Living and Learning in NYC

Fifth Avenue at night, GC flags in distance

Living and studying in New York City means being in the midst of one of the most diverse and international cities in the world. There are countless benefits to pursuing your graduate education here. The CUNY Graduate Center’s location in midtown Manhattan provides students with easy access to all five boroughs of NYC and all of the unique academic and cultural opportunities the city has to offer.

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Explore Your City

We encourage our students to take advantage of the incredible academic, cultural, and professional opportunities afforded by studying in one of the most diverse and vibrant cities in the world.

Academic Institutions

CUNY is affiliated with several of NYC’s prominent academic institutions, enabling students to participate in courses and research opportunities on multiple campuses.

Studying at the New York Public Library

Food and Entertainment

New York City is acclaimed for its culinary diversity. Below, you’ll find resources for exploring the city’s food culture as well as information about a few of its many entertainment and recreation options.

NYC Food Cart

Student Benefits & Discounts

GC students enjoy discounts on popular activities and institutions across NYC, including museums and theaters.

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New York City is large, but there are many modes of transportation available to you.

NYC Subway

Additional Resources and City Guides

These cultural guides and resources can assist you in your exploration of NYC.

People in Central Park