A group of students taking the free yoga class at NYU Tandon.

  • Stressed about city life and campus life? At NYU, there are great free resources that you can use to reach inner peace and maintain mental health.
  • The recourses include MindfulNYU, student clubs, the Student Health Center, the Wellness Exchange, and NYU Athletics recreation classes.

College can be a stressful time. There’s a lot of classwork, homework, quizzes, and exams that we need to worry about. We also experience stress from adapting to living on our own and navigating a new life in one of the busiest cities in the world.

Maintaining your mental health and keeping a calm, mindful state is especially important. However, this can be quite a challenging task with all there is to do! But with NYU’s free wellness resources, maintaining mindfulness will seem a lot easier.


MindfulNYU is located on the 4th floor of NYU’s Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, right next to the Kimmel Center for University Life. It offers free yoga and meditation classes in person and online each fall and spring semester.

There is also a meditation room available for silent, individual 20-minute meditation sessions that students can feel free to book. 

A group of students doing humble warrier in one of NYU’s free yoga classes at the Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life.
A group of students taking one of NYU’s free yoga classes at the Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life.

Student Clubs

If you find it challenging to maintain mindfulness practices on your own, there are many communities at NYU that you can join. For example, under MindfulNYU and NYU Engage, you can find a lot of student organizations related to mindfulness and meditation, like OutBreath and Generation Meditation.

Students lay down on yoga mats while the instructor plays a singing bowl.
A guided meditation workshop for students studying abroad at NYU Florence.

Student Health Center

The Student Health Center is located on the 3rd and 4th floors of 726 Broadway. There are counseling services and wellness workshops provided at no cost.

Counseling services are offered in a variety of formats: single sessions, group sessions, short-term sessions, and urgent (same-day) sessions. For longer-term sessions, the Student Health Center can refer students to off-campus providers.

Wellness Workshops are free and confidential classes held online throughout the semester on different topics—including insomnia, public speaking, anxiety, biofeedback, and more.

A peaceful room in NYU Shanghai’s Student Health Center.
NYU Shanghai’s Student Health Center.

Wellness Exchange

There are also Wellness Exchange services available on both the NYU Wellness Exchange app and by phone. You can call the 24/7 hotline at (212) 443-9999 whenever you need. For those studying abroad at international sites, there are also designated international numbers available.

Students can also chat via the Wellness Exchange app at anytime. They can make an appointment or arrange a same-day urgent counseling session to meet with a certified counselor about any day-to-day challenges or health concerns.

Candles and kneeling mats in NYU’s meditation room.
NYU’s meditation room.

NYU Athletics Recreation Classes

Keeping your body busy during the day can help you be restful during the night. NYU Athletics offers a variety of free recreation classes ranging from dance and swim lessons to fitness and yoga classes every day. The recreation classes are not only offered in the spring and fall semesters but also over the summer.

Students doing crunches on the floor at the NYU Abu Dhabi Fitness Center.
The Fitness Center on NYU Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island campus.

I hope this information will prove helpful in your journey toward achieving inner peace and a mindful state. Best of luck!

Tong Zhao is studying towards a dual degree in Film and Television and Business at Tisch School of the Arts with a minor in Producing and at Stern School of Business with concentrations in Marketing and Computing And Data Science. She became the Class of 2025 due to one extra year from the dual degree after entering the Class of 2024. She is from Lanzhou, China, and had one year’s study away experience at NYU Shanghai. She is a passionate fan of theatre, film, Taylor Swift, and K-pop. Her career goal is to become a film and theatre producer in the future.