Safety in the City

The Ultimate Founders Guide to Safety in NYC

While NYU students are statistically safer than the average NYC resident (who is safer than the average large-city-in-the-US resident), it’s still important to know the tips and tricks of city-safety!


First and foremost, don’t forget NYU Public Safety is ALWAYS available to you! In addition to the officers that can always be found 24-hours a day in ‘green light’ buildings, Public Safety can be reached anytime at              212-998-2222        212-998-2222.

Out late and don’t feel comfortable walking home? Call NYU Safe Ride! Safe Ride provides free transportation between residence halls and main campus buildings from midnight to 6:30am. Contact Safe Ride at 212-992-VANS or at the Campus Transportation number listed on the back of your NYU Card!

In addition, keep an eye out for Emergency Call boxes. They’re located throughout main campus.


  • Travel in groups of two or more (the buddy system).
  • Walk on the street side (not building side) of sidewalks.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Walk with confidence.
  • Avoid traveling on lonely streets.
  • Be wary of people striking up a conversation with you in Washington Square Park or on the street.
  • Use ATM machines during daylight hours.
  • Figure out how to get where you’re going before you leave.
  • Keep emergency cash on you for cab fare, etc.
  • Only take yellow cabs (not the black ones!).
  • Don’t leave your drink unattended at parties.
  • Trust your instincts! You know what’s up.

For more information, go to or talk to your RA!


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