Columbia University in the City of New York

New York, New York

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"It's up to you. New York, New York...!" 

Nearly endless opportunities for entertainment, eating, and culture are woven into the life of New York City.  Exploring the city is one of the great joys of being part of the Columbia community.

Getting Around

  • NYC’s public transit, operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), runs right to Columbia’s Morningside and Medical Center campuses.  The Morningside Campus is most easily accessed by the No. 1 train which stops at the Columbia University station (West 116th Street and Broadway) or the M4, M60 or M104 to 116th Street.  To get to the Columbia University Medical Center, take the 1, the A or the C to the 168th Street station stop. View the full NYC MTA subway map here.
  • Hail one of the Taxi and Limousine Commission’s cabs.
  • Grab a bike and pedal your way through the city. 
  • The city is also fun to explore on foot. Just make sure your steps are safe ones. Learn more here.

Intercampus Shuttles

Columbia Transportation offers a network of five shuttles to the Columbia community, free of charge. The Intercampus Shuttle provides key service between Morningside, Manhattanville, and the Medical Center. There is also an Evening Shuttle which operates from 6:00 pm through 4:00 am.

Local (and other) Discounts

Columbians can gain deep discounts on performances and access to museums around the city (See Arts & Entertainment on this website for details.) An additional bevy of benefits is available to students with Columbia University ID, including...

Safe Havens

The Columbia University Department of Public Safety has screened more than 130 businesses near the Morningside, Manhattanville, and Medical Center Campuses. At businesses featuring the Red Lion in their windows, you can ask the merchant to phone Columbia University's Department of Public Safety or the police and wait for security personnel to respond.

Notable in the Neighborhood

Morningside Heights is rich in history and loaded with landmarks. Grants TombRiverside Church, The Cathedral Church of Saint John the DivineTom’s Restaurant (the Seinfeld Diner), Riverside Park and Morningside Park are all in the CU backyard. Farther north, The Little Red LighthouseFort Tryon ParkThe CloistersThe George Washington Bridge are a short trip away. 

And more!

New York City is a cultural hub unlike any other and all parts of the five boroughs offer something to see and do. For a comprehensive list of resources for NYC exploring, visit Columbia's own city guides, or the City's "Official New York City" guide here. You'll have your own version, before long.

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