Originally Posted by collegestudentfromalabama
Hi, I'm from Mobile (pron. Moe-beel) Alabama. I kind of want a change of scenery. Although the university here has low in-state tuition, cultural diversity, wonderful challenging teachers, fun warm college communities, and insightful community service projects, I still think I would have a blast at a college in New York. I would need to find a way there, though, without having to pay out-of-state tuition. I would also likely be entering as a graduate student. Does anyone have any advice? I've heard getting into NYU is like getting into Harvard, so I might need to attend a community college first. Does anyone have a plan? I want to explore a little. I've been out of the country, but I've never been to the North. I've heard so much about NYC. Do you think I would really enjoy it if I went there?
Harvard has a kind of open-university extension program you could get into for the first three classes which makes it easier than NYU to get into. Barring that, it would be hard to just come to NYC these days without a job lined up and a place to stay and/or a lot of money to spend on the first few months of job-hunting and then place-hunting. And I don't know that the colleges are much help in finding cheap places to stay like other cities' universities are. I'm having nothing but trouble.
As they say, maybe visit with a round-trip ticket first so you can "meet people" who might be able to find you more "people" so you could arrange a place to stay while you look for a job. If you show up looking for a job and don't find one soon enough to pay rent, the homeless shelters automatically try hard to send you back wherever you came from. So be aware of that option.
The community colleges have almost no help in finding accommodation since they are for New Yorkers who already live there with their families, to commute to. Even the CUNY's don't have any help with that. You go to anything less than Columbia or NYU and you're on your own to find accommodation. Before the money runs out and you might or might not have a job yet.