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Off-Campus Housing


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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The upperclassmen dorms are generally suite-style in apartment buildings. Apartments in this area are more expensive, so it's not worth leaving the campus housing system. Lots of campus housing is actually pretty far away from campus, though I don't think it would be easier and/or cheaper to get an apartment.

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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's New York City, small and expensive apartments are expected.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are dorms as far as ten blocks away from campus, but are still considered on campus housing, so if you want to feel further from the college there are options without needing to rent an apartment.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is very expensive for a small space.

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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: You can pay a fortune and live in a tiny apartment in Morningside Heights or you can pay a fortune and live in a tiny apartment AND commute to your 9 am class. Better make sure you packed all the right books, cus you never know with the 1 train.


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There are some beautiful places to live off campus, and pretty much anyone can imagine themselves living across the street from Central Park with skyline views. However, not many people, not to mention college students, can afford this. Apartments in New York are very expensive, and unless you're one of those lucky people who can afford this type of luxury, living off campus is probably not the best idea. When talking with Barnard students, it is sometimes difficult to discern what "off-campus" housing is. Some students consider it to be housing that's owned by the college and is located far away, while others view it as non-college-owned property. Morningside Heights is a very nice area to live in and is very convenient for involvement on campus and going to class, but prices in this area are a little bit high.

The next most obvious choice would be to look for a place in a nearby neighborhood; however, outside of Morningside Heights, the prices tend to be even higher or the neighborhood isn't in a great area. But people do find housing off campus and are usually very happy with it. This often happens when a group of people are able to find a good deal in Morningside Heights. If you can find a good deal, it might be worth it to you, but do keep in mind that housing on campus comes in all varieties, so it's worth checking out all your options. Getting housing through the school can be cheaper and just less of a hassle.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
End of spring semester or beginning of fall semester
Popular Areas
  • Morningside Heights
  • Upper West Side
Average Rents
  • Studio: $1,000
  • 1 BR: $1,400
  • 2 BR: $2,400

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 27 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 28 responses

  • 7% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 11% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 46% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 36% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 28 responses

  • 7% Extremely helpful.
  • 39% Somewhat helpful.
  • 54% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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