New York City has long been a world center of artistic and cultural exploration. With our belief that the city is the ultimate classroom, classes and camp activities often spill into beloved parks and neighborhoods, while field trips to museums and studios further enrich the precollege experience in NYC.
All SOCAPA New York City precollege students enjoy organized evening and weekend activities that embrace the city around them and take advantage of exciting summer offerings! Ranging from Coney Island to Times Square to Broadway shows, campers enjoy visits to many of New York City’s most famous highlights, as well as traditional summer camp nights of karaoke, talent shows, games, and Q&As with guest speakers.
Located within TNS's University Center, SOCAPA NYC's Manhattan campus, in the heart of Greenwich Village, offers a seamless blend of convenience and comfort. The University Center, envisioned as a campus within a building, features numerous classrooms, studios, and a bustling cafeteria, providing students with all the necessary amenities for an enriching learning experience. What's more, students can easily transition between their academic pursuits and their living quarters, as SOCAPA's summer residence hall, Kerrey Hall, is seamlessly connected to the University Center on the 6th floor.
Students who live locally or who have friends/family to stay with in New York City are welcome to attend the program as Day Students. Day students commute to campus each day and return home each evening after classes end at 4pm. New York day students do not join residential life activities.
Summer camp and precollege students who choose our Housing Option stay in Kerrey Hall on 5th Avenue between 13th Street and 14th Street, in the heart of Greenwich Village, just a block from Union Square and five blocks from Washington Square Park. An energetic and passionate residence life staff make Kerrey Hall ideal for our students looking for a strong community and active programs and events on nights and weekends. The building has a 24-hour security desk and card access to the building, each suite, and each room. Each two-bedroom suite is equipped with a kitchenette with a full fridge, stove, and microwave. The common space of the suites also have a dining table and chairs, central air-conditioning, and a shared “ensuite” bathroom. Bedrooms have twin extra-long beds, wardrobe closet-space, and desk and chair for each student. Wireless internet access is available throughout the residence hall.
Kerrey Hall also has an abundance of amenities and large common spaces, including a main TV lounge, study room, a laundry room, a gym, an art room, mailboxes, and music practice spaces. Kerrey is located just a few blocks from our classroom buildings with some classes in the adjacent University Center.
Our cafeteria is located in the TNS University Center, the same building as our residence hall where our students live. The cafeteria is open for breakfast and lunch, 8am-3pm, M-F, and accepts cash and credit cards. Our students find it economical, convenient and social to eat most of their breakfasts and lunches in the cafeteria, although they have the flexibility to eat out or prepare meals in their suites. The cafeteria offers a wide variety of menu options, including contemporary vegan/vegetarian cuisine, sushi made to order, daily rotating specials of our chef’s plates, and the comfort foods our students crave.
On the first three days of the session, our counselors will guide students to some of our favorite places to eat on or near campus. After that, students may sign out in small groups and explore the culinary options in the Village together. They may also order take-out and/or prepare simple meals in their kitchens. They must always be in small groups, never alone.
The NYU-TNS area around the residence hall boasts one of the most diverse and reasonably priced concentrations of delis, street vendors, cafés and restaurants on the planet so students have a plethora of choices for meals. Prices can vary from two-dollar falafels and slices of pizza to twelve-dollar sit down sushi combo dinners. We make it a point to recommend a wide variety of our favorite New York cheap eats and to encourage our students to try something they can't get at home. We generally recommend a total of $290/week to cover meals.
We service the three major airports in and around New York City: JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark. Upon your arrival, one of our counselors, wearing a SOCAPA t-shirt and holding a sign with your name, will greet you at the exit to the baggage claim area for your flight and will get you on shuttle from the airport to campus. At the end of your program, we will help you check-in at your airline's check-in counter; unfortunately we cannot escort you beyond security.
You must fill out the online Travel Form at least 2 WEEKS PRIOR to the start of the program.
There is a fee of $95 per airport transfer for LGA, $105 for JFK and $115 for EWR.
Please note, SOCAPA does not provide unaccompanied minor airport pick-up or drop-off at our NYC campuses. Unaccompanied minor service can still be purchased through your airline but you must arrange for a relative or friend to meet your student at the gate.
If you have made air arrangements outside our scheduled dates, times, or airports we service, you will need to arrange for transportation from the airport to the residence hall.
Day students should plan to attend orientation at 9am on the first Monday morning of their session. Schedules and important information are shared during this orientation, and students will also meet their classmates and teachers. Depending on the program, most class activities begin at 9:45am and end at 4pm, Monday through Friday. Some 3-week programs also require students to attend one of their final weekend days, such as during a longer shoot day for filmmakers and actors.
Students are responsible for following their individual program schedule and respecting that others are counting on them to be there for early call times, evening production meetings, etc. They should also note that schedules may change due to weather, special events, or other circumstances, and watch for communication from campus about these changes. Day students do not have residential staff to remind them of changes, so they’re responsible for paying attention to knowing where they’re supposed to be for class or events.
Day students should be aware that 70% of our attendees are residential students who live in our dormitories, and that our programming is structured for students who are in our care 24/7. Day students often befriend other campers in the programs, but they won’t be a part of evening trips, floor meetings, roommate experiences, or other quintessential parts of sleep-away camp that residential students enjoy.
At our Manhattan campus, day students are not able to access the residential floors of the University Center due to security guidelines. Manhattan day students do have access to the University Center common rooms including the cafeteria and lounges so they can meet their residential friends for meals, to collaborate on projects, or to just "hangout" between and after class.