Accepted Columbia ETP applicants (and current students: some advice). get-together? - page 12

:welcome: Hi everyone! I thought it might be a good idea to get our own separate thread for those accepted to Columbia ETP! Sure we have a lot to discuss! I would also like to invite current... Read More

  1. by   sherlee
    It's spring break at my school right now, and my housing office is closed, so I can't get my housing assignment packet. The office reopens April 2nd arrggh!! I'm dying to know where I'm going to live! Can you guys tell me if there are time-sensitive materials in the packet? thanks.
  2. by   krysprout
    Quote from sherlee
    It's spring break at my school right now, and my housing office is closed, so I can't get my housing assignment packet. The office reopens April 2nd arrggh!! I'm dying to know where I'm going to live! Can you guys tell me if there are time-sensitive materials in the packet? thanks.
    I got my couples packet and we have to return our offer reply BY March 30th (I don't have it with me right now, but that's what I recall)... Good luck getting into your box!
  3. by   MY Belle 75
    Quote from iriska_meller
    Thanks!
    They do have dorms (or university appartments) near the campus, but space is limited there. Generally, Manhattan is VERY expensive, but the areas around Columbia's Medical campus (168th street and up) is relatively cheap, because... well, let's put it this way - it is not the nicest and safest neighborhood. Things get a little better in terms of safety if you are willing to commute several subway stops - then you might opt for an apartment or room upper washington heights or inwood (around 200th street). 1-bedroom in a crappy building will go for around 1000, so you better find a rommate umpiron:
    For your information Washington Heights may not be the "Upper East Side" but I have lived there for 26 years in a "crappy" building but I have never been mugged, raped or murdered. If you plan to be a nurse I think you need to rethink how you view the population and the neighborhood they live in since you will be working with and providing care for them. I look forward to meeting you in class since I also have been accepted to Columbia and I can already forsee the ignorance of some of the students that will be attending.:trout:
  4. by   iriska_meller
    Quote from MY Belle 75
    For your information Washington Heights may not be the "Upper East Side" but I have lived there for 26 years in a "crappy" building but I have never been mugged, raped or murdered. If you plan to be a nurse I think you need to rethink how you view the population and the neighborhood they live in since you will be working with and providing care for them. I look forward to meeting you in class since I also have been accepted to Columbia and I can already forsee the ignorance of some of the students that will be attending.:trout:
    Thank you for your opinion. I think it is quite different things with which population you are willing to work, and with whom you are willing to share the building. I will be happy to meet you in person so that you can further explore my ignorance , which can also be seen as telling the plain and honest truth. :spin:
  5. by   kangaroo621
    Edited due to regretting my big mouth & promptly shutting it!
    Last edit by kangaroo621 on Mar 28, '07
  6. by   ca1121
    Hi, does anyone know how to log into the off-campus housing site given to us in the housing packet? Arlene says to look there as a resource but we don't have a login name or password. The one we use to access the accepted applicant page doesn't work.
  7. by   ICU08
    Hey everyone,
    I just found this chat and joined immediately. I wish that Columbia had done something similar to what upenn did for their accepted students and held on online open house for all, but this works just as well.

    Well about housing, I was on the waitlist, #1, but they called yesterday and they offered me housing, so people are declining offers and they are calling people immediately to fill those spots, so there is hope. Although I did take it, so there is one less spot.

    By the way are there any people from Boston on this website?

    To access the housing webiste, you have to fax in your acceptance letter to the off campus housing office and they will email you a username and password. This site is not that helpful though, because most of the listings are for the main campus area, I would reccomend using craigslist or calling the CUMC housing office for names of brokers or landlords.
  8. by   lil yume
    Hi everyone,

    Thanks for all the great information on the thread. I'll admit that I've been reading it for awhile, but this is my first actual post.

    Anyways, I'm coming from California and I was wondering if any of you had any advice on the banks and cell phone service providers that work best in the Columbia medical center area. My current bank is only on the west coast, so I need to find something more national. I got dorm housing too and I was wondering if anyone knew if Cingular worked in the area or not??? Or if I should switch to Verizon, Sprint, or T-Mobile!!

    I look forward to meeting you all in two months!!
  9. by   kmp2120
    Hello - current ETP'er here...

    As far as banks - there is a new Bank of America branch and ATM in the area as well as a couple of Chase ATM's. I haven't really seen any other large ones in the area.

    I use Sprint and it works very well, I am not sure about Cingular but I haven't heard anyone complain about it.

    Hope this helps a little...
  10. by   meagain716
    Well all, I just got back from visiting Columbia and NYC. It was all a little overwhelming to a midwest girl, but I talked to the Dr. Desjardins, and she seems amazing and I'm leaning more towards Columbia now. I got home to find that I was wait listed for housing, #41 of 60, so things don't look so promising for me. I've been looking on Craigslist and everything, but if anyone else is looking for alternative housing options or knows someone who is, I'm definitely shopping for a roommate, so let me know! I joined the Facebook group, so you can contact me through there or on here.

    Something I found humorous that Dr. Desjardins said that I thought I'd share..."I always tell students, 'don't get married, don't get pregnant, don't go off your antidepressants, and don't let anyone die and you'll do fine'".
  11. by   ICU08
    So anyone else here definitely living in Bard Hall, and if so which floor. I am on the 6th. Look forward to meeting all of you!
  12. by   Mission
    Quote from lil yume
    Hi everyone,

    Thanks for all the great information on the thread. I'll admit that I've been reading it for awhile, but this is my first actual post.

    Anyways, I'm coming from California and I was wondering if any of you had any advice on the banks and cell phone service providers that work best in the Columbia medical center area. My current bank is only on the west coast, so I need to find something more national. I got dorm housing too and I was wondering if anyone knew if Cingular worked in the area or not??? Or if I should switch to Verizon, Sprint, or T-Mobile!!

    I look forward to meeting you all in two months!!
    Cingular has the best coverage in the city. The rest are fine though. If you are in the PNP or ANP program you get a free smartphone when you get in the masters phase of the program.

    Chase and Citibank have locations on campus and Bank of America is near the school. Citibank gives free checking to students, I'm not sure about the others.
  13. by   WMbio
    Hi! I'm definitely going to Columbia next year...I didn't actually even bother to apply for student housing b/c I knew it would be competitve, especially since I'm originally from the tri-state area and I know that they put you lower on the list because of that. Would you recommend getting a broker to find an apartment? Or is there another way to go about it? Also, what about finding a roommate?? I was really hoping that the ETP admitted students page would have some sort of message board where you could look for roommates. I feel kind of lost on finding someone/an apartment right now...

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