Develop the Mind; Don’t Spurn the Body.

Although our beloved CUNY Graduate Center does not have a gym, the Wellness Center does offer *low cost fitness classes to registered graduate students. The courses consist of Yoga and Pilates for beginner and expert alike. The instructors that I’ve had are extremely friendly and accommodating to all levels. The courses do fill up fast, so be sure to visit the website and be aware of the registration dates.

In the case that you don’t get a spot or are looking for something a little more on the cardio side, there are other free fitness options in this city. The NYC Parks and Recreation Department has a program called Shape Up NYC that offers free fitness classes at various recreation centers in all five boroughs. The classes include Yoga, Zumba, Aerobics, African Dance, Kickboxing, Self-Defense and other body shaping activities. You don’t have to belong to a recreation center to attend these classes but in the case that you wanted a membership it costs only $25 a year for people 24 and under (unfortunately, a lot of us have missed the boat on that one).

As a CUNY Graduate Student there is also the possibility of membership to the Baruch Athletics and Recreation Complex and the John Jay College Cardiovascular Fitness Center. However, the annual fee for the ARC is $100 and for John Jay is $275, which are definitely not bad but I’d take advantage of the cheaper/ no cost options- at least until you’ve established how much time for fitness you will actually have as a grad student.

Another great option for free fitness is taking the stairs at the Graduate Center, instead of the elevators. I’m serious. Why not?

* For GC students, one registration period (6 classes) costs:

Yoga $15, Pilates $30

For more information visit:

http://www.gc.cuny.edu/Prospective-Current-Students/Student-Life/Health-Wellness/Fitness

Housing information

If you are coming to New York from another location, you may already be starting to think about housing for when you get here. Keep in mind that if you are currently an out-of-state student who will be trying to establish NY State residency (for in-state tuition purposes) you will need to do so by August 25th of 2018 in order to be eligible for in-state tuition in Fall of 2019.  This applies to US citizens and US permanent residents only.

While the Graduate Center does have graduate housing, there are limited spots. You may want to contact Haslyn Miller, our housing specialist, at hmiller@gc.cuny.edu for assistance in how to begin your housing search.

The next post on this blog will be allow you to seek out roommates.  And we plan to have current GC students from out-of-state post about their experiences with various NYC neighborhoods.  Keep checking back in to read their perspectives!