Off-Campus Housing

New York, NY
Tuition (in-state)
$12,039 ($5,829)
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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: If you have the money your best bet is to stick to the city it's close to the school, trains run 24/7, food is available at all hours, there are almost always people out so there is less of a safety concern. However if you're on a budget seeking a place outside the city is probably more realistic.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Finding an affordable apartment for students in New York City is extremely difficult.

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2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Manhattan has obscene housing costs. Most students live in apartments rented in the other boroughs or with their parents. Precious little help is available through the school. Practically no landlords or housing orgs have arrangements with the school because there would be no real profit motive to do so. They don't need to take 8-9 month student tenants when so many corporations and higher income individuals will pay 4000/mo and up to take apartments on a longer term basis.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Most students already live in New York.

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: If you have money, great, you can live close to school (20-30mins pub transportation). However, if you're like any average college student struggling to get by, you either stay home and live with your rents, probably in one of the suburbs of NYC, approx 1 hour away by pub transportation, or you find your own roommate.

It really all depends on you, whether you have the money to live in the rich neighborhoods and skyrocketing prices of Manhattan real estate (approx 2k+ per month, including bills if you're lucky). If you don't, well, good luck finding a place to live because Hunter won't do anything for you.


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Etinosa Agbonlahor
Psychology and Creative Writing
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Since Hunter's dorm only houses about 600 out of more than 20,000 students who attend Hunter, it's not uncommon to find "roommate wanted" ads around campus. Finding an apartment within walking distance from Hunter is almost impossible, unless your family happens to own a really expensive apartment on the Upper East Side. However, students who don't live with their parents or at Brookdale tend to rent apartments in Queens or Brooklyn, making their daily commute to Hunter between 20 and 45 minutes.

The quality of apartments really depends on the neighborhood. Many students prefer to live in the East Village and other neighborhoods that offer a comfortable environment designed for young people like college students. When the cost of an apartment is split with a roommate or two, it becomes relatively affordable, especially if it is only a few minutes away from Hunter. Finding an apartment is a somewhat annoying and frustratingly long process, so it's recommended that you start early, look through Hunter's Alternative Housing website, and put up an ad advertising for a roommate even before you find an apartment so that you have someone to look at potential homes with.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Months before the semester starts
Popular Areas
  • Astoria
  • Carroll Gardens
  • Cobble Hill
  • East Village
  • Fort Greene
  • Jackson Heights
  • Long Island City
  • Lower East Side
  • Williamsburg
Average Rents
  • Studio: $1,350
  • 1 BR: $1,450
  • 2 BR: $1,600

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 74 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 74 responses

  • 3% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 35% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 57% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 5% 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 74 responses

  • 39% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 53% Somewhat helpful.
  • 8% Extremely helpful.
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