What to Pack & When to Arrive

If you can believe it, classes begin this coming Monday, January 4! Today we’re providing you with a final to-do list, including what to pack and when to arrive.

What to Bring: Although we know it can be difficult, it is essential to pack lightly!  Don’t forget that many of you will be buying souvenirs, gifts, and other random things, and you will want to have room in your luggage to bring it all home!  If you forget to pack something, chances are high that you will be able to get it in New York after you arrive.

One common rule is to set out everything you plan to bring and then cut it in half.  Try it and think of it as a personal challenge! When you do pack, don’t forget to put your valuables in your carry-on along with an extra change of clothes in case your luggage gets lost or is delayed on its way to New York. (This happens more often than anyone would like.)

The following is a basic list of suggested items to bring this winter:

    • Passport (international students) or government-issued photo ID (American students)
    • Comfortable walking shoes. New Yorkers walk everywhere…a lot!
    • Warm clothes and snow boots
    • Reusable water bottle
    • Umbrella
    • Laptop or computer. There will be several computer labs available to you around campus, but if you prefer to use your own laptop, feel free to bring it.  If you are an international student, don’t forget an adapter!
    • Backpack or school bag. You will be carrying your books and supplies with you everywhere. It is a good idea to have a sturdy bag with you.
    • Medication. If you need medication, you should bring enough to last you for the entire January Term.  Having copies of your prescription(s) in generic form is also a good idea.
    • Extra-long twin sheets (80 inches) for your residence hall bed and towels (if living on campus).
    • Toiletries you can’t live without — those brands you know you can only get at home or will be too expensive in New York.
    • Battery-powered alarm clock
    • Notebooks, pens, pencils, and calendar/planner for class. Bring whatever supplies you know work best for your studying style.
    • Journal
    • Camera
    • Guidebook(s)

Books: The NYU Bookstore allows students to browse textbook options before even receiving a syllabus. Create your own personalized book list, compare prices between the NYU bookstore and major leading retailers, download an eBook, or rent books! As there are so many options, we suggest exploring the bookstore’s website to familiarize yourself with the materials you’ll need. Order online or when you come to campus!

When to arrive: Students living in campus housing should plan to arrive on Sunday, January 3 beginning at noon. When you arrive at your residence hall, report to the hall’s Resource Center. You will need to present a valid photo ID to receive your keys. You can also check out a rolling cart if you need help with your belongings. Students not living in University housing should plan to arrive in time to attend their first class of the January Term. Also, don’t forget to get your NYUCard once you arrive and before your first class.

Please email us at up.advising@nyu.edu with any last-minute questions or concerns. Have a happy new year, and we look forward to welcoming you to NYU next Monday!


January Term Events

January Term classes are just around the corner, and we look forward to seeing you on campus soon!  To welcome you to NYU your first week, we will be hosting a series of food events featuring some of the city’s favorite treats!  Come to meet your academic advisors and fellow visiting students!

All events take place at the Academic Resource Center, 18 Washington Place.

Monday, January 4, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Begin your first day of class with this ultimate city classic.  Freshly made that morning, in a variety of flavors, and just begging for a generous smear of cream cheese.

Tuesday, January 5, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
These ain’t your typical cake doughnuts enjoyed by police officers around the country.  These are breakfast treats taken to a whole new level (doughnut 2.0, if you will) by one of the city’s favorite artisanal bakeries: Doughnut Plant.

Wednesday, January 6, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
The pastry made famous by The Godfather.  There is a constant debate on which Italian bakery in the Big Apple makes the best cannoli.  We have our favorite, and we’re generous enough to share a few with you (leaving a majority for us).

Shake Shack Custard and Burgers
Wednesday, January 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Considered one of the great burger joints in the city, this Danny Meyer chain features not only excellent hamburgers but also amazing frozen custard milkshakes, concretes, and sundaes.  Meet at the Academic Resource Center, and we will head to Battery Park City for dinner…on us!  That’s right–it’s free!  Just bring a MetroCard.  Visiting students must RSVP to participate. (You must be logged into your NYU email to access the RSVP form).

Black and White Cookies
Thursday, January 7, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
These half cake/half cookie wonders are as New York as you can get, inspiring even Steinfeld to marvel at their philosophical importance and, of course, the proper way to eat one.



Holiday Reminders

A reminder that the University will be officially closed from Thursday, December 24 – Sunday, January 3, and we will reopen on Monday, January 4. We will still be updating the blog regularly, and as always, you may email up.advising@nyu.edu with any urgent questions. However if you do not receive an immediate response, please know that it is due to the University’s closure. We also suggest you follow University Programs on Twitter. Happy holidays!

Reminder: Orientation and Check-In

Due to students’ different arrival dates, and the condensed nature of January Term, the Office of University Programs does not offer any in-person orientation once you arrive on campus. However, we’ve created an online orientation and student handbook to introduce you to campus life and policies (as well as this blog, of course!).

Be sure to watch the entirety of the online orientation before you head to campus, and read (and then bookmark) the student handbook, which supplements the orientation.

