there is a comprehensive guest policy and all must show identification upon entry.
9. Is the residence hall co-ed?
Yes. However, double and triple occupancy rooms are shared by the same gender.
10. Are there single rooms?
Yes, there are standard single and large single rooms.
11. Are there other residence hall locations for John Jay College?
No, the only residence hall John Jay College has is The New Yorker.
12. Who are the residence halls for?
All matriculated, full-time enrolled John Jay students.
13. What are the amenities?
Amenities at John Jay College Residence Life include 24-hour security, professional live-in Student Life staff, room and residence key-card entry, fully furnished rooms, air conditioning, cable TV, high-speed internet in room, laundry facilities, and communal kitchens and lounges.
14. Are all the amenities (meeting room, library, kitchens, and internet lounge) 24 hours?
The student lounges are open 24 hours. The kitchen and fitness center are open daily from 6am until midnight.
15. What is the closest train and how long does it take to get to campus?
The A, C, 1, 2, and 3 trains on 34th Street all can get you to campus in about fifteen minutes.
16. Are there washer and dryers in the residence?
There is a laundry room in the residence hall and all you'll need is laundry detergent. There are no dispensers in the laundry rooms. Your own laundry basket or bag is also a handy thing to have. You must pay to use the washers and dryers, but will text you when your clothes are ready.
17. What would be my mailing address?
EHS – Your Room #
481 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10001
18. Can I smoke in my room?
Smoking tobacco or any other substance (and including “vaping” or the consumption or use of electronic cigarettes) is not permitted in your rooms or anywhere else in the building. If you need to smoke, please do so outside the building but do not loiter directly in front the building, and do not block the entrances.
19. Can I request to live with my friend?
Yes, you can indicate your friend's name on our roommate application form when you apply, but requests cannot be guaranteed. Roommates must be the same gender.
20. Will I be able to switch roommates if we do not get along?
Every effort is made to work with roommates to ensure they are able to peacefully coexist in the same living environment. John Jay Residence Life Staff are all available to assist roommates who may have conflicts. Taking into account the transition period for all first year students, roommate changes are discouraged in the first semester. Situations will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the Office of Residence Life.
21. Is there a storage facility for my bike?
No, you must store your bikes in your room.
22. Are there cable, phone, and/or internet connections in the rooms?
Yes, those are all included in the housing rate at no extra cost. There is also wireless internet connection.
23. Are we allowed to have any pets?
No. There is a no pet policy (this includes fish).
24. Are there accommodations for persons with disabilities?
If you are a person with a disability and require accommodation, please contact the Office of Residence Life at RLHP@jjay.cuny.edu.
John Jay College supports diversity and offers a residential experience with people of different backgrounds and cultures. The residence hall system does not discriminate on the basis of gender identity, race, culture, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or national origin.