Life in a New York University dorm in 1897

Today’s NYU students have an array of university housing options available to them. In 1897, dorm options were probably more limited.

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This 1897 photo shows the inside of a dorm room at the old University Heights campus in the Bronx, personalized with a horseshoe . . . and boxing gloves? One student is trying to study, the other appears to be playing music . . . college life hasn’t changed.

The caption to the photo, from this fascinating NYU history website, states: “The earliest evidence of university housing is an 1840 list of six students residing in the old University Building on Washington Square.”

NYU had fraternities back then too. Here, some 1890s bros smoke pipes and do bong hits.

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One Response to “Life in a New York University dorm in 1897”

  1. kg Says:

    and the horse shoe is pointed down…..the luck is running out!

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