Off-Campus Housing

New York, NY
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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Apartment hunting in NYC can be a pain. Many apartments are quite small and expensive so it's always better to have roommates. Parking is difficult anywhere in the city unless you are willing to pay for parking garages. It's more convenient to walk or use the public transportation because everything is pretty close -- food, shopping, spa, name it. NYU also has shuttle buses on different routes.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Think: NYC apartment hunting. It's expensive, tedious, a pain, and sometimes with a low budget, you'll get an apartment that resembles a closet. Totally worth it though, because NYU dorms are so expensive. Even if your apartment is far, the train system is excellent.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I'm not sure it's too expensive for me to consider.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There is no getting around it: the process of renting an apartment in New York City is painstakingly difficult. It takes a lot of effort to find the right place and get all the paperwork and funds together. However, that being said, once the technicalities are over with, I think it pays off to have your own off-campus place for the latter half of your college education. I am enjoying being that much closer to independently supporting myself. It is a nice change of pace and environment. And most importantly, it can turn out to be much cheaper than on-campus housing if you share with roommates.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is just students trying to find an apartment in New York City which as everyone knows is an extremely difficult and tiring process. It takes time and it is not cheap but it is necessary to find an apartment on the island because otherwise transportation takes very long. Speaking of which, no matter where you find housing, public transportation is always easy to find. Cars on the other hand, aren't at all welcomed at NYU. It is too expensive to find a place to store a car and on top of that there is constantly traffic. Your best best is the subway or a cab, or mostly walking if close enough to campus. It is pretty safe to have an apartment anywhere on the island, and though you don't have NYU campus safety near your apartment NYPD is everywhere.


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  • 1020th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

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Victoria Adesoba
Downtown Brooklyn
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If you leave campus housing, you can pretty much count on never getting back in. That being said, search at your own risk. It’s not impossible to find a cheaper apartment outside of NYU; however, usually there are compromises to be made. Affordable off-campus apartments can be far away and are usually not nearly as spacious as some NYU has to offer. They also require signing a yearly lease, so if you don’t plan on living in the city year-round or subletting to someone else while you’re away for the summer, then an off-campus apartment is not the right choice.

NYU dorms are pricey, but there are actually city apartments that can be cheaper. Craigslist is a great website to scout for places—a lot of times, you can get hidden steals. Another option is to see apartments through brokers, but watch out because some of them can be pretty sneaky. NYU also has an Off-Campus Housing Office (OCHO) that does a great job helping students find roommates and apartments. There are sacrifices to living off campus, such as a longer commute to class, not always having a security guard, or walking up apartment steps (no elevators!). You may even have to (gasp!) move to Brooklyn to afford housing. It's not advisable to move off campus as an underclassman because you will find a lot of your social circle will be made in your first few semesters. Suggestion: wait until junior year to move off campus and choose a few friends you will be comfortable living with. Many landlords are willing to negotiate with students, so finding off-campus housing may still pay off instead of dorming. Finding roommates with whom to share the rent doesn't hurt, either!

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Popular Areas
  • Brookline
  • East Village
  • Financial District
  • West Village
  • Williamsburg
Average Rents
  • Studio: $1,300
  • 1 BR: $1,500
  • 2 BR: $1,800

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 163 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 161 responses

  • 4% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 29% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 60% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 7% 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 161 responses

  • 37% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 48% Somewhat helpful.
  • 14% Extremely helpful.


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