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Want to meet other Fall in New York students before you arrive? Be sure to join the 2016 Fall in New York Facebook Group! The Facebook group is a great way to connect with your future peers before your arrival to NYC. It’s also a useful way to stay in touch throughout the semester. We will be posting fun and useful information about NYU, NYC, and events just for visiting students throughout the semester. The group is private, which means that posts can only be seen by group members, and you’ll have to ask permission to join (don’t worry, we typically approve requests within 24 hours.)  Don’t miss out: be sure to join the group!


Welcome Week!

Welcome Week is a program intended for new first year and transfer students, as well as visiting students like you! Fall Welcome Week is designed to help you in your transition to NYU by complementing any required school or program orientations, advising sessions or other activities. Be sure to download the Welcome Week Guide to your smartphone, and check out some of our hand-picked highlights below:
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Monday, 8/29: New Transfer Student Welcome, 3-5 pm
Are you a new transfer student to NYU? Join us for a reception with hundreds of your new friends! Meet other students who have just transferred to NYU, your transfer ambassador, Student Resource Center staff members and learn about some of the resources NYU has to offer!
Tuesday, 8/30: Aesthetics IRL: Digital Branding Online, 5-6:30 pm
NYU Welcome Week invites social media influencers from various platforms (YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr, etc.) to discuss personal social branding and the importance of an online presence. Through a panel-like talk and question and answer session, new students interested in social branding will have an opportunity to learn from successful influencers and gain insight into how to create a digital brand.
Panelists include: Josh Katz (YouTube), Laura Hymes (Gov Ball/The Meadows), Zack Sultan (Tumblr), Matt Ortile (Buzzfeed), and PiERRE (@visualsbypierre//Instagram)
Wednesday, 8/31: Portraits, 7-8:30 pm
NYU Portraits creates a vibrant and colorful evening where diversity meets the stage to invigorate our passion for social justice, and service through the arts. This event is a campus tradition that utilizes an innovative approach to highlighting the importance of diversity as an enriching and transformative experience for our incoming first year and transfer students.
Thursday, 9/1: Around the World in 80 Minutes: International Speed Meeting, 6-7:30 pm
There are hundreds of new international students at NYU, and Welcome Week is the best opportunity of the year to meet them! Come to make conversation and new friends (we’ll introduce you) at this mix and mingle activity.
Friday, 9/2: Good Vibes Ball (4 floors, 4,000 students, 1 big party), 9 pm-1 am
The biggest Welcome Week tradition – the annual Ball. Get ready to dance the night away with the entire incoming class at this multi-floor event with live DJs, performers, and tons of free food. Have some fun and dress to our “Endless Summer” theme. Every year, thousands of students come out to the ball. This will DEFINITELY be a night to remember.
Saturday, 9/3: Beach Day, 11 am and 12 pm
A trip to Coney Island Beach for you and all your new friends! We will be taking the Subway as a group to the beach and spending the day! There will be groups leaving at 11:00am and 12:00pm (noon).
Sunday, 9/4: Excursion: the High Line, 2:30 pm- 5:30 pm
Take the subway to explore the beautiful High Line starting from the Javits Center on 12th Avenue to the Chelsea Meat Market near 13th Street. See awesome views of the Hudson River and City streets on the old railroad turned garden! Along the way there are shops and food stands. Finish off the trip by exploring the Chelsea Market. Meet in the Kimmel lobby at 2:30pm on Sunday, September 4th! Approximate travel time: 30 min. Approximate walking length: 1.45 miles. Note: Metrocards will not be provided. Please bring $5.50 for the two trips on the subway.
Bonus Event: Tuesday, 9/6: Reality Show NYU,  8 pm
A gritty, funny musical about the lives of NYU students as they experience an array of confounding, confusing and exciting issues. Be sure to check it out!
Remember, these are just a few of the highlights of Welcome Week; there are tons of
campus tours, library tours, neighborhood/city tours and themed hangouts for students with similar interests (ex. gaming, sports, foodie, fashion, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, etc.)  Don’t miss out on the most exciting week of the Fall semester!

NYU Bookstore & Textbooks

If you can believe it, Fall in New York starts in just over one month! Although we know you may still be in summer mode, don’t forget to start preparing for classes! One way to do this is to purchase your textbooks.


The NYU Bookstore website allows you to search for your textbooks by either entering your student information or your course information. New and used books are available through the bookstore, and many students also choose to purchase books through or Barnes & Noble. The bookstore’s website also features a price comparison feature, which ensures that you get your textbooks at the best price possible!

If your search comes up empty, don’t fear! Some professors do not post their textbooks on the website, and will instead distribute a book list or syllabus on the first day of class. If you’re eager to learn more about your class before the start of the semester and there’s no syllabus posted online, feel free to email the course instructor to request a copy. This will help you make sure it’s the right course for you, and start prepping ahead of time!

Shop online or stop by the bookstore to pick up your books, check out the computer store (which offers discounted student prices on technology), and maybe even pick up some gifts. Check back next Monday for information on orientations and check-in sessions for Fall in New York!

