Studying Land Use and Housing

New York University offers countless opportunities for students to study the topics of land use, real estate, housing and urban policy.  Two of the university’s schools with the greatest connection to these issue areas are the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and the School of Law.  Programs at both schools promote an interdisciplinary approach, often drawing from the fields of economics, legal theory, urban planning, policy, political science, design and finance, and students are able to enroll in classes in both schools, as well as with the Stern School of Business and the Schack Institute of Real Estate.  New York University’s location in the heart of one of the world’s most dynamic urban centers enables students to use the City as a laboratory; courses are designed to push students to apply the concepts learned in class to the current challenges and opportunities facing the City.

NYU also offers an abundance of opportunities for students to get involved in activities outside of the classroom, including conferences, student groups, volunteer activities and seminars and lectures on topics as diverse as transportation planning to homelessness issues.  The Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy is an important nexus of that activity.  In addition to working with dozens of graduate research assistants and doctoral students, who get an opportunity to work directly with Faculty Directors on Center research, the Furman Center provides students with opportunities to learn about other research and policy work going on through its monthly brownbag lunches and bi-annual policy breakfast series.

Faculty at both schools are extremely active in their fields: practicing professionally, publishing original research, supporting the work of local non-profits, and advising government officials.  The NYU alumni network in the areas of real estate, city government and urban issues is unparalleled, and there are numerous opportunities to meet and connect with alumni, faculty and other important members of the urban development community. Wagner and the Law School both host many events such as career panels, job fairs and networking receptions specifically aimed at connecting students with work opportunities.

We invite you to read more about the relevant faculty, courses, and extracurricular activities in land use, real estate, housing and urban policy on the Wagner and Law School links.