New York New York, The Big Apple, The City That Never Sleeps, whatever you want to call it, New York City is a premier destination to study abroad with thousands of international students flocking there every year to further their studies, dive deep into this cultural hub, establish important professional connections, and experience the buzzing city. It’s regarded as the cultural and economic capital of the world and is home to many different walks of life. And if you’re thinking about studying in New York, you can call it home too with Student.com.
On Student.com, you'll find student accommodation in New York neighbourhoods such Tribeca, Alphabet City, Upper East Side and Brooklyn. We currently around 150 student housing options in New York.
If you need additional information, don’t hesitate to give us a call or contact us on live chat.
New York at a glance
With over eight million people of all types of ethnicities and cultures living or studying within the city, New York City (NYC) has a vibe and energy unlike any other city in the world.
Regarded as the emblem for the American Dream of opportunity, prosperity, self-determination and freedom, NYC offers experiences and opportunities for international students that they won’t get anywhere else.
If you stay in NYC long enough you could become a cultural chameleon. With more than 800 languages being spoken, NYC is an international crossroads. It’s a melting pot for many different cultures, races, and ethnicities.
There are many distinct communities in the five boroughs of NYC such as Chinatown, Little Italy, India Square and Little Germany just to name a few. Thus it’s home to a wide variety of food, art, music and cultural celebrations from all over the world.
The rich and diverse influx of immigrants throughout its history is a major reason for New York’s incomparable cultural diversity. To this day it remains the most populated and culturally influential city in the entire United States.
NYC is home to some of the world’s tallest skyscrapers. Iconic landmarks such as the Empire State Building and the Chrysler building, the Statue of Liberty and Rockefeller Center help make the city’s imposing skyline a favourite backdrop for television and film.
Student life in New York City
For students seeking a truly diverse and thrilling environment to live and learn, New York is right at the top of any list. The city gives students an array of experiences to cherish for a lifetime.
The amazing food, culture, and nightlife of the city make it a destination hot spot for foreign travellers. It’s almost impossible to be bored in the ‘Big Apple.’ With so much constantly taking place there’s a seemingly never-ending list of places to explore and activities to do in the City That Never Sleeps. Depending on your interests and values, there’s something interesting for every personality.
New York is host to arguably the most spectacular nightlife scene in the world. You can mingle throughout the night with socialites from all over the globe in the city’s pulsating world-class nightclubs or experience first-class entertainment in internationally acclaimed comedy clubs and performance venues on Broadway.
Things to see and do
But The Big Apple is much more than just its famed entertainment scene. You can also visit a wide range of cultural attractions and historic landmarks such as:
- The Statue of Liberty
- The Empire State Building
- Graffiti and Street Art Walking Tours
- Times Square
- Carnegie Hall
- Central Park
- The Radio City Music Hall
- Ellis Island
- Rockefeller Center
Experience the beautiful nature scene with visits to the Great Appalachian Valley in eastern New York state, the stunning Adirondack Mountains in the west, the Catskill Mountains and the breathtaking Niagara Falls.
Save on visits to top attractions
Like many other things in New York, visiting some of the more popular landmarks can get expensive. Fortunately for college students, you can get the New York Pass and get admission to dozens of the most popular attractions for a lower price.
Universities in New York City
New York is home to some of the more prestigious universities in the world, which is one of the main reasons why more than 118,000 foreign students choose the city to pursue their education.
The state of New York offers students great educational opportunities whether you’re seeking to build innovative career skills or cutting-edge research opportunities. New York state has more than 270 degree-granting universities and colleges and is the only American state that has multiple Ivy League schools in Cornell University and Columbia University, the latter of which is located in New York City. Another notable university in New York City is the New York University.
International students can choose from a wide range of public colleges and universities within either the State University of New York (SUNY) system or the City University of New York (CUNY) system. SUNY is the largest system of public higher education in the US, with some of the best schools in the Northeast. It includes four university centres (Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo and Stony Brook) and over 60 community, technical, and undergraduate colleges and universities.
There are also over 70 highly reputable private universities within the state of New York.
Frequently asked questions about student housing in New York City
How do I apply for student housing in New York?
On Student.com you can filter and compare student housing in New York to find the right one for you based on your budget and preferences. You can also use our map tool to locate student apartments close to your campus or in a particular area in the city that you might be interested to live in.
After finding a property you like, click ‘View rooms’ to go to the property page and click ‘Enquire’ or ‘Book Now’ and the room type you’d like to go for. One of our booking consultants will then be in touch with you to take you through the next steps, either to give you more information or to take you through the steps of the booking process.
In New York, there are many new rooms that come to the market everyday, so if you do not see exactly what you are looking for, we can help to see if there are any new options that better fit your needs, as well as help you with finding roommates. We will help you with all questions and make sure you are getting the best deal available.
What options are there for contract length?
New York has very flexible rental lengths most starting at 1-3 months. The shorter the lease term, the higher your monthly rental rates will be. We recommend leasing for 6 or more months to lock in more affordable rates. Enquire on our site and we will work to find the best option for you!
What types of rooms do you offer?
We offer three different types of student accommodation with the New York properties we list.
When you book a Shared Room you’ll be sharing a bedroom with at least one other person, as well as sharing other living spaces like the bathroom and kitchen.
With a Private Room you’ll get a private bedroom and in some cases, a private bathroom as well. You’ll have to share any additional living facilities with inhabitants of other rooms.
If you book the Entire Place you’ll get a studio all for yourself. You’ll have your own bedroom, bathroom, and cooking facilities and won’t have to share anything with anyone.
Can I stay in my housing over the summer?
Student summer housing is available on select properties. If you’d like to know more, get in touch with us and our booking consultants will be happy to give you more information.
Are bills included in my rent?
This depends on the property you rent and you will see on the listing whether or not the bills are included. We have many rooms that offer an all inclusive price.
Can I see the property before I move in?
Yes. Our booking consultants will be happy to arrange a viewing for you if you’ll be in New York City before your move-in date.
What is a guarantor and will I need one?
A guarantor is a person who signs the rental contract with you and commits to paying your rent if you can’t. A guarantor is most typically a family member, but it can be anyone. Most New York landlords want you to have a guarantor, so you’ll most likely need one when booking your apartment.
If you are an international student and do not have a guarantor, most of our New York partners will allow you to rent rooms with additional deposits and proof of enrollment, along with an I-20 form. Our booking consultants can help you get all of this sorted once you are ready to move forward.
Will I need a visa to study in New York City?
If you want to study in the United States of America and you’re not a citizen, you’ll need to obtain a student visa issued by a US Embassy or Consulate in your home country. You can read more here and here.