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Can any current/past students give any advice on living accommodations while attending Downstate? On campus vs. off campus, and if off campus, where you might have had success in terms of low cost and convenience? Thanks in advance!
If you are OOS, gotta live off-campus to qualify for IS tuition, that's that.

IMO, dorms are definitely not "nice" by any stretch of the imagination but it is live able. All the utilities are folded into your rate (including laundry) which is nice, and is SUPER convenient for foundations years (classes are right across the street)
You're gonna have to deal with intermittent hot water and heat, and on occasions too much heat (the heat is still on in the dorms, its 71 and muggy outside), etc. Plus, the dorms are not that cheap (the major con for me, I currently live there, moving out for next year). They are in line with the going rates in the area, a bedroom in a 2bed apt will run you ~1100 a month, a studio ~1500, single room (think college dorm single, no kitchen, or personal bathroom)~750 (I dont remember the actual rates but its around there).

The surrounding area itself can be cheap and convenient, but gentrification is rapidly coming so there are tons of new luxury style buildings going up, driving up local costs. But that being said, new luxury buildings have their problems (often closet sized bedrooms and paper thin walls), but you will end up paying about the going rate of the dorms of a significantly nicer spot maybe 10min walk away, or even cheaper if you find something else prob in a un-renovated unit, or further walk. Use streeteasy, Nooklyn, the FB groups to find spots.

I'd recommend looking to see whats out there, then using the dorms as a fallback. Renting in NYC is an interesting experience, and if you've never lived in NYC before, apartment searching isn't very fun. Likely gonna need a guarantor, and be prepared to have to upfront nearly 3-4 months rent (first months rent (some places want two months upfront), security deposit, brokers fee (if you have to pay one)), and pull triggers fast as someone else is likely to swoop in if you are hesitant.
 
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How do we send proof of NYS residency? I just got an unhelpful email from admissions. Ive live in NYC all my life so Idk how to do this
 
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How do we send proof of NYS residency? I just got an unhelpful email from admissions. Ive live in NYC all my life so Idk how to do this
they require you to fill out some forms and submit a lot of documentation like tax returns and utility bills and things like that. it's on their website somewhere just google downstate nys residency.
 

Mr. Game & Watch

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Appreciate the housing input @biganthony233 - ended up going with the dorms and plan to move out year 2 once I have a better understanding of the area/Brooklyn. Plus like you said the convenience of being adjacent to the school during the foundations years will be huge (all about saving time). Also seems like you'll be constantly surrounded by support as your room/hallmates will be suffering alongside you lol. Pros and cons for both if you're IS, but glad I got that decision out of the way.
 
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they require you to fill out some forms and submit a lot of documentation like tax returns and utility bills and things like that. it's on their website somewhere just google downstate nys residency.
Thanks. How do it get it notarized. Do you hand it in person to admission?
 
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Thanks. How do it get it notarized. Do you hand it in person to admission?
You have to go to a notary public. They have a notary in most banks and in the post office I think but you can also just Google it and find one near you. I scanned everything in and emailed it.
 
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For out of state students-if I want to get in state tuition for my second year, what is the latest that I can move in to an apartment this year?
 
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If you are OOS, gotta live off-campus to qualify for IS tuition, that's that.

IMO, dorms are definitely not "nice" by any stretch of the imagination but it is live able. All the utilities are folded into your rate (including laundry) which is nice, and is SUPER convenient for foundations years (classes are right across the street)
You're gonna have to deal with intermittent hot water and heat, and on occasions too much heat (the heat is still on in the dorms, its 71 and muggy outside), etc. Plus, the dorms are not that cheap (the major con for me, I currently live there, moving out for next year). They are in line with the going rates in the area, a bedroom in a 2bed apt will run you ~1100 a month, a studio ~1500, single room (think college dorm single, no kitchen, or personal bathroom)~750 (I dont remember the actual rates but its around there).

The surrounding area itself can be cheap and convenient, but gentrification is rapidly coming so there are tons of new luxury style buildings going up, driving up local costs. But that being said, new luxury buildings have their problems (often closet sized bedrooms and paper thin walls), but you will end up paying about the going rate of the dorms of a significantly nicer spot maybe 10min walk away, or even cheaper if you find something else prob in a un-renovated unit, or further walk. Use streeteasy, Nooklyn, the FB groups to find spots.

I'd recommend looking to see whats out there, then using the dorms as a fallback. Renting in NYC is an interesting experience, and if you've never lived in NYC before, apartment searching isn't very fun. Likely gonna need a guarantor, and be prepared to have to upfront nearly 3-4 months rent (first months rent (some places want two months upfront), security deposit, brokers fee (if you have to pay one)), and pull triggers fast as someone else is likely to swoop in if you are hesitant.
Thank you so much- this was very helpful! Decided to live in the dorms for now for convenience, but completely see what you are saying and will use this advice in future years!
 
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Hey guys! Since we're on the topic of housing I wanted to ask some of the current students what are the better neighborhoods to get housing in. I'm OOS and know little about New York. I was looking into Crown heights and lefferts gardens but some insight would be very appreciated. Thank you
 
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do you send the college transcript electronically or by mail (through national clearing house)? and if by mail, what address did people use? I was waiting to hear back but I might as well send it just in case
 

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do you send the college transcript electronically or by mail (through national clearing house)? and if by mail, what address did people use? I was waiting to hear back but I might as well send it just in case
I sent both of mine electronically and they were accepted. One was from clearinghouse and the other parchment.
 
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