CUNY Work/Life

A CUNY Work/Life Program specialist can assist you with many different types of relocation challenges.

Please visit the CUNY Work/Life Program website, login & password CUNY, or contact a specialist 24/7 toll-free at (888) 993-7650.

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CUNY Relocation Made Easy

Welcome to The City University of New York! The decision to move to New York City can be a complex process that affects you personally as well as professionally. For those who are making the big move to New York City, find information here about family considerations, resources for finding housing, choosing a school for your child and more.

We look forward to meeting and working with you!

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The Higher Education Recruitment Consortium’s (HERC) member institutions know that dual-career concerns influence candidates’ decisions when searching for and considering a job. The decision to accept a job frequently becomes contingent upon an offer of job search assistance and opportunities for your accompanying partner.

What HERC Offers Dual-Career Jobseekers

  • Access to the most comprehensive list of jobs at institutions within a commutable distance.
  • Dual-career search technology that enables you to search for jobs that meet both you and your partner’s job search criteria.
  • A library of articles, research, and studies on the dual-career topic.
  • Links to institutions that have dual-career programs and policies.
  • Jobseeker webinars on dual-career subjects.

Click here for additional information.

Family Welcome Centers

Family Welcome Center staff members are available to assist New York City families with enrollment in pre-kindergarten through high school. If you are new to New York City, or moving to the city soon, visit the New Students page to learn about how to register, and what documents to bring. Visit the Transfers page to learn how to request a transfer. If you have questions, call 718-935-3500.

Eligibility

All NYC residents are eligible for free public school services for their children beginning at 4 years of age. Eligibility for public school is determined by the child’s birth date and place of residence. The birth date cutoff is December 31 of the year the child enrolls. Therefore, if you are seeking prekindergarten admission for your child in September 2015, s/he must be 4 years of age by December 31, 2015; likewise, if you are seeking kindergarten admission for your child in September 2015, s/he must be 5 years of age by December 31, 2015.

General Information

Children are assigned to elementary and middle schools based on their home address. Students are guaranteed a seat in this school, referred to as the “zoned school.” Community registration in zoned schools is usually held during the Spring of the year before enrollment and continues throughout the school year. Registration resumes shortly before the start of the school year and continues throughout the year. Families can determine their zoned school using the Department of Education mapping tool.

Pre-Kindergarten
NYC public schools provide a part day or full day program option. Some schools also offer school-day Pre-K programs. Space in a public Pre-K program is limited and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. It is not uncommon however that spaces still remain in the early Fall. To learn more and to review a list of programs, see the NYC Department of Education.

Kindergarten
In NYC, kindergarten is scheduled as a full school day program, typically 8:40 a.m.-3:00 p.m. To learn more and to review a list of programs, see the NYC Department of Education.

Kindergarten is guaranteed for every child seeking to enroll. However, depending upon the child’s individual needs, some families choose to continue to provide care for their children at home, in family child care, or in an early childhood program rather than register them in a public school.

All children must enroll in school by the 1st Grade or receive approval to be home-schooled. If you are interested in teaching your child at home, contact William Harrington, Director, Department of Education Central Office of Home Schooling (917-339-1748 or wharrin@schools.nyc.gov). Additional information about homeschooling is available from the Department of Education.

Registration

As a new NYC resident you may register your elementary and middle school-age child beginning the week before school begins. Registration hours are typically in the morning however it is recommended that you call the school first (see above) to confirm their availability and registration process.

To register your child for school, your child needs to accompany you, and you must bring:

Your child’s birth certificate, passport, or baptismal certificate

Proof of address may be verified by a utility bill (gas, electric, or water) or a deed to a house. Other proofs of address are found on the NYC Department of Education and may include a statement that verifies the address from an employer. A telephone bill or driver’s license are not acceptable proofs of address. A lease by itself is not acceptable.

If you are subletting an apartment or home, or if more than one family shares a living space, you must present an affidavit from the leaseholder or homeowner and attach any of the above acceptable proofs of address, i.e. lease, deed, utility bill.

Your child’s immunization history

Your child’s latest transcript or report card

Finally, if your child requires special education services, please bring the most recent copy of his or her Individual Education Plan (IEP), if available.

For more information, visit Inside Schools to learn more about the NYC public school system and read profiles on each school.

