LIVING IN NEW YORK CITY
With a population of approximately 8.5 million people, New York City is the largest city in the United States. Although English is the official language of the U.S., 49% of NYC residents speak a different language at home, making New York one the most linguistically diverse places in the world. This is largely due to the city’s long history of attracting large immigrant populations.
As a student at NYU, you may be living and learning in buildings spread across several of New York’s neighborhoods. In Manhattan, NYU has a presence in the Greenwich Village, West Village, East Village, TriBeCa, SoHo, and Gramercy neighborhoods. NYU CUSP is located in downtown Brooklyn near the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood known for its promenade along New York Harbor and spectacular view of the New York City skyline.
New York is a major cultural capital and is home to well-known authors, artists, architects, designers, dancers, and musicians. The city is also home to countless theaters, museums, dance and opera companies, galleries, and music clubs. The New York Stock Exchange and Federal Reserve Bank of New York make New York one of the world’s leading financial centers. The financial district, across which runs the famed Wall Street, is the location of major exchanges, banks, and recently completed One World Trade Center.
Come to New York with an open mind. It is a unique city where you not only can experience U.S. culture, but also a wide variety of cultures that have taken root in one of New York’s many ethnic neighborhoods.
While NYU CUSP does not guarantee on-campus housing, graduate students may apply for NYU’s graduate student housing.
Housing provided by the University for graduate students involves two locations: Washington Square Village (WSV) and Stuyvesant Town (StuyTown). These apartment complexes contain a diverse community of graduate students at NYU with approximately 250 residents and seven Resident Assistants.
Both apartment complexes are located in the village. WSV is just steps from Washington Square Park and the main NYU campus, while StuyTown is near Union Square. Both areas work together to create a dynamic environment and provide graduate students the opportunity to live in an apartment complex that is home to students, faculty, and members of the greater NYC community. Please click here to learn more about graduate student housing.
The non-renewable (non-guaranteed) housing application for the 2020 – 2021 academic year will be available in the NYU Housing Portal effective April 2020. New graduate students will need to accept their admission to the University prior to accessing the application.
Any graduate student who completes the non-renewable housing application will receive an application status update via email in July.
Searching for an apartment in New York City can be challenging. Whether you are relocating from abroad or across the country, a current NYU housing resident, or considering a change of your current living situation, the apartment hunting process is often bewildering for even long time New Yorkers.
The NYU Student Resource Center can advise you with your search process. Although they do not provide actual off-campus apartments, the Center can advise you on the search process through a variety of resources available on this website. To aid your housing search they provide a centralized list of commonly used websites for apartment searches, a roommate registry, NYC market information, legal resources and local brokers, and more.
NYU CUSP realizes searching for an apartment in New York City takes time and effort. Below, we have compiled a list of websites that will assist you in your apartment search. Please keep in mind that NYU does not have any relationship with these companies, unless otherwise noted, and inclusion on this list does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement.
The NYU Housing Registry, accessed through your NYUHome account, makes available a listing of apartments and shares, exclusively viewable to the NYU community. It’s also a great resource to find others who are searching for an apartment or those who may be looking to share a space within their current living situation. If you have never logged on to NYUHome, make sure to activate your account. Information about eligibility for NYU Home accounts is available at nyu.edu/its/students.
Note: The Housing Registry is only accessible to NYU students enrolled in a full-time degree program, faculty, and staff members. If you are currently enrolled and do not have access, please contact ITS (212-998-3333) for assistance.
New York City’s subway and bus system serves all five boroughs of New York. This is the easiest and most economical way of getting around the city. The metro runs 24 hours, though trains and buses run less frequently late at night and during the day in non-rush hours.
The subway system is run by the Metropolitan Transit Authority. On their website you can find useful information about the status of each subway line, as well as subway and bus maps.
Paying your Fare
You must purchase a MetroCard for both the subway and bus lines. MetroCards can be purchased at any subway station from vending machines or a teller.
There are many options of MetroCards: single ride, pay per ride, unlimited 7 day and unlimited 30 day passes. Single Ride tickets are $2.75 per ride for the subway. Pay per ride cards can be purchased in denominations from $5.00-$100 and riders receive an additional 11% when they add $5.50 or more to a card of this type. Local Bus fare is $2.75 and Express Bus fare is $6.50.
All MetroCards, except for single ride, can be refilled at any MTA vending machine. New Metro Cards cost $1.00 and this does not go toward the cost of the fare. Most students can start with a $20.00 pay per ride card for about 2 weeks of use. There is no student discount for MetroCards.
There are buses that operate during the fall and spring semesters to and from areas surrounding the Washington Square Campus. However this is often not the fastest way to get around campus. Often the best and fastest way is to walk.
University Transportation is free and a valid NYU ID must be presented to board.
There are 5 routes that operate to and from the Washington Square Campus, The Medical School, and the School of Engineering in Brooklyn. The schedules for each route vary so please check the University Transportation website.
Biking in the city can be nerve-wracking, and dangerous if you are not very careful, but the city government has been steadily improving the availability of bike lanes and bike parking. If you decide to bike, please wear a helmet and make sure to bring a lock!
