Note: This information applies to NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai students considering a semester in New York. Students from other colleges and universities who are interested in enrolling as a visiting student at NYU's campus in New York should consider programs hosted by NYU's Office of University Programs.

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Booking Flights

Students studying at NYU New York must arrive by the dates highlighted in your Enrollment Portal. Housing is only available for the dates of the program so if you plan to arrival early or leave late, please be aware you will be responsible for your own accommodations.

The preferred online booking tool for NYU is Egencia. Only NYU Net ID holders are eligible for direct access to Egencia. 

When booking through Egencia, your travel plans will be automatically registered in the registration tool. The registration tool provides up-to-the-minute information of potential threats to your safety during your travels. It also enables NYU Department of Public Safety to render aid in the event of an emergency.

NYU also has a list of preferred airlines that offer NYU students discounts. 

Packing Tips

Before you pack:
  • Check the weather – January-March can be the coldest months of the year in New York, so make sure to bring warm clothing! But don’t worry, the weather begins to warm up by the end of April / early May.
  • Ask your airline about luggage restrictions.
Suggested items:
  • Clothing you can layer
  • “Business-casual” clothing for on-campus employment.
  • Dress shoes for formal events or outings
  • Comfortable, sturdy shoes for walking around NYC
  • Towel
  • A small weekend-size bag/backpack/collapsible duffle bag
  • Your favorite over-the-counter medication
  • Prescribed medication: a 4-month supply (with copies of the prescription written in generic term; doctor’s note); check with your doctor NOW to make sure you can take the full supply (our Health Center can also help)
  • Your NYU ID card
  • Any items that you cannot live without, but nothing you couldn’t bear to lose.
  • Plug adapters to change the shape of the plug. More information found here:
Pack in your carry-on:
  • Your carry-on bag should include everything you’ll need for the first few days of your trip. This is also helpful if your luggage is lost or delayed.
  • Copy of your travel itinerary and other important documents
  • Passport (and copies of your passport)
  • Copy of your debit and credit cards
  • Copy of your health insurance card and information
  • Copies of important phone numbers
  • NYU New York Arrival cheat sheet (sent to students about two weeks before that start of the term)
  • Medication (with copies of the prescription written in generic term)
  • Valuables (e.g. laptop, camera)
  • Favorite snacks for the plane and/or layovers. Also inform your airline of any dietary restrictions.
  • Airport security can be very strict. Always check with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) if you have any questions.
Leave at home:
  • Kitchen utensils, pots, or pans
  • Appliances (e.g. hairdryer, flat irons, shavers). Even with a plug adaptor and converter, the higher voltage can destroy your small appliances and could potentially knock out power in entire buildings. If you’re not willing to forgo the blow dryers and flat irons for a few months, then it’s best to purchase local versions once you get abroad (voltage in New York is 110V).
  • Linens (sheets, pillows, blankets) – YOU WILL NEED TO PURCHASE YOUR OWN LINENS. Linens can be purchased at the following locations:

                -Bed, Bath & Beyond (620 6th Avenue and 18th St.)

                -Kmart (770 Broadway and Astor Place)

                -T.J. Maxx (620 6th Avenue and 18th St.)

                -Marshalls (620 6th Avenue and 18th St.)