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Parsons The New School for Design Housing
Parsons housing for undergraduate students at this century-plus-old New York City institution—which today falls under the auspices of the New School, and functions as the art and design college of that university—is located in one of Manhattan's liveliest, most central, and most sought-after neighborhoods, the Greenwich Village / Flatiron area.
Housing at Parsons The New School for Design is shared with students from other New School undergraduate colleges, and so is somewhat limited, though the school is currently constructing a striking, contemporary University Center—complete with very cool slashing cut-outs in the building's façade, revealing the staircases within--on 13th Street and Fifth, which, when completed, will offer housing to more than 600 students.
Parsons The New School of Design on-campus housing is currently available for undergraduate and graduate students in five separate dorms, two in the East Village and one in the West Village, all centrally located near Union Square Park; one in the heart of Chelsea, just a short walk from campus; and one in lower Manhattan, on William Street, an easy commute by subway to campus, reserved for graduate students and returning upperclassmen.
Parsons housing, though pretty much ideally located for a student in New York City, is, however, quite expensive. In fact, by some reports, Parsons has the most expensive college dorms in the country. The good news: because of the school's central location, close to just about every subway line in the entire MTA system, you have a great deal of geographic flexibility when looking for off-campus housing.
Parsons Off Campus Housing
If you're looking for Parsons off campus housing, the place to start is a website such as Urban Edge, which, because we only list NY apartments for rent directly from the owners, can save you literally thousands of dollars on broker's fees. Of course, the closest, most coveted Parsons off campus housing would be located in any number of terrific Manhattan neighborhoods, including both the West and East Village, Chelsea and the Meatpacking District, Hudson Square and Soho, the Flatiron and Union Square areas.
NY apartments are likely to be expensive in all of the above, so most students looking for Parsons off campus housing try to find a solid "share" opportunity. And less expensive though still highly desireable options are just a quick subway ride away, especially in Brooklyn, via the nearby L, F, N, R, Q, A, C, 2, and 3 lines.