NYIT's New York campuses are located in Manhattan and Old Westbury, N.Y. If you have never spent time in the United States, or in the New York metropolitan area, here is some basic information:
The climate in the New York area changes with the four seasons: fall, winter, spring, and summer. Plan your clothing and activities around a variety of temperatures. Bring a heavy coat, warm sweaters, and heavy socks for cold weather, and lighter-weight attire and a light jacket for warmer months. For more information about temperatures, rainfall amounts, and weather, visit weather.com.
Driving: To find out what you need to know to legally drive in New York, visit dmv.ny.gov.
Public Transportation: New York City has an extensive public transportation system, including subways, trains, and buses. Some bus lines extend to the suburbs, as does a commuter railroad that originates in the city and travels to Long Island, near the Old Westbury campus. There is a bus line that runs throughout Long Island.
The United States uses the U.S. dollar as its exclusive currency. You will need to convert an appropriate amount of your country's currency to U.S. dollars when you arrive. If you hold a major credit card—Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover—you should be able to make purchases with that credit card.
Cash dispensing machines (known as ATMs) are found throughout the New York metropolitan area, including on campus, so you should have little trouble obtaining cash. Check with your bank to see if your cash card will work in U.S. ATMs. If not, you can open an account with a U.S. bank, which will issue you an ATM card.
While some stores and merchants in the New York area accept personal checks, most do not. Traveler's checks are widely accepted, so it is advised that you use them during your first days in the United States.
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