Life in the Big Apple


For Union students, the city of New York is an unparalleled training ground for a life dedicated to social justice.

Every day, the classroom comes alive on the streets of New York as students grapple with the issues of our time. Marrying the rigorous intellectual intensity of Union with the city’s indescribable energy almost inevitably results in passionate social action. Union’s urban location puts students on the front line in addressing issues like racism and homelessness.

Living in New York also offers students access to the city’s unparalleled culture and cuisine. From taking in shows on Broadway to attending an author’s reading at the Strand, there’s always something to do! Union is located adjacent to Columbia University in West Harlem’s Morningside Heights. This puts Union just far enough away from downtown that the sidewalks are actually walkable, but downtown is only a short subway ride away.

Central Park is located to Union’s immediate southwest, a short 20 minute walk, providing a breathtaking natural refuge in an otherwise bustling city. Whether one is looking to join a recreational sports league, take a run around the Jackie Onassis reservoir, or simply luxuriate on a stroll through the greenery, the park is an incredible resource—and it’s right at your doorstep.

If waterfront views are more your speed, Riverside Park is a mere two blocks away, offering breathtaking views of the Hudson river. The park stretches all the way down the length of Manhattan’s West bank, a runner’s paradise. Plus, its dedicated bike trail affords a safe and eco-friendly way to roam about the city. You can even rent kayaks for free, to take in a view of the Manhattan skyline at sunset.

Downtown, the legacy of Broadway speaks for itself. Though theatre admission can be pricey, students happily qualify for discounted tickets to Broadway and off-Broadway shows. For an additional dose of culture, the city boasts legendary museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Natural History Museum, the Guggenheim, or the Morgan Library—many of which offer discounted rates to students.


Did you know?

A free NYC ID card offers membership to the New York Public Library, free admission to cultural institutions like the Museum of Modern Art, and discounts for everything from movie tickets to sporting events.

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