Tune In For The Webinar
We have a summer webinar for incoming students on August 5th from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EDT focused on navigating New York City. You’ll hear from current students about some of their favorite places around campus, Morningside Heights and New York City. They'll also share tips on how to navigate the Big Apple and make it your home. Register in advance to attend!
Columbia University operates no fewer than six shuttle services to transport students between campuses and neighborhoods. We even provide an On-Demand Evening Shuttle as a free and safe alternative to walking alone at night. This ride-share service can take you anywhere within the coverage area, seven nights a week until 4 am. You can see shuttle routes and download the shuttle tracking app on the Columbia Transportation website.
New York’s bus and subway system is called the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA). The closest subway station to campus is the 116th Street – Columbia University stop on the ⓵ train.
A ride on the subway or bus costs $2.75. We recommend purchasing a MetroCard and hanging on to it, even when it’s empty, so you only pay the $1 new-card-fee once. Transfers within subway stations and from subway stations to buses are free. MetroCards can be purchased and refilled at MetroCard Vending Machines, located in each station, or at the turnstile booths in select stations.
You can also pay your fare at subway turnstiles and on buses using your contactless card or smart device. Simply tap your card or device on the OMNY reader, and the screen will instantly confirm if the tap was successful, sending you on your way quickly and easily. Learn more about OMNY readers.
Information about the MTA, including up-to-the-minute service updates and maps, is available at mta.info. For help figuring out the best public transportation route to your destination, we recommend using mobile apps like CityMapper.
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