You made it to New York City!
Summer internships in the Big Apple are really exciting—whether they’re in finance, media, the arts, or any other industry.
But you might also find yourself feeling a bit overwhelmed in the sea of 8.5 million people.
Like, how are you supposed to work all day, feed yourself, do your laundry, and keep your apartment from turning into a complete disaster?
Business Insider is here to help. We’ve compiled a list of life hacks to get you through that summer internship.
Check them out.
Portia Crowe and Lucinda Shen contributed to an earlier version of this post.
First, buy a MetroCard
The New York City subway has 472 stations across 722 miles of track. This means you can get almost anywhere in the city for just $ 2.75. That’s a steal compared to cabs, Uber, or Lyft.
You can save even more with an unlimited MetroCard. These are especially useful if you’ll be commuting to work every day.
A 30-day unlimited is $ 121, so after 44 swipes the card will pay for itself. (For comparison, a normal month has around 20-22 work days, and don’t forget weekends!)
And if you lose your card, don’t worry. The MTA will reimburse you a prorated amount for however many days were left on the pass (roughly $ 4 a day).
Better yet, go on bike
There are 600 Citi Bike docks throughout the city—and the system is rapidly expanding to farther away neighborhoods.
A day pass is $ 24, offering unlimited half-hour rides for 24 hours, which isn’t bad if you want to spend an afternoon riding along the river.
But to get your money’s worth, shell out for a full-year pass and you’ll get unlimited 45 minute rides for $ 14 a month. It’s great for one-way trips or getting somewhere the subway doesn’t go.
Download all of the transit apps.
Google Maps is a good start, especially now that it has x-ray maps of the subway stations.
Add on City Mapper, and you’re really in business. Just save your home, work and any other important address and you’ll have subway, bus, biking, walking or riding directions just a tap away.
If you’re really feeling charitable, Transit uses the location of other riders to tell you when the next train is coming—a miraculous feat given the how old the technology running the entire subway system is. But you have to share data in order to get data.
As a final addition to your arsenal, try Exit Strategy, it’ll tell you where to go, as well as where you should stand on a platform so you can be closest to the exit at your destination. It’s worth the $ 4.