Student Resources @ NYU

The spring semester is just around the corner, though it might be hard to imagine it in light of the recent weather! If it’s too cold to venture outdoors and away from your blankets and laptop, check  out some of NYU’s  student resources. Below, find a small (but important) sample of all that’s available to you at NYU once the term begins:

ARC logo

The Academic Resource Center
The Academic Resource Center (ARC) is the place to go when you don’t know where to go with academic navigation questions.  The ARC offers a variety of academic support resources, including cross-school advising and peer tutoring through the University Learning Center, as well as referrals to other academic resources from our SMART Bar (see below) Additional resources at the ARC include an Argo Tea Café, computers and ITS printer, and a variety of study spaces

Student Resource Center
The SRC specializes in answering questions about NYU and New York City, and providing various kinds of information to the NYU community. They also help students navigate University resources and services, provide academic referrals, and promote and provide ways for students to get connected and stay informed at NYU. Feel free to ask them just about anything!

Bobst Library
NYU has nine libraries in total, but Bobst serves as the flagship library. Subject librarians are available to help you in your research. Additionally, study rooms, computer labs, and even laptops for rent, are all resources Bobst provides for you.

NYU Bookstore
The NYU Bookstore provides textbooks for all of the NYU schools and colleges. They also carry general trade books, study aids, NYU apparel & gifts, school supplies, stationery items, and more.

NYU Computer Store
Also housed in the bookstore is the NYU Computer Store, which offers the best selection of academically priced Hardware & Software: Apple, Lenovo, Dell, Epson and HP. They also carry computer accessories and ITP parts. They are an authorized Apple, Dell and Lenovo repair center. You can also save money with their inkjet cartridge refill service.

NYU Ticket Central
Ticket Central is your destination to access tickets to the movies, Broadway, and Off-Broadway shows, sporting events, musical concerts, and more, all available at a reduced price with your NYU ID Card.

NYU Athletic Facilities
Check out 404 Lafayette, the brand-new fitness center at NYU. Opening January 25th, 404 Lafayette will provide estate-of-the-art cardio and weight equipment. Alternatively, visit The Palladium Gym for access to a swimming pool, volleyball court, basketball court, rock wall, and much more.

Transfer Student Programs (available for Visiting Students)
Transfer Students Programs is here to help you understand what it’s like to be an NYU student; they will help you navigate a new campus, new policies and procedures, and a new school culture. Transfer Student Programs helps both transfer and transitioning students to get involved and become familiar with the variety of resources that will help you acclimate to a new campus.


Remember, there are many resources available to visiting NYU students– these are just some of the highlights. As always, feel free to contact us with any questions!


Important Dates: Check-In & Welcome

Important Dates

Please mark your calendars for the following important dates and deadlines, which can also be found in the Spring in NY Student Handbook

  • January 25: First day of spring classes
  • February 8: Last day of waitlists
    • Last day to add/drop on Albert online
    • Last day to drop a course and receive a tuition refund
    • Last day to drop a course and not receive a ‘W’ grade
  • February 15: Presidents’ Day (No classes)
  • February 26: Last day to declare a course pass/fail
  • March 14-20: Spring Recess (No classes)
  • May 9: Last day of spring classes
  • May 11-17: Final exams


Check-In Dates

This is also a good time to start planning which of the following Check-Ins you will attend. All Spring in New York students must attend a check-in session, which provides a chance to meet University Programs staff members and other students in the program. At these sessions, staff will review important information you need to know to have a successful semester at NYU and answer any questions you might have. RSVP for a session online at the Admitted Students’ website. (Please note that you must be logged in to NYUHome to access the RSVP form.)

Mandatory Program Check-In Dates:

 Monday, January 25 – 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., Kimmel Center, Room 912

 Tuesday, January 26 – 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., Kimmel Center, Room 903

 Wednesday, January 27 – 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Academic Resource Center (ARC), LL01

 Thursday, January 28 – 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., Kimmel Center, Room 905


Spring Welcome

Spring Welcome

Finally, be sure to check out NYU’s Spring Welcome activities, which run from January 25 – February 12. You can download the Spring Welcome 2016 schedule to your iPhone or Android via the NYU Guides App, available in the iTunes store.

