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!


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!

How to Register for Class

Don’t forget, today is the first day of registration! Registering for classes can be a daunting task. But have no fear, we’re here to help! Online registration via Albert begins today, November 30, and will be available through February 8, after which date you must meet with your Academic Advisor (us) or visit the Student Services Center at 25 W. 4th Street. To register yourself, it’s important that you first complete all items on our initial “to-do” list (see previous post). Once you have thoroughly explored the course search, and have written down the five-digit class number of the class(es) you wish to take this spring, you are ready to self-enroll!

To enroll in courses, first sign in to NYUHome. Once logged in, click on the “Academics” tab. From there, continue to your Student Center. In the top left hand corner, click on “Enrollment.” Select the Spring 2015 term and click continue. Then, enter the five-digit class number you wish to take. Click next and it should be entered into your shopping cart. Thumbs up if you receive a green check mark!

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Screen Shot 2014-11-12 at 2.52.08 PMIf you’re in the clear and have that green check mark, be sure to click on “Proceed to step 2 of 3.” Confirm that all course information is correct, and complete step 3 of 3! After following these steps, it’s a good idea to return to your Student Center and review your class schedule.

Still seem confusing? Check out the Registrar’s Guide to Albert, review our Advising and Registration page, or email with detailed questions.

First Steps as an Admitted Student

Now that you’ve been admitted to Spring in New York, it’s time to make your student status official! Below is a “to-do” list of necessary steps. Please see our Critical Instructions page on the visiting student website for additional information.

1. Activate your NetID: Your NetID is your log-in and username information for all NYU-related things. Go to and follow the instructions.

2. Log-In to NYUHome and Albert: NYUHome is the central hub for online communication. Log-in using your NetID and newly created password. Once you’re in, visit the “Academics” tab and explore the Student Center where your schedule, classroom location, and grades will be displayed.

3. Accept/Decline your Admissions Offer: If you haven’t done so yet, log in to Albert, select “Applicants” and then “Application Status” to Accept or Decline your admissions offer.

4. Activate your NYU Email: 24 hours after accepting your admissions offer, log back in to NYUHome. On the main page, click the “E-mail” link. This should take you to your new NYU Gmail account! If you are having difficulty with this, please see the troubleshooting steps on our Critical Instructions page. Check your email often. It is NYU policy that all communications take place over NYU email, so you won’t want to miss any important messages!

5. Choose your classes: Detailed instructions on how to register will be featured soon! In the meantime, we suggest you explore the course search in Albert (go to Student Center, top left corner, click on “Search”). Registration will begin on Tuesday, December 1.

If you have any questions or difficulty completing this initial “to-do” list, please feel free to email! Check back next Monday for a post on how to register.