ProTip: Best Study Spaces on Campus

Let’s be honest, Precollege is a ton of fun. But it’s not all fun and games– it’s also a lot of hard work and studying, too! (after all, it is PreCOLLEGE…) Looking to get out of your dorm rooms and still get some work done? Here are some spots that NYU students prefer to study in (relative) peace.

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Bobst Library

“A friend of mine recently turned me on to 4 North in Bobst. It’s one of those rooms with the big windows facing the park. It has a nice view with lots of natural sunlight. Students in there are super quiet. The room is also filled with big tables, so there’s a good chance you’ll grab a seat–oh, and they have built-in electrical outlets for your laptop! Personally, I find the chairs to be quite comfortable, too. Just don’t tell anyone about this secret location–I don’t want it to become any more crowded!”

Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life

“The new Spiritual building has some real nice study areas. I like the lounges right outside the elevators.”

Kimmel Center for University Life

“The 8th and 9th floors of Kimmel have incredible views of the park and it’s so quiet up there!”

Academic Resource Center (ARC)

If you’re having trouble finding the right study spot, we suggest using the Academic Resource Center (ARC). With comfortable seating and small tables, the lounges are ideal spaces for studying, meeting in small groups, or catching up with friends between classes.


For a complete list of student lounges on campus, check out the student lounges page!

What to Bring

So you’re getting all ready for Precollege and starting to pack…but what should you take with you?

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Slow down there, Jenna. You probably don’t need ALL that stuff…

The following is a basic list of suggested items to bring this summer:

  • Official Photo ID.  Drivers license or state-issued ID for American students, passports for international students.
  • Comfortable walking shoes.  New Yorkers walk everywhere…and we mean everywhere!  If you prefer to wear heels or sandals wherever you go, it’s a good idea to invest in a large supply of band-aids for your many inevitable blisters.Or, skip the pain and just invest in a pair of comfy flats.
  • Water Bottle and Sunscreen. Summer is a ton of fun, but the glaring sun and high humidity are no joke. Make sure to apply sunscreen if you’re trekking around the city and top off your water bottle before you head out!
  • Umbrella. For those unexpected summer showers.
  • Laptop or desktop.  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 not only for your classes but for your explorations in the city.
  • Medication.  If you need medication, you should bring enough to last you for the entire program.  Having copies of your prescription(s) in generic form is also a good idea.
  • Linens. If you plan to live on campus, you will need extra-long twin sheets (80 inches) for your residence hall bed and towels. You can, if you wish, order linens through the NYU Bookstore.
  • 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— to ensure you wake up if you’ve forgotten to charge your phone.
  • Notebooks, pens, pencils, and calendar/planner for class.  Bring whatever supplies you know work best for your studying style.
  • Journal. Don’t forget a single moment!
  • Camera. For seeing those one-of-a-kind New York sights!
  • Guidebook(s). So you’ll have a list of all your “must-see” locations.

The following is a list of what NOT to bring!

  • Air conditioners
  • Candles or Incense
  • Drugs and other controlled substances without prescription
  • Electric heaters
  • Flammable decorations including natural or artificial Christmas trees
  • Halogen lamps
  • Hot plates, toasters, toaster ovens, grills, or other open flame or heating coil devices
  • Pets or animals of any kind..
  • Weapons of any kind
    This includes firearms, fireworks, ammunition, knives, swords, or explosives.

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Questions about what you should or shouldn’t pack? For more information, check out the Founders Residence Hall website and our What to Bring page.

Tips for Commuter Students

Last week, we posted some tips for residential students about dorm living. But we know not everyone who attends Precollege is a residential student. Therefore, we’re happy to present this celebrity guest blog post featuring real tips from a real commuter student and PA, Daniel.


