Off-Campus Housing

New York, NY
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4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: I am not an off-campus student but from what others say, it is very convenient and they are happy with their decision.

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Off-Campus Housing: This does not apply to me.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I don't have any experience, but I've heard it's quite pricey. I guess going to Brooklyn would be a better option.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: New York is expensive. FInding an apartment that is affordable, close to campus, and nice is impossible. You need to be willing to give up at least one of those three qualities to find an apartment outside of the university.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: New York City is one of craziest places to try and get an apartment. Prices are always too high and you may get stuck sharing your room with 2 or 3 people in something that resembles the size of your pantry back home, but if you can snag a good find, an apartment is worth it. Freedom, doormen and privacy can all be factors in choosing to get an apartment.


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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 151 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 152 responses

  • 4% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 27% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 61% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 8% 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 151 responses

  • 37% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 47% Somewhat helpful.
  • 15% Extremely helpful.


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