My Experience Studying Abroad in New York City
I moved to the US to study abroad because I had recently obtained a Green Card through a family member, and decided to settle in New York because of its unique international position and its proximity to some of the most exciting job opportunities. I studied Sports Management at New York University for four years and it was the most amazing experience I could have hoped for. Read this blog to hear about my experience studying in the Big Apple.
My Living Situation
Freshman dorms are great to meet new people, enjoy catered food and live in an otherwise unaffordable location. However, you have to be comfortable with living in close quarters with a stranger. Despite that, I would recommend dorms to any freshman as it fully immerses you in the student experience.
For my Sophomore, Junior and Senior year, I lived in off-campus housing. I lived in a three bedroom and two bathroom apartment, in Alphabet City for one year and Williamsburg, Brooklyn for the other. While living off-campus is more expensive ($1,500/month) than in upper-classman dorms, which are available until your final year, I found the flexibility on noise, guests and food more agreeable. However, students decide to stay in upper-classman dorms for financial convenience in the more central locations.
Where I partied
Once you’re legally allowed to drink you get to enjoy the thousands of bars, pubs, speakeasies, clubs and other venues across the city. Most of the student haunts are found around Washington Square Park and the East Village, although my favorite places are located around Williamsburg in Brooklyn.
How I got around
Apart from subway and Uber/Lyft, you can use the 24 hour bus service as well as the CitiBikes found around the city. Both options are cheap, fast ways to get around. If you find yourself wanting to cross the water in style or take a quick trip to Ikea, there boat and ferry terminals with routes across the Hudson and the East Rivers.
The weather in New York changes from scorching hot to freezing cold, so clothes for all occasions are required. One thing you will need all year round is comfy shoes. Despite the multiple transport options, you realistically walk or stand on the subway for long periods of the day. Whether that be walking on concrete floors, climbing hundreds of stairs or standing on the subway, you don’t want to find yourself wearing heels in these moments.
The Green Dollar
Outside of the Apple
Upstate New York is a short train ride from Grand Central Station. It’s a great place to go for a weekend trip skiing or hiking, immersing yourself in nature that is not available in the city. There are so many things to see and places to go in and around New York City, but if you find yourself in this city you’re a short step away from the rest of America and so you should try and see as much of it as you can.