Establish boundaries at home. For those of you commuting from home and living with your family, it’s important to have conversations about this transition. It can be difficult to balance home life and academic life, and if you don’t take the time to explain that you stay on campus late to study or finish an assignment, for example, it can turn into additional stress that you shouldn’t have to deal with. Remember, the transition from taking high school to college courses isn’t just a transition for you.
Take advantage of available spaces. The Commuter Lounge on the second floor of Kimmel is a great place to study, relax, eat, and everything else. The Student Resource Center (Kimmel 210, right behind the Commuter Lounge) has access to printing, computers, a microwave and fridge, and tons of other resources. Ask around for people’s favorite places on campus – there are a lot to take advantage of!
Attend programs! It can be difficult to feel as connected to campus when you’re commuting, but one surefire way to meet new people and feel that connection is to attend programs. They’re put on just for you, and they’re tons of fun! Put yourself out there and take a break from studying and classes – everyone needs one.
Budget some cushion time into your morning commute. As anyone who has taken the train in NYC will tell you – things happen. Delays, reroutes, and service changes can happen without warning. Always plan to leave a little earlier in the morning to save yourself the stress of running late to class. Plus, if you get here early, you have time to grab some coffee or breakfast!
Bring your chargers with you. You never know when you’ll need to charge your devices, and it can be difficult to find chargers on campus. Bring your chargers for your laptop, phone, and anything else you’ll need – especially if you need your phone to communicate with people back home.
If you take NJ Transit, use the student discount. Go to NYUHome > NYU Life > NJ Transit (on the left) and enroll in the Student Pass program.
Build in extra commute time: you never know what might happen on the subway…
Remember: many students commute to NYU– you are not alone! Take advantage of the resources available to you and, as always, feel free to contact us with any questions.

Dorm Living…with a Roommate

Many of you will be living on campus, and for some, this may be the first time you live on your own away from home. Living in a college dorm can be a very rewarding experience, as there can be a sense of community, and all around fun! But living in a dorm is not like living in a hotel. You will be responsible for yourself, and there are some things you should be aware of.


First, there are residence hall rules that all students must follow. We will go over some of these at the Precollege Orientation on July 3rd, and your Program Assistants, or P.A.s, who will be living in the residence hall with you, will have hall meetings to go over important things you should know when living on campus.

Next, you will have a roommate. Roommates are randomly assigned so we cannot take or make any special requests. For many college students, their roommate is their first friend on campus. As you will both be new to the NYU environment, feel free to explore the university together! However, every now and then, two individuals living as roommates with one another may not be the perfect fit, but there are ways to make it work. Here are some tips from NYU Residential Life for successfully living with your roommate:

A dissimilar roommate doesn’t have to mean “unadulterated loathing.”

1. You roommate does not need to be your best friend.  Two different people with different interests can live together and learn from each other.  Have respect and an open mind, and your chances of developing a solid roommate connection are strong.

2. Living with someone is not just about the stuff in your room. Being flexible, respectful, and communicating are key elements to a roommate relationship.

3. Compromise.  Discuss with your roommate at the start of the program how you want the room to be set up; how technology such as phones and laptops will be used (Are you okay answering each other’s phones? Should you use headphones when watching Netflix? How will you keep your stuff safe in the room?); what you would like to share or not share; when it is okay to have friends in the room and when there can be quiet study time, etc. Talking things out and making decisions together will help a lot in establishing a roommate relationship and guidelines for your living situation.

4. Communicate!  Of all things, this is the most important thing you can do to help foster a strong roommate relationship.  If you have a concern or a conflict occurs, it can get ugly fast if roommates do not talk to one another, start complaining to others, or you expect your roommate to just know when something is wrong.  Do not lapse into assumptions about your roommate’s behavior–there are always more layers to a person than meets the eye.  Do not gossip–it just lets the problem continue, spreads negativity, and keeps your roommate in the dark.  Say what you mean–dancing around an issue may confuse your roommate, and it rarely gets to the core of the concern.  Finally, agreeing to politely disagree is also a solution sometimes.

5. Reach out to your P.A.  Your P.A.s are worldly experts in the field of roommate relations.  If you have concerns about your roommate or need help figuring out how to address a conflict, ask your P.A.!  They are there to help you, can give you guidance, and can even help facilitate discussions between you and your roommate if you need.

