Queens College Housing and Nearby Apartments


With all that's happening at Queens College, it's no surprise that the school recently constructed its very first on-campus housing option, The Summit Apartments. Located right in the center of things, just south of the Fitzgerald Gym, the apartments off on-campus housing to more than 500 students, with suite-style accommodations and such amenities as high-speed wireless internet, laundry facilities, well-equipped kitchens including full-sized refrigerators and ovens, study lounges and other common areas. Needless to say, these apartments are very popular, with far more applications than available spaces, and so the vast majority of undergraduate and graduate need to find some sort of off-campus housing each year. When looking for off-campus housing near Queens College, whether in Kew Gardens Hills (where Queens College is located), nearby Flushing, or anywhere else, the key to affordability is finding a no-fee rental apartment--if possible. Immediately surrounding Kew Gardens Hills are the neighborhoods of Forest Hills, Hillcrest, Briarwood and Queensboro Hill. However, because the college is located near the Long Island Expressway, Van Wyck, and Grand Central Parkway, student and faculty can live much further away from campus, yet have expressway access to the school.

About Queens College

For more than 75 years, Queens College has made its home in the Kew Gardens Hills neighborhood of its namesake borough, making it the fifth-oldest institution of higher learning (out of 23 total) in the City University of New York, or CUNY, system. Founded in 1937 at the behest of County Judge Charles S. Colden and Mayor Fiorello de Guardia, and with an inaugural freshman class of some 400 students, taught by the 21 members of the first faculty, Queens College grew enormously in the subsequent decades, hitting an all-time enrollment high in 1976, when nearly 20,250 students were taking advantage of the school's first-rate and, at that time, totally (or nearly) free education. As was true with many of NYC's public institutions, Queens College went through some rough spots during the late 1970s and into the '80s, but thanks to increased rounds of funding in the past couple of decades and a new commitment to expanding its student base, the one-time "jewel in the university's crown", as the New York Times once called the school, is back in a big way. Today Queens College welcomes nearly 19,000 undergraduate and graduates to its newly revitalized, 80-acre, tree-lined and traditionally-designed campus, complete with a main quad boasting excellent views of the Manhattan skyline. And the facilities here have never been better, with the primary classroom building Powdermaker Hall spacious, comfortable and filled with state-of-the-art tech features; the light-filled Rosenthal Library updated with the latest innovations in information retrieval; new construction and extensive renovation of the science labs at Remsen Hall; new cafes, dining areas, and tennis courts; fresh landscaping throughout; and the LeFrak Concert Hall, much praised for its acoustically ideal design. Another reason Queens College students are spending more and more time on campus are the wide array of clubs and organizations, as well the vibrant athletic program, with the Queens College Knights fielding 18 different Division II men's and women's teams in sports such as basketball, swimming and diving, lacrosse, softball, and volleyball. Academics at Queens College are organized into four divisions--Arts and Humanities; Education; Mathematics and the Natural Sciences; and the Social Sciences--all of which offer both day and evening courses, which are popular with the nearly one-third of undergraduate students and almost all graduate students who attend school here part-time. The college awards bachelor's and master's degrees in over 170 areas, including such diverse fields of study as Film Studies, Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Neuroscience, Speech Pathology, Religious Studies, Economics, and Nutrition. Queens College also participates in CUNY's Macauley Honors College program, in which qualified students can design their own honors programs in the arts and humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Scroll down to see apartments near Queens College.