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Off-Campus Housing


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2 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: NYC housing sucks and it always will.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I would suggest living in off-campus housing if you are looking for added freedom. Lots of student opt for off-campus housing instead of bothering with the bureaucratic school process.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I've heard it can be great, but depends.

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2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: New York is VERY expensive and as a graduate student the only option is off campus housing...

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Living off campus all depends on what you're looking for, what you're willing to spend, and how far you're willing to travel. In general, it can be expensive, parking sucks but there is reliable public transit, and everything is a bit smaller if you live in the city. If you know someone who already lives around the area it be much easier to find someone who needs a roommate.

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New York City is easily one of the most expensive places to live, and rent is definitely a reflection of that. Most students find that the luxury of off-campus living is not worth the time, effort, and money. Additionally, those who do choose to live off campus often end up living very far away from campus, such as in Astoria or Brooklyn, where rent is considerably cheaper. While it may seem exciting to live like a real New Yorker in a tiny studio apartment, the commute is exhausting, and the vast majority of students chooses the security and relative cheapness of campus housing.

For students who find themselves with summer internships in the city, subletting is often a good option. Lots of people leave the city in the summer and are willing to lease you their space for a few months on the cheap. Good luck finding something, though. Usually you have to know someone who knows someone in order to find a place, and most appealing offers get snatched up in an instant.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Right after you hit the lottery
Popular Areas
  • Astoria
  • Brooklyn
  • Harlem
  • Washington Heights
Average Rents
  • Studio: $1,953
  • 1 BR: $2,747
  • 2 BR: $3,865

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 79 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 78 responses

  • 10% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 28% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 36% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 26% 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 78 responses

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