Academic life at NYU Shanghai happens at its modern campus located in the Lujiazui section of Pudong, the city’s bustling financial district. The 15-story academic building is a state-of-the-art space that houses the university’s classrooms, cafeteria and café, library, science laboratories, art studios, music practice rooms, faculty offices, and a gym–all under one roof.
The dining hall offers both international and local cuisines. It’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner from Monday to Friday. There, you’ll find a fresh juice bar, a deli, pizza, vegetarian and vegan options, and a halal station. The café on the second floor of the academic building offers a more casual dining experience. Here, you can grab a snack and a cup of coffee to go, stay and socialize, or study.
Abundant student lounges throughout the building encourage community. They also offer comfortable spots to catch up on homework or relax between classes.
NYU Shanghai’s library is a quiet place for study and research, rooms for group work, and computer work stations. There is also a reference desk with friendly staff to help you navigate the library’s extensive academic resources. The NYU Shanghai library alone includes more than 16,000 books and 1,000 DVDs.
In addition, students are connected to NYU’s global library system, which holds more than 5.8 million volumes. It also features over 2 million e-books, more than 96,000 journals, and over 200,000 audio and video recordings.
Throughout the semester, the library offers workshops on topics such as refining your research strategies, how to take advantage of Google Scholar, and using citation tools.
Residence life is an integral part of the NYU Shanghai student experience. All first-year students live in Green Center Towers, three towers located in a gated community in Jinqiao. During their first year, Chinese students and international students room together, fostering cross-cultural exchange.
Jinqiao is a lively community with plenty of amenities within walking distance of the residence halls. You can shop for groceries at Hema, a supermarket located in the Jinqiao Mall. The Jinqiao International Plaza, located directly across the street from the Green Center Towers, features student favorites. There, you can access Yang’s Dumplings; Hefu Noodle; Love Peach Garden, which has traditional Zhejiang cuisine; and Lelecha for bubble tea. In addition, Burger King and Subway are available.
Students live in double or triple rooms, and every two floors are overseen by one upperclass resident assistant (RA), who also serves as a peer mentor. There is a fully equipped communal kitchen. A free shuttle bus transports students to the academic campus in Lujiazui in 15 to 20 minutes. Residence hall staff plan activities that give students the chance to get to know classmates from around the world and explore the city together.
Learning spaces at NYU Shanghai include traditional classrooms designed for collaborative learning. For example, there is an interactive media art lab, a fine arts studio, music practice rooms, a dance studio, and science laboratories. Here, students have everything they need to hone their talents and conduct their research.
NYU Shanghai faculty, whose offices are located in the academic building, are committed to students’ success and invested in mentorship. Professors and students can often be found sitting together in the café collaborating on projects or continuing a conversation from a recent class discussion. NYU Shanghai’s student-to-faculty ratio of 8-to-1 means that students have amazing access to their professors, who are some of the world’s top scholars, teachers, and researchers.
In NYU Shanghai’s state-of-the-art labs, students conduct their own research. There, they work on finding solutions to some of today’s most pressing challenges. Events like the Undergraduate Research Symposium, a university-wide celebration of research conducted by graduating seniors, give students the opportunity to showcase their work.