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  1. sissi

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    I'm going to columbia for 08 fall. just found out today I didn't get into the CUMC housing and i'm way down on the waiting list (unbelievable!!). Wondering if anyone's in the same situation so we can hunt for off-campus housing together? reply here or send me a private message. thanks. :)
     
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    Hi Sissi-

    I'm also waiting to hear from CUMC about housing for fall 08. I did find out that I'm in "category 1" for housing, so I'm hoping that means I'll be offered something... otherwise I'll be looking for apts too.

    I'm curious, how far away do you live from CUMC? Do you know what category you were listed in?

    Thanks :)

     
  3. sissi

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    Hi, i know i'm in category 1 'coz i'm international..it's quite a shock to find out i didn't get the on-campus housing, wonder how they assigned housings.. where do you live, inside US i suppose? :)
     
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    OMG... I can't believe that you live internationally and didn't get housing! Now I'm very worried. Yes, I live in the US, in central New Jersey. I mailed my housing application back to them as soon as I received it. Did you wait long to mail your application back?

    Make sure you start looking for housing by July 1st, because from what I've heard, all the off-campus apts around the school get snatched up quickly during July. It's competition among everyone looking for housing.

    I'll let you know if I don't get housing either... then I might need a roommate! :)

     
  5. sissi

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    I mailed the application out the second day but even by express mail, international mailing takes about 4 days. I still have no idea how i'm supposed to find an apt while i'm thousands miles away from the city. thanks for the info and i'll start looking now. good luck with your application and let me know if you need a roommate. :)

    Sissi-

    OMG... I can't believe that you live internationally and didn't get housing! Now I'm very worried. Yes, I live in the US, in central New Jersey. I mailed my housing application back to them as soon as I received it. Did you wait long to mail your application back?

    Make sure you start looking for housing by July 1st, because from what I've heard, all the off-campus apts around the school get snatched up quickly during July. It's competition among everyone looking for housing.

    I'll let you know if I don't get housing either... then I might need a roommate!
     
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    I would work with a realtor if you can. At least they can guide you. You can also try Craig's List... they have apt listings. When do you plan on moving into the city? I can't even imagine how difficult it will be to secure an apt while you are in another country! If I can help in any way, let me know... and I'll definitely let you know how I make out with housing!

     
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    Hey guys,

    I am also a category 1 student entering the MPH program way down on the waitlist. I live in Toronto, Canada. I assume I will go down to NYC to look for a place to live this summer but I would like to consider having a roommate. If you are looking for a female roommate in the MPH program, send me a line!

    Good luck to everyone in the housing search.
    :thumbup:
     
  8. sissi

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    Thanks for the advice! I'm looking into Craig's list. will let you know how it turn out. glad you get the on-campus housing. :)

     
  9. MaVieenRose

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    Hi all,

    I also got waitlisted for housing, unfortunately. So now, I must start the apartment search which means I am looking for a roommate/roommates. Please feel free to PM me and we can chat! Thanks! :)
     
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    Hey all,

    For those of you who are looking for off campus housing (for Columbia or elsewhere), I highly recommend you look at city-data (.com) as they offer forums for discussions on various cities and neighborhoods in each state. I thought it was a good resource for getting housing-search tips and gaining insight into what area citizens view as the best places to live (taking into account quality of life, proximity to public transportation, safety, overall livability etc.). You can generally search the forums by state, city, neighborhood, street et. al. Overall, it's pretty helpful and worth a look for anyone entering new territory; never underestimate a visit though! Good luck!
     
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    Hi everyone, I'm also in the same situation. I was a category 1, but right now I'm #75 on the waitlist :(

    I wasn't planning to fly to New York until August, but now I think I may go there sometime in July to look for apartments. Please let me know if you are interested in sharing an apartment...it would be nice to live with other students!
     
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    so i'm on the same boat as you guys too! been looking around on craigslist. upper west side looks pretty nice.

    gina - i'm kinda from toronto too! i went to UT downtown for undergrad. hopefully we can all work something out. it'd be really nice to live with program-mates if we don't get on-campus housing! :)
     
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    Hey NinaG - Where is your on-campus housing? I'm in the Georgian Residence...

     
  14. I'm in Bard Hall.
     
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    That's cool. At least you have your own little space. I'm in a suite with two other people and have to share a bedroom - not the greatest set-up, but it'll work!

     
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    One more thing. If you've already set up your Columbia email account, you can access the student bulletin board under your email account and browse through ads of other students who are seeking and offering housing in the city. Just click the menu next to to the "Open Folder" icon (on the upper right) and then click on "soaboard." You'll need to forward way ahead in the pages because some of the listings are really old. Good luck again!
     
