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Old 10-30-2008, 08:39 PM
 
Location: San Diego, California
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Would living in Upper West Side be a really far stretch for me to get to school at Columbia's medical campus, and still be able to have fun downtown?

And is the cost of living there incredibly expensive? I am on a starving college kid budget
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Old 10-30-2008, 08:46 PM
 
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Nope. Actually that's a good compromise because it's between downtown/midtown and the Columbia Med School. However, prices are pretty high. Try looking in the Morningside Heights area (just to the north of the UWS) for slightly more inexpensive rentals.
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Old 10-30-2008, 09:01 PM
 
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What neighborhoods are around Columbia? I can't really tell from my handy dandy google map.

I'm searching on craigslist for listings and Harlem, Washington heights, Financial District (?!) pop up! Where are these places??
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Old 10-30-2008, 09:01 PM
 
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Dizzymisslizzy - I have lived in some pretty cool nabes in and around Manhattan (UWS, UES, Williamsburg, Montclair NJ) and the UWS is by far my favorite! However, it will be terribly expensive to someone on a starving-student budget. But, wherever you end up - you should visit the UWS often for fun, great shopping and restaurants, cool laid back people, the river, the park, etc.

Good luck!
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Old 10-30-2008, 09:21 PM
 
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Old 10-30-2008, 09:21 PM
 
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Columbia is in Morningside Heights, which is just to the north of the UWS. 110th Street or so is the boundary between the two neighborhoods. North and east of Columbia are various parts of Harlem. Financial District is a bad choice; far from school, nothing to do, and expensive.
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Old 10-30-2008, 11:44 PM
 
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Dizzymisslizzy - I have lived in some pretty cool nabes in and around Manhattan (UWS, UES, Williamsburg, Montclair NJ) and the UWS is by far my favorite! However, it will be terribly expensive to someone on a starving-student budget. But, wherever you end up - you should visit the UWS often for fun, great shopping and restaurants, cool laid back people, the river, the park, etc.

Good luck!
Agreed. I live here on the UWS and it's the only part of Manhattan I would ever live in.
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Old 10-31-2008, 07:24 AM
 
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Sorry, but I have to disagree: the UWS IS expensive. VERY expensive. I went to Columbia for medical school and most of the students live in the neighborhood and Columbia housing which is a good buy for decent apartments right near the medical center. I lived in the neighborhood (the give preference to those coming from outside the immediate area for housing), and thought that, because of the A train, it was extremely convenient. I could be in midtown in 20 minutes and it was no problem. It wasn't until I graduated and was working (and not an intern or resident or fellow) that I could afford the UWS.
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Old 11-02-2008, 03:35 PM
 
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Sorry, but I have to disagree: the UWS IS expensive. VERY expensive. I went to Columbia for medical school and most of the students live in the neighborhood and Columbia housing which is a good buy for decent apartments right near the medical center. I lived in the neighborhood (the give preference to those coming from outside the immediate area for housing), and thought that, because of the A train, it was extremely convenient. I could be in midtown in 20 minutes and it was no problem. It wasn't until I graduated and was working (and not an intern or resident or fellow) that I could afford the UWS.
Who are you disagreeing with? Everyone said it was expensive. But if the OP can afford it (one thing I've learned: "starving college kid budget" means completely different things to different people), it would be pretty ideal.
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Old 11-02-2008, 03:44 PM
 
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Actually the UWS has some pretty good deals right about now...a lot of the landlords are actually footing the bill for the brokers too so you can get an apartment with no fee for a pretty nice monthly rental uptown. As you look around keep that in mind ok?
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