Accepted Columbia ETP applicants (and current students: some advice). get-together? - page 13
: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
Apr 1, '07Hello all! I was recently told about this thread and am so glad that there's a way for accepted ETP students to interact! Right now housing is my biggest concern. I'm from MA and have been waitlisted for on-campus housing. For others who are in a similar situation, I strongly recommend contacting the main Columbia housing department. They can send you a list of commonly used brokers and real estate companies, and can add you to a mailing list for recent listings. Also, for safety reasons, they recommended NOT looking at listings that are west of Broadway or below 164th St. Anything farther up is okay. So basically, if anyone is also looking for an apartment and needs to find roommates, we should chat. :typing
Apr 1, '07I've also heard that living right below the medical center isn't such a great idea. Does anyone have any idea how far south that advice extends?
Apr 1, '07Quote from BeaconStreetEven though I have been yelled at on this thread for calling the neighborhood not safe, I think I'll pinch in again. Regarding "how far south" - down to 125th street at least ). You best bet is going north of campus. If you are willing to sacrifice some money for safety, I would suggest going up to 180th and higher (it also means you will have to commute couple of subway stops). On the other hand, if you live right next to campus, you might get escorted home by security - I saw note on campus that they would escort you to subway after dark...I've also heard that living right below the medical center isn't such a great idea. Does anyone have any idea how far south that advice extends?
Apr 2, '07Quote from iriska_mellerWhich neighborhoods would you suggest looking in or avoiding? Craigslist has neighborhoods listed; "Harlem/Morningside", "Inwood/Wash Heights", "Upper West Side", etc. Is right around campus not suggested? I'm moving from Minnesota, so I'm not at ALL familiar with the area, except the little I saw when visiting.Even though I have been yelled at on this thread for calling the neighborhood not safe, I think I'll pinch in again. Regarding "how far south" - down to 125th street at least ). You best bet is going north of campus. If you are willing to sacrifice some money for safety, I would suggest going up to 180th and higher (it also means you will have to commute couple of subway stops). On the other hand, if you live right next to campus, you might get escorted home by security - I saw note on campus that they would escort you to subway after dark...
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Apr 2, '07Quote from iriska_mellerWonderful! Thank you so much! I've been looking for a map like that for days now.
Apr 2, '07Alrighty then, who else is looking for a roommate or two? I certainly am! PM me if you're stuck in the whole housing (or lack there of) dilemma too.
Apr 2, '07For anyone who is planning to live off-campus and doesn't know the city, I would suggest Morningside Heights and Upper West Side (if you have the $$ to afford something there) or Washington Heights, Fort George and Inwood. Also, maybe some of you will consider living outside of NYC-proper, as in one of the other boroughs. The only part of the Bronx I can recommend is Riverdale. Also Queens may be a good option - I live in Sunnyside and am estimating it will take me around 50 minutes everyday to commute - there is also Long Island City, which is the first stop on the 7 train in Queens, and a great neighborhood with a beautiful waterfront. Another option is Williamsburg/Greenpoint in Brooklyn.
The most important thing is having a good connection with the A train if you are coming from another boro or another part of NYC. Here's a link to the MTA subway map:
Editing to include some more links:
Backpage run by the Village Voice has a bunch of info for apts and roommates.
Another site to find apts, roommates, furniture, etc.
Guide to NYC neighborhoods.Last edit by cozzy66 on Apr 2, '07
Apr 3, '07Another good resource for maps and neighborhood info is the Not For Tourists website. You can download the entire NYC book via pdf. If the link doesn't work for some reason, just google "not for tourists".
Apr 4, '07I agree with T-Rock,
NFT is a great resource. My copy has gotten very dog-eared in the short month that I've had it.
Apr 5, '07I asked about Columbia e-mail addresses a few weeks ago and was told we could expect something the first week in April. Anyone heard anything?
Apr 5, '07Not yet, I think they will email us... Is the email account also good for logging into their library and other services?
Apr 25, '07Hello all, just wanted to try to keep this thread active. I'm excited and nervous to start. Has everyone signed up for their columbia.edu e-mail account?
I'm trying to gather of list of things that I might need. I have a PDA, shoes, highlighters, pens...what are other people bringing?