Student Housingin the NYC Metropolitan Area
Student housing in New York City is a huge market. At any given time there are more than half a million students here, attending one of approximately 80 different universities, colleges, vocational and other institutions of higher learning, in all parts of town. A good number of these students are seeking off campus housing. That's more people, by the way, than live in the entire city of, for example, Cleveland, and Atlanta, or Kansas City (city proper, not metropolitan area!).
Add to that a recent study showing that New York imports more freshman students than any other state in the country—yes, including California—and it all adds up to a whole lot of people needing a place to live, preferably someplace inexpensive, possibly with a roommate, and usually with a short-term lease or a sublet, signed with or without a guarantor, or cosigner.
To learn more about student housing and off campus housing in general, scroll down and continue to read below. If you want to see more about housing near specific colleges and universities, check out the pages for the places of higher learning in the following list:
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Baruch College Housing
City College New York Housing
Columbia University Housing
Hunter College Housing
John Jay College Housing
Pace University Housing
Parsons New School Design Housing
Yeshiva University Housing
Brooklyn College Housing
Medgar Evers College Housing
Pratt Institute Housing
Queens College Housing
St Johns University Housing
Fordham University Housing
College of Staten Island Housing
Wagner College Housing
Northern New Jersey
Bloomfield College Housing
Caldwell University Housing
Fairleigh Dickinson University Housing
Montclair State University Housing
New Jersey City University Housing
New Jersey Institute of Technology Housing
Ramapo College Housing
Rutgers-Newark University Housing
Saint Peters University Housing
Seton Hall University Housing
Stevens Institute of Technology Housing
Westchester County, NY
College of New Rochelle Housing
Concordia College Housing
Iona College Housing
Manhattanville College Housing
Mercy College Housing
Sarah Lawrence College Housing
Nassau County, NY
Adelphi University Housing
Hofstra University Housing
LIU-CW Post Housing
New York Institute of Technology Housing
SUNY Farmingdale Housing
SUNY Purchase Housing
SUNY Stony Brook Housing
SUNY Old Westbury Housing
Fairfield County, CT
Fairfield University Housing
Sacred Heart University Housing
University of Bridgeport Housing
Western Connecticut State University Housing
No Fee Apartments Can Save You Thousands of Dollars
If you’re looking for off-campus apartments in NYC, either to rent or sublet, Urban Edge can help make your search easier, more effective, and definitely a lot less expensive than going through a broker. Because many of the New York City apartments that are shown on Urban Edge are listed by the owner, there is never a broker's fee, hidden or otherwise, on those units.
Another good thing about dealing directly with owners when looking for NYC student housing for rent: most full-time students, because they have little or no salary, wouldn't meet the landlord or property manager's income requirements for a NY apartment without co-signing a lease with a guarantor. If you're working directly with the landlord, property manager, or sub-lettor, there's a personal aspect to the legal transaction that can make it all move a lot faster, and more smoothly.
You Have Lots of Great Neighborhoods From Which to Choose
Also, if you're looking for student housing in or around NYC and you're moving to the city for the first time, take a look at the Urban Edge Neighborhood Guide to get acquainted. And remember, New York City has one of the most extensive, least expensive subway systems in the world (as well as commuter rail and buses), so if you can't find or can't afford an apartment right next to your school (or if you'd simply prefer some separation between you and your place of study), make sure to consider neighborhoods that are near the same subway/commuter/bus line as your school.
To take just two examples, Columbia University students can get to class quickly and easily from anywhere on the #1 line (from the West Village through Chelsea, anywhere on the Upper West Side, and up into Harlem, Washington Heights and Inwood); and NYU students enjoy ready access to their school from many Brooklyn neighborhoods, via the F, Q, R, 5, 6, and L trains.
Off-Campus Student Housing Can Bring Great Rewards
Finding off-campus student housing in New York City is definitely different than in many cities in the country, because although there are several neighborhoods that feel like "college towns", especially near the largest universities, there are not really many off-campus apartment complexes designed, constructed, and maintained specifically for students, like you would find in traditional college towns. This may seem to make the hunt for student accommodations in New York more of a challenge, but it also brings about greater personal rewards once you find a place.
If you'd rather not live in a dorm on campus, it doesn't make much sense to go live in a "dorm"—which is what the above-mentioned complexes in other cities feel like--off campus. And even if it's not by choice that you're looking for off-campus housing, it's been our experience that there are always plenty of terrific apartments available, if you know where to look.