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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I live with my parents

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Many people don't really live on campus because they commute. A lot end up staying at the dorms. But, there are a lot of apartments around and being in harlem, prices are pretty decent. I know the school does help with finding housing, but i don't know how well they are.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing would be a manhattan apartment which means it's small and expensive. Parking will most likely be nonexistent just take public transport it's manhattan after all.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Great, cheaper and closer option then campus dorms.

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: it's more convent for me to live with my parents because I have to pay bills


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While City College does have dorms, it is primarily a commuter school. Most of the student body resides in the four boroughs that surround Manhattan. Students who wish to live on their own should explore apartments in all the boroughs, particularly in the areas adjacent to the college—with roommates the rent can be affordable. If you feel it's undesirable to live above 125th street, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens have plenty of apartments available for rent. Living on your own is difficult if you don't have a job to help pay the bills, so make sure you can afford it before signing a lease. It should be noted that living in downtown Manhattan is probably unrealistic; the rent is higher and there are fewer apartments available. To find an off-campus apartment, you should start reading the classifieds and scouting out places early.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
The minute you receive your acceptance letter. Places fill up fast!
Popular Areas
  • International House
  • Inwood and Washington Heights are nice places to live, and they are relatively affordable.
  • Pennington Friends House
  • Queens and Brooklyn are the two boroughs with the most apartments available, and it is usually cheaper to live there than in the city.
  • The Sussex House

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 121 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 122 responses

  • 11% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 65% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 18% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 6% 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 121 responses

  • 13% Extremely helpful.
  • 54% Somewhat helpful.
  • 32% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.


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