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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't really know much about off-campus housing but what I do know for sure is that they are very expensive. They should provide some discounts for Hunter students!

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Living in New York City, you can have the worst of options or the best of options.

1 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I hate living off campus and the on campus doesnt seem much of an upgrade.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: It's better to just find your own place.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: It is expensive and complicated to live in the city off campus.


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Since Hunter's dorm only houses about 600 out of more than 20,000 students who attend Hunter, it's not uncommon to find "roommate wanted" ads around campus. Finding an apartment within walking distance from Hunter is almost impossible, unless your family happens to own a really expensive apartment on the Upper East Side. However, students who don't live with their parents or at Brookdale tend to rent apartments in Queens or Brooklyn, making their daily commute to Hunter between 20 and 45 minutes.

The quality of apartments really depends on the neighborhood. Many students prefer to live in the East Village and other neighborhoods that offer a comfortable environment designed for young people like college students. When the cost of an apartment is split with a roommate or two, it becomes relatively affordable, especially if it is only a few minutes away from Hunter. Finding an apartment is a somewhat annoying and frustratingly long process, so it's recommended that you start early, look through Hunter's Alternative Housing website, and put up an ad advertising for a roommate even before you find an apartment so that you have someone to look at potential homes with.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Months before the semester starts
Popular Areas
  • Astoria
  • Carroll Gardens
  • Cobble Hill
  • East Village
  • Fort Greene
  • Jackson Heights
  • Long Island City
  • Lower East Side
  • Williamsburg
Average Rents
  • Studio: $1,350
  • 1 BR: $1,450
  • 2 BR: $1,600

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 120 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 121 responses

  • 5% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 50% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 39% 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 119 responses

  • 8% Extremely helpful.
  • 50% Somewhat helpful.
  • 42% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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