Understand Healthcare in the US
Healthcare in the US can be confusing. While you’re a student at NYU, you should consider the NYU Student Health Center to be your first source for health information. The Student Health Center is at 726 Broadway in Manhattan and 6 Metrotech in Brooklyn to help you feel your best so you can do your best. They provide medical, counseling, pharmacy, accessibility, and health promotion services to all matriculated students. In addition to scheduling same-day appointments, you can speak with a mental or medical health professional 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling the Wellness Exchange at 212-443-9999.
When you go to the NYU Student Health Center for care, you’ll find doctors, nurses, counselors, psychiatrists, nutritionists, physical therapists, disability specialists, and others, who address your health concerns holistically, and provide you with respectful, responsive, competent care.
NYU’s student body is diverse in race, ethnicity, country of origin, language, faith, socioeconomic background, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, and course of study, and they are inclusive of the many cultures, experiences, practices, and values represented among our students. They are here to address your specific health care needs!
Types of Healthcare
Primary Care is usually your first stop for routine health care — like physicals and vaccinations and for non-emergencies — like allergies and colds.
A doctor you see regularly will know you and your medical history (which is really helpful!), but your appointment might not be right away.
Urgent Care is for when you do need to be seen by a doctor right away. You might go to Urgent Care for urgent minor medical (non-life-threatening) conditions — like fevers, vomiting, broken bones, lacerations.
If you have an urgent medical need and can not wait for an appointment, call the SHC at (212) 443-1000 and ask to speak with a nurse.
Hospital emergency rooms, or ERs, are for serious, life-threatening medical conditions. In the ER, patients are seen based on how severe their conditions are.
Unsure where you should go or who you need to see? Call 212-443-1000 to speak with a nurse 24/7.
Counselors help you navigate the challenges of your daily life. They provide confidential, professional support, and help you address your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors.
Some common reasons students seek care include stress, loneliness, adjustment difficulties, relationship difficulties, trauma, etc. No reason is too big or too small!
Counseling Services at NYU offers virtual drop-in services, short-term psychotherapy, group therapy, psychiatric services as well as emergency response.
The high cost of healthcare in the US presents a potentially serious financial risk to students. Therefore, NYU requires that all students registered in degree granting programs have health insurance. Learn more about required health insurance coverage. Whether you’re enrolled in an NYU Sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan, or covered by a different provider, you can go to the Student Health Center.