Arrival Information

55 John Street

You are about to join your fellow EHS residents in one of the world’s greatest hubs of culture and creativity; leading to lasting memories and friendships.

Room Assignment Information

EHS assigns residents to one of three types of rooms, female, male, neutral. Single gender rooms (female, male) are assigned to residents whose gender identity aligns with the gender of that room and who wish to live in a single gender room. In alignment with the values and law in NYC, these assignments are made based on a resident’s gender identity, regardless of sex assigned at birth, gender expression, medical history or gender on identification cards. EHS is fortunate that all of our units have private bathrooms, so we don't segregate buildings and floors by gender. We want students of all genders to feel comfortable living in all of our communities.

EHS is pleased to offer a gender inclusive housing assignment referred to as "gender neutral" housing. Gender Neutral Housing allows residents to reside with other residents regardless of gender identity, sex or gender expression. By selecting this room type, residents commit to living in a room/suite occupied by other residents who also prefer gender neutral housing and whose gender identity may or may not match their own.

Should a vacancy arise within a gender neutral room/suite, this space will be filled by any applicant that has a gender neutral selection, whether or not the current residents know the applicant. Applicants who select the gender neutral room type should therefore be willing to live with any other resident who is participating in gender neutral housing.

Other factors used in matching roommates such as age, sleep schedule and smoking preference are still considered when making assignments within each of these room types.

By selecting to live in a double/triple occupancy room, you are agreeing to live in a ‘Family Unit’ approach to room occupancy. This approach identifies all students who live in one shared unit as a Family Unit, meaning that within their shared space they do not need to follow social distancing guidelines (no face coverings, no need to maintain six feet of distance in the room).

It is understood that students in this arrangement share exposure and are therefore responsible to one another to protect the integrity of their shared space by ensuring that social distancing and other protective measures are followed whenever they are outside the room. This also means that if one student in the room is identified as being in need of quarantine, all members of the room will be quarantined, together.

Although rooms are pre-assigned, we are unable to give you your room number until you arrive. If you have a specific roommate request, please make sure we know several weeks in advance of your check-in date. We do our best to accommodate all requests when possible.

Prepare For Your Arrival

Here are some tips to help you plan:

  • Closet space is limited so you do not want to bring your entire wardrobe, but you should plan ahead for the upcoming season. New York has four seasons; it is cool in the fall and can get quite cold in the winter. If you are going home for the Thanksgiving holidays or somewhere around then, you can probably wait until that time to bring a heavy winter coat. However, you should pack a rain coat and rain boots for all year.
  • Tupperware is great for food storage. Since you must store your cooking supplies in your room, you may want to consider bringing a plastic bin that they all can fit easily into.
  • Although you may want to bring a car full of food, there are grocery stores right around the corner. You should bring items with you that do not expire right away. You will have a small size refrigerator with a mini freezer and a microwave in your room.
  • You may want to consider purchasing a lock box for your important items. While we are confident you and your roommate will get along, we think it is a good idea to keep your valuable items locked so only you have access. We are not responsible for any lost/stolen items.
  • Do not bring in items that are dirty or have been discarded (such as furniture left on the street). Such dirty or dilapidated items may have pests such as bedbugs and will not be allowed in the residence even if it meets guidelines.
  • We recommend that you pack in luggage with wheels for a smooth move in/out.

Click Here to view a list of suggested Items to bring.

For your safety and the safety of others, the following items are prohibited. If these are found, there will be a penalty fee of $100.00, disciplinary action will be taken and item(s) will be confiscated, donated or discarded (click here for more information on Outside Furniture, prohibited items and Health and Safety Information):

  • Halogen lighting equipment
  • Electric or gas-powered heaters
  • Hot plates, toasters, toaster ovens or any cooking appliances of any nature
  • Candles, incense, smoking and/or drug paraphernalia of any kind
  • Flammable decorations such as Christmas lights etc.
  • Furniture, television, extra refrigerator or microwave not provided by EHS
  • Illegal substances of any nature
  • Explosives, fireworks, weapons of any kind, smoke laden materials, and/or instruments
  • Hover boards, self-propelled scooters  

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced new guidelines for out-of-state travelers to New York. Travelers must continue to fill out the Traveler Health Form. Review the New York Travel Advisory here: Residents must observe the travel advisory procedures. Failure to comply with these procedures, may result in disciplinary measures—including immediate removal from EHS housing without refund.

