Location and Directions

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Campus Addresses

The Foundation Building
7 East 7th Street
Between Third and Fourth Avenues
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41 Cooper Square
Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets
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Administrative Offices (including the Office of Admissions)
30 Cooper Square
Fourth Avenue between 5th and 6th Streets
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The Cooper Union is easily accessible by public transportation. If you plan to visit by car, please allow extra time to navigate New York City traffic and to secure parking. There are multiple parking garages near The Cooper Union; however, it is recommended that you contact a parking garage ahead of time to ensure availability.

By Subway

The Astor Place stop served by the #6 train is the closest New York City subway stop to The Cooper Union. The R and W trains have a stop at 8th Street and Broadway, about 2 blocks west of The Cooper Union. For more information, please visit: www.mta.info.

By Car
From the East Side, use the FDR Drive and take Exit 5 (Houston Street). Take Houston Street westbound to Lafayette Street. Turn right (north) on Lafayette, and drive to Astor Place. Turn right on Astor Place and drive one block to Cooper Square.

From the West Side, take the West Side Highway to the 14th Street exit.  Turn left onto 14th Street to 3rd Avenue and make a right. Take 3rd Avenue to Cooper Square, which begins at 7th Street.

Please Note: The Cooper Union does not have designated visitor parking. Limited street parking is available, as well as several nearby parking garages where you can expect to pay approximately $8-10/half hour.

By Bus
Buses arrive at the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 42nd Street. From the terminal, you may take a taxi, the subway (S train to Grand Central and then the #6 train downtown), or MTA buses (crosstown M42 to Lexington Ave., ask for a transfer and switch to the downtown M101). For more information, please visit: www.mta.info.

By Railroad
Long distance trains generally arrive at Penn Station (32nd-33rd Street and 7th Avenue). From Penn, either take a taxi to The Cooper Union, or get on the downtown R or W subway (at 34th Street and 6th Avenue). Metro North trains arrive at Grand Central Station where you may either take a taxi or the downtown #6 subway. For more information, please visit: www.mta.info.

Airport Information

While there are several New York City area airports, the John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia, and Newark Liberty airports are closest to The Cooper Union. Ground transportation is available at all airports. For more detailed information about ground transportation and fares, please visit: http://www.panynj.gov/airports/

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.