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Old 04-17-2012, 10:58 AM
 
Location: New York, NY
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Going to Columbia in August. Did a google search and couldn't find any info on whether they offered a FCU.

Does anyone know of FCU in Manhattan that are either (a) open to the public (i.e., residents of NYC), or (b) open to students who go to school in NYC?

ETA: Has anyone had any experience using this: http://www.cuswirl.com/ ?

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Old 04-17-2012, 01:28 PM
 
Location: LES & Brooklyn
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I am not sure if this is what your looking for but the most popular one here is MCU:

MCU - New York's Credit Union Serving Members Since 1916
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Old 04-17-2012, 01:33 PM
 
Location: New York, NY
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Unfortunately it looks like that one is only open to employees of private colleges in NYC, not students of private colleges :/
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Old 04-17-2012, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Sunnyside
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https://lespeoples.org/about-us/how-do-i-join/

if your address is in NYC and you make less than 38k you can join.
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Old 04-17-2012, 02:08 PM
 
Location: New York NY
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Dont know of any credit unions that are open to just anyone, though if you had one back home you could use if for direct deposit of employment checks (if you're coming here to work at Columbia) and use any old ATM for withdrawals. If that works maybe you can set up an account at home at one before you leave.

Barring that, one bank that I have never used but I've heard decent things about is Amalgamated, which was formed as a labor bank and has no-cost checking and no minimum balances for checking. Drawback is that there are no branches near Columbia. Nearest one I know is in midtown on 55th st. But a friend of mine swears by this bank. It might be worth checking out.
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Old 04-17-2012, 02:18 PM
 
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https://lespeoples.org/about-us/how-do-i-join/

if your address is in NYC and you make less than 38k you can join.
Thanks, I may have to look into this. Unless you count student loans as income, I'd be making far less than the 38k.

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Dont know of any credit unions that are open to just anyone, though if you had one back home you could use if for direct deposit of employment checks (if you're coming here to work at Columbia) and use any old ATM for withdrawals. If that works maybe you can set up an account at home at one before you leave.

Barring that, one bank that I have never used but I've heard decent things about is Amalgamated, which was formed as a labor bank and has no-cost checking and no minimum balances for checking. Drawback is that there are no branches near Columbia. Nearest one I know is in midtown on 55th st. But a friend of mine swears by this bank. It might be worth checking out.
Indeed, I have a CU in my home state -- though after grad school I plan to stay in NYC, so it would be more convenient for me to open up an account at a bank/CU in the city.

I'll have to look into Amalgamated as well. This one looks promising. Just did a quick google map search and it looks like there's a branch on West 125th, just north of Columbia.
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