First-Year Student Residence

The 29 3rd Avenue Student Residence Hall makes it possible for students to live in a community and share a collegial approach to learning that will have a lasting impact on their adult, professional lives. Intended to provide a transition for new students from living at home to renting a private apartment, the 29 3rd Avenue Student Residence Hall opened its doors in September of 1992. It is located on Stuyvesant Street and Third Avenue, just across the street from the Foundation Building, which houses Cooper Union's Schools of Art and Architecture.

The 29 3rd Avenue Student Residence Hall offers apartment-style housing for approximately 175 students. Units range in size to accommodate three to five people, with the majority of the apartments being two bedroom units shared by four people. Each unit contains a bathroom, common living area, and kitchenette. The building amenities include a laundry room, the Office of Student Affairs, and the Menschel Room.

The building is staffed by the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, the Graduate Assistant for Housing & Residential Education, and eight resident assistants. In addition, there is a 24-hour security system, including security guards, television cameras, and alarm systems.

Due to space limitations, Cooper Union is unable to guarantee housing to any of its students. Cooper Union’s policy is to give housing preference to first-year students. Upperclass students will not be considered until all first-year applicants have been housed. Students should assume that on-campus housing will not be available after their first year.

The Cooper Union Office of Housing & Residential Education can be reached at or 212-353-4099.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.