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Pratt Institute Housing
Pratt Institute housing, located entirely on the school's 25-acre campus in the neighborhood of Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, is available for both undergraduate and, to a lesser extent, graduate students. Housing is offered for students in most of its separate programs, including the School of Architecture, the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the School of Art and Design.
Pratt housing within the Clinton Hill campus is able to accommodate nearly 1,500 students, in one of five different buildings, from the huge, 17-story, often raucous Willoughby Residence Hall, where some 800 undergraduates make their home; to the decade-old Stabile Hall, where four-person suites are reserved for new undergraduates only; to the Grand Avenue Residence, home to 50 graduate students, who enjoy the efficiency apartments and private single rooms therein. By most accounts, on campus housing at Pratt is well-maintained, comfortable, and, certainly, extremely convenient.
Pratt Off Campus Housing
Pratt housing on campus, however, can currently accommodate only about 30% of the more than 4,500 students who attend the school in any given year. The vast majority of students, then, must seek off campus housing. The good news: there are always plenty of good, reasonably-priced NY apartments and shares available in close proximity to Pratt's Clinton Hill campus or, in the case of Pratt's gorgeous graduate-program building in Manhattan, right near Union Square, in neighborhoods with subway lines that will deliver you (almost) directly to your classroom.
For instance, the G train is right by the Clinton Hill campus, so the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Fort Greene, Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Carroll Gardens and Park Slope are all easily accessible to campus. The Brooklyn campus is also fairly close to the major subway hubs of Atlantic Avenue and Dekalb Avenue, opening up your Pratt off campus housing options further.
And, of course, Pratt's Manhattan campus, which houses the Graduate School for Information and Library Science, the Graduate Programs in Communications and Package Design, Design Management, Arts and cultural Management and the two-year Associates Degree Programs in Digital Design, Graphic Design and Illustration, is about as centrally located in as you can get in that borough, with nearly every subway line in town stopping within a few blocks, either at Union Square, West 4th Street, or 14th Street.
Pratt Institute housing on-campus is in a terrific Brooklyn neighborhood, close to literally dozens of great restaurants, bars, music venues of all kinds, galleries, clubs, and off-beat boutiques, thrift shops and food stores. And if you move into off-campus housing near the Pratt Manhattan campus, you'll find yourself in one of the city's most desirable areas to live, work, and play. Seekers of off-campus housing should certainly check out what the school's Residence office has to offer, but you can also start looking on the internet, using sites such as Urban Edge, which has hundreds of listings for no fee rental apartments in all of the NYC neighborhoods mentioned above.