Safety in the City

Yes, NYU is in New York City, but like all cities, if you use a little common sense–and resources available to you–you will remain safe and sound while here!

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How safe is NYU?
NYU has a strong security presence on campus. NYU Public Safety handles emergency help and information 24 hours a day.  If you have an emergency on campus, you can call Public Safety at 212-998-2222 or ask a uniformed security guard!  Guards are posted in most NYU buildings, and any building with a green light above the door, like your residence hall, has a guard on duty 24 hours a day.

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What if I’m off campus?
Around downtown Manhattan, you can also utilize Safe Havens should you have an emergency or need assistance.  Safe Havens (or Emergency Safety Locations) are local businesses that serve as places to go for an NYU community member in distress.  A list of Safe Havens is available online.

Do you have any safety tips for me?
In addition to guards, the Public Safety phone number, and Safe Havens, Public Safety also provides safety tips to students.

What if there’s an emergency?
It’s important to note that, in the case of an emergency, the farther students are from campus, the more difficult it is for NYU Public Safety or other staff to assist you. When on campus, you can call 212-998-2222. When off campus, you can always dial 911.

Am I safe in NYC? 
There’s no need to be scared while here! Common sense, being aware of your surroundings, and reaching out for help when needed are key to staying safe anywhere, especially in New York. That being said, use your head: We ask students to plan ahead before venturing off campus and travel with friends. Avoid venturing to unfamiliar places alone or late at night. And be sure to keep that phone battery charged!

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