Directions & Parking

Teachers College is located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan on 120th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue and is accessible by various modes of transportation.

The subway station serving Teachers College is Columbia University's 116th Street station stop of the IRT Broadway-Seventh Avenue local. The No. 1 subway train (red line) are local trains serving this station. Be sure that you are on (or transfer to) the local line at 96th Street Station. The express line (No. 2 or No. 3 trains) does not serve Columbia University. Note that the 116th street subway station is not wheelchair accessible. The 125th street subway station, located on 125th street and Broadway does have elevator access for wheelchair accessibility.

*There are subway entrances at Penn Station and the Port Authority Bus Terminal. From Grand Central Station, the Shuttle (S) goes to "Times Square" 42nd Street, offering access to the No. 1 IRT Broadway Local trains going uptown.

Grand Central Terminal, which is located at East 42nd Street and Park Avenue, is the New York City terminus for two commuter trains, MetroNorth and Conrail, as well as some Amtrak trains from Canada and Upstate New York.

Penn Station, at West 34th Street and Seventh Avenue, is the New York City terminus for all other Amtrak service and the Long Island Railroad, New Jersey Transit, and the New Jersey PATH train commuter lines.

The Henry Hudson Parkway (West Side Highway) in New York City runs parallel to the Hudson River and offers convenient access to Teachers College. The highway can be reached from most of the main routes entering New York City. The nearest major highway link to it is Interstate Highway 95 (I-95).

Whether driving north or south on the Henry Hudson Parkway/West Side Highway, exit at 95th Street. At the first traffic light, turn north (left) onto Riverside Drive; at 120th Street turn east (right) and go two blocks east to the College. The main entrance is located midway between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue, on the north side of West 120th Street.

There is handicapped parking on a first-come first-serve basis available inside Teachers College at the guard stand entrance on West 120th street between Broadway and Amsterdam avenues. This parking is only available to individuals with a valid handicap sticker and is free.

West 120th Street also offers metered parking on both sides of the street, however, these spots are limited and usually filled. There is street parking in the area as well, however parking on New York City streets in the Columbia University area is limited.

Nearby off-street parking facilities include (Please call garages directly for current prices and reservations):

  • GMC Parking, 532 W 122nd street (on 122nd between Broadway and Amsterdam), (212) 961-1075
    • Estimated price: $23/2 hours; $33/ 8 hours
  • Riverside Church Garage, 120th Street (between Riverside Drive and Claremont Avenue), (212) 870-6736
    • Estimated price: $24/2 hours; $35/day
  • E & B Operating Corp., 137 West 108th Street (between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues), (212) 865-8315
    • Estimated price: $9/2 hours; $12/day
  • Park Yorkshire Garage, 151 West 108th Street (between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues), (212) 865-2314
    • Estimated price: $15/2 hours; $12/day
  • Upper Westside Parking Garage, 234 West 108th Street (between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway), (212) 222-8800
    • Estimated price: $11/2 hours; $22/day
  • Evening parking is available at Riverside Church - call (212) 866-1000

Bus transportation into New York City from neighboring states and communities usually terminates at Port Authority Bus Terminal, located on West 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue. Within New York City, four bus routes include a stop at West 120th Street and Broadway (Teachers College):

  • M4 (available from both Grand Central Station and Penn Station)
  • M5
  • M11
  • M104 (available from the Port Authority Bus Terminal)

The fare required is exact change in coins, Metropolitan Transit Authority token or Metrocard.

Three international airports connect with convenient buses and taxis in New York City. From John F. Kennedy Airport and LaGuardia Airport, economical buses to Grand Central Terminal and various Manhattan hotels are available. Also from LaGuardia Airport, there is a more direct bus service (M60) to West 116th Street and Broadway. From Newark Airport, there is the New Jersey Transit bus service to the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Although New York City cabs operate on mileage meters, cab fares can vary depending on traffic conditions. The average one-way fare from John F. Kennedy Airport is approximately $45.00, while one way from LaGuardia Airport is about $25.00. Designated airport passenger pick-up areas usually have cab dispatchers available to assist you.

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