Living in New York City
Yeshiva University’s midtown campus provides easy access to all of the amenities of Manhattan: restaurants, pubs, shopping near Union Square, and shows on Broadway.
Just a sample of some of the activities near our campus:
- Arts and Culture – New York City is home to many of the world’s premier museums, design houses, and performing arts centers, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (“The Met”), the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), and the Whitney as well as smaller spaces such as the Neue Galerie, the Noguchi Museum, and New Museum. As a student, you’ll have access to discounted tickets for famous shows on Broadway, on-the-rise Off-Broadway shows, and experimental theatre Off-Off-Broadway.
- Food and Nightlife – The city offers everything from hip and trendy bistros to cheap and cheerful cafes to organic and local open-air markets. Check out Coffee Shoppe, where all of the wait staff are former models, grab ramen at Ippudo, or a slice at John’s Pizza in Times Square. During our annual Restaurant Week, you can enjoy the prix-fixe menu at many of NYC’s finest restaurants for just $28.
- Sports and Fitness – Run along the Hudson, bike around Manhattan to Brooklyn, or ride along the west side highway to the famous Cloisters, gym and fitness (as low as $10/month).
Exploring the City
New York City’s five boroughs — Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Staten Island — each has its own flavor.
- The Bronx: Cheer on the Yankees or spend a day at the famous Bronx Zoo.
- Brooklyn: Enjoy the emerging arts culture, try unique restaurants like Pig Beach Burger, or take a walk across the historic Brooklyn Bridge.
- Staten Island: Ride the (free!) ferry and hang out in some of the city’s greatest parks and beaches.
- Queens: Hop on the subway to experience a different kind of cuisine at every stop in this richly diverse borough.
- Manhattan: You don’t have to go far from campus for adventure. In our home borough, you can tour a skyscraper in the morning, eat a picnic lunch in Central Park, explore an art or history museum in the afternoon, and catch a Broadway show in the evening.
Every borough is a blend of new and old, innovation and history; there’s always something to do in the City That Never Sleeps! Check out NYCGo.com to learn more.
If you want to get away from the buzz of the city, New York features some of the best hiking, skiing, and beaches on the East Coast. From Yeshiva’s campus, you and your friends can make a trip to the star-studded Hamptons and spend the day on Montauk Beach. If you prefer the mountains, upstate New York is just a 90-minute bus ride from midtown. Enjoy hiking, rock climbing, and skiing in the Catskill Mountains or tour some of the quirky shops in New Paltz.
Breaks and long weekends are your chance to take in sights around the US starting with Washington DC and Boston. If your schedule and budget permits, Miami Beach is two and a half hour flight from NYC and LA, San Francisco, and the Grand Canyon can be done in five hours non-stop.
Cost of Living in New York
New York has a reputation for being expensive, but it can actually be quite affordable if you know where to go. Here’s a snapshot of costs you’d expect while living here:
- Rent for a shared apartment ranges from $600-$1200 per month, depending on your neighborhood. (Be sure to confirm if there is a broker fee -- and who is responsible for paying this fee.)
- An unlimited subway pass is $116 per month.
- If you cook, expect to spend $100-$150 per week on groceries.
- You’ll be busy studying, but sock away $30-$40 for a “grad student” night out. You can get student rush tickets for plays and theatre for as little as $5 per show, while movie tickets for students can be had for $10.
- Many events are free! During spring, summer, and fall, New York City offers activities like Shakespeare in the Park, Movie Night in Bryant Park, and Summer Stage, all for no cost.
- When you’re here, we’ll tell you where to find sample sales for world famous fashion designers.