Summer break is probably the best time for International Students to travel and explore all the amazing places while studying in the United States. Today we are taking a look at the East Coast with a focus on the big apple, New York City!
We at peerTransfer have come up with a few tips and fun things to do when visiting the city that never sleeps.
You will find that NYC is a cultural experience like no other. There are so many different neighborhoods with each having a different feel, smell, things to do and a great story to tell. Whether you are taking a stroll through Central Park, going on a shopping spree, visiting one of the many museums, or exploring the vibrant nightlife, New York has it all.
There are several “student budget friendly” ways to get to NYC. Buses, Trains, Planes are probably the best methods of transportation, as driving in your own or a rental car will add additional costs of gas and parking, which can be very expensive.
- By plane: If you are coming from further away, like the West coast or the Midwest, you should probably consider taking a plane. StudentUniverse offers great student deals on airfare, and Kayak lets you compare best times and prices of the different airlines.
- By train: If you live in the surrounding area of New York, anywhere from Baltimore, Washington DC, Pittsburgh, Connecticut, New Hampshire or Massachusetts, it is probably easier to take the train for speed and comfort. Amtrak offers student discounts on most of their routes throughout the East Coast.
- By bus: The bus is probably the cheapest way to get to NYC if you live in the Northeast area. Megabus, Boltbus, and PeterPan are some of the bus companies who offer one way trips from as little as $11. These buses are also usually equipped with power plugs and free wifi.
Getting around in NYC
Once you are in NYC, you can save money by getting a subway MetroCard. A one way fare is $2.25, but there are unlimited cards available in daily, weekly or monthly increments. If you are on a tight budget, avoid taking cabs as much as possible 😉
Staying in NYC
Nice hotel rooms in Manhattan can easily cost over $400/night, while mid-tier rooms are more in the $100-$200 range. There are plenty of hostels in the city where you can share rooms (great if you travel in big groups) or get single/doubles for as low as $30/night. Airbnb may also be a good option if you want to get a feel of what it’s like to live in a NYC apartment, starting from around $60/night per room.
Eating in NYC
NYC has some of the most amazing restaurants in the world. Luckily, eating well does not necessarily mean you have to spend a lot. Eating cheaply in NYC is definitely an option. You can browse through some ideas at realcheapeats, which recommends amazing places for food for less than $10 or try out: Bi-Lokma, San Matteo or Smashburger in Brooklyn, to mention a few.
Highlights not to miss
- Free Friday Museums of the MoMA, and student discounts at other museums, such as the American Museum of Natural History, help art lovers and students enjoy these great institutions at low or no cost.
- Broadway theatre and comedy clubs
- Central Park
- Empire State Building
- Fifth Avenue for some (window) shopping
- Ground Zero
- The High line – the city’s newest and greatest park is built atop the ruins of an old elevated railway line. In its place is a beautifully designed park, complete with wild grasses, art exhibits and plenty of great people-watching.
- Metropolitan Museum of Art (MoMA)
- Themed city tours (Central Park, Broadway, Fashion, Harlem)
- Time Square
- Top of the Rock (Rockefeller Plaza)
- Statue of Liberty: You can either take a trip to the Statue of Liberty, or take the free ferry to Staten Island, which lets you take great shots of the Statue of Liberty from a not too far distance
- Sporting events (Rangers, Yankees, Mets)
For more deals and free stuff to do in NYC, check out the NYC Experts and let us know YOUR tips and tricks in the comments below 🙂