Transportation to and from School

Depending upon the distance from your residence to your zoned school your child may have access to transportation to and from school on a free public school bus, or may be provided with a New York City subsidized Metro Card. When you register, be sure to ask about public school transportation as well as pickup and drop off locations. For additional details, see the Department of Education.

These pages and links are provided for your convenience only and CUNY accepts no responsibility for their content. The inclusion of these pages and links does not imply University endorsement of the sites’ content, products or services or, unless expressly disclosed otherwise, any sponsorship or affiliation with the sites’ owner or operator.

Family Welcome Centers

Family Welcome Center staff members are available to assist New York City families with enrollment in pre-kindergarten through high school. If you are new to New York City, or moving to the city soon, visit the New Students page to learn about how to register, and what documents to bring. Visit the Transfers page to learn how to request a transfer. If you have questions, call 718-935-3500.

All high school-aged students who are new to New York City and are entering high school will be assigned to a high school at the Student Registration Center during the the last week of August through mid-September.

Family Welcome Centers are open Monday through Friday during the hours of 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (Please note that the Centers are closed on Labor Day).

Students, accompanied by their parent/legal guardian, must go to one of the specially established High School Enrollment Center to meet with a High School Admissions counselor to identify school placement options.

Be sure to bring the documents identified below or you will be turned away and told to return once you have them in hand.

In addition to school placement, be sure to ask about public school transportation options when you register. Transportation subsidies may be provided, upon request, to high school students; eligibility is determined by the distance between your residence and the high school your child will attend. See the Department of Education for more details.

Each year, there are a handful of seats available in the NYC Specialized High Schools. Students entering 9th and 10th grade who moved to NYC after the Fall exam date and are seeking admission to one of the Specialized High Schools must register with the Borough Enrollment Office for the examination during a time period specified by the Department of Education.

For exact dates and more information about high school options in NYC, visit the NYC Department of Education or Inside Schools, a website which includes information about the NYC public school system and profiles on each school.

Registration

As a new NYC resident you may register your elementary and middle school-age child beginning the week before school begins. Registration hours are typically in the morning however it is recommended that you call the school first (see above) to confirm their availability and registration process.

To register your child for school, your child needs to accompany you, and you must bring:

Your child’s birth certificate, passport, or baptismal certificate

Proof of address may be verified by a utility bill (gas, electric, or water) or a deed to a house. Other proofs of address are found on the NYC Department of Education and may include a statement that verifies the address from an employer. A telephone bill or driver’s license are not acceptable proofs of address. A lease by itself is not acceptable.

If you are subletting an apartment or home, or if more than one family shares a living space, you must present an affidavit from the leaseholder or homeowner and attach any of the above acceptable proofs of address, i.e. lease, deed, utility bill.

Your child’s immunization history

Your child’s latest transcript or report card

Finally, if your child requires special education services, please bring the most recent copy of his or her Individual Education Plan (IEP), if available.

For more information, visit Inside Schools to learn more about the NYC public school system and read profiles on each school.

Transportation to and from School

In addition to school placement, be sure to ask about public school transportation options when you register. Transportation subsidies may be provided, upon request, to high school students; eligibility is determined by the distance between your residence and the high school your child will attend. See the Department of Education for more details.

Private Independent School

For assistance with gaining access to private schools, information about the admission process and resources to help you identify private independent schools in New York City, contact a CUNY/Work Life Program Specialist 24/7 at (888) 993-7650,  see the Family Care webpages or contact the Parents League of NY.

These pages and links are provided for your convenience only and CUNY accepts no responsibility for their content. The inclusion of these pages and links does not imply University endorsement of the sites’ content, products or services or, unless expressly disclosed otherwise, any sponsorship or affiliation with the sites’ owner or operator.

Family Welcome Centers

Family Welcome Center staff members are available to assist New York City families with enrollment in pre-kindergarten through high school. If you are new to New York City, or moving to the city soon, visit the New Students page to learn about how to register, and what documents to bring. Visit the Transfers page to learn how to request a transfer. If you have questions, call 718-935-3500.

Some families may wish to consider a parochial or religiously affiliated school for their child. The number of denominational schools in New York City has continued to grow in recent years. Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim day schools are the most commonly requested. However, we recognize that there are additional denominational schools including Baptist, Christian, Episcopal, Presbyterian, and others available in NYC.

Search engines which are readily available on the Internet can help you find compiled lists of other religiously affiliated schools. Community members and the leader at your place of worship are other sources of referrals.

