Five Pace students walking through a park at night.

The New York City Experience

Welcome to New York City! Also known as The Big Apple, New York City is both an exciting, and sometimes overwhelming, place to live. Whether you are local and have lived here all your life, or are coming from across state lines, it is important to be prepared and understand your surroundings. We hope the following information will help you experience New York City in a safe and enjoyable way – remember, use common sense, be aware, and travel with friends/groups whenever possible!

Stay Safe in New York City

Pace Security Information

  • Safety & Security On Campus
  • Your University ID
    • Your Pace University ID is your access to everything on campus. Your Pace ID holds information to your meal plan, flex dollars, printing, campus account, residence hall access and more. If your card is lost, stop by the ID Office to request another card. NYC One Stop Office, 1 Pace Plaza - 1st Floor, (212) 346-1812 or (212) 346-1872
  • Pace Emergency Alert System:
    • School closures, severe weather, delays, etc. Be in the know during all emergency situations!

Tips for Being Safe in NYC

Your safety is important! Our college campus is New York City, and we share it with our fellow New Yorkers. Be aware, be prepared and understand your surroundings.

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Red Line? Blue Line? 456? HELP! – Getting Around NYC

There are many ways to travel around New York City and the surrounding areas. Research different types of transportation and figure out what works best for you.

  • Subway
  • Bus System
  • Buying a MetroCard
    • Metrocards can be purchased at various subway stations throughout New York City, but not all. An explanation of the types of metro cards available can be found on the MTA website.
  • Traveling home or to visit friends?
  • Helpful Phone Apps for navigating NYC
    • Embark NYC - “Mass Transit Made Simple” © Embark NYC
    • Moovit - “Your City, Your Local Transit App” © Moovit

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Living in NYC on a Budget

NYC isn’t cheap. Luckily, if you know where to look, there is an abundance of student discounts to be found.

  • TUN - “We Help Students Save” © TUN
  • Student Rush and Lottery Tickets for Broadway Shows
  • Computer Needs? Apple, Dell, Microsoft, etc.
  • Flex Dollars – Use your Pace One Card at local restaurants and eateries within the area – it’s easy and saves you time! For a full list and more information, visit the Flex Dollars Webpage.

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Experience the Big Apple! NYC stretches beyond Pace…

As a student, you have access to the best art and culture in NYC.

Art and Museums

Many offer student discounts, suggested donations, or are even free on certain days and times.

Tourist Attractions

Explore different boroughs outside Manhattan!

Sports – NYC is home to some of the greatest teams!

FREE Live TV Show Tapings – You watched these at home, now watch them live!

Theater –Broadway, Off Broadway, Off Off Broadway and more!

  • The Theatre Development Fund provides a listing of all plays, musicals and dance productions
    • All full-time students are eligible to enroll in the TDF membership program and receive discounted tickets!
  • Schimmel Center at Pace University
    • Pace University is the home to the Schimmel Center! Want to experience theatre, music and dance without having to go very far? Stop downstairs at the Schimmel Box office for student-rate tickets to a variety of performances!

Concert Halls

Musical artists never miss the opportunity to perform in NYC. With numerous venues throughout the city, popular and upcoming artists are at your disposal!

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Get to know your new neighborhood: The Financial District!

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*Disclaimer: The Office of the First-Year Experience has compiled these resources for your convenience. Pace University does not have an affiliation with any of the companies identified here. Representation on this list does not endorse a recommendation. If you have recommendations or suggestions about the information listed, please contact the Office of the First-Year Experience.