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Weather: New York can be freezing in the winter, and it's hot and humid in the summer. Layering clothing is essential to winter survival because you are constantly moving in and out of heated classrooms to cold halls. Bring a coat that is waterproof and easy to put on and take off. Hats, scarves and gloves are a must, too.

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Weather: Summer in this city is gross. There is a layer of slime that coats everyone's skin from late spring until fall arrives. Bring clothing that breathes because air-conditioning is a luxury that most people choose not to possess. Bring baby powder. Lots of it.

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Weather: Bring an umbrella, or two.

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Weather: Columbia experiences all four seasons!

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Weather: Mild in spring, and cold cold cold the rest of the time. Be prepared for very cold weather, though, it isn't consistently bad.

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Weather: New York gets very cold, windy, and wet in the wintertime. In the summer, however, the weatheris hot, humid, and sticky. You're going to want to break out your coats and sweaters, and you're going to want to bring not only some of your lightweight summer gear, but an air conditioner, as well.

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Off-Campus Dining: Remember that Columbia is in New York City, where you can get virtually any type of food you want at any time of the day.

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Off-Campus Dining: There are some great little places around the area that have good stuff. Koronet's serves huge slices of pizza for cheap ($2-$3). There's an Ollie's across Broadway for Chinese-American, Tomo for Japanese down the road, Pinnacle has pizza and sandwiches, and there's the Milano Market, the Mill (Korean), and the Hungarian Pastry Shop on Amsterdam. There is a bunch more, and they're all in walking distance. Of course, if you're feeling adventurous enough, you can always hop on the subway and try out other restaurants around the city.

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Off-Campus Dining: There are about 20 restaurants within a few blocks of campus. Lunch specials abound with Caffe Swish being among the best with its tasty Asian fusion cuisine and lousy service. There are sandwich shops, pizza parlors, and diners available for quick bites. The West End is probably the most popular place to eat. It's only a block or two away from school, and it offers a little bit of everything, from bar food to Mexican eats, as well as French and Italian dishes.

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Off-Campus Dining: The food in New York City is great! You can find anything you want. I love Go Sushi! If you want names, just go to a nightlife Web site.

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Off-Campus Dining: The area around Columbia is adorable, and there is everything you can imagine from Ethiopian to French. There's Thai, Chinese, falafel, bagels, and coffee shops. It's really a great area.

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Off-Campus Dining: Any place in New York City has to be good or else it won't survive. There are so many great places within a few blocks or a short subway ride away. Pasta Presto is a great Italian place. Sophia's is another Italian place that is cheaper and has great Monday night specials. Mama Mexico is awesome; it's down a bit farther but worth the walk. Koronet Pizzeria has great cheap and huge pizza-I mean it's huge-something that you have to see for yourself! There is also Indian Café, a wrap place, and a ton of Asian spots for take out or eat in. My favorite for take out Chinese is Empire Corner because it's yummy, quick, and pretty inexpensive!

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Off-Campus Dining: New York City has some of the best restaurants in the world. Don't have much money? Head down to Gray's Papaya. Best hot dogs on the planet. Want to stay close to campus? Check out the restaurant row on Amsterdam and 123rd.

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Off-Campus Dining: The immediate neighborhood is full of restaurants several of which are really lackluster. For a good deal on a sushi lunch, go to Tomo. For an enormous slice of pizza, you've got Koronet Pizzeria. And for a little bit of relaxingly aloof service, there's Toasties, which serves an array of sturdy Americana dishes.

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Off-Campus Dining: They're really good places around Columbia, in my opinion. There are some nice sit-down places, which I go to infrequently. There are also lots of good pizza places and delis. Some good names include Koronet Pizzeria, Famous Famiglia, The Wrapp Factory, and a lot more.

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Off-Campus Dining: Oh gosh! There are so many! And all are a lot of fun to go to. There's Le Monde, Deluxe, Tom's, Nacho Mama's, Nussbaum & Wu, Columbia Cottage, Café Pertutti, two supermarkets, two Starbucks, and who can forget AmCaf and West End-the Real World: New York went there one episode.

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Off-Campus Dining: All the restaurants around the campus are excellent. The diversity of the restaurants is awesome.

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Off-Campus Dining: Although the food in this part of town is good, it's worthwhile to hop on the train and check out Negril Chelsea on 23rd and 9th. This is the best place to eat in New York. It is a Jamaican restaurant with spicy meals that hit the spot after a rough week of classes.

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Off-Campus Dining: There are lots of good restaurants in the area. There are good sit-down restaurants everywhere on Broadway, including Tom's Restaurant, which is the restaurant they always show on Seinfeld. My favorites are a French place called Le Monde, an Italian place called V&T Pizza, and a noodle shop called Ollie's.

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Off-Campus Dining: New York City is filled with fabulous restaurants. I can't even begin to explain all the wonderful cuisine in the entire city. You can find food from all over the world.

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Off-Campus Dining: Off campus, there are a ton of places. There's good Italian (Max's on 123rd and Amsterdam, or Taci), pretty good Chinese, and good Indian. Plus, of course there's Tom's Diner of Seinfeld fame.

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Off-Campus Dining: Tom's Restaurant (the one from the song by Susanne Vega and pictured in Seinfeld all the time) is one block from campus. The Heights has really good food, and Le Monde has an amazing Belgian beer selection. Things are pretty expensive at most of the places in the City, so I'm really not sure how the average Joe eats; we only get chicken and rice and beans.

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Transportation: The subway is your friend, and you will quickly learn how to maneuver and transfer like a pro. Cabs are also abundant and inexpensive if you are going with other people. There is also the trusty old bus.

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Transportation: The subway and bus lines take some getting used to, especially for people who love the independence associated with having access to a car, but they are simple to use. Public transportation in New York is cheap, and it takes you within a block or two of where you want to go at any time. The only problem is that Murphy's Law often comes into play when waiting for a subway. When you are running late, so is the train. When you have all the time in the world, the train is there to greet you. This makes planing meeting times a bit difficult. You need to give yourself a 15-minute time cushion to get anywhere because you never know if the trains will be on time. Cabs are a good alternative for those who hate to wait for the subway. If you have a few people with you, splitting a cab ride downtown is not a great expense.

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Transportation: The bus or a subway will take you wherever you need to go. The greatest thing about it is that they run all night long, too.

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Columbia has a unique culture and school spirit. The intense workload and level of academic rigor bring students together in a culture of cozy complaint. Columbians constantly whine about their amount of work, but they also find a way to come together and persevere, and friendships are formed in this shared struggle.

Columbia is not for the faint of heart or those who need their hand to be held every step of the way through their college career. If you need help and seek it out, you will find it. But no one is going to sit down and explain everything to you, and Columbia can be pretty intimidating for that reason. However, this means that students are given the opportunity from the get-go to be independent and to decide for themselves what their college experience will mean for them. Columbia provides amazing resources and can help you achieve just about anything, or will at the very least encourage you to pursue whatever it is you want. The academics are amazing, and the Core Curriculum gives students a shared knowledge of Western thought, which is hugely influential in the way students will approach academics, careers, and life in general. The Columbia experience is an incredible one, and any student lucky enough to get in should definitely take advantage of such a wonderful, rare opportunity!

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