The resources identified below are intended to help you begin your search for a school.

Archdiocese of Brooklyn has information about the Catholic school curriculum and an on-line School Search for schools in Brooklyn and Queens.

Archdiocese of New York serves ten New York State counties (Bronx, Dutchess, Manhattan, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Staten Island, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester) and you can search for schools by county, grade level, name or zip code through the website.

Islamic Schools League of America allows you to search for Islamic schools by state and includes 14 schools in New York City.

The Lookstein Center provides links to Jewish schools across the country.

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Finding the right care for children is one of the most difficult tasks a parent faces today. The Find-Now Child Care Program provided by the CUNY Work/Life Program assists employees caring for children with the search for licensed, regulated, and inspected child care facilities in their area. CUNY Work/Life Consultants assess each member’s needs, provide guidance, resources, and a list of up to three (3) referrals. Searchable databases and other resources are also available on the CUNY Work/Life Program website.

Use login & password CUNY, or contact a specialist 24/7 toll-free at (888) 993-7650.

Click here for an overview to child care services in New York City and surrounding areas.

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CareFamily, provided through the CUNY Work/Life Program,  helps you find, hire, and manage caregivers for your senior loved one, offering you peace of mind and allowing your loved one to remain where he or she wants to be – at home. With CareFamily, you’re the boss. You choose which caregivers to hire and then determine schedules, responsibilities and compensation with them directly, instead of relying on an agency. But CareFamily is here to assist you every step of the way, providing all of the services and support you need.

CareFamily has streamlined the search for quality caregivers, making the entire process safer, easier, and more affordable than ever. Register at CareFamily.com and enter the promo code ADVANTAGE for full access to our network of local senior care professionals.

The CareFamily Advantage provides:

Ability to choose your loved one’s caregiver

Safety and peace of mind since all caregivers undergo background checks

Personalized care management and recruiting upon request

Affordable hourly or live-in care

Customized online management tools for hiring, scheduling and easy payment

And additional support for other issues or needs that may arise

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The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles is the department of the New York state government responsible for driver’s licenses and photo ID cards, and the Social Security Administration distributes Social Security Cards.

UPdated Borough Map

New York City is made up of five boroughs: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. Each one has enough attractions—and enough personality—to be a city all its own. Learn more about them with this guide.

Neighborhood Guides by Borough

The Bronx

Brooklyn aka “BK”

Manhattan aka “The City”

Queens

Staten Island

Housing Resources

How to Move to NYC: A Crash Course in Finding an Apartment to Rent or Buy

Temporary accommodations such as bed and breakfasts and extended-stay suites are great ways to stay in the city while looking for an apartment. Hotels are available at this site.

The New York Times Real Estate search engine makes looking for a rental or purchase easy.

Sabbatical Homes lists academic homes and apartments that are available for trades, long or short-term rentals, or sublets.

Corporate apartments are available through companies like ExecuStay, Oakwood and Furnished Quarters, which offers furnished short- and long-term apartments in the NYC metro area.

Short-Term Rentals are available without paying a hefty finder’s fee. Try the following resources.

AirBnB

Craigslist

Cyber Rentals Vacation Properties

No Fee Rentals

Rent Hop

Sublet.com provides listings of apartments directly from owners. Easily accessible information about neighborhoods.

Urban Sherpa is a free, real-time database of no fee rental apartments in Manhattan with market statistics and trends.

StreetEasy allows a variety of options to search for a home or apartment including price, neighborhood, building, zoned schools, and more.

The Village Voice classifieds features listings of apartments to rent, sublet, and purchase.

Additionally, the NYC Rent Guidelines Board is a source of information about NYC tenants’ rights and responsibilities, rent increases, and more.

These pages and links are provided for your convenience only and CUNY accepts no responsibility for their content. The inclusion of these pages and links does not imply University endorsement of the sites’ content, products or services or, unless expressly disclosed otherwise, any sponsorship or affiliation with the sites’ owner or operator.

Moving Checklists provided by realsimple.com offer a variety of comprehensive to-do lists that make organizing your relocation process simple from start to finish.

Moving and Relocation Articles from Moving.com

Plan Your Move with a move planning tool is designed to help you plan your move.

