NYU is located in Greenwich Village, a neighborhood in downtown Manhattan rich with history and culture. NYU, in keeping with its founder’s vision, is “in and of the City.” The University – which has no walls and no gates – is deeply intertwined with New York City, and students are encouraged to explore the city and take advantage of the many resources and experiences it offers. Have questions? Check out our answers below:
How do I…
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.
New York City Subway Map
Manhattan Bus Map
Commuter students traveling to NYU’s campus can use the MTA, New Jersey Transit, Long Island Railroad, MetroNorth, PATH, and other transportation services. Only New Jersey Transit offers a student discount on fares.
Further commuter student information is available from Commuter and Off-Campus Student Services.
…Get to Know the City?
New York boasts some of the world’s top museums, restaurants, and sights. For ideas of what to do in the city, visit some of the websites below:
…Find out about New York City History?
Manhattan, “Island of Many Hills,” was inhabited by the Lenape people prior to European settlement by the Dutch in 1624-1625 when New Amsterdam was formed. The English conquered the area in 1664 and renamed the city “New York.” The city has as many stories to tell as people who live here. Learn more about the City’s past by visiting one of the museums below or going on a historic walking tour!
- Museum of the City of New York
- New-York Historical Society
- Lower East Side Tenement Museum
- Merchant’s House Museum
- Big Onion Walking Tours
…Use NYU Ticket Central?
Discounted tickets to Broadway and off-Broadway shows, sports games, movies, and other events around campus and the city are available to you through Ticket Central. For more information, and to sign up for the weekly mailing of specials, visit the Ticket Central website.
Go to museums for free! NYU’s Museum Gateway program allows you to use your NYUCard to get free admission to some of the city’s finest cultural institutions. For a full list of museums, visit the Freeseums website.
…Pick some New York City Reads?
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.
- New York Times
- 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