Off-Campus Housing

New York, NY
Tuition (in-state)
$11,969 ($5,759)
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5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: better off on campus or at home

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Since this campus consist of mostly commuting students, the dorm provided by city college is suffice and very tech savy on the inside

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The neighborhood is pretty or nice, the prices seem high, convenience is high though, but availability may be low, parking hard, safety low, and I don't know how the school helps because I've never tried to live off campus. I commute.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I live off campus with my parents and I know how to get around. The only thing I need to pay is for a metrocard for school.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Haven't really looked into this yet


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  • 604th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Melissa Charles & Garri Rivkin
New York, N.Y. & Vilnius, Lithuania
International Development of Women through Arts & English Literature
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While City College does have dorms, it is primarily a commuter school. Most of the student body resides in the four boroughs that surround Manhattan. Students who wish to live on their own should explore apartments in all the boroughs, particularly in the areas adjacent to the college—with roommates the rent can be affordable. If you feel it's undesirable to live above 125th street, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens have plenty of apartments available for rent. Living on your own is difficult if you don't have a job to help pay the bills, so make sure you can afford it before signing a lease. It should be noted that living in downtown Manhattan is probably unrealistic; the rent is higher and there are fewer apartments available. To find an off-campus apartment, you should start reading the classifieds and scouting out places early.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
The minute you receive your acceptance letter. Places fill up fast!
Popular Areas
  • International House
  • Inwood and Washington Heights are nice places to live, and they are relatively affordable.
  • Pennington Friends House
  • Queens and Brooklyn are the two boroughs with the most apartments available, and it is usually cheaper to live there than in the city.
  • The Sussex House

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 60 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 60 responses

  • 3% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 18% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 67% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 12% 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 60 responses

  • 28% Not very helpful.
  • 2% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 57% Somewhat helpful.
  • 13% Extremely helpful.


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