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    I tried looking in old threads (and department sites) but surprisingly didn't find what I was looking for. Basically, what kind of funding can you expect for NYU and Columbia and what's it like for families there? If I'd have to choose between commuting 2 hours a day to school or living in a tiny crummy apartment with a wife and kids for 5 years I'd rather not go there.

    So is there any chance of living close by in a decent enough apartment without having to fork out 3,000 dollars a month?

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    The Columbia "couples" housing that I'm aware of includes 1-bedroom and studios. I haven't heard of large multi-bedrooms for families.

    NYU's website says that it only promises 1 year of grad student housing. Often grad students end up commuting from Brooklyn for affordable housing (which could be a hassle but shouldn't take 2 hours).

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    New York is the most expensive city in the U.S., and Manhattan is its most expensive neighborhood.

    From a previous thread, "The stipend [in NYU] is 22K/ 9 months + 3.5K for summer". This is perfectly fine if you're living alone (and willing to live in Harlem or Brooklyn), but completely unmanageable for a family.
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    Harlem? lol. Isn't it very dangerous?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Obsi View Post
    Harlem? lol. Isn't it very dangerous?
    Well, technically, Columbia is in Harlem. The immediate area (around 116th street) is actually really nice and not sketchy. Just gotta be smart about the areas further up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Obsi View Post
    Harlem? lol. Isn't it very dangerous?
    not at all. and it's currently undergoing a bit of a renaissance.

    i've felt much less safe in almost any other u.s. city than on a street corner in harlem. harlem makes pockets of rochester look like judgment day in terminator 2.

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    LOL "renaissance".

    Also, from what I understand a lot of grad students in NYC pay the rent with loans, even in Brooklyn.

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    We in Columbia live perfectly fine with the stipend.. we have enough to go out sometimes. Some of us live off campus with their friends in downtown area...
    of course, the stipend is not enough for the whole family whose main income is the stipend only, or to go out every night or fancy places. We are in Columbia housing and it's reasonably priced and ok enough. I don't know anyone having loans.
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    Take a look at some neighborhoods in Queens. The housing is more affordable than Manhattan, the neighborhoods are usually nicer than the ones in Brooklyn and the commute to Manhattan is not much more than Brooklyn from many parts of Queens. From where I live in Queens it is around 50 minutes to NYU and around 1 hour 20 minutes to Columbia, and I there are parts of Queens a lot closer to Manhattan than where I live.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerter View Post
    I tried looking in old threads (and department sites) but surprisingly didn't find what I was looking for. Basically, what kind of funding can you expect for NYU and Columbia and what's it like for families there? If I'd have to choose between commuting 2 hours a day to school or living in a tiny crummy apartment with a wife and kids for 5 years I'd rather not go there.

    So is there any chance of living close by in a decent enough apartment without having to fork out 3,000 dollars a month?
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