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 up.advising@nyu.edu with any questions you may have as a visiting student alum.

All the best to you!

Final Reminders

Final Reminders

Classes are just a week away! As you all begin your journeys to the Square, a few important reminders…

Classes: Summer Session I begins on Monday May 23rd. Summer Session II classes officially begin Tuesday, July 5. Most University offices will be closed on Monday, May 30 and Monday, July 4th in observance of Memorial Day and Independence Day, and there will be no classes these days. Classes are offered at various points all throughout the summer, so be sure to check your schedule one last time to properly plan your arrival!

International Student Check In: All visiting international students must check in with the Office of Global Services. Dates and locations of the check-ins offered throughout the summer are available online. RSVP here.

Online Orientation and Handbook: The Online Orientation and Summer in NYC Handbook are both available on the visiting students website. Please read through this information carefully.

Books: New and used books are available at the NYU Bookstore (726 Broadway). You can search for textbooks online at http://bookstores.nyu.edu. Make sure to check NYU Classes in your NYU home for course information.

Any questions? Please feel free to contact us at up.advising@nyu.edu.

We’ll see you soon!

What to Bring & When to Arrive

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If you can believe it, classes begin in less than two weeks! Today we’re providing you with a final to-do list, including what to pack and when to arrive.

What to Bring: Although we know it can be difficult, it is essential to pack lightly! Don’t forget that many of you will be buying souvenirs and gifts, and you will want to have room in your luggage to bring it all home!  If you forget to pack something, chances are high that you will be able to get it in New York after you arrive.

One common rule is to set out everything you plan to bring and then cut it in half.  Try it and think of it as a personal challenge! When you do pack, don’t forget to put your valuables in your carry-on along with an extra change of clothes in case your luggage gets lost or is delayed on its way to New York. (This happens more often than anyone would like.)

The following is a basic list of suggested items to bring this summer:

    • Passport (international students) or government-issued photo ID (American students)
    • Comfortable walking shoes. New Yorkers walk everywhere…a lot!
    • Light clothes – Both in color and weight. New York City summers can get hot! But also remember to bring…
    • Jacket and sweatshirts – Evenings in the summer can get cool!
    • Reusable water bottle
    • Umbrella 
    • Laptop or computer. There will be several computer labs available to you around campus, but if you prefer to use your own laptop, feel free to bring it.  If you are an international student, don’t forget an adapter!
    • Backpack or school bag. You will be carrying your books and supplies with you everywhere. It is a good idea to have a sturdy bag with you.
    • Medication. If you need medication, you should bring enough to last you for the entire length of your stay.  Having copies of your prescription(s) in generic form is also a good idea.
    • Extra-long twin sheets (80 inches) for your residence hall bed and towels (if living on campus).
    • Toiletries you can’t live without — those brands you know you can only get at home or will be too expensive in New York.
    • Battery-powered alarm clock
    • Notebooks, pens, pencils, and calendar/planner for class. Bring whatever supplies you know work best for your studying style.
    • Journal
    • Camera
    • Guidebook(s)

Books: The NYU Bookstore allows students to browse textbook options before even receiving a syllabus. Create your own personalized book list, compare prices between the NYU bookstore and major leading retailers, download an eBook, or rent books! As there are so many options, we suggest exploring the bookstore’s website to familiarize yourself with the materials you’ll need. Order online or when you come to campus!

When to arrive: Students living in campus housing should plan to arrive on Sunday of the week of your reservation. Check-in begins at 9am that Sunday. When you arrive at your residence hall, report to the hall’s front desk. You will need to present a valid photo ID to receive your keys. You can also check out a rolling cart if you need help with your belongings. Students not living in University housing should plan to arrive in time to attend their first class of the summer, or to attend any mandatory check-in sessions. Also, don’t forget to get your NYUCard once you arrive and before your first class.

Please email us at up.advising@nyu.edu with any last-minute questions or concerns. We look forward to welcoming you to NYU next week!

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!

Get to Know NYC

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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
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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!