Movin’ on Up: The NYC Edition

As someone who exclusively watched shows like TLC’s “Trading Spaces” and “While You Were Out” in high school, room decor was something that was really important to me. When moving into NYU, I attempted to manage my expectations – I couldn’t paint the walls and I didn’t want my new roommates to think I was too crazy. With that in mind, I still wanted to make my room my own. I thought about ways that I could add color and personality on a budget and wanted to find little accents that would make my little corner of New York City feel like home. Below, I have included pictures from my room during my freshman, sophomore, and senior year in NYU housing (shout out to Goddard and Broome!), as well as some tips for adding a personal touch to your new home!

Accent/Throw Pillows

Pillows are a great way to bring in different colors and textures to your room. Also, pillow forts.


The obvious benefit: more light (non-halogen, of course). Lampshades are another great way to bring personality to your room – they are relatively inexpensive and usually come in a variety of colors/designs. If you are crafty, you may even want to decorate your own using pins/buttons/paint or other materials that you can pick up at your local craft store.


Whether they represent your favorite movie, city, or My Little Pony character (looking at you, Bronies), posters are a great way of covering your wall space and/or bringing a theme together. Look out for the NYU Poster Sale in Kimmel that typically happens during the first week of classes.


I’m always a big fan of quirky, assorted frames because they add character and allow you to showcase loved ones, memories, or all of the posed senior photos your parents made you take.


Let’s take a step back though. Before you decorate, you need to worry about actually moving in! Some tips for move-in day:

Be patient.

There will be a lot of students moving in during Welcome Day. If you are waiting in line at one of the residence halls, don’t just stare at your feet and pout – take an opportunity to get to know people! You’ll be surprised how many connections you will make that first day.

Make your bed first!

If you accomplish nothing else during move-in day, at the very least, make your bed! When you are exhausted at the end of the day, you won’t care about the tchotchkes that you have yet to unpack but will be happy that your bed is made.

Utilize Welcome Day Resources.

If you forget something or just want to buy more things for your room, don’t fret! NYU provides free shuttles to Bed Bath & Beyond and Kmart throughout the day. More information can be found here.

Have fun!

Moving in is an exciting experience and is the start of the best four years of your life! Relax, enjoy, and take lots of pictures – you’ll be glad you did!


Of course, if you have any questions during Welcome Day, just ask a staff member. You may even see me helping out at one of the residence halls! Happy Moving!

Freshman Year

Freshman Year – Goddard Residence Hall

 Sophomore Year

Sophomore Year – Broome Street Residence Hall

Senior Year

Senior Year – Broome Street Residence Hall (My iPhone was fancier this year #panorama)


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