Kimmel Center for University Life

The Kimmel Center for University Life is the heart of NYU’s campus community housing several student life offices, two dining options, music practice rooms, study space, and stunning views of Washington Square Park.

The front exterior of the Kimmel Center
student stand outside of the kimmel center
The Skirball Center for Performing Arts
The exterior of the Skirball Center

Sharing the first floor with Kimmel is the Skirball Center for Performing Arts, one of the largest theatre spaces south of Times Square. The Skirball Center hosts NYU events as well as external productions. In the past, they have hosted the season premiere of HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones and Girls.

The box office within Skirball doubles as ScholasTix, a service that provides discounted tickets to sporting events, broadway shows, movies, and NYU events for students.

Study Spaces

The Kimmel Center offers students multiple lounge and study spaces throughout it’s 10 floors. The lounges on the 7th, 8th, & 9th floor offer some of the best views on campus and are open to all students. The 2nd floor is home to NYU’s Commuter Lounge, a space dedicated to commuter students, offering them a place to relax between classes, study, enjoy lunch, or meet with friends.

Students can be seen walking up the steps at Kimmel and eating in the dining hall.

There are two places students can dine inside the Kimmel building. Next to the commuter lounge is Peet’s Coffee, a cafe with plenty of delicious caffeinated beverages and snacks to keep you energized while you work. The third floor houses The Kimmel Marketplace, a dining hall featuring rotating menu options with some consistent staples such as custom made sandwiches, a salad bar, taco station, and grill. Students with and without a meal plan can use the dining halls in Kimmel.

Students sit in large chairs in the Commuter Lounge working quietly on their computers
A student sits in the Kimmel Marketplace Dining hall and stares at Washington Square Park
a large number of students walk along the stairs in kimmel that lead to the commuter lounge
a student works on her laptop in one of the study lounges in Kimmel

Student Services

Students looking to get involved with the community at NYU should explore the 6th, 7th, & 8th Floors.

Floor 6: The LGBTQ+ Center

The LGBTQ+ Center provides resources, education, and support to members of the LGBTQ+ community and its allies. They lead several campus initiatives, such as Ally Week in partnership with the Center for Multicultral Education and Program and Safe Zone Training. They also house several clubs such as Queer Union, T-Party, and Girls Club. Students are also able to use the LGBTQ+ Centers lounge for club meetings or studying.

Floor 7: Center for Student Life (CSL)
Students stare out the window at the CSL with giant letter spelling out NYU
Students make more meaningful connections with small class sizes

The Center for Student Life’s (CSL) motto is “Go ahead, ask us!” because they are experts on student life at NYU. The CSL is home to over 300 student-run clubs & organizations, most of which are open to all students regardless of their school or major. The CSL also manages commuter and off-campus services, locker rentals, off-campus housing, and other undergraduate & graduate student resources.

Each semester the CSL hosts a series of events to help students acclimate to campus. Welcome Week and Welcome Back Week are two of their signature series that, combined, offer more than 600 events just for NYU students.


Floor 8: Center for Multicultural Education & Programs (CMEP)

The Center for Multicultural Education and Programs (CMEP) produces and promotes educational initiatives and programs based around social justice and inclusion. Students looking to get involved with such initiatives can join organizations such as the Black Student Union (BSU) and the Academic Achievement Program. CMEP also plans and orchestrates university-wide events such as Solidarity Week and MLK week bringing in guest speakers, hosting workshops, and leading discussions.