- NYU Bikeshare: You can register for NYU’s free bikeshare by attending a safety and information training session. Once registered, you can pick up a bike, helmet, and lock at any participating location (mostly NYU dorms) at any time and drop them off at any time during working hours (10 a.m. to 10 p.m.).
- Citibike: This bikeshare program can be found in almost every borough and neighborhood.
- John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) is the largest airport serving the area and the closest to NYU CUSP. To reach JFK by public transportation, take the A train toward Rockaway (not Ozone park) and get off at the Howard Beach/JFK airport stop, then transfer to the JFK Airtrain, which takes you right into the terminals. You can also take the E, J, or Z train toward Jamaica Center and get off at the Sutphin Blvd stop, and transferring there to the JFK Airtrain.
- Laguardia Airport (LGA) is the closest to the city center, but the hardest to get to with public transportation. A taxi to or from Laguardia is about $25-30 not including tip and tolls, and takes 20-40 minutes. The simplest way to do it by public transportation is to take the 4, 5, or 6 subway up to 125th street, or to take the N or Q train to Astoria, and to make a free transfer to the M60 bus from either of these subway stops, which takes you into the terminals.
- Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) is in Newark, New Jersey. A taxi to or from Newark costs $60-75, not including tip and toll, while public transportation is often both faster and cheaper. From Manhattan, get to Penn Station (the A, C, E and 1, 2, 3 trains head right into the station), then take New Jersey Transit Northeast Corridor train toward Trenton Transit Center, and get off at the Newark Airport station. From here you can transfer to the Airtrain, which takes you to the terminals.
New York City is well-served by a variety of ride sharing taxi services and applications, including Uber, Lyft, Via, and Juno.
Official NYC taxis are yellow and are marked with a medallion number, on the outside of the car as well as inside. These mark the metered cabs that are regulated by the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission. There are also lime green “borough” taxis that operate the same as the yellow taxis but are usually found more in the outer boroughs. Available taxis have the number on top of their cars lit up. Those that are not lit are either off duty or already have a fare.
The standard city rates are $2.50 upon entry and $0.50 for each additional 1/5 of a mile as well as for every minute not in motion or traveling less than 6 miles/ hour. There is an additional night charge of $0.50 after 8:00pm and before 6:00am and a peak hour charge of $1.00 M-F after 4:00pm and before 8:00pm. There is also a NY State Tax surcharge of $0.50 per ride.
You are expected to tip in New York taxis, usually around 20%. You can pay by credit or debit card in all NYC taxis, and the tip will be calculated for you on the screen.
Fares can get very expensive very quickly, therefore taxis are not the recommended mode of transportation within the city for your regular transportation needs.
Where to find....
NYU CUSP is surrounded by a wealth of restaurants, bars, grocery stores, and shops. Here are a few of our favorites in Downtown Brooklyn.
New York City has 54 greenmarkets (and growing). One of the best and closest to NYU is at Union Square, open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 8:00 am-6:00 pm. Brooklyn Greenmarkets include:
- Brooklyn Borough Hall Greenmarket – Plaza at Court Street & Montague Street, Brooklyn. Open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, year-round from 8:00am-6:00pm.
- Fort Greene Park Greenmarket – Washington Square Park between DeKalb Avenue & Willoughby Street, Brooklyn (Located along the southeast corner of Fort Greene Park). Open Saturdays, year-round from 8:00am-4:00pm.
- Fulton Mall (Begins at intersection of Fulton and Jay Streets) – a wide variety of outlet stores, including Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, Gap, H&M, and more. You can find a wide variety of clothing, shoes, and accessories here at discounted prices.
- City Point (445 Albee Square West) – the largest food, shopping and entertainment destination in the borough. You can find Target (department store), Trader Joe’s (grocery), Century 21 (designer clothing), Flying Tiger Copenhagen (quirky and cheap gifts), and the Dekalb Market Hall (food court) here.
- Dekalb Market Hall (445 Albee Square West) – Showcasing 40 vendors who reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the borough, DeKalb Market Hall is raising Brooklyn’s profile as a hub of innovative cooking and dining experiences. DeKalb Market Hall is one of the largest food and entertainment centers in New York City. Discover the latest trends in Brooklyn cuisine and revisit classics from NYC history.
- La Defense Bistro (2 MetroTech Center) – features casual French cuisine from breakfast to dinner.
- Cafe Metro (15 MetroTech Center) – salads, sandwiches, breakfast items, and more. Can get very busy during lunch hours!
- Shake Shack (1 Old Fulton Street) – features burgers, fries, hot dogs and frozen custard. A New York classic!
- Junior’s (386 Flatbush Ave) – Junior’s cheesecake is a New York City institution. While you can find it in several other locations in NYC, this location is the original.
- Circa Brewing Co (141 Livingston Street) – local brewery in Brooklyn with great thin-crust pizzas. Fun place for happy hour!
- Livingston Manor (42 Hoyt Street) – a small bar with a unique spirits collection, beautiful cocktails, local beers on draft, and good vibes.