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Student life in New York, Los Angeles, and Miami

NYFA has US campuses in New York, Los Angeles, and Miami - These cities offer amazing opportunities and experiences for students. Below you find a quick overview of the best things each city has to offer.

Read on to see what student life in New York is all about or skip ahead to student life in Los Angeles and student life in Miami, if you plan on attending the NYFA campuses there.

Student life in New York

With 8.5 million inhabitants New York City is the largest city in the US. It's one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world and it is estimated that more than 800 languages are spoken among its inhabitants. 

New York is known as "The City That Never Sleeps". New York has so many possibilities and exciting boroughs that you will wish you didn't need to waste time sleeping. You can shop 24 hours a day, go to the disco at 10:00 in the morning or visit all the amazing sights. New York consists of vibrant districts with distinct qualities. Whether you prefer the magnetism of Manhattan or bustling nightlife of Brooklyn. There is something for everyone!

Things to do in New York City

You will never run out of things to see or do in New York. Stroll through the different neighbourhoods in search of the perfect little diner, the best donuts or that true "Newyorker" feel. Give yourself an unforgettable experience and watch a show on or off Broadway, attend a game featuring one of New York's famous sports teams within basketball, baseball, football or ice hockey. Browse the state-of-the-art museums, the local galleries or visit one of the upcoming microbreweries.

Relax in the parks of New York

New York High Line Park

New York is famous for its parks where locals go to relax, go for a run or a picnic during lunch break, after work or during the weekends. There is always something happening somewhere. Everyone knows the huge Central Park, but we also recommend paying a visit to some of the other unique parks. Some of our other favourites include:

  • Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn Heights
  • The High Line Park in Manhattan's Chelsea District
  • Flushing Meadows–Corona Park on Long Island

Student benefits in New York

With your ISIC student card you receive tons of discounts and benefits all over New York, the US, and the rest of the world. Save money on sightseeing, museums, theatre tickets, food, and lots of other cool stuff. Download the ISIC Benefits App for free and take advantage of all the student benefits! Read more and get your ISIC card here!

Climate in New York

The climate is temperate with long cold winters and long humid summers. Since New York is a coastal city, the temperature in winter is slightly higher than in inland cities. In summer, New York can be quite hot because of the humidity in the area. The best time of year is either spring or autumn when the temperatures are 15-25°C.

Travelling to New York

We can help arrange your trip to New YorkWe have student-friendly prices on flight tickets and can help you book a flexible ticket, if you plan to go explore more of the US before or after your studies. For instance, how about an all-American road trip? Your study advisor has all the details and will make sure your trip becomes an unforgettable experience.


Student life in Los Angeles

Student life in Los Angeles

Los Angeles ranks as the 2nd largest city in the US with around 4 million inhabitants. It is home to the rich and the famous, the Hollywood superstars, and a great mix of cultures and a variety of backgrounds. Los Angeles is synonym with beaches, Baywatch, surfing, huge mansions, expensive cars, and living the American Dream. People from all over the world come to Los Angeles to make it big in the film industry.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a movie-lovers dream. Visit the film studios, famous movie locations, and the Walk of Fame. Go on a tour of Beverly Hills to see where the stars live and marvel at all the things you cannot afford on Rodeo Drive. Once you are done with the touristy stuff, head to the beach and find your inner David Hasselhoff, catch some waves or relax in the sun.

While living in Los Angeles, we suggest you explore some of the excellent hikes in the many parks and canyons in and around Los Angeles. Here are some of our favourites:

  • Runyon Canyon loop which includes excellent views of the city and the Hollywood Sign
  • Griffith Park trails for a special look at an old 'Batcave'
  • Griffith Observatory West Trail Loop for views of the Observatory and the LA Basin

In addition, don't miss the many free summer concerts with everything from rock and pop to jazz and classical music. Los Angeles also has outdoor movies showings all over the city where you can catch some of the newest Hollywood movies in a relaxed environment.

Student benefits in Los Angeles

With an ISIC student card, you receive tons of discounts and benefits in Los Angeles and throughout the US. Save money on amusement parks, theatre tickets, sightseeing and much more. Download the free ISIC Benefits App for a great overview of the many benefits! Read more and get your ISIC card here!

Los Angeles has miles and miles of great beaches

Climate in Los Angeles

The climate in Los Angeles is similar to that of Mediterranean Europe. Expect warm summers with temperatures exceeding 30°C and mild winters without snow. Los Angeles has over 3,000 hours of sun annually so it is the perfect place for anyone who likes being out in the sun.

Traveling to Los Angeles

Los Angeles is easily reached from the international airports of Europe and we can help you plan your trip. Buy a student-friendly ticket and opt for a flexible ticket, if you plan to go explore more of the US before or after your studies. For instance, how about exploring the many national parks within or close to California? Your study advisor has all the details and will make sure your trip becomes an unforgettable experience.


Student life in Miami

Evening colours at South Beach in Miami

Miami is located in the south of Florida on the edge of the Everglades swamps. It has miles of sandy beaches and parts of the city is built on small islands, which are inhabited by the rich and the famous. Miami is also a preferred tourist spot for many Americans, which means there are plenty of nice parks and attractions to experience. Miami is synonym with a large Hispanic population, beach, yachts, Miami Vice, Miami Dolphins, and a lively arts scene.

Things to do in Miami

While in Miami, we recommend you kick back and relax. The city has an almost Caribbean feel to it and the arts and music scene give it a unique vibe. Explore the beach during the day and head out for a night-time drink in South Beach afterwards. Venture out on an airboat in the Everglades for a glimpse of aligators. Miami is also home to a number of big shopping malls where you can shop till you drop. We recommend a trip to the old Venetian Pool for a day of relaxation, and if you have a weekend or more to spend head out to Key West in the south.

Student benefits in Miami

Bring your ISIC student card to Miami and you will receive tons of discounts and benefits. Save money on amusement parks, theatre tickets, sightseeing, and much more. You can get a great overview of the discounts in the free ISIC Benefits App. Read more and get your ISIC card here!

Climate in Miami

Lifeguard tower at Miami Beach

The climate in Miami is tropical moonsoon. This means that the summers are hot and humid (June-August) with temperatures above 30°C. The winters (December-February) are mild and dry with average temperatures around 20°C.

Traveling to Miami

We can help you with all the practicalities when traveling to Miami. Book your flight ticket through KILROY at student-friendly prices and make sure to choose a flexible ticket if you have plans about exploring the rest of the US before or after your studies. In Florida, you can experience the amazing Everglades National Park, head out to the cozy Florida Keys islands in the south or go wild in the many national parks around Orlando. And if that isn't enough we recommend a grand American road trip to some of the other great states. Ask you study advisor for more details.

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