Post # 17
I think the MH is relatively safe, but I also think it differs a lot even when you move a few blocks. GEnerally speaking, the safest area near columbia is 110-120ish between amsterdam and west end. When I was in school there in 2002-04, the parts east of amsterdam had more crime than west of amsterdam. However, I didn’t know anyone who lived in the 120s…overall, you have to be slightly more careful in this neighborhood than other parts of manhattan, but you should be fine if you are. its a great deal!
Post # 18
- Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School
I think that area is totally fine, I have several friends who live up there…I also have a few friends who live in married housing at Columbia and generally speaking, the apartments are huge! But I am surprised that it is so much for you (although that’s still cheap as hell for a 1-bedroom) bc the one couple I know their rent was like, around $1000!
But to put it in perspective, we pay $1700 a month for a studio and I’m only about 20 block south of that!
Post # 19
I’m not familiar with that area and wouldn’t consider living there since it is too far from where I work, but that sounds like a good price. I pay $2,000/month for a large 1 bedroom/2bath duplex with a washer and dryer in the building on 73rd and West End which is a great neighborhood. It’s also close to, but not right on top of the subway which is key. Only downside is it’s not a doorman building and I’m on the ground floor. But I’ve been here since I moved to NYC 5 years ago and have more than doubled my salary since moving (the joy of living in this city!) so I’m camping out for a couple more years to save for a down payment.
Post # 20
I’ve never found Morningside Heights to be particularly unsafe. I mean, it’s New York Cirty and you’re gonna need to be mindful wherever you are. But I don’t think you have any major cause for concern in that area, no. I haven’t looked for apts in that area so I can’t really comment about the rent. It doesn’t seem too bad to me. Then again, I pay rent in the West Village so pretty much anything seems like a deal to me!
Post # 21
Wow thanks so much for all the help! As I’ve said, I’ve never been to NYC but lived in London for awhile and fell in love with city life. Married housing just seems like it would be so easy- but I guess I should look around. I’m applying to NYU too but don’t think they have married housing.
Is Columbia’s housing near a subway? I’d most def ditch my car
Post # 22
@ashleyjane: Yes, Columbia is right near several subway lines.
Post # 23
- Wedding: May 2010 - The Pierre Hotel
Hi! Just want to chime in – that area is relatively safe; I’ve had several friends living in Columbia housing. There are tons of students in the area. As someone who lived in graduate housing (at NYU) – one thing to consider when comparing the student housing prices to outside housing is if the Columbia rent includes utilities, furniture, internet etc. The cost of my student housing was kinda expensive, but when I considered the convenience (furniture included, utilities/internet paid, free gym, 9 month lease, no guarantor needed, etc.) it was worth it!
Post # 24
Ok, so I looked further into it. Cable and telephone are included, but gas/electric is not. The apartments look nice, but there’s no indication of square footage.
Here’s a link w/ pictures
Should I look for cheaper apartments?
Post # 25
That looks really good for the price to me!
Post # 26
ALthough there is no square footage listed, that looks huge for a NYC apartment for that price, as well as recently updated. I think that as a student, there may be more benefits living in college housing. (i.e. if there is ever a leak or maintenance that needs to be done, it will probably be easier to contact the university, rather than a landlord’s company) I personally love the location and wish I still lived in NY to live there. Best of luck with your search! You will love it there!
Post # 27
@ashleyjane: That looks bigger than my apartment and your don’t even want to know what I pay for rent! Size is always going to be a surprise when moving to NYC from anywhere else because apartments are just smaller here.
Also, if it comes with furniture, that’s awesome!
Electric does not cost that much in the city — we pay about $50/month.
Post # 28
- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
i would go for it! if you’re not happy in a year you can always look then, but it looks like a great opportunity, especially if you’re going to be brand new to town
Post # 29
Oh wow. I pay $1500 a month for our apt in brooklyn, and my apt is about half the size of yours judging by the pictures!
Clearly I should be marrying a Columbia student instead, haha. And I feel totally safe up in the columbia area. 🙂
Post # 30
- Wedding: May 2010 - The Pierre Hotel
Wow, for a NYC apartment, that looks ginormous! In terms of sq foot for price, it looks pretty good 🙂
Post # 31
Apartment hunting in NYC is the. worst. If this is in your budget, I’d say go for it. You could certainly find a place for cheaper, but it probably won’t be as nice or as close to campus.