How to Get Involved

As a visiting student during the spring semester, you are part of several different communities. First and foremost, however, you are an NYU student, and therefore have access to all of the services and resources that the University has to offer. Other student communities that you are welcome to join include the following:

NYU University ProgramsAll visiting students are a part of the University Programs community. From admissions to enrollment, the UP team is here to assist you! As you hopefully know by now, please email with any questions you may have as a visiting student during the spring semester.

Transfer Student Programs: Transfer Students Programs is here to help you understand what it is like to be an NYU student and help you navigate a new campus, new policies and procedures, and a new school culture. They help both transfer and transitioning students get involved and become familiar with the variety of resources that will help you acclimate to a new campus.

Commuter and Off-Campus Student ServicesAll students who do not live in NYU Housing are a part of the commuter and off-campus student community. Commuter and Off-Campus Student Services offer workshops, programs, and events to enhance wellness, academic success, and student connections within NYU.

NYU Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Student CenterThe NYU Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Student Center creates a welcoming environment for all University students interested in developing their understanding of LGBTQ issues. Support services, resources, programs, advocacy, training, education and consultation are provided to members of the NYU community. With its services, programs and resources, the NYU LGBTQ Student Center exists to create campus environments that are inclusive and supportive of student diversity in the areas of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.

Graduate Student LifeStudents of graduate age (23+) are welcome to attend any events offered through the Office of Graduate Life. They allow graduate-aged students to connect with the larger NYU community, and provide access to all relevant information and services!

For a full list of student resources, please see the Spring in New York orientation and handbook!


New Yorker’s Guide to the City

Traveling to NYC from out of town this spring? 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 –

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!

Get to Know NYC During Holiday Break

The holiday break is a great time to familiarize yourself with your soon-to-be home for the spring, 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
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 in January!

A reminder that the University will be closed from Thursday, December 24, through Sunday, January 3 for the holiday break, and we will reopen on Monday, January 4. However the blog will be updated regularly, and you can email with any urgent matters.  If you do not receive an immediate response, please note that it is on behalf of the University’s closure. We also suggest joining the Spring in New York Facebook Page to connect with your fellow future classmates ahead of time, and following the official University Programs Twitter account. Happy holidays!

On-Campus Dining

Spring in New York students living both on and off-campus are welcome at all of NYU’s 13 dining locations. Options include the Kimmel Marketplace, with a variety of international and traditional dining choices, the Kosher Eatery at Weinstein, Starbucks at Faye’s, and Argo Tea Cafe (among many others). Students have the option to enroll in a variety of different meal plans, or to dine at these locations using cash or credit card. Meals plans often include both allotted meals and dining dollars, which work like a debit card in purchasing snacks, meals, and beverages at NYU dining locations.

Students without meal plans also have the option to load money onto their NYUCard using Campus Cash. Campus Cash can be loaded onto your NYUCard at various on-campus locations as well as online, and can be used at the NYU Bookstore, NYU Ticket Central, campus dining halls, and for on-campus laundry and vending machines, as well as at off-campus merchants. A full list of participating merchants is available online.

Of course, there are countless restaurants throughout New York City to keep you full and happy throughout the semester. If you plan to dine on campus and have any special dietary restrictions, please contact for more information and to discuss potential accommodations. Check back later this week for a list of New York City-themed books and movies to check out over the holiday break!

Staying Healthy and Well at NYU

Your physical, mental and emotional well-being are key contributors to a successful semester at NYU. This week’s blog focuses on the wellness related resources available to you as a visiting student. Remember that all Spring in NY student immunization forms were due by December 15! If you have not yet submitted these, please email with completed forms or any questions.


NYU’s Student Health Center (SHC) is a campus resource and service center for all matriculated students. Appointment-based and walk-in medical and counseling services are available at either no cost or a very reduced cost to all NYU students, regardless of insurance coverage. Their goal is to add great value to the NYU experience for students and great comfort in knowing that a safety net for basic healthcare exists at NYU. You can find additional information about health alerts, student health insurance, medical services, counseling services, and health promotion online.


The NYU Wellness Exchange is a 24-hour private hotline where you can speak with a counselor to discuss any health or mental health concerns. The hotline is also available if you just need to talk or are feeling lonely. College can be stressful, especially in a new environment.  Feel free to utilize the hotline by calling 212-443-9999 at any time.


The Henry and Lucy moses Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) determines qualified disability status and assists students in obtaining appropriate accommodations and services.  CSD operates according to an Independent Living Philosophy and strives in its policies and practices to empower each student to become as independent as possible. Their services are designed to encourage autonomy, backed by a strong system of supports.

