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4 College Junior

Local Area: Bew Yorkers are very friendly and helpful...the food is amazing, transportation system is the best and peo sports???? Welll Yankees, Knicks, Nets, Giants... need I continue?????

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5 College Sophomore

Local Area: You're in New York City! There is literally any attraction you could possibly want - and if not, you can find public transportation to get you elsewhere.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Washington Square Park is the best location to meet and make friends. There are always street performers, there are many subways surrounding the park, and numerous places to eat! Highly recommend coming on a sunny and beautiful dat to enjoy the air and performances.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: East Village is consistently fantastic. Nothing to hate! Dollar slices for days!

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: It's NYC. Can't beat the area.

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Any NYU student will tell you that if you want a traditional college campus, then NYU is not the school for you. The campus is part of the city—it is spread out around Washington Square Park with dorms all over NYC. The city atmosphere is fast-paced and hectic, and if you get too caught up in it, your grades could be affected. This is not to say that it is impossible to go to school here—you just need to find a balance between all the excitement of the city and your studies. Students love New York because it provides endless entertainment with plays, concerts, bars, clubs, restaurants. There is never a reason to be bored. Just walking down a crowded NYC street can provide hours of stimulation.

The local atmosphere at NYU is exciting to many students. However, one can often feel lost being merely one person in such a big city. At NYU, it can be harder to meet new people than it is at more traditional campuses. Students very rarely leave their dorm room doors open, which gives a cold sense of exclusion that can make it tough for freshmen and transfer students to establish an initial group of friends. In addition, NYU tends to stray from interacting with other city colleges, despite the fact that there are several nearby. So while the city atmosphere is the main reason that students say they come to NYU, the feelings of isolation created by the nontraditional campus make the grade slightly less than perfect. Overall, the local atmosphere at NYU is both metropolitan and residential; thus, there is a comforting balance—no matter your preference.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. In the 1920s, a sportswriter for the Morning Telegraph, John Fitzgerald, overheard stablehands in New Orleans refer to NYC's racetracks as "the Big Apple." He then named his column "Around the Big Apple." A decade later, jazz musicians adopted the term to refer to New York City, and especially Harlem, as the jazz capital of the world. They said there are many apples on the trees of success, but when you pick New York City, you pick the big apple.
  2. The Statue of Liberty, also referred to as "the Lady of the Harbor," is 101 feet tall from base to torch, and 305 feet tall from pedestal foundation to torch. She has a 35-foot waist and an 8-foot index finger, and she weighs 450,000 pounds.
Notable Natives
  • Adrian Grenier - actor ("Entourage")
  • Anne Hathaway - actress
  • Barbra Streisand - actress/singer
  • Claire Danes - actress
  • Larry David - actor/comedian/writer/producer
  • Mariah Carey - singer/songwriter
  • Robert De Niro - actor
  • Scarlett Johansson - actress
  • Vin Diesel - actor
  • Woody Allen - film director
Points of Interest
  • Broadway
  • Bronx Zoo
  • Carnegie Hall
  • Central Park
  • Chinatown
  • Coney Island
  • Little Italy
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • New York Botanical Garden
  • SoHo
  • South Street Seaport
  • Times Square
  • Union Square
  • Washington Square Park
Shopping Centers
  • Manhattan Mall
  • SoHo boutiques
  • Trump Tower
Movie Theaters
AMC Loews 34th Street 14
312 W. 34th St.
New York City
(212) 244-4556
Movie Theaters
AMC Loews Village 7
66 3rd Ave.
New York City
(212) 982-2116
Movie Theaters
Angelika Film Center
18 W. Houston St.
New York City
(212) 995-2570
Movie Theaters
Chelsea Clearview Cinemas
260 W. 23rd St.
New York City
(212) 777-3456
Movie Theaters
Cinema Village
22 E. 12th St.
New York City
(212) 924-3363
Movie Theaters
Regal Cinemas Union Square Stadium 14
850 Broadway
New York City
(800) 326-3264
Major Sports Teams
  • New York Giants: NFL
  • New York Islanders: NHL
  • New York Jets: NFL
  • New York Knicks: NBA
  • New York Mets: MLB
  • New York Rangers: NHL
  • New York Yankees: MLB
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Boston: : 4 hours, 30 minutes
  • Philadelphia: : 2 hours
Did You Know?
  • Downtown Manhattan was the site of the nation's first capital.
  • Most stores in the NYU area offer discounts to NYU students, especially restaurants!
  • The nation's only night parade is the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade.
  • The panorama of the city of New York in the Queens Museum of Art is the world's largest architectural model, containing 895,000 individual structures at a scale of 1 inch to 100 feet.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 239 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 236 responses

  • 98% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 0% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 1% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 0% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 236 responses

  • 47% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 50% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 3% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 237 responses

  • 58% Totally.
  • 37% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 5% No way.



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