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Health & Safety

The Department of Public Safety in conjunction with the Office of Global Programs works to create a safe and secure environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors to pursue their educational and professional goals and aspirations. A New York-based public safety officer is available 24/7 to assist with international emergencies (212-998-2222).

For assistance in extremely rare situations, the University has contracted with International SOS, the world's leading provider of international customer care, which includes evacuation services.

Before you depart for the semester you will be instructed on how to use NYU Traveler, a Web-based information collection tool where flight and travel details, local and US telephone numbers, and emergency contact information can be stored so that NYU staff can assist you if needed.


Gower St., a local medical clinic for students, is where you will go for anything health-related from prescriptions to therapists. Dentists, however, are not available at Gower St. NYU does give you a list of dentists when you arrive in the handbook, but make sure you have your insurance information so that you do not end up paying huge fees.


Because of the National Health Service, the publicly funded healthcare system of England, most prescription medication is only $10, and contraceptives are free! As stated above, Gower St. is where you go to speak to a doctor for a prescription.


We recommend that you bring filled prescriptions to last the entire semester. Gower St. will write a prescription for something similar to your pill if need be, but it will not be the exact brand that you are used to. Free condoms and lube are both available at the Student Center and emergency contraceptives can be found over the counter at the local pharmacy.


Boots Pharmacy’s (London’s Duane Reade) are everywhere and carry the products you need, but they have different brands from American pharmacies.

U.S. Embassy

24 Grosvenor Square, London W1A 2LQ, United Kingdom

Ph: (+44) (0)20 7499-9000


You must travel with your original passport. However, it is advisable to keep a second copy of your passport with you when you travel. Also, when you travel go online and jot down the address of the embassy or consulate in your destination city. It is important to have if you lose your passport, are the victim of a crime, or somehow end up involved with the authorities.

Safety Tips

The same safety measures that apply in New York apply across Europe.

  1. Be aware of your belongings. Do not bring what you do not need, especially if you are going to a bar or something at night. Many people lose things through carelessness or drunkenness rather than through theft.
  2. Never walk alone at night, whether male or female.
  3. Never bring anyone you just met back to your accommodation. If your roommate brings home an unknown guest, watch or lock up any valuables that you might have with you. (Note: guests are not allowed after 11pm at Nido.)
  4. Be aware of pickpocketers in touristy places.
  5. Be concerned with what people might be taking from you, but also what they might be giving you!
  6. Learn about the local laws of your host country and the countries you plan to visit.
  7. If you travel, let your study abroad staff know where you are going and when you are supposed to be back.
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