Are you a student in the Big Apple? With the largest public school system in the world, clocking in at over 1 million students, you’ll find yourself in good company in New York City if you’re a student -- and that doesn’t include collegiate schools! Here are our top 15 things to do in NYC if you’re a student.
- Visit a Wax Museum
Madame Tussauds is one of those attractions that many recognize just by the name. Fortunately, there’s one of these contemporary wax museums right in NYC.
- Visit an Art Museum
On that same note, there are other museums if you’re feeling artsy, and what’s even better is that there are many times when students can even visit for free! Classics such as the The Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Museum of Natural History, Museum of Modern Art, and the Cloisters are a must. You can also opt for something a little more interesting like FIT, the museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, and The New Museum on the Lower East Side.
- Food Tours
Eat your way through NYC with a food tour. You’d be hard-pressed to find a college student who isn’t open to tasting all that NYC has to offer, so try a tasting tour of New York!
- Check out a FREE Live Concert
Many students are working on a strict budget, so hearing the word "free" is sure to perk up some ears. Time Out New York has a section for free concert listings where you can pick a budget-friendly show that may open up a new avenue of interest in music.
- Explore the Library
Okay, so students probably aren’t immediately drawn to this one, but hear us out. Located on 42nd street is one of the most beautiful locations in NYC, the New York Public Library. With more than 15 million items that are completely free to browse including priceless medieval manuscripts and ancient Japanese scrolls, you’re sure to find something to pique your interest within the library’s walls.
- Take a Joke at UCB
UCB - the Upright Citizens Brigade - is a 152-seat theater specializing in long-form improvisation. That’s right - it’s a comedy club. But for the fair price of $5, it’s totally worth the price for some boisterous laughs and good times with friends.
- Sex and the City Tour
If you’re college-aged, then you’re probably very familiar with the hit show Sex and the City. Live life like the ladies, visit the famous Magnolia bakery, and visit 40 other hotspots from the TV series with the Sex and the City tour.
- Brewery Tours
For students aged 21 and over, a brewery tour is one of the best ways to enjoy the spirits of NYC. Founded in 1888, the Brooklyn Brewery is a great place to plan a weekend trip where you can sample some of the brewed flavorful beers.
- Shop at St. Mark’s Place
Where chic and cheap converge, you’ll find St. Mark’s Place. Located in East Village, students love the uniqueness of the items and the price tags that match.
- Get in on a TV Show
We don’t mean as an actor, but you can sit in as an audience member on many of the more famous shows today like The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Good Morning America, The Rachel Ray Show, and The View.
- Ripley’s Believe it or Not
This museum of oddities isn’t just for kids -- it’s also a favorite among older students as well. It’s been dubbed NYC’s oddest attraction, and for good reason. Shrunken heads, strange slideshows, and freaky exhibits can keep you interested and intrigued the entire time.
- Sign up for Rush Deals
Broadway may lie just outside the standard student budget, but if you sign up for Student Rush, you can get Broadway discount tickets as low as $5. If you’re looking for tickets last-minute, there's also the famed TKTS booth which has discounted tickets for day-of shows.
- Shop Music
If you’re into alternative music and records, then visit East Village to take a gander at the relics stored in Other Music.
- Take a Walk
Walking is definitely within student budgets, but NYC offers some magnificent walking strolls that truly cannot be beat. Getting to the new High Line, an elevated park running along old train tracks, or the iconic Brooklyn Bridge is only a MetroCard swipe away for Jaspers.
- Tinker with Technology
What images come to mind when you think of students? Books? Classes? iPhones? Apple has certainly cemented its place in modern culture, and students will likely take keen interest in the Apple store. Check out the newest gadgets at the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue.
If you’re a student in or visiting NYC, you’ll find a ton of activities both interesting and budget-friendly within the city. Explore these 15 things to do, and use the resources above to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your time in the Big Apple. Don't forget to check out our Top 20 Things to Do in New York City and 15 Free Things to Do in New York City!