Living in the U.S.

NYIT Manhattan Campus

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Getting to Campus

  • Your acceptance materials will indicate when to arrive for the beginning of classes and when you may move into residence halls. It is VERY important NOT to arrive earlier than the indicated dates, since accommodations will NOT be available.
  • When your plane lands and you are cleared through customs, call 1.800.AIRRIDE, which will give you information about transportation options from different airports to campus. Courtesy booths in the airports allow you to call for limousines and ride-sharing services. You may also contact the U.S. embassy in your home country for assistance as you plan your arrival in the U.S.
  • You may also contact to arrange for a ride from JFK airport to the Manhattan or Old Westbury campus. Please check ahead of time for fees to either destination.

NYIT's New York campuses are located in Manhattan and Old Westbury, N.Y. If you have never spent time in the United States, or in the New York metropolitan area, here is some basic information:


The climate in the New York area changes with the four seasons: fall, winter, spring, and summer. Plan your clothing and activities around a variety of temperatures. Bring a heavy coat, warm sweaters, and heavy socks for cold weather, and lighter-weight attire and a light jacket for warmer months. For more information about temperatures, rainfall amounts, and weather, visit


Driving: To find out what you need to know to legally drive in New York, visit

Public Transportation: New York City has an extensive public transportation system, including subways, trains, and buses. Some bus lines extend to the suburbs, as does a commuter railroad that originates in the city and travels to Long Island, near the Old Westbury campus. There is a bus line that runs throughout Long Island.

Depending on which campus you choose to attend, you will find a variety of transportation options to the Old Westbury and Manhattan campuses.


The United States uses the U.S. dollar as its exclusive currency. You will need to convert an appropriate amount of your country's currency to U.S. dollars when you arrive. If you hold a major credit card—Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover—you should be able to make purchases with that credit card.

Cash dispensing machines (known as ATMs) are found throughout the New York metropolitan area, including on campus, so you should have little trouble obtaining cash. Check with your bank to see if your cash card will work in U.S. ATMs. If not, you can open an account with a U.S. bank, which will issue you an ATM card.

While some stores and merchants in the New York area accept personal checks, most do not. Traveler's checks are widely accepted, so it is advised that you use them during your first days in the United States.

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Anthony McMahon
Anthony McMahon Campus: Old Westbury
Major: Communication Arts, B.F.A.
Class Of: 2016
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