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3 College Freshman

Local Area: I wish there was better transportation from the east side to the west side. Other than that, it's NYC and everything is available at all times

4 College Senior

Local Area: Its the UES of NYC so there is a little bit of everything - parks, museums, nightlife, shopping, etc.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Its NYC, so it is great, but there aren't many affordable places to eat without taking a subway ride.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: It's New York City. What do you think?

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: The area is not the most aesthetically pleasing when it comes to city life, but the trains are easily accessible and can take you to areas that are.


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Hunter College is a lot like New York City itself. There are many things to keep students entertained, and most students prefer to spend their free time in the surrounding area or to take the trains to wherever they want to shop, eat, watch a movie, or just hang out. For most of the areas around the school (and Manhattan in general), safety is not an issue, as the streets are often filled with people.

To the north and south of Hunter are large stores like Bloomingdale's, H&M, and Victoria's Secret, as well as bookstores, coffeehouses, cinemas, libraries, and a multitude of restaurants that serve everything from unique salads to Indian food. To the west is Central Park, the Lincoln Center, and a ton of museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art. To the east is the East River and large stores like The Food Emporium. There are a wide variety of things that students can do around Hunter, but students can also take MTA buses or trains to other boroughs or to the Lower East Side where prices are more student friendly. Schooling in the middle of Manhattan definitely has its perks, and while prices may be on the high side for students' budgets, many places around the city offer discounts to students with an ID (some museums also let students in for free).

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Six in 10 residents ride the city's subway system, including New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who can be seen every morning on the 6 line.
  2. Thirty-six percent of the New York City population was born outside of the United States.
  3. New York City has 4,000 street vendors who sell food like hot dogs, pretzels, and other snacks.
Notable Natives
  • 50 Cent - rapper and actor
  • Herman Melville - author of Moby Dick
  • Jack Nicholson - actor
  • Al Pacino - actor
  • Colin Powell - former Secretary of State
  • Adam Sandler - actor and comedian
  • Martin Scorsese - director
  • Jerry Seinfeld - comedian
  • Christopher Walken - actor
Local Slang
  • The 1/2/3/5/A/C/E/etc.: Trains are called by their numbers or letters. For example, a Hunter College student will take the 6 to school every day (meaning the 6 train).
  • Bodegas: Local delis
  • The City: Manhattan
  • MTA: Any train or bus
Points of Interest
  • Astor Place
  • Bronx Zoo
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Central Park
  • Chrysler Building
  • City Hall Park
  • Coney Island
  • Ellis Island
  • Empire State Building
  • Grand Central Terminal
  • Grant’s Tomb
  • Ground Zero
  • Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
  • Macy’s Department Store
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • Museum of Natural History
  • New York Botanical Garden
  • New York Public Library
  • New York Stock Exchange
  • Radio City Music Hall
  • Rockefeller Center
  • Saint Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Times Square
  • United Nations Headquarters
  • Wall Street
  • Yankee Stadium
Shopping Centers
  • Bergdorf Goodman
  • Bloomingdale's
  • Kings Plaza Shopping Center
  • Manhattan Mall
  • South Street Seaport
  • Staten Island Mall
  • Trump Tower
Movie Theaters
AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13
1998 Broadway
New York
(212) 336-5000
Movie Theaters
Cinema 1 2 3
1001 Third Ave.
New York
(212) 753-6022
Movie Theaters
Clearview Cinemas: First and 62nd Cinemas
400 E. 62nd St. #1
New York
(212) 752-0694
Movie Theaters
United Artists 64th and 2nd
1210 Second Ave.
New York
(800) 326-3264
Major Sports Teams
  • New York Giants: NFL
  • New York Islanders: NHL
  • New York Jets: NFL
  • New York Knicks: NBA
  • New York Mets: MLB
  • New York Rangers: NHL
  • New York Yankees: MLB
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Boston: : 4 hours
  • Philadelphia: : 2 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 110 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 110 responses

  • 93% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 0% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 0% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 7% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 110 responses

  • 41% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 41% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 18% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 110 responses

  • 47% Totally.
  • 44% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 9% No way.


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