Affordable housing is an extremely limited resource in New York City. In addition to the variety of campus housing options, graduate students should be prepared to explore options beyond Columbia Residential and pursue them diligently. Below we have prepared an exhaustive list to help School of the Arts students find housing.

Columbia Residential

Columbia Residential offers apartments owned, managed, and serviced by the University, within a few blocks of the campus. Accommodations vary from studio to three-bedroom apartments, with rents based on the size of the apartment and what furnishings and/or utilities, if any, are included. Many of the units are suitable for student sharing.

Off-Campus Housing Assistance (OCHA)

In addition to its own accommodations, the University's Off-Campus Housing Assistance office helps its students find apartment rentals not owned by the University. Listings are varied, change quickly, and are not inspected or approved by the University. To search available rooms, apartments, or sublets; or to list available housing, visit OCHA's website.

International House

International House, a privately owned student residence and program center near the campus, has accommodations for about 700 international and domestic graduate students. A cafeteria, recreational facilities, and a varied cultural and professional program are available to members. 100 spaces at International House are reserved for Columbia students and are contracted through University Residence Halls. Rents range from approximately $600 per month to $1500 per month depending on the size and type of accommodation. To be eligible for residence in International House, a student must be at least 21 years old and must be registered for at least 12 points of course credit. Interested students may apply through the application provided in the UAH booklet.   

Other Housing in Morningside Heights

Students should note that in addition to those in the OCHA Registry, postings regarding available apartments and apartment shares can be found on bulletin boards around campus and in the surrounding neighborhood. These postings are not related to or inspected by the University, but they can provide an extra source of possible accommodations for the student seeking off-campus housing. Some additional sources for rentals in the New York metro are Craigslist.org at http://newyork.craigslist.org/ and Streeteasy at www.streeteasy.com. Be aware that these are public sites and the School of the Arts assumes no liability for transactions conducted through them.

You can also look for roommates on the School of the Arts Student Facebook page. Ask to join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CUSOAstudents/.

Housing Resources:

Public Facebook Groups:

Ghostlight Housing: for the performing arts: www.facebook.com/groups/gypsyhousing

Affordable Apartments in NYChttps://www.facebook.com/groups/400583516627934/

Non-University Affiliated Resources

Disclaimer: The School of the Arts does not have an affiliation with any of the below websites, nor have they been vetted by the School. Please use these resources with caution, as scams can occur. The School of the Arts assumes no liability for use of these sites.

Apartment Listings



Apartment List


Bohemia Realty Group




Naked Apartments

New York Bits

New York Craigslist


Point2 Homes







The New York Times

Trulia Rentals

Trulia Moving Guides



Diggz (roommate referral service)

Educational Housing Service (off-campus student housing)

Jakobson Properties (long and short term apartments)

Neighbor.com (self storage)

New York Habitat (sublet service)

Roommate Finders (roommate referral service)

Sara’s New York Homestay (home stays, shared apartments, furnished apartments)

Student.com (long and short term apartments)

Manhattan Residencies For Women Only

Centro Maria
Single room, shared bath. Includes 2 meals per day. Apply in advance. $195 -$230 weekly. Curfew.

Jeanne D’Arc Residence
Single/double rooms, shared baths. Kitchenette, laundry, library, TV room, computer/internet access. $530 to $840 monthly. Curfew.

Markle Evangeline Residence
Single, double or quad rooms with bath or shared bath. Includes 2 meals per day. 24 hour security, maid service and laundry. 1 month minimum stay, Rates range from $1,250 to $1,880 per person per month.

Sacred Heart
Single rooms, shared bathrooms. Includes 2 meals daily, M-F (breakfast and dinner). Curfew. Must be 18-30 years old. $490 weekly

St Mary’s Residence
Single furnished rooms, shared bathroom & kitchen, 2 years maximum stay. Must be 18-40 years old.  $275 weekly for 2 to 11 weeks, $252 weekly for 12 weeks and longer (+ $260 deposit).

The Webster
Single rooms with sink, shared bathroom. Breakfast & dinner included. 4 weeks minimum stay. Students must be enrolled full-time. Average $360 weekly rate.

Manhattan Residencies For Men Only

Kolping House
Single room, shared bathroom, 5 meals weekly, 3-month maximum stay. Personal and financial reference required. Must be 21 to 30 years old. $185/week - $60/day.

Co-Ed Manhattan Residencies

International House
Single room with/out sink, shared bathroom, Studio/one-bedroom apartments, Single room in 3, 4 or 5-bedroom apartment. Must be 21 years+, 18 years+ for summer housing. Must be affiliated with an educational institution. $976-$2,509 monthly.

Pennington Friends House
Double room, shared bathroom Includes 2 meals per day (except Saturday), $800-1300 monthly

92Y Residence
Single and double rooms 30-day minimum/1 year maximum stay. Dormitory style. Shared kitchen and bath on each floor, must be full time student and/or working full time. $1,450 - $2,000 monthly.

Short-Term Housing

International Student Center
Single sex and co-ed dorms Shared bath, kitchen, TV area 21 days maximum stay, ages 18-30 only. $40-$50 per night

New York City Hostel Searches


The Leo House
Single/double rooms, shared/private baths, 2 week maximum stay Single and double rooms are $155 to $245 a night; Family rooms start at $260 per night. Curfew.

YMCA at 63rd Street 5 West 63rd Street
Single/double rooms, with/out bath 25 days maximum stay Gyms, Swimming pools.

YMCA Vanderbilt
Single/double rooms, shared bath, access to kitchen 25 days maximum stay, 2-3 weeks advance reservation required.

YMCA Harlem
Single/double rooms with cable TV, age 21+ only, special weekly rate for students available, Gyms, swimming pool.

YMCA Greenpoint
Single/double rooms Air Conditioning, TV, Voicemail, Pool, Sauna, Gym

YMCA Flushing
Single/double rooms. Air Conditioned, TV, Parking, 2 Pools, Gym, Sauna, Steam room

Summer Housing

Educational Housing Services
Off-campus student housing. Several residences at different locations available.

New York University Law   
Age 18+ only, 4 weeks minimum stay, end May to early August only.

New York University Summer Housing Office
Age 17+ only, 3 weeks minimum stay.