Congratulations! You made it! Now before you fly here, make sure you have these documents ready, or you're expecting extra hours in the immigration.
If it is your first time here, better get Taxi, Uber, or Lyft. Other alternatives are:
To get around New York, you can easily go anywhere by subway. Here are the fares:
If you are able to secure a dorm / on-campus housing, great! But if not, that will be a bit tricky. In general, you have to have income 40x of your rent, or guarantor with income 80x of your rent. Alternatively, you can get a sublet room for several months. Here are some useful links:
Beware to avoid scam, make sure to visit the apartment prior to signing / paying anything.