The city that never sleeps

New York is one of the most exciting cities in the world. The five boroughs of New York are home to as many as 800 languages spoken, making it also one of the most diverse cities in the world. New York, with the nickname “the city that never sleeps,” buzzes with excitement and activity. This energy, along with its multicultural atmosphere, make it the perfect city for college students. However, New York City can also be expensive. Luckily, there are many cheap or discounted activities in NYC if you know where to find them! Below is my list of must-do activities in the big apple for college students on a student budget.

1) See a Broadway Show

It is essential to see a Broadway Show if you are in New York City. Broadway theatre is world-renowned, and there are many famous plays and musicals to choose from to suit everyone’s taste. Sign up for discounts at, or visit the TKTS booth for day-of discounted ticket prices.

2) Get Lost in Central Park

Central Park is the most-visited urban park in the world, and for very good reason! Spanning 51 blocks, you could spend an entire day wandering around and still not see the whole thing. Having a picnic on the Great Lawn, renting a row boat, and taking a ride in a horse carriage, and stopping by the Strawberry Fields John Lennon memorial are among the must-see attractions.

3) Head to a Museum

There are many famous museums in New York- The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the MoMa, 9/11 Memorial Museum, the Museum of Natural History…the list goes on. Most of the New York museums either have a student discount or a free-entry day for those looking to explore these cultural offerings on a budget.

4) Go Ice Skating

A favorite activity of New Yorkers is going to one of New York’s ice skating rinks in the winter months. The rink at Rockefeller center is the most iconic, as is Central Park’s Wollman Rink. Bring your own skates to ice skate at Bryant Park for free!

5) Walk the High Line

The High Line is a very unique, elevated park built over an old freight line. It offers a beautiful oasis of nature amidst the bustling city. It is one of the top attractions in New York, filled with tourists and locals alike. Don’t forget to check out the dozens of art galleries and grab a bite at Chelsea Market after the High Line!

6) Ride the Staten Island Ferry

This ferry ride offers breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty, lower Manhattan, and Ellis Island without having to pay the price of a boat cruise. The ferry runs every 15-30 minutes between the islands of Manhattan and Staten Island.

7) Enjoy Coney Island

In the summer months, the Coney Island boardwalk and amusement park are New York must-dos. Coney Island is home to a beach, aquarium, a Mermaid Parade, the first Nathan’s Hot Dogs, and the famous Cyclone roller coaster.

8) Visit Bronx Zoo

The Bronx zoo is among the largest zoos in the world. Every Wednesdays is a “suggested donation” day at the zoo, giving you discounted access to the 650 species and 4,000 animals that live there.

9) See a Game

Anyone who loves sports dreams of one day seeing a game at Yankee Stadium or Madison Square Garden. Luckily, discounts are available for select Yankee, Mets, and Knicks games for sports-loving college students with a student ID.

10) See the Main Sights

If you are dying to see the main New York City attractions, I don’t blame you. Sights like the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty are so famous for a reason. Luckily, there are discounted ticket packages available to see NYC’s top attractions, where you can save up to 40% off admission prices. Visit for discount tickets!


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