If you are a new international student  with an F-1 or J-1 visa studying during the January Term, don’t forget you must report your arrival at NYU through the Office of Global Services, or OGS. OGS will host a mandatory check-in on Friday, January 9, at 1:30 PM. Failure to complete this process may jeopardize students’ ability to remain in the United States. Be sure to RSVP for this session online via the OGS website. International students should contact OGS directly via email or phone with questions about check-in or any visa-related issue.

Once you’ve arrived to campus, don’t forget you are always welcome to come speak with your Academic Advisor, Isaac Amad, during walk-in hours!

Dining During January Term

As mentioned, campus offices and services aren’t operating at 100% during January Term, as it is technically NYU’s winter break. However students do have a few on-campus dining options to sustain them throughout the day.

The Kimmel Marketplace, located on the 3rd floor of the Kimmel Center for University Life, will be open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., serving breakfast and lunch. All students, both those who live on and off campus, are welcome to use the dining hall.

Additionally, the Starbucks on Washington Square East and 4th Street will be open during January Term, along with the Dunkin’ Donuts at 110 E. 14th Street.

It’s important to note that there are no meal plans available during January Term. Students may use campus cash, dining dollars (if you have a spring semester meal plan), cash, or credit card to pay for meals at these locations. And, of course, there are countless off-campus dining locations throughout New York City to fulfill any dining need or craving!

Get to Know NYC and Getting Involved

The holiday break is a great time to familiarize yourself with your soon-to-be home for January Term, 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!

Additionally, as a visiting student during January Term, 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 up.advising@nyu.edu with any questions you may have as a visiting student during January Term.

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 information and resources to support commuters on campus and help them connect with the University.

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, and consultation are provided to members of the NYU community.

For a full list of student resources, please see the January Term orientation and handbook!

New Yorker’s Guide to the City

Traveling to NYC from out of town this January Term? 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- http://www.thehighline.org/
Chelsea Market- http://www.chelseamarket.com/
MoMa- http://www.moma.org/
Brooklyn Flea – http://www.brooklynflea.com/
American Museum of Natural History – http://www.amnh.org/
Union Square Greenmarket –http://www.grownyc.org/greenmarket/manhattan-union-square
Bronx Zoo – http://www.bronxzoo.com/

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 up.advising@nyu.edu with any questions!

Orientation, Handbook, OGS Check-In, and Payment Deadline

So, what is there to do before you arrive to campus? Let’s review the three most essential components.

  1. First, all January Term students are required to watch the online orientation prior to their arrival on campus. Students should also review the January Term Student Handbook, which supplements the orientation. Together, these two resources will supply you with all the information you need to know about NYU resources, services, policies, and expectations for the January Term.
  2. Additionally, all new international students with an F-1 or J-1 visa studying during the January Term are required to report their arrival at NYU through the Office of Global Services, or OGS. OGS will host a mandatory check-in on Friday, January 8, at 1:30 PM. Failure to complete this process may jeopardize students’ ability to remain in the United States. Be sure to RSVP for this session online via the OGS website. OGS also provides other support services to international students including immigration guidance, cultural adjustment resources, and events. International students should contact OGS directly via email or phone with questions about check-in.
  3. Finally, a reminder that TODAY, December 8, is the payment deadline for any January term course(s) you have registered for. If you register for a course after today, you will be billed and given a payment deadline accordingly.

As always, if you have any questions please email up.advising@nyu.edu or visit us during walk-in hours!

Campus Resources for January Term

January Term technically takes place during NYU’s traditional winter break, so some offices may be closed or operating on a reduced schedule. However all of the essential resources will be open and available for your use. Below are some examples…

Student Resource Center (SRC): Your go-to for any (and we mean any) questions about NYU or NYC. The SRC will also be sending you a weekly Winter Guide in your NYU email inbox, so keep an eye out for that! Email or stop by in person.

Transfer Student Programs: The SRC also houses Transfer Student Programs, which all visiting students are considered a part of. Events, newsletters, and suggested ways to get involved are all available through Transfer Student Programs.

Commuter & Off-Campus Student ServicesServices such as lockers, a commuter lounge, transportation information, and events are all offered through Commuter & Off-Campus Student Services.

NYU Gyms: Our two gyms, Coles and Palladium, will be open during January Term. For a $10/week fee, visiting students can access both facilities, which include a track, two pools, rock climbing walls, multipurpose courts, weights, and machines. Check hours and resources for each online, and visit the Membership Office at Coles to arrange your membership this winter.

Ticket Central: OK, we know we said you’d be really busy with academics during January Term, but everybody deserves a break! Get discounted tickets to movies, sporting events, Broadway shows, and more through NYU’s Ticket Central!

Center for Spiritual Life: The newly-opened Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life is a safe environment for the exploration of multiple faiths. Interfaith initiatives, worship services, and meditation through the Mindfulness Project are just a few of the initiatives offered through the Center for Spiritual Life.

For more resources, check out our NYU Resources and Services page.