Columbia University School of the Arts is located on the vibrant Upper West Side of Manhattan, in the Morningside Heights neighborhood. Riverside Park runs along the Hudson River one block to the west; Central Park lies a half-mile south; and Morningside Park rises to meet campus from the east. Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue, the main streets bordering campus, are lined with cafes, restaurants, bookstores, street vendors, pickup chess games, food carts, shops and delis, while the residential blocks just north and south of campus boast impressive brownstones and tree-lined quiet. The subway sits at exactly the main gate to campus, 116th Street and Broadway, making New York’s world-renowned museums, exciting Broadway and Off-Broadway theatres, film centers, galleries, cultural foundations, poetry houses and literary hubs a Metrocard swipe away.
Students find housing in Morningside Heights, surrounding Manhattan neighborhoods and boroughs, and the greater New York area. Columbia University Apartment Housing consists of a limited number of apartment shares, dormitory-style rooms and one-bedroom, studio and family units for which priority is given to couples and families. This housing is primarily located within walking distance of the campus in the Morningside Heights neighborhood.