Navigating around New York

How do students get around New York?

Buses and Subway

Operating on a 24/7 basis throughout all 5 boroughs, the New York City Transit system is one of the most extensive and complex public transportation systems in the world. Find bus and subway maps and schedules at For trip planning help, visit the MTA Trip Planner


Licensed New York yellow taxis are a more expensive New York City transportation option. Taxis are found on all Manhattan streets and are a convenient and fast way to get around the city. When travelling between boroughs, look for the light green "Boro Taxi" cabs that service Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. Other (sometimes more expensive) options include Uber and Lyft.

NYU Campus Shuttle

With an NYU ID, students can access NYU’s free campus transportation service, which shuttles students between the Washington Square campus and residence halls. Service is operated using trolleys, buses, and vans. Service and schedules vary depending on the University calendar. Schedules are available at the NYU Information Center, 50 W. 4th  St  or 715 Broadway, by calling 212-998-RIDE or visiting the NYU Transportation page.

How can I learn more about things to do in New York?

New York has no shortage of entertainment and recreation. The Village Voice and the City Guide are great free in-city resources. Magazine options are Time Out New York (free!) and New York Magazine which list and review events and places around the city.

Another useful site that offers an array of activities is One to World, which is a non-profit organization that offers social and cultural activities for international students throughout New York City. They also have a Global Classroom program where international students visit public schools to teach children about their home countries.

Wagner student groups offer outings across the city to cultural and entertainment destinations. Student group outings are advertised through the Wagner Student Association. 

The NYU Center for Student Life (7th floor, Kimmel Center of University Life, 60 Washington Square South) also plans social events specifically for graduate students through Graduate Student Life. This is a great way to meet students from other schools at NYU.

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