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If I get accepted into NYU, what are some housing resources that I can utilize?

Does anyone have any advice about East Coast housing resources? I would like to apply for NYU, and if accepted, they have a long dorm wait list. Is there any resources, nonprofits, or anything that you can recommend for semi-affordable ways for student to live off campus? Also, I would appreciate any suggestions, not just in New York.

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Madison’s Answer

Hi Teryiana,

I know a lot of students that lived in Hoboken, NJ during their time at NYU. This is a more affordable option with easily accessible transportation for getting into the city. It can also be really helpful to connect with other incoming students to find roommates. As you start to look outside of Manhattan, living with roommates can make housing much more affordable! When looking at housing further from campus, make sure to look in areas that have subway (or other transportation lines) that can get you to campus quickly. For example, the D is an express subway line that will take you from W4 (campus) to Brooklyn.

Hope this helps, and Go Violets!
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Vernie’s Answer

I would consider looking into local Facebook groups that are dedicated to this - I'm pretty sure there would an fb group for the NYU student community. This way, you can explore your options and see available rooms for cheap.

If you want something cheaper, you can also opt to move in to Brooklyn rather than staying in the city.

If there are absolutely no rooms available in Brooklyn or the city, I would try looking into moving to Jersey.

Craigslist, Facebook and (sometimes) Zillow will show apartments for rent or room, if that is what you are looking for.

Best of luck!
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Shakia’s Answer

Hi,
I attended college in a major city (Chicago). I made a last minute decision to attend my school and was a bit late applying for housing. I ended up subletting an apartment with 2 upperclassmen roommates who were attending the same school. We shared a bedroom , same as a regular dormitory. We split our rent utilities and sometimes groceries .( In most dorm settings you have a meal plan) the cost in my case was actually cheaper during that 8 month period. It worked out in my case. I got to save money and have the full campus experience.

My advice is to do research. Weigh options and be sure to exhaust all scholarships and financial aid before making a decision. Hope this helps!
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John’s Answer

Hi Teriyana,

I attended NYU from 2012-2016, and while the housing process was confusing at times, the university provided excellent resources for making sense of the process. While many of the housing options are expensive (New York being New York...), the school offers a number of financial aid resources for housing, especially in your freshman year.

Generally the school strongly recommends living in the dorms your freshman year (though I know this is more flexible during COVID restrictions) and I would recommend this as well as it's a huge help for your own development and comfort to be able to meeting lots of fellow students at once and find your tribe.

First step I would recommend if accepted is to reach out to your class and academic advisor. Depending on which school you're in (Stern, Tisch, Gallatin, etc.), the advisor system works differently, but you'll always receive a contact in your initial acceptance materials. This will be your first and best resource for navigating class schedules, academic development, and housing--they can then get you in touch with the proper resources.

I would recommend getting in touch with a current student if possible, either through friends/family connections or by reaching out to the Admissions program. I used to work in the Admissions office as a student and they offer a number of resources applicants aren't always aware of. Reach out either via phone or email and pass on some of the these questions.

Finally, if you have the chance to, I HIGHLY recommend doing a tour of the campus. Depending on the day, you'll be able to tour inside dorms, but no matter what you'll be able to ask questions directly to admissions counselors and student ambassadors. (https://www.nyu.edu/admissions/undergraduate-admissions.html)

Hope that helps, and best of luck with applications!
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Houcine’s Answer

Securing housing on the East Coast, particularly in cities like New York where NYU is located, can be challenging, but there are several resources and strategies you can explore for semi-affordable off-campus living:

NYU Off-Campus Housing Resources:

Check NYU's off-campus housing resources, including listings, advice, and roommate search tools provided by the university.
Local Real Estate Websites:

Utilize local real estate websites, such as StreetEasy, Zillow, or Trulia, to find apartments or shared housing options near NYU.
Apartment Search Platforms:

Explore popular apartment search platforms like Apartments.com, Rent.com, or Craigslist for available rentals. Be cautious and verify the legitimacy of listings.
Student Housing Websites:

Websites like Unilodgers or Student.com specialize in student housing and may have options near NYU.
Nonprofit Housing Organizations:

Explore nonprofit housing organizations that offer affordable housing solutions for students. In New York, organizations like the Actors Fund or the Educational Housing Services (EHS) may provide assistance.
Roommate Matching Services:

Use roommate matching services like Roomsurf or EasyRoommate to find potential roommates and shared housing arrangements.
Facebook Groups and Forums:

Join Facebook groups or online forums for NYU students or those relocating to New York. Members often share housing opportunities, advice, and tips.
Local Community Centers:

Reach out to local community centers or housing offices for resources and guidance on finding affordable housing.
Subletting:

Consider subletting from current NYU students or individuals looking to sublet their apartments for a temporary period. This can be a more flexible and cost-effective option.
Government Housing Programs:

Check if you qualify for any government housing programs or subsidies that can help reduce housing costs.
Networking and Alumni Connections:

Leverage NYU's alumni network or student organizations for housing recommendations and connections. Alumni might offer advice or even have available housing options.
Transportation Accessibility:

Explore areas with good transportation links to NYU that may offer more affordable housing options while maintaining accessibility to campus.
Budgeting Apps:

Use budgeting apps to manage your finances effectively. This can help you allocate resources for housing while being mindful of other expenses.
Remember to thoroughly research each housing option, read reviews, and consider factors like safety, transportation, and amenities. Additionally, start your housing search well in advance to increase your chances of finding suitable and affordable options. Good luck with your application to NYU and your housing search!
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