Best neighborhoods for students in New York City

Whether you’re from NYC or moved here for school, finding the perfect neighborhood can be a daunting task. There are over 150 neighborhoods in NYC, so how do you pick where to live? Location and affordability are usually an important factor to think about when deciding where to settle in, so we have compiled a list of some of our favorite affordable neighborhoods where students would thrive!

Washington Heights

Located in Upper Manhattan, Washington Heights is an easy commute to Columbia and about 35 minutes from Union Square. As of June 2018, Washington Heights has more young adults than any other neighborhood, with 10% of the population being millennials. It’s a bit easier in WH to get an apartment that is more affordable and you’ll usually get more space for your buck!

Washington Heights is one of the top neighborhoods for students
Washington Heights has more young adults than any other neighborhood in New York City

Astoria, Queens

Home of the Kaufman Astoria Studios (the studio where TV shows like Orange is the New Black and Sesame Street were filmed), Astoria offers students cultural experiences with sculpture gardens, museums and artisanal food options. Astoria has older apartments, co-ops and row houses with easy access to the N and W lines as well as a ferry to the waterfront. If you’re looking to get to Midtown, that will take you about an hour on the F train.

Astoria Queens, New York City
Astoria has older apartments, co-ops and row houses with easy access to the N and W lines as well as a ferry to the waterfront

Fordham, The Bronx

Fordham is well known as a college neighborhood, with lower rent costs and a high population of younger renters. There are plenty of food and nightlife options, and you are close to the Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Gardens. Fordham is about a 45 minute commute to Midtown and an hour to the Financial District.

Fordham Heights neighborhoods in New York
Fordham is well known as a college neighborhood, with lower rent costs and a high population of younger renters

Morningside Heights

In the Upper Westside, Morningside Heights is the home to colleges and universities like Columbia and Barnard. Most of the residents in this neighborhood are students, so there are plenty of student services and tons of family friendly restaurants to take your family when they visit! Take the 1 train to Midtown and you’ll only be set back 40 minutes.

Columbia University campus, New York City
Morningside Heights is the home to colleges and universities like Columbia and Barnard

Bushwick, Brooklyn

Brooklyn is home to tons of amazing neighborhoods, from Park Slope to Williamsburg, but Bushwick is one of the most affordable and student friendly areas to live in. Bushwick is filled with restaurants and nightlife, so you never have to worry about stepping too far from your door! It is also only an hour commute from Midtown, and 45 minutes from lower Manhattan on the subway.

Bushwich, Brooklyn, New York City
Bushwick is one of the most affordable and student friendly areas to live in Brooklyn

New York as a whole is an incredibly fun place to live, and each neighborhood contributes with its own unique flavor. If you’re looking for available housing options, check out Badi and find your new room in no time. We’ll connect you with your ideal roommates and protect you with our guarantee. Booking your room on Badi is quick, easy, and safe.