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Overview: You're Going To Columbia!?
Woohoo! Wow. I could fill-up this whole page with the names of amazing people who have gone to this school. It's the school where writer Jack Kerouac played football, and where they filmed the final showdown in Ghostbusters. I guess people take classes there too or something. Located in the neighborhood of Morningside Heights in Upper Manhattan with a sprawling scenic campus, Columbia University is the oldest such school in the state of New York and part of the Ivy League. Barack Obama is among the three United States Presidents who have also gone to Columbia University. Academically, you will do well to study anything there: Law, Science & Technology, Literature, The Arts, Architecture, International Affairs, Foreign Languages, Engineering, Medicine, Social Work, The Union Theological Seminary, you name it: anything!
Housing Situation In & Around The Columbia Campus
You just never know when it comes to apartment rentals in New York. You may find bargains on the nearby shores of New Jersey or anywhere throughout Manhattan, for that matter, if you look hard enough. The majority of students choose to live on campus, but for those freethinkers out there, start your apartment hunt with our apartment guide. You'll notice that there are some luxury condo-like spaces available, spread around mostly either in New Jersey or West Midtown Manhattan. Prices vary. You could live anywhere in the five boroughs and be fine, really, given how reliable the transportation is in NYC (sometimes there are hiccups but generally the bus/subway/etc. will get you there). Check out our blog for more about college life in general.
Finding Your Way Through College And The City
Columbia owns real estate all over the city. The main campus stretches for many blocks from 110th Street all the way to 122nd, between Riverside and Morningside Parks. There is a subway station right outside the campus gates, while the bus is an equally convenient option if you want to stay above ground, and there are always taxis, too, if you really want to splurge. Manhattan has nearly every activity, short of mountain climbing, that you can imagine. But if you find yourself totally transfixed by the campus for your first few weeks/months/years...maybe you'd be interested to learn about the spooky side of Columbia? Well, not many people know about the network of underground tunnels that link the different old campus buildings. Some of them are safe to explore; others have been shut off. Discover for yourself this unique aspect of the college's history! Still feeling the spooky history vibe? You also might want to pay a visit to Grant's Tomb in scenic Riverside Park.
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I've got dogs. What are the best places in New York for being outdoors with pets?
Besides the obvious magnificent and world-famous Central Park, there are a wealth of great local parks where New York City residents can bring their favorite four-legged creatures for some fun in the sun. The famed Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village offers pooches a large dog run with water and tennis balls, as well as benches and some great people-watching for their owners. Dewitt Clinton Park in Hell's Kitchen is a quaint park with an abundance of plants and flowers, and a kiddie pool for the pups. Washington Heights Dog Park is another favorite local spot; a fairly large park with wood chips and plenty of shaded areas.
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What areas of New York are safe for walking around at night?
New York City has such a wide variety of neighborhoods, and many of them are safer than one might expect. While it is always best to be alert at all times, some of the safest neighborhoods at night in the city include the Upper East Side, the Upper West Side, the West Village, also known as Greenwich Village, SoHo, and TriBeCa. The Financial District in downtown Manhattan is also a very safe neighborhood, and quiet at nighttime. The East Village and Lower East Side also tend to be safe at night, due to the bustling nightlife in these areas.
Is New York a good place for families?
It depends on what you're looking for. The schools run the gamut, and unless you're close to Central Park, it's going to be difficult to teach your children how to do things like ride a bike in the busy city streets of New York City. But, as far as safety is concerned, there's no need to fear the big city more than most other places in the United States; New York has an overall crime rate of 30 per 1,000 residents, making the crime rate here near the average for all cities and towns of all sizes in America, and one of the lowest in the nation for its size. With a diverse population, loads of museums, and no end to culture, New York is a great place to raise a family if you prefer the city to the country or suburbia--and you can afford the expense that comes along with it.
I'm relocating. What's the weather like in New York?
The climate of New York, New York features hot summers, cold, sometimes snowy winters, and relatively mild springs and autumns. Summer temperatures tend to be in the 70s and winter when temperatures tend to be in the 30s. The average high temperature in July, the warmest month of the year, is 83 degrees Fahrenheit, while the average low temperature in January, the coldest month of the year, is 23 degrees Fahrenheit. On average New York receives 46 inches of precipitation annually. Rainfall is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year, although May tends to be the wettest month.
My fiance will be working in the financial district near Wall Street. Where should we look for apartments to keep his commute manageable?
Virtually all of New York's subway lines will run within walking distance to Wall Street. Even trains from Long Island and from New Jersey will provide easy access to downtown.