The NYU Student Experience: 10 Things Admitted Students Should Know

The NYU student experience as told by NYU students

The Washington Square Park arch and fountain.

You’ve waited what seems like an eternity to hear the news. And … drumroll, please … you did it! The admissions counselors reviewed your application and decided that you are the right fit for NYU. But now it’s your turn to decide if NYU is the right fit for YOU! And learning about the NYU student experience is the best way to do that!

I know what you’re thinking. You’ve spoken to an admissions representative at your school, you’ve scoured the website, and you’ve watched all the Instagram takeovers. So what more could you learn that you don’t already know? The truth is, there’s so much more to learn about NYU. And hearing it firsthand from current NYU students is the best way to do so. 

Our students share their NYU experience through honest and compelling stories on our Meet NYU platform. Here are 10 things admitted students need to know about student life at our global university—and the student stories to back them up.



The NYU community is already cheering you on and excited for your arrival. That’s why Rida wrote a love letter sharing 14 reasons why we love the Class of 2024!


NYU students find comfort in the core curriculum’s flexibility. That’s because it allows them to tailor required courses to fit their interests and major requirements. Katrina discusses the core points of the core curriculum here.

Students sitting in a lecture hall.


Living and learning in cities across our global network is a seamless process. It’s so seamless that more than 4,000 NYU undergraduate students study away each year. In his article Liam chronicles his first year away in Paris and the invaluable lessons he took home with him. Of course, spending a full year away from your home campus might not be for everyone. As a result, there are plenty of short-term study away options as well. Here, Maite discusses her weeklong stints exploring business in Accra, Costa Rica, and Abu Dhabi.

Students sitting outside of NYU Shanghai.
A student posing in front of the NYU Abu Dhabi campus.


Work hard. Play hard. Of course, NYU students are serious about their academics. But they like to have fun too! Here’s a list of clubs you should consider joining. If you don’t see anything that piques your interest, consider attending Club Fest. With more than 300 registered clubs, I guarantee there’s something for everyone.


You may miss comfort food from home, but you’ll still eat well on or off campus. NYU has culinary options for everyone in our dining halls, including the infamous Palladium Brunch. NYU students can sit and dine or grab and go at their convenience. However, if you’re more of a meal prep kind of person, it is definitely possible to buy groceries and cook for yourself without busting your budget. However, if your No. 1 goal in your first year is to eat your way through the West Village, there’s a guide for that too. 


Fall in New York City is magical. It’s chock full of pumpkins, brightly colored leaves, and apple everything. In this guide to fall, Gage tells you all about what your first semester in New York City could be like. Don’t forget to pick up a PSL at the campus Starbucks!


Moving to a new city is a huge transition. As a result, you may be worried about what it’s like to live in New York City. Luckily, Cindy interviewed resident assistant Sam about the NYU student experience in our residence halls. Here’s his advice. Also, Wendie gives a rundown of the Explorations floors across campus.


NYU students feel like VIPs in New York City because of all the discounts available to them. And your NYU ID is your ticket to the most exclusive perks the city has to offer. Here’s another guide to exploring the city on a student budget.

GIF of a woman saying, “I’m on a budget.”


NYU students find support and comfort in the microcommunities that make up the larger NYU community. Students like Izzy have found support in religious communities. Some have found a home with students who share a salient identity. In addition, there are students who have found comfort in connecting with those who share similar values. And some have found support in NYU staff, who are committed to helping students thrive both personally and academically.


Finally, your transition might be rocky, but you will find your home here, just as Camille did after she found her forever friends in her first year. If you need more encouragement, Rida reflects on her transformative first year at NYU. Of course, we can’t forget about our international students. Keiarn tells the tale of her transition to college from the other side of the world. Finally, here’s some advice from sophomore Aleksandra, who looks back on her first-year experience.