Off-Campus Housing

New York, NY
Tuition (in-state)
$13,190 ($4,790)
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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I do not dorm off campus, but I commute to and from Long Island via the L.I.R.R. I have gotten used to the 1 hour commute, but others really like dorming near FIT, or in queens. Finding a nice, clean room/flat will be very expensive. And you definitely will have a roommate, unless you can pay min. $2,000/month on your own.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: NYC is one of the most expensive cities in the country. Off campus housing is worth it though because you end up paying the same amount as you would for a dorm, but you get the extra three months of the year by signing a lease. My advise is the more roommates you have, the cheaper your apartment overall.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: There are many options off campus, but it is new york and rents are very high. A dorm room with utility taken care of and the added security seems more convenient.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: its expensive but you have everything available to you close by

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I live with family off campus, but I know that if someone were to live in another lace they could find one with decent transportation by it so that they could get to school easily. Most students at FIT commute, so that should say something.


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  • 1197th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kristen Babson
Charlotte, NC
Fashion Merchandising Management
Grad Year
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Being the most populated city in America, as well as one of the most expensive, New York City can be almost impossible when it comes to searching for an apartment. For students, costs can be cut by living with roommates; not only is the rent shared, but also utilities and security fees can be split. Having a roommate is an easy way to save, but be prepared for much smaller living spaces.

Although prices may be sky high, some students have found that if you break down the cost of a dorm room plus a meal plan, it is sometimes more beneficial to search for an apartment; it just depends on what is wanted. The prices may vary, but the freedom can sometimes be worth it.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Although the real estate market stays busy all year long, a lot of people have said that January is the best time to find an apartment.
Popular Areas
  • Brooklyn
  • Chelsea
  • East Village
  • Upper West Side
Average Rents
  • Studio: $1,300
  • 1 BR: $1,500
  • 2 BR: $2,000
Did You Know?
FIT allows current students to post off-campus listings into an online database that is only viewable to FIT students.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 66 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 66 responses

  • 2% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 42% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 50% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 6% 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 66 responses

  • 50% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 39% Somewhat helpful.
  • 11% Extremely helpful.
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