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CUNY Free Subscription to NY Times and Wall St. Journal

Free Access to the New York Times and Wall Street Journal

New York Times

Anyone with a valid CUNY email address can sign up for free access to the website and apps. It also means that you can cancel your personal subscription to! (But first read the “Restrictions” section below to make sure you want to cancel.)

How to Register for Your Free Academic Pass:

  1. Go to
  2. Click Register to create a account using your email address. If you already have a NYTimes account (free or paid) associated with your CUNY email, you need to unlink your CUNY email from that account before signing up for your Academic Pass. Log in to, click your Username in the top right corner, select “My Account,” and replace your CUNY address with a non-CUNY one. You can then use your CUNY address to register for your pass.
  3. At the bottom of the Welcome page, click “Continue.” You will be prompted to check your email. Watch for the confirmation message, which should arrive within 15 minutes.
  4. Click the link in the confirmation email. This will simultaneously verify your eligibility and grant your Academic Pass, which will provide access to for 52 weeks.
  5. If you don’t get the confirmation email, check your spam filter. If you still do not receive it, send an email from your CUNY email account to

Ongoing Use: Once you have activated your Academic Pass, you should have full access for 52 weeks (364 days) with no further action on your part. If you see a message that you are reaching the limit of free articles on the site, you’re probably not logged in. Simply log back in.

Renewal: As people who have signed up reach their one-year anniversary, their passes will expire, and they will start seeing the article counter again. Then, after accessing 10 articles, they will be prompted to subscribe or log in. When this happens to you, just go to and sign in as an existing subscriber to enjoy another free year of access to the digital New York Times.

Apps: Your Academic Pass includes access to the NYTimes apps. Once you have registered your Academic Pass, you can access on most web-capable devices.

Canceling a Personal Subscription: To cancel your personal subscription, call NYTimes customer service at 1-800-NYTIMES or, if you subscribed through iTunes, follow these instructions. There may be other things you have to do, depending on the device you have been using to read the NYTimes. If you had an annual subscription, you will receive a refund for the unused portion of the year. If you had a monthly subscription, you will not receive a refund for the month in which you cancel.

Wall Street Journal

Anyone with a valid CUNY email address can sign up for free access to the Wall Street Journal website and apps.

How to Register for Your Free Membership:

Go to

You will need to sign in each time you use it with your membership.

Professor/Staff Membership Expiration

All professors & staff retain WSJ membership for one year after activating. After that, they will have to re-activate their membership.

Student Membership Expiration

When a student activates their membership, they are required to input their graduation date & year. This is their membership expiration date. If they graduate later than expected and lose access, they can always re-activate their membership.

CUNY Free Access to Museums and Cultural Institutions

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"CUNY Arts is an initiative founded to create opportunities for all students to experience the richness of New York City’s arts and cultural institutions. CUNY recognizes that exposure to the arts improves students’ critical thinking skills, broadening their ability to think strategically, while acknowledging the absence of the arts in most of higher education. Our mission is to expose CUNY students to the wonders of the arts in NYC."