The thought of transitioning to life in New York City can be exciting, but it can also be a little daunting. Here are a few practical tips for you to keep in mind as you start picturing yourself at The King’s College.
King’s is located at the heart of the Financial District, at the southern end of Manhattan. Our urban setting means that we don’t have a traditional campus. You’ll take your classes in our building on the corner of Exchange Plaza and Broadway. In that building we also have student lounges, a cafeteria, a library, and our faculty offices. As a result, you’ll quickly get used to seeing your professors at lunch and encountering them in the hallways.
Even though we don’t have a traditional campus, it is not an exaggeration to say that the city is our campus. So in Western Civilization, you won’t simply hear about the ancient walls of Babylon; you’ll go with your class to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and see fragments of them. In Macroeconomics class, you might go down into the Federal Reserve vault and view the bullion reserves of a dozen foreign nations.
Because of our location, you will not need a car. The New York City subway is down the block from campus, and will get you wherever you need to go in the metro area. Besides the subway, New York is a hub for other train services that connect to Long Island, Boston, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia, among other areas.
All King’s students have the unique experience of living in apartments, not dorms, for the duration of their time in college. This means that students learn essential life skills like maintaining a budget, grocery shopping, and cooking, while within a supportive community. King’s students frequently host each other for dinner parties and work together to develop strong life habits. You’ll find that your fellow students are happy to help you find grocery stores nearby, as well as whatever else you need to thrive in the city.
If you are passionate about community service, it might seem overwhelming to try to get engaged in a city as large as New York. But at King’s, you’ll find many opportunities to serve in the greater community through the City Engagement program. And if you are particularly called to work in an area that isn’t represented in the program, the King’s Council and your House president are available to connect you with the resources you need to flourish through service.