PREPARING FOR YOUR STAY IN NEW YORK
What should I bring to New York?
A group of international NYU students created “The OGS Guide for NYU International Students.” This interactive presentation offers a wide range of useful information, including what you should bring to New York, what you can consider leaving behind and tips on budgeting for common student expenses. Please take time to browse through this website since it will answer many of your questions and was designed by fellow students, just for you.
It is worth noting that while it is hot and humid in New York City in August, by October the temperature begins to drop. You may want to visit a weather website, such as www.weather.com, to look at average temperatures throughout the year.
Where do students find housing?
Visit our Living in New York page for great resources.
How can I open a bank account?
It is not advisable to walk around New York with a large amount of cash. You may wish to open a bank account before entering the United States. Check with a bank in your home country about the easiest way to transfer sums of money in U.S. dollars from home. Paying for large expenses may take several days to clear U.S. banks.
Students often open an account at one of the banks near the OGS office, after completing their mandatory OGS check-in. A social security number is not required for an F-I or J-I student to open a bank account, but you will need proof of identification and immigration status in the U.S. (passport, I-94, and I-20 or DS-2019). Additional items you should bring include:
- Your NYU ID card;
- Any identification documents issued by your government;
- A letter of enrollment (obtained at the Registrar’s Office at 25 W. 4th St); and
- Money or a check to deposit.
If you have any problems opening an account, contact OGS for more information. OGS also provides information about opening a bank account in their Welcome to NYU Workshop.
Here is a list of banks with branches near NYU campus that will open accounts for international students: Citibank at 555 LaGuardia Place (next door to OGS), Wells Fargo at 66 Ninth Ave. at 15th St., HSBC at 9th St. and Broadway, 15th St. and Park Ave., Houston and Broadway, or 8th St. near 5th Ave.
Should I bring my immunization records?
New York State law requires that you submit records showing that you are immunized against Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) and Meningitis (MENO). Verification forms are enclosed with the I-20 or DS-2019. Extra forms are available at the OGS office. Questions about how to complete this form should be directed to the NYU Student Health Center at (212) 443-1199, located at 726 Broadway on the 3rd and 4th floors.
If you do not submit proof of vaccination, you must be inoculated at the NYU Student Health Center once you are in New York and pay the relevant fee. Alternatively, you can request information at the NYU Student Health Center about New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene clinics that offer immunization at no charge. For example, the Chelsea Health Center (303 Ninth Avenue, 1st Floor, Manhattan, New York 10001 Between: 27th and 28th Streets.)
Do I need health insurance?
International students are required to purchase the NYU student health insurance plan. Please take time to read the materials you receive from NYU Student Health Insurance since the materials provide extensive information. International students are automatically enrolled in and billed for the plan, but if you already have a comprehensive plan that meets the NYU Health Insurance criteria, you may be able to waive coverage with documentation. Please note it is not possible to waive the NYU Health Insurance if your insurance carrier is not based in the U.S.
If you have questions regarding health insurance, contact the Student Health Insurance Services at the NYU Student Health Center at 212-443-1020 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do I need to file taxes?
International students are obligated to file taxes while in the United States- even if they did not work in previous year. Though international students are required legally to file taxes, it may not mean that taxes must be paid. Before filing your tax forms, be sure to review the OGS Frequently Asked Questions page. However, please note that while OGS staff cannot advise students on tax filing.