NYU Shanghai houses undergraduate students in either the Jinqiao (formally known as the Green Center Towers) or Pusan dorms. Each location is located in opposite directions of the Century Avenue campus, in communities of different neighborhood styles and having contrasting room amenities. Are the majority of the student body that are familiar with Jinqiao dorms aware of the differences between it and Pusan? 

I reached out to a few students who live in different types of rooms and residence halls for their input on their respective dorming situations. Mateo Rengifo, Class of 2025, lives in Tower 4 in Jinqiao and speaks quite highly of the Jinqiao neighborhood. He says, “Jinqiao is a nice area… there is enough stuff around our dorms to entertain a person for various weekends. The nearby metro also makes it easier to explore the city. Halal is a staple!” Calvin Lin, also Class of 2025, commented that “the Jinqiao neighborhood is quite elegant and convenient. Surrounded by multiple malls, it is easy to go shopping for groceries or even a little KTV at night.” Contrastingly, within the Pusan neighborhood, transportation and daily lifestyles appear to be more restrictive. Shirly Ni, Class of 2023, agrees that “Jinqiao’s neighborhood is much better with large shopping malls and entertainment facilities. The metro is much closer too. In Pusan, it takes at least a 20-minute walk to the metro station.” 

Aside from neighborhood convenience and accessibility, I approached students with a more relevant question: What is your view on the cleanliness and size of the dorms? Surveyed students living in the Jinqiao and Pusan dorms had a nearly unanimous opinion— the dorm size was a bit small, and beds were tiny. However, upperclassmen that chose to reside in an apartment-style dorm had better reviews on room space and cleanliness. Mateo suggests that “the large doubles and apartments are quite nice and spacious. The dorm also has a really genuine feeling of community that I appreciate.” Both residence halls also provide communal areas for students to use as an academic study space or an area to promote social bubbles and encourage student interactions. While intended for good purposes, many students reflect on it with rather conflicting opinions. Cedric Jiang, Class of 2026, reported that “only one common space in Tower 2 is acceptable,” and Mateo reported that “the communal facilities are a little lacking at Jinqiao. First, we do not have a gym in our dorm, which makes going to the gym at school a little inconvenient. Second, recreational spaces are nice because we have a playground, but not much could be said for that.” Students agree that the communal facilities offered at these residential towers are very limited. 

The move to NYU Shanghai’s brand new Qiantan campus has been long-awaited by the entire community and is reported to begin at the start of the next semester. In light of this, students say goodbye to these residence halls and express their desires for the new dorm facilities and amenities. Some bid, “farewell. Hope we’ll never meet again,” to the Jinqiao dorms and likewise, “goodbye, it was nice knowing you for a year. I hope I don’t have to live here again.” Many of the students wish for a private laundry machine, private bathrooms, and more common spaces to mingle in.