Housing

Living in NYU Buenos Aires Housing is a mandatory part of program enrollment. Housing is only available for the dates of the program, January 30 – May 20, 2017.

Student Life & Housing FAQs

  • When do I need to arrive?

All students MUST arrive on January 30 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 start to sign up for Housing on November 7 when the Study Away Confirmation Portal becomes available. You will enter your housing preferences, along with other details such as your emergency contact and passport info. Ultimately, all items will be due by November 18,  including your $1000 housing reservation fee. More information about the Portal will be made available on this blog. Housing is NOT first-come first-serve.

For more about housing options in Buenos Aires, 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 2 weeks before the beginning of your program.

  • Can I choose my roommate(/s)?

Yes, you can request to live with another student 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.

  • Do I need personal property insurance?

It is recommended that students purchase the NYU Personal Property Insurance. EnjoyBA nor the homestay family is responsible for lost or stolen items should a break in occur or should something go missing. All students are recommended to leave their valuables inside their luggage with a lock or if the homestay provides a safe, use it!

  • Can I find my own housing?

All students are required to live in NYU provided accommodation although exemptions may be granted in limited circumstances (such as staying with a close relative who is already living near the academic center). You can submit a petition by the link below.

Student Exemption Request Form

The student must also ensure that the proposed host completes the following link and sends proof of residence as per the instructions on the form.

Proposed Student Host Form

Please note that submitting a request does not guarantee exemption and appeals will be evaluated by a housing committee on a case-by-case basis.  All completed exemption requests (i.e. both forms and proof of residence) for the fall semester must be received by April 15; all exemption requests for the spring semester must be received by November 15.  Students will be notified of the decision via email following the respective deadlines.  Completed requests submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

  • 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 here.

  • How do I get a phone for use abroad?

Some mobile phone companies offer study abroad plans that allow you to keep your home number and pay lower rates. You could activate a this plan here and use it while you’re away. However, it’s usually easier – and cheaper – to get a pay-as-you-go phone in Buenos Aires than to use your current plan. You can still bring your smartphone and use it as a WiFi device (just be sure to cancel/turn off the data on it to avoid hefty international connection fees). Either way, make sure to contact your mobile carrier for specific information.

Another, more popular option is to unlock your current smartphone and replace its SIM card with one you get in Buenos Aires. You would then keep your device and just pay for the minutes over there. Lastly, you can buy a cheap phone from one of the service providers in Buenos Aires.

During orientation, NYU Buenos Aires site staff will show you where to get phones and how to “top them up” — aka, add minutes.

For more tips about living in Buenos Aires, see here.

  • How do I access Money abroad?

You can always exchange currency before you leave at the airport or when you arrive at an exchange facility, but be advised exchange rates in airports are notoriously bad. To avoid bad exchange rates, many travelers prefer to withdraw money in country, outside the airport, closer to the Academic Center. You might have to pay withdrawal fees at the ATM, but you’ll get a much better rate of exchange. That being said, you might need to withdraw some money before leaving the airport in order to navigate to the Academic Center, for miscellaneous purchases, or for emergencies. Keep this in mind:

  • You can find up-to-date currency conversion rate information at http://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/.
  • If you plan to use your ATM card abroad, here are a few things you should do ahead of time:
    • 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 away to prevent them from blocking your purchases or placing a “hold” on your account.
    • Set up online banking – that way you can 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, Mastercard, and American Express are accepted throughout Buenos Aires and much of Argentina.
    • 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).
    • Check your bank and credit card statements online regularly to help you identify any unusual activity.
    • Cash is king. Additionally, when traveling, students report that having U.S. dollars is very helpful, as it is much stronger than the Argentine Peso.
    • Beware of pickpockets.
  • What is my address in Buenos Aires?

NYU Buenos Aires Offices
Anchorena 1314
Capital Federal, (C1425ELF)
Argentina

This is the address for the Academic Center where you will take courses AND it is your mailing address throughout the semester. Students should avoid mailing certain items that may get caught up in Customs, such as medicine and electronics.

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 Buenos Aires Spring 2017 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?

Students are not able to mail items ahead of arrival.