Resources for moving from HomeFair.com

Settling Into Your New Home

Address Changer on USPS

Settling Into Your New Community

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Getting Around NYC

Public Transportation

Navigating Manhattan on Foot

Most of Manhattan is designed in a grid pattern. Fifth Avenue divides the borough, and the streets into East and West. Avenues run north (uptown) and south (downtown) and the Streets run east-west across the island. The NYC Street Finder can help determine the nearest cross streets for addresses on Manhattan’s avenues. Click here for a printable version of the street finder.

Finding your Way in NYC

Find locations of area parks, hotels, landmarks and more here.

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The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles is the department of the New York state government responsible for vehicle registration, vehicle inspections, driver’s licenses and photo ID cards, and adjudicating traffic violations.

Zillow New York pet-friendly page with over 16,000 pet-friendly listings with fair rental price estimates

Trulia New York apartments page with over 11,700 listings in Manhattan alone with pet-friendly filters and in-depth neighborhood information

Streeteasy New York apartments for rent, the leading site for New York rentals and real estate, with countless listings, filters and everything you need to know

Hotpads New York apartments page with in-depth photos, information, pet-friendly filters and unique features such as street view of each property

Pet-Friendly Hotels

Moving Tips for Pets identifies questions and concerns about moving pets and provides practical tips and answers to ensure a safe and happy experience for you and your pet.

Traveling With Your Pet identifies places to stay along the way, travel tips, and more.

AAA Petbook provides on-line Tips for Traveling with Your Pet.

Find a Dog Park

Choosing a Veterinarian

Advice on Choosing a Pet Sitter

Doggie Day Care, Walkers, and more are available here.

Pet Transportation

Pet Chauffeur

Pet Taxi

Pet Insurance

ASPCA Pet Insurance

The Best Pet Insurance

VPI (Veterinary Pet Insurance)

Embrace Pet Insurance

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Whether you are a single person, a couple, or a family with children, NYC has a richness and diversity all its own. There are a wide variety of ways to enjoy the arts, a range of culinary treats to savor, bike paths and other activities to enhance your physical well-being, as well as diverse neighborhoods in which to live and explore.

Dance

New York City Dance Venues – home to the greatest dance companies in the world, New York is also a major stop on almost every national and international company tour.

Dance Link Club – an email club devoted to providing discounts to dance performances throughout NYC.

Museums and Galleries

Museum Mile

NYC Museums

NYC Galleries

New York Fine Arts Association

Music

Venues for every genre of music can be found here.

Theater

New York Classical Theater

Shakespeare in the Park

SummerStage

Broadway Box offers Broadway tickets at up to 50% off without a membership.

Playbill offers access to reduced-price tickets for a small membership fee.

Play-by-Play is a membership-based site that requires an annual fee of more than $100. With this membership you have access to complimentary tickets to a range of shows.

The Public Theater When you’re looking for a good show, but don’t want the chaos or the cost of Broadway, this local theater is a great solution.

TDF is a membership-based discount site that serves students, seniors, employees of non-for-profit organizations and other groups. They send periodic e-mails to let members know what is available.

Theater Mania offers discounted tickets to Broadway and Off Broadway shows as well as special exhibits and performances. This website serves New York and several other cities in the US.

TKTS Booths can be used to purchase same-day tickets. There is a booth in Times Square and one at South Street Seaport.

Dining

The Official Guide to NYC: Dining

Menu Pages

NYC Restaurant Week and tasting events

Additional Resources

NYC Parks

Central Park

New York Magazine Beach Guide

Events in the Park

New York City and Area Beaches

Big Onion Walking Tours

New York City Walking Tours

Open House New York offers programs that provide unique opportunities to explore the NYC urban environment, architecture, public art and more.

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Please visit the CUNY Work/Life Program website, login & password CUNY, or contact a specialist 24/7 toll-free at (888) 993-7650.

A CUNY Work/Life Program specialist can assist you with many different types of relocation challenges, including:

Financial and Legal Concerns

Planning Your Move

Securing Childcare and Eldercare

Free Credit Reports and Monitoring

Moving with Your Pet

Daily Living & Convenience Resources

To get started, contact a CUNY Work/Life Program Specialist 24/7 toll-free at (888) 993-7650. 

These pages and links are provided for your convenience only and CUNY accepts no responsibility for their content. The inclusion of these pages and links does not imply University endorsement of the sites’ content, products or services or, unless expressly disclosed otherwise, any sponsorship or affiliation with the sites’ owner or operator.