As always, feel free to contact us with any questions.

Textbooks & The Bookstore


A great way to prepare for classes before the semester begins is to purchase your textbooks.

The NYU Bookstore website allows you to search for your textbooks by either entering your student information or your course information. New and used books are available through the bookstore. The bookstore’s website features a brand-new price comparison feature, which ensures that you get your textbooks at the best price possible.  Alternatively, many students also choose to purchase books through Barnes & Noble or

If your textbook search comes up empty, don’t stress! Some professors do not post their textbooks on the website, and will instead distribute a book list or syllabus on the first day of class.

Shop online or stop by the bookstore to pick up your books, check out the computer store (which offers discounted student prices on technology), and pick up some souvenirs for friends and family– or maybe a sweatshirt for yourself!

Getting Around

Getting Around NYU:

NYU has a non-traditional campus in the sense that it is located in the heart of downtown Manhattan. Navigating NYC can be challenging enough, so to help you get around campus, be sure to check out this virtual tour, and familiarize yourself with the interactive campus map. (We would even recommend mapping out your courses in advance so you’re not late on your first day of class!) Need help making sense of all those letter codes? This list of buildings and classrooms will help you translate a building code into that space’s name, address, and location on campus. Want to double check a location on-the-go? Save a copy of the NYU campus map, or download the NYU Moblie app, available for both iPhone and Android.

Navigating NYC: 

New York City has five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx.  It is a large metropolis, but with a little planning—and the use of maps—it can be easy to navigate.

Most New Yorkers walk and use public transportation to get around.  Walking is a great way to explore the city, so don’t forget to bring comfortable shoes and waterproof boots (it is not uncommon for it to snow in January)!

The Grid
Most of Manhattan’s streets form a grid with streets running east and west and avenues running north and south.  Street numbers increase as you travel north (10th Street is north of 4th Street), and avenue numbers increase as you travel west (5th Avenue is west of 2nd Avenue).  Broadway is the only street in Manhattan that travels the full length of the island and is not a part of the grid.

Areas of the city that were built prior to the grid’s creation in 1811 (like the Financial District and West Village) have narrower and more crooked streets with names rather than numbers.

Maps of Manhattan neighborhoods:
New York Magazine Neighborhood Guide

NYC Official Guide


NYU Transportation
Information about NYU transportation is available online at the NYU Public Safety website. Download the NYU Mobile App for a campus map and other resources.

There is no NYU airport transportation. Students must travel to and from the major airports on their own.  There are many ways to get from the airport to campus and back, including buses, trains, and taxis. Each major airport website has information about options for ground transportation.

Students may also sign up to use NYU Bike Share, free daily bike rentals that allow you to get from place to place quickly and easily and see the city streets from a whole new perspective.  Information is available online.

Public Transportation
New York City Subway Map
Manhattan Bus Map

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) operates the city’s network of subways and buses.  To use public transportation in the city, students must purchase a MetroCard. There is an initial $1 cost for a new MetroCard, so make sure to refill your card instead of buying a new one! One ride on a bus or subway is $2.75, but you can receive discounts when you buy a MetroCard with multiple or unlimited rides.  MetroCards may be purchased from vending machines or tellers in any subway station. Transfers from one subway line to another or from the subway to the bus are free.

For more information about MetroCards, please visit the MTA website.


Commuter Transportation
Commuter students travelling to NYU’s campus can use the MTA, New Jersey Transit (NJ Transit), Long Island Railroad (LIRR), MetroNorth, PATH, and other transportation services.  Please note that only New Jersey Transit offers a student discount on fares.

Further commuter student information is available from Commuter and Off-Campus Student Services.

Visitor Information
Having guests come to visit you while you are here?  You can find basic information about area parking, hotels, and directions to campus on the NYU visitor’s website.

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!