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Here’s some more info to point you in the right direction...

Overwhelming is an understatement — don’t worry — your dedicated liaison is on standby to answer your questions and walk you through everything.

Apartment or Dorm — Timeline

We don’t have space to list all colleges in NYC, but here are the dorm application periods for a few schools.

SchoolApplication Period
New York UniversityMarch 2 - March 13
Pace UniversityFebruary 28 - March 30
Fordham UniversityFebruary 2 - February 17
Columbia UniversityFebruary 28 - March 12

Dorm Rates vs. Apartment Rent

Apartment living is almost always significantly cheaper than dorming.

Dorm (NYU Numbers)Apartment (Based on Averages)
$11,000 - $22,000 p/year1 BR: $2,500 p/month
$5,500 - $11,000 p/semester2BR: $1,750 p/roommate
$1,375 - $2,750 p/month3 BR: $1,400 p/roommate p/month

The rents above are rough averages based on location and amenity preferences of previous student renters like yourself.

What’s Needed For Your Apartment Application

After choosing your pad, we will work beside you and your guarantor to organize and prepare documents for your application.

Each application is slightly different, but generally these are the requirements. Your liaison will let you know exactly what’s needed.

About Guarantors

NY requires tenants to earn 40x monthly rent in order to legally qualify for an apartment lease. However, Most students have a guarantor who qualifies on their behalf.

Parents, guardians, friends, and relatives, can all serve as guarantors as long as they earn 80x your portion of the monthly rent. If this is not the case we work with 3rd party guarantor services who can help you out.

Lease Signing

After putting in your apartment application the next step after approval is signing your lease. Generally there are 2 ways to sign the lease.

In-PersonPaper copy signed by tenants and notarized by guarantor if out of state
OnlineSigned by tenants and guarantor in 3rd party online portal

Renters Insurance

Renters insurance protects your personal belongings in the case of a fire, theft, or damage. It’s not required but is a relatively inexpensive way to get some peace of mind.

Yearly Rate$150 - $200
Monthly Rate $13 - $17

If you are interested in obtaining renters insurance for your new apartment we are happy to make some recommendations for you.

"Flex" Apartments

Flexing converts extra space — like a portion of a living area — into an extra room. This is a great option if you find the perfect 2 bedroom Apartment but have 3 roommates.

If you are interested or open to flexing ask your dedicated liaison for more information.