Fordham Is My School: Live From GSE At Rose Hill

Live from GSE, our Student Ambassadors are pleased to present the first installment in our “Fordham Is My School” series. Matt and Ali provide information about Fordham’s three New York area campuses, including fun places to see and things to do for students.

Matt On Rose Hill:

Have you ever wondered what those maroon vans outside of the Lincoln Center campus are for? Have you ever wondered what this place called ‘Rose Hill’ is? Were you ever interested in exploring Fordham’s uptown home in the Bronx? Well, as a former Fordham undergrad student, I would like to introduce you to the other side of Fordham University!
Those maroon vans with the Fordham logo on the side are called Ram Vans, which transport students, faculty, and staff directly front he Rose hill campus to the Lincoln Center campus, and vice versa. The Ram Vans run every half hour between the two campuses and cost $3.00 per ride, or $6.00 round trip. It is a convenient and easy way to travel between the two boroughs, especially if you have yet to visit the beautiful landscape of Rose Hill. To secure a spot on the Ram Van, students are urged to sign up for a half hour time slot before they enter the van. The sign up book is located at the front guard desk of the Lowenstein Building. For more information you can contact the office at (718) 817-4346 or Marc Canton, the director of Intercampus Transportation, at, as well as visiting the Ram Van section of Fordham’s website, located under the Student Affairs drop down menu.
Now you may be asking yourself, “What exactly is there to do in the Bronx?” Well, besides taking a stroll around the quad, Edward’s Parade, and viewing the oasis of Fordham’s campus in the Bronx, you can visit The Bronx Zoo (home of GSE’s MST & MSE programs in Adolescence Biology/Conservation Life Science, which are offered in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society) and the New York Botanical Garden. Both historical venues are located across the street from the Rose Hill campus, which makes for an easy walk, and both sites offer wonderful Christmas displays! What’s more, Fordham students can receive special discounts and free tickets to enter the Zoo and the Garden. A free Grounds Pass for the Garden is offered to students showing a Fordham ID to the Information Desk located in the McGinley Student Center at Rose Hill. The Grounds Pass allows up to four people into the Botanical Garden for free; however, it does not cover the cost of Special Events at the Garden such as the 18th Annual Holiday Train Show with Gingerbread Adventures.
This show lasts through the holiday season up until January 10th. The show costs $20 for adults and is open from 10am-6pm. The world-famous Bronx Zoo is also a great place to have some winter family fun. Horse draw carriage rides are being offered now through the holiday, which takes you on a tour around the zoo. The Zoo is open from 10am-4:30 pm during the winter. Tickets are $15 for adults, but, as every Fordham student knows, the Zoo, has free admission on Wednesdays!

If you happen to get hungry during your trip to the Bronx, you could always visit the renowned Arthur Avenue. Considered the Little Italy of the Bronx, Arthur Ave. offers some of New York’s best Italian food. I always have dozens of restaurants that offer me home-style Italian cooking, and even some that taste better (but don’t tell my Grandma!). Those students with a sweet tooth can always stop in one of the many fine Italian bakeries for some cannoli and cookies. many Arthur Ave. restaurants are part of the Fordham Friends program. which offers different discounts to Fordham students when you present your ID. You can view many restaurants that offer student discounts on your account in the student tab under the neighborhood Discounts heading. And if you decide you’ve eaten too much that you to walk off dinner, take a stroll up East Fordham Road to visit the outdoor mall. For those student who need to do some last minute Christmas and holiday shopping, Fordham Road has stores such as Modell’s, P.C. Richards & Sons, and various jewelry stores, all of which offer discounts to Fordham students.

So, now that you have been introduced to the other side of Fordham, stop by some time and discover the world of the Boogie Down Bronx.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at Happy Holidays from GSE, and look forward to hearing from you!
– Matt
Check back soon for the next installment in the “Fordham Is My School” series: Live From GSE at Lincoln Center.


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