What to Bring

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Don’t be this person!

Starting to wonder what you will need when you are here at NYU?  Wonder no more!  Here is a suggested list you can use as a starting point:

  • Passport (international students) or government-issued photo ID (American students)
  • Comfortable walking shoes. New Yorkers walk everywhere…a lot!
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Umbrella
  • Laptop or computer. There will be several computer labs available to you around campus, but if you prefer to use your own laptop, feel free to bring it.  If you are an international student, don’t forget an adapter!
  • Backpack or school bag. You will be carrying your books and supplies with you everywhere and your classes may be blocks apart. It is a good idea to have a sturdy bag with you.
  • Medication. If you need medication, you should bring enough to last you for the entire semester.  Having copies of your prescription(s) in generic form is also a good idea.
  • Extra-long twin sheets (80 inches) for your residence hall bed and towels (if living on campus).
  • Toiletries you can’t live without — those brands you know you can only get at home or will be too expensive in New York.
  • Battery-powered alarm clock
  • Notebooks, pens, pencils, and calendar/planner for class.  Bring whatever supplies you know work best for your studying style.
  • Journal
  • Camera
  • Guidebook(s)
  • Warm clothes, especially for the second half of the semester.  As they say on Game of Thrones: Winter is coming.

Those of you living on campus may also want to check out NYU Housing’s list online, too!

NYC in Books and Film


Now is a great time to familiarize yourself with your soon-to-be home for the Fall: New York City! Before all of your reading is claimed by textbooks, articles, and journals, delve into the local paper or pick up one of the books below to read about your new home.

Here is New York by E.B. White
The Encyclopedia of New York City by Kenneth Jackson
Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 by Edwin G. Burrows
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.I. Konigsburg
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Washington Square by Henry James
Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
The New York Times

More of a movie buff? Check out Time Out New York‘s list of “The 101 Best Films Set in New York City” and then see for yourself how cinema’s city compares to the real thing after you arrive.

Getting Your NYUCard

All NYU student students must get a NYUCard for the Fall semester. Your NYUCard will be your gateway to many things – classrooms, meal plans, libraries, free museums, athletic facilities, and great student discounts!

Once you are registered in your Fall courses, you can get your NYUCard. Simply submit a photo online and, once approved by the NYUCard Center, pick it up in person.  The NYUCard Center is located at 7 Washington Place on the corner of Mercer Street and is open Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Please note that you must bring a valid photo ID with you to get your card. More information can be found online.


Health and Safety Services at NYU



NYU’s Student Health Center (SHC) is a campus resource and service center for all students. Appointment-based and walk-in medical and counseling services are available to all students regardless of insurance coverage. You can find additional information about health alerts, student health insurance, medical services, counseling services, and health promotion on the website.

Immunization Records: Remember that all student immunization forms are due by August 1!  Only students registered in six credits or more during the semester must submit forms.



The NYU Wellness Exchange is a 24-hour private hotline where you can speak with a counselor to discuss any health or mental health concerns. The hotline is also available if you just need to talk or are feeling lonely. College can be stressful, especially in a new environment.  Feel free to utilize the hotline by calling 212-443-9999 at any time.


The Henry and Lucy Moses Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) determines qualified disability status and assists students in obtaining appropriate accommodations and services.  CSD strives to empower each student to become as independent as possible. Their services are designed to encourage autonomy, backed by a strong system of supports.

Any student who needs a reasonable accommodation based on a qualified disability is required to register with the CSD for assistance (preferably one month prior to attendance). Please email for further information.



The NYU Department of Public Safety provides security for all students, staff, and faculty on the University’s campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Officers are stationed in buildings and patrolling campus to ensure that students feel safe and comfortable. Officers are also available at all times via the Public Safety Hotline (212-998-2222 – add it to your phones now!) and in person at their command center at 7 Washington Place. As NYU is “in and of the city,” and you will likely be exploring beyond the limits of Greenwich Village, we encourage all students to review Safety in the City tips.

Campus Dining


Fall in New York students living both on and off-campus are welcome at all of NYU’s 13 dining locations. Options include the Kimmel Marketplace, with a variety of international and traditional dining choices, the Kosher Eatery at Weinstein, Starbucks at Faye’s, and Argo Tea Cafe (among many others). Students have the option to enroll in a variety of different meal plans, or to dine at these locations using cash or credit card. Meals plans often include both allotted meals and dining dollars, which work like a debit card in purchasing snacks, meals, and beverages at NYU dining locations.

Students without meal plans also have the option to load money onto their NYUCard using Campus Cash. Campus Cash can be added onto your NYUCard at various on-campus locations as well as online, and can be used at the NYU Bookstore, NYU Ticket Central, campus dining halls, and for on-campus laundry and vending machines, as well as at off-campus merchants. A full list of participating merchants is available online.

Of course, there are countless restaurants throughout New York City to keep you full and happy throughout the semester. If you plan to dine on campus and have any special dietary restrictions, please contact for more information and to discuss potential accommodations.