Student Services and Housing

Housing and Student Services

Summer Housing

Housing at Fordham University’s McMahon Hall

The Ailey School has several housing options for students in the Professional Division Summer Intensive Program.  Students may be housed at Fordham University's McMahon Hall dormitory, located a five minute walk from The Ailey School. McMahon Hall offers air-conditioned apartment-style housing with a 24-hour security guard. Each suite contains a common room, kitchen, bathroom, and either 2 or 3 bedrooms that can accommodate 2 to 3 students per bedroom. Apartments come with basic dorm-style furnishings. Kitchens are equipped with refrigerators, electric stove-top oven, and sink. Wireless Internet and on-site laundry facilities are available. Resident assistants live on-site to assist students in acclimating to New York City and to plan group activities throughout the summer.  A chaperone program is available for students who are 15 years old. Applications are available starting in January.

The cost of housing at Fordham University McMahon Hall will be announced in January 2016.

Email for a McMahon Hall Housing Packet.

Housing at The Ludlow Residence

Alternately, students 18 and older may be housed at the Ludlow Residence, located in Manhattan’s vibrant Lower East Side neighborhood, a short subway commute from The Ailey School. The Ludlow Residence offers air-conditioned single and double rooms with shared bathrooms. Rooms come with basic dorm-style furnishings, a small refrigerator, and a microwave oven. The facility offers free wireless internet, free laundry facilities, a common kitchen and lounge area, and a large outdoor patio. An Ailey School Resident Assistant lives on the premises and is available to orient students to the local area, travel to and from The Ailey School, and organize activities throughout the summer. Applications are available starting in January.

The cost of housing at the Ludlow Residence will be announced in January 2016.

Email for a Ludlow Residence Housing Packet.

Academic Year Housing

During the school year, The Ailey School offers limited housing at the Ludlow Residence for students in the Certificate, Independent Study and Scholarship Programs.   Because housing at Ludlow is subsidized by The Ailey School during the academic year, students must demonstrate financial need in order to be considered for a single or double room.

Applications can be obtained by emailing

Housing for students in the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program is available at McMahon Hall during the academic year.
Learn more at the Office of Residence Lift at Fordham University or call 212-636-7100.

Off-Campus Housing

The Ailey School provides a list of independent residences and housing resources for those students who wish to live independently. 

Email for a Housing List.


Student Services

The Ailey School offers a range of services to meet the educational, physical and personal needs of its students.

  • Workshops and lectures on nutrition, health care, psychological wellness, injury prevention and other relevant topics.
  • Career counseling and placement assistance
  • Counseling services (staff, faculty and professional)
  • Financial aid counseling
  • International student services
  • On-site physical therapists and treatment room
  • On-site video library and reading room
  • Student teaching opportunities as assistants in Junior Division classes
  • On-site Ailey Boutique and concession booth


Physical Therapy

Physical therapy services to avert and treat injuries are available to students enrolled in all full-time programs.  Injuries are evaluated by one of our physical therapists, who will advise on how to manage the injury and/or modify activity.  More serious injuries are referred to a physician for additional treatment.  These services offer an excellent opportunity for dancers to learn about their own bodies.

The on-site physical therapy room is equipped with strength and cardiovascular equipment for cross training, including:

  • Lower and upper extremity bikes
  • Treadmills
  • Pilates Cadillac (reformer and trapeze table)
  • Free weights
  • Cable columns
  • Balance equipment