Apartment Hunting Resources

Apartment Hunting Resources

Columbia University Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Free Apartment Listing Services | Premium Apartment Listing Services
Property Management Companies | Additional Resources

Although it comprises five boroughs, New York City is truly a city of neighborhoods. From Greenwich Village to Harlem to Hell's Kitchen to Columbia's own Morningside Heights, each neighborhood has its own style, atmosphere, and personality. There are also towns in New Jersey that are reasonably priced and within easy commuting distance from Columbia. While looking for an apartment it is a good idea to visit prospective neighborhoods.

It is important to be aware of what is involved in commuting to Columbia. Many neighborhoods have reasonably priced apartments, but arranging for transportation to and from campus may be difficult. Be sure to investigate the public transportation services available in any prospective neighborhood.

The information on the pages linked below is provided as a service to students of the School of General Studies. The School of General Studies does not endorse any of the services, facilities, or resources listed.

Columbia University Off-Campus Housing Assistance (OCHA)

OCHA provides advice on finding rentals in non-Columbia owned buildings, and maintains a website and online database of available rooms, apartments, and apartment shares in the greater metropolitan area. This free service is open to all Columbia students, full- and part-time.

419 West 119th Street
(212) 854-2773

The Towers at CCNY

The Towers at the City College of New York (CCNY) has vacant units at competetive prices available to Columbia students seeking housing in the NYC area.

Free Apartment Listing Services 

Premium Apartment Listing Services 

Property Management Companies


Additional Resources

Community Information

Information for Renters

Living in the City


  • Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA): Maps, timetables, and service announcements for New York City Transit (buses and subways), MetroNorth, the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) and NY bridges and tunnels
  • New Jersey Transit (NYT): Maps, timetables, and service announcements for NJT Rail Service, NJT Bus Service and PATH service
  • NYC Straphangers Campaign: Advocacy group for MTA riders
  • iTrans NYC: Live train info, MTA service alerts, MTA maps, subway and bus directions, and schedules