Prepare to Attend NYU
At NYU, your academic and professional growth are not only integrated into New York City, they are enhanced by it. Below, you’ll find some introductory information that can help make your transition to graduate or professional studies at NYU a bit easier—and connect you with resources to help you maximize your opportunities here.
While on-campus housing is available to NYU’s graduate and professional students, it is not guaranteed and is quite limited. Once admitted to your program, send in your housing application as soon as it’s available. This will give you the best shot at securing a spot.
If you’re not able to secure, or are not interested in, on-campus housing, do not worry. A large portion of NYU graduate and professional students live off campus in the neighborhoods surrounding our Washington Square and Brooklyn campuses. To make your housing search a bit easier, the NYU Center for Student Life has compiled a litany of valuable resources. Finding an apartment can be stressful anywhere, but it’s especially true in New York City. Let us help you find your new home in this amazing city.
Your NYUCard is your student identification card at NYU. You’ll need it to gain entry to libraries, residence halls, and other university buildings. It also gives you access to university transportation, free admission to some of New York City’s most popular museums and cultural institutions, and more.
NYU requires all students who are enrolled in a degree-granting program at the University to maintain health insurance. As a graduate or professional student, you have the option to enroll in an NYU-sponsored student health insurance plan or maintain your own alternative coverage.
In either case, all matriculated students at NYU can access the extensive services available at the NYU Student Health Center.
Commonly, graduate and professional students at NYU register for classes using NYU Albert. However, in certain instances, some schools, departments, or programs may establish their own steps and policies for registration. To ensure you’re following your program’s policies, speak with your academic adviser prior to registering for any classes.
At the start of the fall and spring terms, NYU Welcome offers new and returning graduate students a wide array of programs, events, and more designed to introduce them to NYU and New York City.
Additionally, incoming graduate and professional students may have the opportunity to participate in school- or program-specific orientation events at their NYU school, center, or institute. Get in touch with your department or program to learn more about the relationship-building, resource-discovering events available to you.
Get connected and engage with the NYU community through Graduate Student Life, the ideal starting point to learn about the opportunities and resources—including academic resources, student organizations, and events and programs—that are at your fingertips.
NYU’s graduate and professional schools, centers, and institutes also provide resources and opportunities targeted to specific graduate programs and areas of study. From academically focused student groups and networking events to social justice initiatives and career counseling, you have access to unparalleled opportunities and support from the moment you step on campus. Get in touch with your school to learn more.
Depending on which degree you pursue at NYU, you may have class near Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village, in Downtown Brooklyn, in our health corridor on Manhattan’s east side, or in all three places. You may find yourself in a lab in the Upper East Side one day and in a lecture in the Financial District the next. Because New York City is your campus, being able to navigate its avenues, neighborhoods, and boroughs is important—and can require some guidance at first.
Learn more about getting around New York City.