Benefits Frequently Asked Questions
What are my alumni benefits?
While NYU offers many direct benefits to Alumni, there are also additional benefits that NYU offers through third party providers. Benefits include, but are not limited to, discounts on entertainment, dining, travel, transportation, shopping, financial services, and insurance. Additional information about these benefits can be found on the main benefits page, Perks Connect, and on Third Party sites.
How can I receive information and communications about alumni benefits?
You can update your contact information and indicate which communications you would like to receive in the alumni communications preference center. By completing or updating your contact information, you will ensure that you receive the quarterly alumni benefits newsletter and offers about alumni specific discounts via email or direct mail.
What's a NetID? An N Number? Do I have those?
All alumni have an NYU NetID and an N Number (or university ID).
Your NetID is a combination of your initials and a few random numbers, e.g., abc123. Your NetID is your username for all NYU online services, including your NYUHome account, ALBERT, NYU wi-fi, as well as is the prefix for your NYU email address (example: email@example.com).
Your NetID is different from your N Number (sometimes calld the university ID), which is also printed on your NYUCard, but is a longer string of numbers and starts with an "N."
To learn more about these IDs, click here.
I don’t live in New York City, are benefits still available in my area?
Yes. You still have access to online benefits through Perks Connect and third party providers.
I’m job hunting. Are there resources available through the alumni department?
Yes! Please visit the Career Development page for a full list of platforms and in person platforms that are available for Alumni. Questions about searching for a job as an ALumni should be directed to the Wasserman Center.
Do I need a special Alumni ID or number in order to access benefits?
Yes. Some benefits do require you to input your ID number or show your alumni card in person. Most of these benefits can be found through NYUHome. Benefits that you can access here include buying discounted entertainment tickets through Skirball, Handshake platform offered from Wasserman, accessing the E-library, and setting up your lifetime NYU email. You can also use your Alumni ID number to access the Campus Wifi network.
I don’t have an Alumni ID. How do I get my ID number or a physical copy of my alumni card?
If you would like to request a new card, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also stop by the Jeffrey S. Gould Welcome Center at 50 West 4th Street, New York, NY 10012, Monday through Friday between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM for a new Alumni ID.
I live in New York City or I’m planning to visit. Do I have access to campus buildings?
Against the backdrop of the lingering risks and uncertainty of COVID-19, and with a focus on reducing density on campus for the safe return of NYU students, faculty, and employees, on-campus, in-person benefits and services (including library visits, campus transportation, and the Jeffrey S. Gould Alumni Student Welcome Center) remain unavailable to alumni at this time. During the fall 2021 semester, only affiliates, vendors, and visitors whose in-person presence is essential to the University’s academic mission and core operations will be granted access to NYU buildings. Please find more information below on how to access alumni benefits and services during this time: (all links below open in new tabs)
- To acquire an NYU Alumni Card, please complete this form.
- All alumni have free, offsite access to a package of premium electronic resources thanks to a gift from the Class of 2006 and donations from Friends of Bobst Library. Learn more about the NYU e-Library.
- To access other benefits, visit PerksConnect. New deals are available daily, so be sure to check back often.
Unfortunately, the Alumni Card is not a university ID and may not be used to access University buildings. This policy is per NYU’s Public Safety department. Details of access to specific buildings on campus including athletic centers, Kimmel Center, and Campus transportation have detailed information about access on their respective websites or by contacting Public Safety.
Can alumni use Bobst Library?
All alumni are entitled to one complimentary annual visit to the Bobst library. The visit can be redeemed by presenting your alumni card to the Library Privileges desk at Bobst.
If you would like additional library visits in one calendar year, as an alumnus/a, you are eligible to become a Friend of Bobst Library via donation to the program. Your gift will help the libraries expand collections, renovate reading rooms, add research workshops, and upgrade technology in order to provide every NYU student with the resources necessary for his/her academic success. In addition, members of the Friends of Bobst Library will receive invitations to library events including exhibition openings, receptions, and author readings, as well as, a subscription to the NYU Libraries newsletter, Progressions.
Alumni interested in additional or more frequent visits to Bobst Library and resources may do so through the Friends of Bobst Library program.
Can I reserve space on campus?
While alumni are not permitted to reserve classrooms, practice rooms, and other certain locations there are multiple locations that are available to reserve. These include the Torch Club and spaces within Kimmel. Some spaces do have a fee associated with them. For more information or to book a space please contact the building you are looking to host an event within.
Can I ride NYU sponsored transit?
Alumni can ride the NYU buses. You must present your physical Alumni card to the bus driver before boarding.
Are there NYU Bookstore and Campus Computer Store discounts for alumni?
NYU alumni enjoy discounts on full priced apparel and gifts at our Campus Bookstore or online shop. If you would like to shop in store, you must present your Alumni ID in order to receive the alumni discount. Alternately, if you’d like to shop online, you may email email@example.com to receive a discount code.
Sale items are not eligible for additional discounts and other restrictions may apply.
Additionally, alumni also receive an educational discount or pricing on Dell and Lenovo laptops, Apple computers, iPads, AppleCare Warranties, and in-store services at the Campus Computer Store. Prices shown on the website and in store are reflective of the discount. Items purchased at the Campus Computer Store or online at the educational rate are not eligible for additional discounts. The Campus Computer Store is located at 726 Broadway or online.
I’m interested in going back to school. Does NYU discount courses to alumni?
NYU does not offer discounted courses. For information about specific programs, the requirements for admission, and financial information, please contact the school that you are interested in applying to.
What is PerksConnect?
PerksConnect is where alumni can find local deals, exclusive offers, and savings on a wide range of items and services. This is the one stop shop to find discounts on entertainment, shopping discounts, travel, and more. A PerksConnect account is free to make and you do not need your Alumni ID number in order to create an account.
How do I activate my PerksConnect account?
- Visit Perks Connect
- Click “Activate Your Account Now” at the top right of the page
- Enter Group Code NYUAlumni
- Complete sign up with your contact information
Do I have to have the PerksConnect app in order access benefits?
No. The app does help you locate deals in your area and links to additional benefits. However, the app does not allow for a mobile version of your alumni card. You will still need your physical card for in person redemption of benefits.
Can I get insurance through NYUAA?
While NYU does not offer direct insurance through the university, we have partnered with multiple agencies in order to bring Alumni discounts on home, auto, and life. For a full list of insurance programs offered, please visit the alumni insurance page.
Does NYU offer health insurance through NYUAA?
If you are a resident of NY, NJ, MA, RI, WA or HI, Augeo call 866.212.4290 to speak with a licensed benefits counselor. If you are a resident in all other states, Mercer offers flexible health insurance plans through GetInsured for you and your family.
To get started, visit this website or dial 844.427.7074.