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New York, NY
Posted 09 March 2006 - 11:43 PM
Posted 10 March 2006 - 01:26 AM
I am debating between schools and wanted to know how the New York area was, in particular Columbia.
New York is an amazing city -- yeah, it's challenging sometimes, but the payoff is very worth it. Every single person I've known who's moved here and stuck around has grown exponentially as a person. If you move here, don't forget to spend time in the non-Manhattan boroughs. There's so much life out there -- beautiful old homes, green spaces, GREAT and cheap food, and easy access to public transportation of some sort.
Morningside Heights, where the Columbia campus is, is a pretty cool area. Some people call it Harlem but on the west side Harlem doesn't really begin until 125th St, so if it's any concern Morningside Heights still counts as the good old yuppie Upper West Side. Walk around the side streets a bit and you'll see some slightly shabbier rent-controlled apartments inhabited by Puerto Ricans and Dominicans -- that and some of the housing projects on Central Park North are the only signs that the neighborhood still hasn't been 100% gentrified. The gentrification hasn't hurt Morningside Heights' character too badly; it's all about the campus, and the churches, and the park, and the hills and trees. It's one of the most beautiful parts of Manhattan (if you're ever feeling adventurous, check out Washington Heights and Inwood as well).
Posted 10 March 2006 - 08:16 PM
Posted 10 March 2006 - 08:23 PM
Downs: It is ridiculously expensive. You may pay 1500 dlls for a crappy room in an apt. in Manhattan. Brooklyn and Queens are cheaper, but still expensive upon broader comparison. I know some Columbia dorms are way cheaper than that, though. But many people I know complain about them.
Another thing is that some people living here really suck. They have dellusions of grandeur, and why can do nothing but wonder WHY. For example, NY has some great restaurants, but most of them have rude artists (waiters) with McDonald's complex that make them suck. In fact, service in general is quite crappy. You have to yell at some people for them to function, which is awkward considering that all of them are 'oh, so cool'.
Also, regardless of what we may think, the city is quite divided culturally.
In any case, it is definetely a great place to live. You end up getting used to the bad stuff, and the lack of money. But most importantly, you will defineteoly grow as a person since you will be in touch with many things you wouldn't find unless you live in similar places like London, maybe Paris, Hong Kong, etc. you know the deal.
Posted 10 March 2006 - 08:37 PM
1. Apartments: Cheaper apartment shares that aren't in Manhattan. Astoria in Queens, and several areas in Brooklyn are nice and very quick on the subway (10-20 minutes) often have shares (your own room in a 3-4 bedroom apartment) for $500-600. If you want to spend more, there are other options ... but you can get by on that much.
2. Transit: You don't need a car so the main transportation expense is only $76 for an unlimited monthly metrocard.
3. Food: Sure, there are lots of expensive restaurants, but there are also a lot of places to eat cheaply. There are often really good / cheap lunch specials, and there are always some inexpensive options in any area. Cooking helps a lot too. Watch out for super overpriced Manhattan supermarkets, but freshdirect.com is a good alternative with cheaper (but good quality) groceries and delivery.
4. Entertainment: Again, plenty of expensive options, but also a lot of free / cheap ones. You can take advantage of student rush tickets at the opera/ballet/symphony and other places. Wandering around and hanging out at Central park are both free. There are tons of other things to do like that, too ...
It's not easy, but very doable. I guess at the end of the day New York can be really expensive if you want it to, but it doesn't have to be.
Posted 11 March 2006 - 06:24 PM
To those of you who are graduate students in NYC, how do you make it work financially? Where do you live? Do you take out loans? Use up your inheritance? Survive on Ramen noodles? Or just spend all your waking hours in the library so as not to expend any extra income? Just wondering. . .
My only financial aid was a small scholarship that barely put a dent into my tuition (no stipend or fellowship), so I worked full-time to pay rent, etc. I started working part-time and had to take out extra loans to cover my expenses.
I think that there is a maximum amount of loan money that you can take out per year, which is not a problem in most areas of the country but can be limiting when living in NYC.
Posted 18 March 2006 - 03:33 PM
Posted 18 March 2006 - 04:53 PM
Just found out I got into NYU! Does anybody know anything about NYUs grad housing? Will a 23K stipend be enough to survive NYC?
When I went to my interview weekend, I stayed with some people in the student housing the Stuvey-something town - it was alright, two bedrooms and small kitchen. I think they said it was 800 a mo which is pretty cheap for manhattan. Apparently it's not promised though
Talk to whoever your coordinator person is - I was able to secure housing if I choose to go there....
Posted 20 March 2006 - 04:39 PM
Also, thanks for the tip with the freshdirect.com. Will be needing it. Their delivery service is definitely a plus, as with no car and not much free time, grocery shopping can be a hassle.
Posted 23 March 2006 - 07:16 PM
Posted 24 March 2006 - 12:50 AM
Know of any other scholarships one can apply for?
Posted 24 March 2006 - 07:03 AM
Posted 24 March 2006 - 01:25 PM
Posted 25 March 2006 - 08:06 AM
Posted 26 March 2006 - 08:37 AM
Posted 26 March 2006 - 04:05 PM
I've been accepted to NYU and Columbia. PhD. 23K stipends at both. Their programs are very similar in my field in terms of reputation and faculty. What are the advantages and disadvantages to each in terms of atmosphere, location, graduate housing, administration, etc...? Is 23K enough in NYC? Is there anything I should look out for when I visit both schools in a few weeks? Thanks!
Posted 27 March 2006 - 12:26 AM
Posted 27 March 2006 - 12:29 AM
Posted 29 March 2006 - 04:02 PM
As far as housing goes, it might be smart to look into your campus' off campus housing program, which I know both NYU and Columbia offer.
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