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.

Staying Healthy & Well at NYU

Your physical, mental and emotional well-being are key contributors to a successful January Term at NYU. This post focuses on the wellness-related resources available to you as a visiting student. For additional information, please see our page on academic resources and review our health and safety page.


NYU’s Student Health Center (SHC) is a campus resource and service center for all matriculated students. Appointment-based and walk-in medical and counseling services are available at either no cost or a very reduced cost to all NYU students, regardless of insurance coverage. Their goal is to add great value to the NYU experience for students and great comfort in knowing that a safety net for basic healthcare exists at NYU. You can find additional information about health alerts, student health insurance, medical services, counseling services, and health promotion online.

A note about health insurance: International students are automatically enrolled in NYU Student Health Insurance.  All other students should check in advance with their insurance provider to determine if the SHC is within their covered network.


The NYU Wellness Exchange is a 24-hour private hotline where you can speak with a counselor to discuss any health or mental health concerns. The hotline is also available if you just need to talk or are feeling lonely. As we know January Term can be intense, feel free to call 212-443-9999 at any time.


The NYU Department of Public Safety provides security for all students, staff, and faculty on the University’s campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Officers are stationed in buildings and patrol campus to ensure that students feel safe and comfortable. Officers are also available at all times via the Public Safety Hotline (212-998-2222– add it to your contacts now!) and in person at their command center at 7 Washington Place. As NYU is “in and of the city,” and you will likely be exploring beyond the limits of Greenwich Village, we encourage all students to review Safety in the City tips.

Your NYUCard

All NYU student students must get a NYUCard for the January Term. Your NYUCard will be your gateway to many things – classrooms, libraries, freeseums, athletic facilities, and great student discounts!

Once you are registered in your January course, you can get your NYUCard. Simply submit a photo online 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.

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, as well as on-campus dining halls. 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 or Campus Cash, email us at up.advising@nyu.edu.

Navigating Campus

NYU-Map_5568As we’ve discussed before, New York City can be a confusing place! If you haven’t visited campus yet, NYU is truly “in and of the city,” and our buildings are fully integrated into the larger New York City landscape. However you’ll quickly get the hang of navigating Greenwich Village and campus with a few helpful tips and resources!

1. Once you’ve identified your classroom, plot it’s location with our interactive campus map

2. If it’s not within walking distance, use one of our suggested travel resources on the Getting Around page.

3. Download the NYU Mobile app, which includes a campus map and safe ride features.

4. If you can’t wait until January 5 to see campus, take a virtual tour online!

Please note that there is no campus transportation from NYC airports or train stations to campus, students are responsible for traveling to NYU independently. However we do have some suggestions on our Getting Around page. Finally, if you have specific questions about getting around campus, email up.advising@nyu.edu with your inquiry.

Textbooks and the Bookstore

If you can believe it, January Term starts in just two months! Although we know you’re busy with the holiday season, don’t forget to start preparing for classes! One way to do this is to purchase your textbooks.

The NYU Bookstore website allows you to search for your textbooks by either entering your student information or your course information. New and used books are available through the bookstore, and many students also choose to purchase books through Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble. The bookstore’s website features a brand new price comparison feature, which ensures that you get your textbooks at the best price possible!

If your search comes up empty, don’t fear! Some professors do not post their textbooks on the website, and will instead distribute a book list or syllabus on the first day of class.

Shop online or stop by the bookstore to pick up your books, check out the computer store (which offers discounted student prices on technology), and maybe even pick up some holiday gifts.

Academic Resources for January Term

As you know, January Term is an intense session, with a full semester’s worth of work packed into three weeks. That being said, we want you to know about the academic resources available to you as an NYU student this January.

Moses Center for Students with Disabilities: The Moses Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) determines qualified disability status and assists students in obtaining appropriate accommodations and services. If you need any kind of accommodation for this January Term, please contact the CSD now (!) to register. Contact information can be found on their website.

Libraries: The 9 NYU libraries and 8 affiliated libraries are headed by Bobst, which features over 25,000 seats for studying, computers for student use, the Avery Fisher Center for Music and Media, and lots of books. Learn more about what Bobst has to offer on our library website.

Study Spaces: Aside from the ARC, where University Programs is housed, several other student lounges exist on campus. As is the case with all resources, be sure to check January Term hours before braving the cold.

Most importantly, don’t forget about your peers! Form a study or support group  to help you through the term! And, as always, contact us with any advising questions or concerns.