Thank You!

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We at University Programs would like to thank all Summer in NYC students for reading this blog, and wish you the best of luck with the remainder of your summer!

Don’t forget that the University Programs team is here for you! Feel free to email with any questions you may have as a visiting student alum.

All the best to you!


Navigating NYU and NYC

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Today’s topic is your arrival to New York City. The city can be an intimidating and confusing place for those coming from out of town. However with our tips and tricks you should have no problem navigating the grid once you arrive!

NYU is primarily located around Washington Square Park in the Greenwich Village neighborhood in downtown Manhattan. The campus is easily accessible via New York City public transportation. Directions on how to get to NYU are on the NYU visitor’s website. Please know that there is no NYU transportation service to bring you to campus from the local airports or bus/train terminals.  All students are responsible for transportation to campus.

There are many ways to get from the airport to NYU, including buses, shuttles, and trains. The easiest way to get to campus is to use a taxi or car service. If you use a taxi, be sure to get one from the official taxi stand at the airport. DO NOT accept a ride from an unauthorized taxi driver.

Also, if you are flying, it is a good idea to register your trip with NYU Traveler, the University’s web-based travel safety service.

Once you arrive, familiarize yourself with campus with our interactive and downloadable campus map or by downloading the NYU Mobile App, which features a campus map among other useful features!

Information about navigating the city’s streets and using public transportation can be found on the Getting Around Page and Summer in NYC Student Handbook.

It’s a good idea to plan your route to class ahead of time. Resources like the Student Resource Center exist to help you in this process, or, if you’re ever lost, don’t hesitate to call NYU Public Safety.  Check back soon for a final to-do list and tips about what to pack!

Summer City Guide


Although campus may be quieter than usual, New York City will be alive and well with events this summer! Be sure to check your NYU email inbox every week for the “Summer City Guide” provided by the Student Resource Center. The Guide will direct you to free and fun events happening around the city each week. Also be sure to check back to this blog, as we will be posting our own suggestions of events to check out. Keep an eye on your email for the Summer City Guide and if you have any questions about the information listed, contact the SRC!

Note: If you don’t receive the Summer City Guide, just reach out to the SRC and ask to be added to their listserv.

Traveling to NYC from out of town this summer? New York boasts some of the world’s top museums, restaurants, and sights, so we put together a quick list of must-sees and resources for the new New Yorker!

Some of our favorites…
The Highline-
Chelsea Market- 
Brooklyn Flea –
American Museum of Natural History –
Union Square Greenmarket –
Bronx Zoo –
The Cloisters –
Governors Island –

Don’t forget your NYUCard also serves as a gateway for free admission to several NYC museums!

For more ideas of what to do in the city, visit the websites below:
New York Magazine
Time Out New York

 As always, email with any questions!

Student Resources: Non-Academic


In our previous post, we discussed the academic resources available to you. Now, we’d like to highlight the non-academic resources you’ll have access to as an NYU student. Check out the essentials below, and explore the University life website for further offerings.

Student Resource Center (SRC): Your go-to for any (and we mean any) questions about NYU or NYC. Email or stop by in person.

Commuter & Off-Campus Student ServicesServices such as lockers, a commuter lounge and transportation information are all offered through Commuter & Off-Campus Student Services to any student who does not live in NYU Housing.

NYU Gyms: The NYU Gym, Palladium, is open to all visiting students. Using only your NYUCard, you can access this facility which features a climbing wall, pool, multipurpose courts, weights, and machines. Check hours and resources for Palladium online, or visit the Membership Office in person. Information about low-cost fitness classes is also online.

Ticket Central: OK, we know we said you’d be really busy with academics during Summer in NYC, but everybody deserves a break! Get discounted tickets to movies, sporting events, Broadway shows, and more through NYU’s Ticket Central!

Center for Spiritual Life: The newly-opened Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life is a safe environment for the exploration of multiple faiths. Interfaith initiatives, worship services, and meditation through the Mindfulness Project are just a few of the offerings provided through the Center for Spiritual Life.

Freeseums: Don’t forget that your NYUCard grants you access to 12 of NYC’s best museums!

Be sure to check back next Monday for information about the SRC’s summer newsletter and our “New Yorker’s Guide to the City.” As always, feel free to email us at with any questions!

Get to Know NYC


Now is a great time to familiarize yourself with your soon-to-be home for the summer, New York City! Before all of your reading is claimed by textbooks, articles, and journals, delve into the local paper or pick up one of the books below to read about your new home.

Here is New York by E.B. White
The Encyclopedia of New York City by Kenneth Jackson
Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 by Edwin G. Burrows
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.I. Konigsburg
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Washington Square by Henry James
Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
The New York Times

Though the movies aren’t always the most accurate portrayals of cities, it can be fun to see how directors interpret them! Check out Time Out New York‘s list of “The 100 Best Films Set in New York City” and then see for yourself how they compare when you arrive this summer!