Quarantine procedures can be found here: Click Here.

Due to limited space, we cannot accept mail or packages for residents prior to their arrival. We ask that residents do not have overnight guests during their first week at the residence. This allows new residents to socialize with their roommates as well as become better acquainted within the residence hall. As a resident of the John Street Residence, you must adhere to the policies and procedures as outlined in the Code of Conduct.

Check-In Day

We are preparing for a contactless check-in. Due to social distancing guidelines, we are requiring that all residents schedule a check-in appointment date and time. This is to ensure the safety of residents and staff.

You will receive an email prior to your arrival with instructions on how to schedule your check-in appointment. Once we have verified that your requested date and time are available, we will email you to confirm your check-in appointment.

If You Are Arriving Via Car:

If you have someone helping you move-in, please have them stay with your belongings while you check-in. If you park in front of the building, do not leave your car unattended as it is a “No Parking Zone” (unattended cars will be towed). We recommend that someone stay with the car until all of your belongings have been unloaded. Afterwards, you can move your car to a nearby parking garage or parking space. To help with your move, you may borrow a moving cart to bring your items up to your room. Moving carts are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Afterwards, you can move your car to a nearby parking garage or parking space. To help with your move, you may borrow a moving cart to bring your items up to your room. Moving carts are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Building Address:

55 John Street

New York, NY 10038

We have created the below directions to help you get to your new home.
Ground Transportation Information is available in the baggage claim/arrival areas of all terminals unless indicated as "Private Car/Limousine/Van Service" or "Taxi". Taxi Dispatch Stands are conveniently located outside on the arrivals level of every terminal. A uniformed Taxi Dispatcher will place you in the first available yellow, medallion taxicab. The Taxi Dispatcher will give you a ticket indicating the date, terminal and taxicab medallion number. Please keep this ticket for referrals regarding lost property, complaints and compliments.
Taxis into the city take anywhere from 30-60 minutes. They cost $52 "Flat Fare" plus bridge tolls and tip to Manhattan (price might change without notice - Taxis are regulated by the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission).
Taxis from La Guardia cost approximately $30 - $40. (Price might change without notice - Taxis are regulated by the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission).

Newark Airport: The AirTrain offers connecting service to NJ Transit and Amtrak trains which will bring you into Manhattan. Surprisingly, this can actually be much quicker than taking a cab or bus, and it is much more affordable. $12.50 one way will bring you from Newark Airport to Penn Station. AirTrain connects the NJ Transit "Newark Airport Station" to the airport terminals. Please check NJ Transit train schedule for times.
John F Kennedy Airport: The AirTrain offers connecting service to the MTA Subway which will bring you into Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Take the AirTrain to connect effortlessly with NYC subways or the Long Island Rail Road to your destination. Please check the MTA and AirTrain schedules for times.

To view our local area maps, Click Here:


These Parking Garages are merely suggestions for your convenience and EHS does not assume responsibility for any vehicle or contents left inside the vehicle that is parked in any NYC parking establishment. Further, EHS does not assume responsibility for any damages or parking tickets given to vehicles that are parked, abandoned, immobilized by booting, or towed on NYC Streets.
Imperial Parking Systems Inc.
100 William Street | New York, NY
(212) 480-4210 
Garage Management Co 
85 John Street | New York, NY
(212) 385-9182 
Icon Parking Systems 
99 John Street | New York, NY
(212) 619-0922 
Gotham Parking LLC 
13 Gold Street | New York, NY
(212) 747-8786 
Enterprise Ann Systems Inc 
57 Ann Street | New York, NY
(212) 608-4530

Getting Settled

Once you move-in your belongings into your new room please breakdown and discard boxes inside the trash areas located in the “B Stairwell” behind the elevators on every floor. Garbage bags should be discarded in the trash chute located in “Stairwell A”. We highly appreciate you return the moving carts back to the Student Life Office for other residents to use.

While in your room, please check that the WIFI, TV and Air Conditioning, etc. are working and note any issues you might have. While we do not foresee any problems with your room, we might have missed something, and it is important for you to report it upon your move in.

During the first week of the semester, there will be several opportunities to meet your neighbors and the Student Life staff. In addition, you will learn a lot about the building, the neighborhood and all of the exciting in-person and online events that will be offered during your stay.