So remember, as anxious or excited as you are feeling about living with someone new during Precollege,  your roommate is feeling the same way!  Be respectful, communicate openly and directly, and be flexible, and you and your roommate will live happily ever after.

Who knows? You might even find that your roommate has changed you–for good.

Dude, Where’s My Class?

So you’re registered for classes. Excellent! But…where are they being held? NYU can seem like a concrete jungle within a concrete jungle, but don’t worry–by the time you finish reading this entry, you’ll be an expert at finding your away around campus.

Dude…where IS your class?

How do I find out where my class is being held?

The first thing to do is to log into your NYUHome account, and pull up your class schedule via the Student Services Center in Albert. Your schedule will tell you where your classes are being held. Easy right? Well…except that it says something along the lines of “269M 206.” How is anyone supposed to know what that means?

What do the codes mean?

First, you’ll need to look up the building code (the “269M” mentioned above) to find out which building your class is in. Then, find your building on the NYU campus map. You can use the interactive map or download a PDF map with a key.

Going back to the example from above, “269M 206″ means this class will meet at 269 Mercer Street, Room 206.  Eureka!  You now know where to be for your first day of class.

What if I’m taking engineering courses?

Students taking classes at the Tandon School of Engineering can find directions to our Brooklyn campus online here.

Is there an App for all this?

Of course. You can access a campus map (and more!) by downloading the NYU Mobile App.

Precollege Hack: To Do List

Who’s excited for the start of Precollege?



We are, too! But wait– before you skip happily to your first class, there are a few things you need to remember to do:

  1. Activate your NYU NetID and read your NYU email
  2. Get your NYUCard
  3. Double-check your course registration and student account on NYUHome to make sure everything is set and you are meeting the program’s registration requirements for residential or commuter students
  4. Submit your required program and health forms
  5. Get your book list from the NYU Bookstore
  6. Attend a mandatory OGS Check-In Session (international students only)
  7. Attend the mandatory NYU Precollege Orientation (all students)

More detailed instructions are also available on the Critical Instructions page of our Admitted Students website.

You may also want to:

  1. Submit your travel details to NYU Traveler
  2. Register with the Moses Center, if applicable
  3. Map your class location(s)

Finally, if you have decided that you cannot attend NYU Precollege, just let us know!  We can process your full withdrawal now so your NYU record will be updated and you can receive a refund on tuition. Just email us with an official withdrawal request at

College 101: Time Management

As part of the Precollege experience, we will be offering a number of College 101 sessions on various subjects to help you succeed at Precollege, and be better prepared for college after you have graduated from high school. This post will highlight our session on time management. Be sure to attend one of the College 101 Time Management sessions. More information will provided at the July 3rd Precollege Orientation.

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What do you mean by “time management?”
Time management is something everyone struggles to balance.  As a high school student, you probably already have to juggle your academics, extra-curricular activities, social and family life, and much more. As you prepare for your Precollege experience, you will now be independent in your scheduling, decision-making, and self-discipline. In other words, you get to choose your classes, when you want to take them, and you are responsible for your success!

Do you have any tips for me?
Sure! Although virtually every college student will have a different schedule from the next, there are some tried and true tips that can help ensure you make the most efficient and effective choices for a successful and fun summer. The College Board suggests the following 8 Ways to Take Control of Your Time:

  • Make a to-do list every day
  • Keep your work with you
  • Don’t be afraid to say no
  • Find your productive time
  • Create a dedicated study time
  • Budget your time
  • Don’t get sidetracked
  • Get a good night’s sleep

For a complete description of each of these tips, click here.

Manage your time well, and this could be you! (Well, maybe with fewer arms…)

What if I need a little more help?
In addition to these tips, NYU’s Academic Resource Center (The ARC)  has numerous resources available to assist you– including your academic adviser– so stop by for more information once you’re on campus! Remember: although you will be responsible for managing your own time, resources are available to help you!

How To: Navigate NYU

NYU and NYC can be an intimidating and confusing place if you aren’t familiar with the campus and the city. However with our tips and tricks you should have no problem finding your way around once you arrive!

