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Learning English in New York on a Budget

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Symbols of New York. Manhattan Skyline and The Statue of Liberty, New York City


Living in any big city can quickly become expensive if you don’t keep an eye on your hard-earned cash – especially when you’re on a student budget. Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered with some handy money-saving tips to help you get the most out of every dollar and cent while you’re learning English in New York.

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It might sound too good to be true, but many fantastic attractions in the Big Apple are actually FREE to explore and experience. Iconic Central Park, breath-taking Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Bronx Museum of Art, Grand Central Station, and the beautiful New York Public Library are all open to the public. For a full list of free-to-see attractions, check out this detailed list.


grand central station new york



If your destination is too far away to get to by walk, avoid taking a cab and try to use the public transport system instead. On average, a single cab ride can cost $18, while the bus or subway costs just a fraction of the price and will probably allow you to rush hour traffic too!


New York subway trainTop tip: Get a subway pass


You can get great discounts on food, fashion, spa-days, and major attractions (to name just a few benefits) by signing up for free at If you find a good deal, be sure to snap it up immediately – these offers are only available for purchase for 24 hours.


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Anyone can enjoy a stunning performance on Broadway by buying discounted tickets from the well-known TKTS booth. Any visit to New York is incomplete without at least Broadway show!


broadway shows


Curious about what else there is to see and do in this iconic city? Thinking about studying at EC New York or EC New York 30+? Download our  FREE Travel Guide for more information!

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