Health & Safety

New York, NY
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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Honestly the only bad things i hear of are suicides off the large buildings

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: mental health is a problem at NYU.

5 College Student

Health & Safety: I have never felt safe while I was at school!

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The guards are super helpful and friendly as well. I have heard stories of them helping kids out during the nighttime and if they're feeling down as well which is great.

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I hate how Safe Rides refuses service to students if they did not call, even if it's two in the morning and he/she is alone. I am concerned about the crime that happens here because we are in and within the city.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 195th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 930th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1075th
    Safest Campuses

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Victoria Adesoba
Downtown Brooklyn
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New York City is becoming increasingly safer—and as a result, so is NYU. At least one security guard is posted at the entrance of every NYU building to check IDs and control entrance, and dorms have security guards at the entrances 24 hours a day. Sometimes these guards can be cranky and pack an attitude—watching drunk college kids stumble home night after night isn’t the most fun job, after all—so being polite is the best way to play. Befriending them can be in your favor in expediting the guest sign-in policy. There is always an RA on-call in all NYU dorms and an effective emergency response system in place. Living in an NYU res hall may actually be the safest place to live in the city. Safe Ride vans are available for nighttime transport between NYU buildings, and non-NYU "green-light" buildings provide safe havens. With classes, nightlife, shopping, jobs, and endless other involvements to worry about, NYU students are rarely preoccupied with their safety.

In a place like New York City, tight security is a must. NYU is much safer than you might think, but in the end, you should always be careful. Don’t ever assume that you are completely safe just because you see a security guard around every corner of campus. You have to remember that you are in a big city where anything could happen, so take precautions accordingly. Always be aware of your surroundings and never walk around the city alone late at night. NYU Public Safety officers tend to patrol campus as it gets late, especially once it is dark, and whenever they are needed, they can be easily contacted by calling the number on the back of your NYU ID.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 0
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
14 Washington Place
(212) 998-2222
Safety Services
  • 24-hour green-light buildings
  • Emergency call-boxes
  • Lost and Found
  • Safe Haven program
Health Center
Student Health Center
726 Broadway at Waverly Place
(212) 443-1000
Monday-Tuesday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Wednesday-Thursday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Health Services
  • Acute care
  • Allergy, immunology, and travel medicine
  • Counseling services
  • Eating disorders program
  • HIV testing and counseling
  • Men's health
  • Nutrition services
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy
  • Primary care
  • Radiology
  • Specialty services
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
In the FBI's 2009 report, "Crime in the United States," New York City is ranked as the safest large city in the United States. This means that, of all American cities with populations of 1 million or more, New York City has the lowest rate of total crime committed.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 160 responses

  • 14% None
  • 14% Walking alone
  • 14% Theft/robberies
  • 13% Criminal activity near campus
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 8% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 7% Drugs
  • 5% Excessive drinking
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Unlit pathways
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 160 responses

  • 1% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 10% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 19% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 16% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 53% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 160 responses

  • 2% We have campus police?
  • 10% Not very visible.
  • 5% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 55% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 28% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 160 responses

  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 16% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 51% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 32% Extremely safe and secure on campus.


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