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.


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!