Any student who needs a reasonable accommodation based on a qualified disability is required to register with the CSD for assistance (preferably one month prior to attendance). Please email for further information.


The NYU Department of Public Safety provides security for all students, staff, and faculty on the University’s campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Officers are stationed in buildings and patrolling campus to ensure that students feel safe and comfortable. Officers are also available at all times via the Public Safety Hotline (212-998-2222 – add it to your contacts now!) and in person at their command center at 7 Washington Place. As NYU is “in and of the city,” and you will likely be exploring beyond the limits of Greenwich Village, we encourage all students to review Safety in the City tips.

Check back next week for information about one of our favorite topics, dining on campus!

Your NYUCard

All NYU student students must get a NYUCard for the Spring semester. Your NYUCard will be your gateway to many things – classrooms, libraries, freeseums, athletic facilities, and great student discounts!

Once you are registered in your Fall courses, you can get your NYUCard. Simply submit a photo online (beginning 12/1) and, once approved by the NYUCard Center, pick it up in person. If submitted and approved by 3:00 PM, you can pick up your card the following business day. The NYUCard Center is located at 7 Washington Place on the corner of Mercer Street. Please note that you must bring a valid photo ID with you to get your card. More information can be found online.

Perhaps most importantly, your NYUCard will grant you access to dining options. Students living on or off-campus can utilize NYU’s 13 dining locations during the semester. Dining halls include traditional buffet-style meals and national brand favorites such as Quiznos, Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, and even Chick-Fil-A!

The University offers a variety of meal plans to make the dining experience easier for students. Information about meal plans for students living both on and off campus can be found here. For more information regarding NYU Dining and Meal Plans, check out the NYU Dining Guide.

In addition to meal plans, your NYUCard can also serve as a debit card with Campus Cash. Campus Cash is a service that allows you to put money onto your card and use it at participating shops, cafes, and restaurants. (It’s also great for doing laundry!) Rather than worry about carrying and budgeting your cash, save time and safely consolidate your money by enrolling in Campus Cash.

As you can see, your NYUCard is a powerful thing! If you have further questions about obtaining your NYUCard, meals plans, or Campus Cash, email us at 

Checks and Balances

Now that you’ve hopefully registered for your Spring in NY classes, it’s a good idea to check your class schedule and account balance. You can do both of these in Albert via NYUHome.

To check your account balance, click on the “Academics” tab in NYUHome. Then click on the bright pink “Student Center” link. Once you’re in your Student Center, locate the “Finances” tab, under which you can find “View Bursar Account.” This will bring you to your eSuite, where you can review or pay your account balance. More detailed instructions can be found on theBursar’s website. Students applying for a consortium agreement between NYU and their home institution should submit this to NYU by December 15.  All students may contact the Bursar’s Office directly with further inquiries about their account.

To check your class schedule, follow the above instructions to access your Student Center. Your courses should automatically populate and look something like this:

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If your courses do not automatically appear, click on the “My Class Schedule” link under “Academics,” select “Spring 2016” and review your schedule! Use the interactive Campus Map to plot the locations of your courses. As always, if you have any questions about Spring in NY do not hesitate to contact the University Programs Team.

Housing and How to Get to Campus

Coming from out of town to study at NYU? It’s important that you find and secure housing now so you have a cozy place to call home this semester! Let’s’ talk about some of the on and off-campus housing options you have as a Spring in NY student.

University Housing: Students interested in on-campus housing should have indicated so on their Spring in New York application. Once admitted, they will receive an email with housing information and application instructions.  If you are interested in on-campus housing and did not indicate this on your admission application or did not receive an email with housing information, please contact the Office of University Programs.

Please note that campus housing is extremely limited and not guaranteed.  Students who complete a housing application will be placed on a priority list to receive housing if space becomes available, but all students are encouraged to research off-campus housing options as a security measure.

If you have questions about living on campus, please contact the Office of Residential Life and Housing Services.

Off-Campus Living: Off-Campus Housing Services provides assistance to students seeking private off-campus apartment rentals. We encourage students to use the Off-Campus Housing Tips and Terms in their search for housing.

When to Arrive and How to Get to Campus: Classes begin Monday, January 25. If you are living on campus, move-in will occur on Sunday, January 24 at 12 PM. If you are living off campus your arrival date is up to you, just be sure to arrive in time for your first class and any orientation events! (Information coming soon).

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!