Anonymous said: Getting honest, no BS advice about NYU is so hard to find, so thanks so much for this!! I've got some questions :P 1) I hear a ton of negativity about the expense of the school. Not necessarily just the tuition, but going out into the city / having fun / day to day stuff. Is it manageable? 2) Is there any way I can do anything to get a better chance at getting the housing I want? Like apply early, etc.? 3) Is the area around NYU fit a "college" vibe, or is it WAY to "city" vibe? Thanks again! :)
I’m glad I can help! :)
1. NYC can be expensive, yes. I mean, it’s a city and cities tend to be more expensive than, say, the suburbs, but it can also be manageable. There are a lot of ways to live relatively cheaply (or just not super extravagantly) in the city. I’ve seen so many publications and blogs do lists on cheap or free eats and events and there are a lot of accounts that exist to inform people on discounted or free things that pop up (like FreeFoodNYU). NYU also offers discounted tickets and entry to a lot of events and places through Ticket Central and Freeseums. Also, $1 pizza exists and is a beautiful thing. There will probably be a time where you spend way too much money and hate yourself for a little bit, but it’ll help you learn how to budget your money and make what you have last, which is a great skill to learn.
2. NYU housing runs on a lottery system, so the most you can do is just get everything in on time and hope for the best. I always suggest getting everything done as early as possible so that way it’s done and you don’t have to worry about it, but I don’t think it makes a difference when you submit everything as long as it’s by the deadline.
3. Well, NYU basically owns the area around Washington Square Park, which, during the school year, has a ton of college students walking around, so it can feel very college-y. There are also, however, many people who work or live in the area and tourists around on a daily basis so you definitely know you’re not on a closed campus. NYU prides itself on being “in and of the city” and that’s probably the best way to describe the area around WSP. It definitely doesn’t feel like you’re alone on campus and completely away from the city, but it also definitely doesn’t feel like there are no college students around.