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Hunter College NYC Housing
The main campus of Hunter College NYC is located in the heart of one of the prestigious (and most expensive) neighborhoods in all of Manhattan, right in the center of the Upper East Side. It's no surprise, then, that on-campus Hunter College housing for its students is extremely limited.
In fact, Hunter College NYC is able to offer housing in only a single building, the Brookdale Residence Hall, for only 612 of the 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students that attend the school during any given year. And the Residence Hall is located, naturally enough, given its name, at the Hunter College NYC Brookdale campus on East 25th Street, about two miles (and a quick subway trip) down from the main campus on East 68th Street.
So while securing housing at the Residence Hall is a great opportunity for experiencing daily life in a college dormitory—and the rooms here are perfect for students, mostly singles and two-room suites looking out over the courtyard—that vast majority of the Hunter College population has to find housing elsewhere. The good news: there are plenty of terrific (often no fee) NYC rental apartments available in neighborhoods within easy commuting distance of the campus.
Hunter College Off Campus Housing
The Hunter College Office of Residence Life offers students a list of "Alternative Housing" suggestions to get you started, mostly furnished or semi-furnished rooms in inexpensive temporary housing hotels, hostels, SROs and the like. These are good options for Hunter College NYC students who need a place to stay while they find a more permanent (or, at least, year-long) housing solution.
The main campus of Hunter College is located right above a 6 train station, so if you're a student looking for a neighborhood in which to live, basically anyplace serviced by the 4, 5, or 6 trains is a solid option. In Manhattan, Murray Hill in the East 30s often has no fee apartment at surprisingly affordable rents ("affordable" being relative... this is Manhattan, after all), and though the East Village isn't as cheap as it used to be, there remain pockets of affordability.
Large swaths of the Upper East Side (including Carnegie Hill, Lenox Hill, Yorkville, and Gracie Point), especially along Third and Second Avenues in the 70s, 80s, and 90s, also traditionally offer apartments with rents that are within reach for students and young professionals. And because the "green line" extends into north into the Bronx, and south into Brooklyn, communities in those boroughs are also worth a serious look, from Pelham Bay Park to Prospect Heights. To find no fee rental apartments to be used as housing for Hunter College NYC students, you can use any number of websites, including Urban Edge.