Don’t worry, Stitch, we won’t let you get lost.

NYU is primarily located around Washington Square Park in the Greenwich Village neighborhood in downtown Manhattan. The campus is easily accessible via New York City public transportation. Directions on how to get to NYU are on the NYU visitor’s website. Please note: there is no NYU transportation service to bring you to campus from the local airports or bus/train terminals.  All students are responsible for their own transportation to and from campus.

There are many ways to get from the airport to NYU, including buses, shuttles, and trains. The easiest way to get to campus is to use a taxi or car service. If you use a taxi, be sure to get one from the official taxi stand at the airport. DO NOT accept a ride from an unauthorized taxi driver.

Also, if you are flying, it is a good idea to register your trip with NYU Traveler, the University’s web-based travel safety service.

Once you arrive, familiarize yourself with campus using our interactive and downloadable campus map or by downloading the NYU Mobile App, which features a campus map among other useful features!


Information about navigating the city’s streets and using public transportation can be found on the Getting Around Page.

It’s a good idea to plan your route to class ahead of time. Resources like the Student Resource Center exist to help you in this process, or, if you’re ever lost, don’t hesitate to call NYU Public Safety.  Check back next week for a final to-do list and hints about what to pack!

Safety in NYC

Feeling a little nervous about life in the big city? NYU Precollege has you covered. We understand how important safety is to you (and your parents)!

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Check out our important safety info below, and breathe a sigh of relief.

How safe is NYU?
At NYU, your safety is paramount. NYU has a strong security presence on campus. NYU Public Safety handles emergency help and information 24 hours a day.  If you have an emergency on campus, you can call Public Safety at 212-998-2222 or ask a uniformed security guard!  Guards are posted in most NYU buildings, and any building with a green light above the door has a guard on duty 24 hours a day.

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What if I’m off campus?
Around downtown Manhattan, you can also utilize Safe Havens should you have an emergency or need assistance.  Safe Havens (or Emergency Safety Locations) are local businesses that serve as places to go for an NYU community member in distress.  A list of Safe Havens is available online.

Do you have any safety tips for me?
In addition to guards, the Public Safety phone number, and Safe Havens, Public Safety also provides safety tips to students, manages Lost and Found on campus, and provides campus transportation!

What if there’s an emergency?
It’s important to note that, in the case of an emergency, the farther students are from campus, the more difficult it is for NYU Public Safety or other staff to assist you. Don’t forget that in any emergency situation at any location on or off-campus, you can always dial 911.

Am I safe in NYC? 
There’s no need to be scared of the City! Common sense, being aware of your surroundings, and reaching out for help when needed are key to staying safe anywhere, especially in New York. That being said, use your head: NYU Precollege strongly recommends that students plan ahead before venturing off campus and travel with friends. Avoid venturing to unfamiliar places alone or late at night. And be sure to keep that phone battery charged!


Feeling a bit better?

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We knew you would! But feel free to contact us or Public Safety with any additional questions or concerns.

How to: Pay Your Bill

By now, if you have registered for your Precollege classes, you should have received a bill sent directly to your NYU email address. We’ll try to tackle some of your most common questions below:

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When is my bill due?
Your bill is due on May 12th, 2016. Only students who have registered for classes will be charged and required to pay their bill.

How do I access my bill? 
You can access and pay your bill via Albert 24 hours a day. Here’s how:

  • Log in to your NYUHome account.
  • Open Albert.
  • Enter your student center.
  • Click on ‘View Bursar Account’ (bottom right hand corner under ‘Finances’).
  • Follow the instructions to make a payment.

What method can I use to pay my bill?
Our preferred method of payment is by electronic check. There is no additional fee for this safe and secure service. However, there are different ways to pay your bill. For information on how to pay your bill, visit the NYU Bursar Website.

Can my parents see my bill?
If you would like to add a parent to your eSuite account, follow the directions found here. Account activity can be viewed by signing into eSuite and clicking on ‘View Activity’ under the ‘My Account’ tab.

I have a specific questions about my bill…
No problem! If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the Bursar at You may also visit their website.

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