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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: On campus is a better deal

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2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing near campus is generally very expensive. A single room is about the cost of a single in a dorm building. Apartments near campus are very small for their cost. Of course, being in the city, you pay for location so there are shops, restaurants, and bars all around the area. Trains are in walking distance. You won't be able to have a car. A lot of the time, leases are required, and there are very expensive broker fees. Craigslist and NYU housing groups on Facebook are good places to look to avoid those fees. For cheaper, more diverse housing, you can look in other boroughs. You do have to commute by train 30+ minutes.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Still looking to try it

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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 168 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 164 responses

  • 13% Extremely helpful.
  • 49% Somewhat helpful.
  • 37% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 164 responses

  • 7% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 60% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 29% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 4% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.


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