International Student Housing

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Why NJCU International Students Choose On-Campus Housing

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We strongly recommend that first-time international students elect to live on campus in one of our three residence halls. And many do! Here are just a few of the reasons:

  • It eases the transition
    Living on campus can ease anxieties about living in a new country. Our housing staff and students are welcoming and eager to help new students.
  • It's convenient and affordable
    You'll live close to New York City, without the high living cost—and no worries about the time and expense of setting up an off-campus apartment. Plus, when you live on campus, it takes no time at all to get from your new home to your classes and activities. 
  • You'll be safe
    Residence halls are always staffed and require card access. Plus, the Department of Public Safety provides 24-hour campus security in the form of patrols and campus escort services
  • You can count on being well-fed
    Our meal plans offer a wide variety of foods to suit any taste or dietary needs. Just show up and you'll be satisfied and well nourished.
  • Get a built-in social network
    You’ll get the full experience of campus life, meet new people, and learn in a multicultural environment outside the classroom.

Each residence hall provides 24-hour security, on-site laundry, kitchen, study rooms, computer labs and online access. Meal plans are included. Residents participate in a host of recreational programs. Learn more about our housing options:

Vodra Hall  West Campus Hall  Co-op Hall

How to Apply for Housing

If you plan to live on campus during your studies, you must apply for housing.

Step 1

Complete the Housing Application

• Note: You may submit an application without a Gothic ID number. If you do not know your Gothic ID number, enter "0000000" or any 7 digits.

• You do not need your NJCU email. You can enter your personal email.

• You may apply for housing even if you are not registered for classes yet. Disregard this notice in the application.

• A non-refundable** $150 housing deposit is required to hold your space in a room. The deposit may be paid by credit card. For payment information, email internationalstudents@njcu.edu.

** The deposit will be refunded ONLY if you are unable to attend NJCU because of a problem with your visa.

Step 2:

Complete Student Health Forms

You may return them by email to internationalstudents@njcu.edu.

Things You Need to Know

Move-in 

The semester's move-in date is included in the letter you will receive after your housing has been approved. If necessary, you may check in one day before the official move-in.  Please let us know well in advance if you need to arrive early so that we can make necessary arrangements.

Laundry

Each residence hall is equipped with washers and dryers. There is no charge to use them. You must provide your own laundry detergent.

Your arrival on campus

If you fly to Newark Airport (EWR), the Office of International Programs will provide transportation to NJCU on the official move-in day and the day before. Residence Life will help facilitate this process.

Off-campus housing

NJCU cannot assist you with finding housing outside of the university. Like any major city, Jersey City has desirable and undesirable areas. Although you are free to live anywhere, we strongly suggest that you live on campus during your first semester so that you have time to learn about the region.