Arts Initiative (http://artsinitiative.) offers great discounts to Columbia students on Broadway and Off-Broadway shows as well as a wide array of concerts at the Met Opera, NYC Ballet, Carnegie Hall, etc. They also offer discounts for most movie theaters.
Moreover, as a Columbia student you have free admission to many museums around the city such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art.
Finally, if you’re looking for fun and affordable activities to do around New York, The Skint (https://theskint.com/) compiles a daily list of whatever is going on in the city.
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences waives the insurance fee for all its fellows. Besides excellent health centers, medical services include acupuncture, osteopathic manipulation therapy, tobacco cessation programs, travel medicines, vaccinations, and much more.
Columbia has numerous initiatives that could help you at some point during your PhD.
– Support for LGBTQ students.
–Search Go Ask Alice! to find health information by subject on many topics such as alcohol & other drugs, emotional health, nutrition & physical activity, general health, relationships, and sexual & reproductive health, among others.
– You can also schedule a one-on-one Birth Control educational session.
– Friend2Friend: a workshop to develop skills to recognize and understand how to act if a friend is exhibiting indicators of depression, anxiety, and general distress.
– Counseling and Psychological Services. The CPS office also hosts several workshops that deal with many issues that you could potential face such as help for international students adapt to a new environment, fighting against procrastination, etc.
–Get a good night sleep with Columbia’s sleep resources.
– Stressbusters organize events around the exam period to help you relax. Usually located at Butler Library, they offer back-rubs, bring puppies, and free snacks.