Off-Campus Housing

New York, NY
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: If you share an apartment with more than three others then it can be affordable, and by that I mean roughly on-par with on-campus housing. Not much money is saved for the added inconvenience.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Housing prices vary greatly. If you are lucky you can find something nicer and cheaper than on campus housing. However, you really have to be at the right place at the right time.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's too expensive to live off campus in NY, so most people don't even try.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing in the neighborhood by medical campus is affordable yet the environment is not ideal.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I live off campus, so I would probably be the worst person to ask. Columbia is in NYC so apartments are pricey and small, as expected but in exchange you get to live in what is argued to be the greatest city in the world.


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  • 1336th
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Sara Cervantes
Austin, TX
English and American Studies
Grad Year
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New York City is easily one of the most expensive places to live, and rent is definitely a reflection of that. Most students find that the luxury of off-campus living is not worth the time, effort, and money. Additionally, those who do choose to live off campus often end up living very far away from campus, such as in Astoria or Brooklyn, where rent is considerably cheaper. While it may seem exciting to live like a real New Yorker in a tiny studio apartment, the commute is exhausting, and the vast majority of students chooses the security and relative cheapness of campus housing.

For students who find themselves with summer internships in the city, subletting is often a good option. Lots of people leave the city in the summer and are willing to lease you their space for a few months on the cheap. Good luck finding something, though. Usually you have to know someone who knows someone in order to find a place, and most appealing offers get snatched up in an instant.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Best Time to Look for a Place
Right after you hit the lottery
Popular Areas
  • Astoria
  • Brooklyn
  • Harlem
  • Washington Heights
Average Rents
  • Studio: $1,953
  • 1 BR: $2,747
  • 2 BR: $3,865

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 45 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 46 responses

  • 33% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 37% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 20% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 11% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 45 responses

  • 49% Not very helpful.
  • 2% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 29% Somewhat helpful.
  • 20% Extremely helpful.
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