Manhattanville College Housing and Nearby Apartments


Running along the edges of the Frederick Law Olmstead-designed quadrangle are Manhattanville's on-campus housing residences which, given the bucolic surroundings, are unsurprisingly popular living options for students here, with nearly two-thirds of undergraduates moving into the dorms each year. First-year students seeking housing on-campus--some 400 in all--are placed in the traditional-style dormitory Spellman Hall, whereas upper-class students reside in Founders Hall (which is also laid out in familiar dormitory fashion) or the suites at Tenney Hall and Dammann Hall. All of the on-campus housing at Manhattanville College provides students with basic amenities such a communal kitchens, vending machines, laundry facilities, cable TV, and LAN-based internet access. Manhattanville College also provides a small number of upper-class students with what they call "Special Interest Housing", a trio of on-campus cottages, the Burnett, Houston, and Olmstead Houses, located in relative seclusion on the edges of the grounds. To live in one of the Manhattanville cottages, a group of students must apply with a stated theme to their house; a writer's house, say, or a social action house, or a sports-team-themed house. Still though, even with all of these housing options, more than a third of the school's undergraduate students, and all of its graduate students, need to find some sort of off-campus housing. The hamlet of Purchase, as well as the town of Harrison, in which it resides, are both extremely pretty, quiet, suburban enclaves, and rental apartments, when available, are priced accordingly. Condos and homes for faculty are similarly not inexpensive. Which is why many people looking off-campus for housing expand their search into the neighboring city of White Plains, which has a (slightly) more urban feel to it, and certainly boasts a greater number of affordable housing options than most of the surrounding area.

About Manhattanville College

After more than a century in several Manhattan locations--first along Houston Street, when it was a Catholic boarding school for girls; later in Harlem, on a hill overlooking the Manhattanville neighborhood--in 1952 Manhattanville College shed "of the Sacred Heart" from its name and moved to more spacious (and certainly leafier) grounds in the Westchester County hamlet of Purchase. Today Manhattanville thrives in own small way, with nearly 1,800 undergraduate and another 1,000 graduate students spreading themselves out over the college's 100-acre suburban campus. At the center of the Manhattanville campus in Purchase is the castle-like Reid Hall, which was built in 1864 and is named after Whitelaw Reid, the long-time owner of the legendary New York Herald Tribune. Reid Hall overlooks Manhattanville's main quad, designed by none other than the aforementioned Frederick Law Olmstead, the creative genius behind a long list of iconic outdoor spaces, including Central Park and Prospect Park in Brooklyn. At one point Reid Hall and its grounds were considered as a possible home for the United Nations, and the whole area was officially included in the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. Scroll down to view apartments near Manhattanville College.