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    Hi,

    My roommate and I are currently looking for a third roommate to rent in NYC with us. We are hoping to get a 3 BR apartment in Morningside/Upper West Side or in Washington Heights near CUMC. If you are interested, please PM me and I will get back to you.

    Thanks! :)
     
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    hey gina - what # on the waitlist were you? just wondering about my chances.. hehe thanks!
     
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    hi,

    i will be attending Columbia MPH this fall as well and am looking for a female roommate. send me a message if any of you are looking for roommates.

    I am also trying to figure out if its better to live near the main campus and commute to the medical campus or just live near Mailman?
     
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    I am moving to New York City in early August to begin my first year of graduate school at Columbia's School of Public Health. I, too, need housing for the fall. My current residence is Miami, Florida. I am female and a non-smoker. I love to cook and prefer to purchase organic or local produce. I am politically progressive and well traveled. I spent last month learning about the African diaspora in Paris. My first language is Haitian Creole and I am proficient in Spanish and French. When it comes to things, I am a minimalist. I try to consume as little as I can so I do not have large electronic devices, furniture, or excessive clothing. I am aiming to live in the Upper West side. As far south as Harlem and as north as Inwood. My budget for housing allows for $400-600 for rent. I am willing to live in a small space, semi-private living room, etc. If anyone is interested in living me, please give me a holler.
     
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    I would like to live in a building w/ 24 hour security either in Morningside, near Harlem Hospital (135th street) or near Mailman (168th). Can anyone recommend an apartment building with reasonable prices? any help will be appreciated
     
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    On the wait list for housing and searching for a roommate.

    Going to NYC later today from Atlanta to look for an apartment but need a roomate.

    Female,23, graduated from college in Cali. Any suggestions for places to look?
     
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    Have you found a place or a roommate yet? I am looking for a roommate,too.
     
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    Have you found a roommate yet?
     
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    Any lick yet? We may need to talk because I am in the same situation.
     
  26. MinnDasota

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    Hey guys, I wasn't in the MPH program at CUMC although my roommate was. We both graduated from CUMC this past May (I graduated from the physical therapy program). Anyways, let me know if anyone has any questions about living on campus or how life is off/near campus in Wash Heights. I can't really help you find housing but maybe I can help you with other things such as the neighborhood, commuting, etc. I currently live on 164/165th and Ft. Washington (Actually, I'm living with my girlfriend on the Upper east side, but still have my apt by CUMC). I do suggest Craigslist.org for housing as most find housing there (and you can save on brokers fees). Apts are expensive in NYC and are cheaper in Washington Heights...but are slowly rising. Expect to pay well over $1000.00/month if you plan on living alone. I also suggest staying west of Broadway as it generally tends to feel safer.

    As for those of you concerned about safety at CUMC, there are security guards everywhere and you can always call for an escort through CUMC. If all else fails, use your CUMC ID and cut through the hospital!

    Good luck everyone and congrats on getting into CUMC MPH!

    Message me if you need....
     
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    Hi MinnDasota-

    Thanks for the helpful info. Great tip about cutting through the hospital if need be... :D

    I was wondering if you either lived in, or knew anyone who lived in the Georgian Residence and what you/they thought of it? I will be living in the three-person suite; unfortunately,Ihave to share a bedroom. I'm hoping it will work out ok. Any thoughts or helpful insights you have are appreciated! :)
     
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    Hey all, I have received a few messages and thought I would include a couple of sites about the campus shuttle....

    The shuttle doesn't take very long. Maybe 15 mins from CUMC to main campus. not sure about harlem hospital. here is a link for the transportation/shuttle:

    http://www.cumc.columbia.edu/about/guide/transportation.html

    http://www.columbia.edu/cu/transportation/docs/shuttles/intercampus.html

    It's an option, although you will probably have to buy a metrocard at some point as the best way to get around the city is by subway.

    And yes, I have lived in georgian for a couple of weeks (stayed in a classmate of mines apt when I was waiting to move into my apt on ft. wash). It was a 3 br suite which is typical for georgian. I also had quite a few classmates who lived there so I have been there quite a bit (along with Bard and Towers). Basically, all the rooms are large with one room being almost like a large studio with it's own bathroom. The kitchen is shared between the 3. Most of the time, you will be paired with random students from the different CUMC programs, although Georgian is technically housing for the Nursing students.

    Those of you in limbo about housing, I suggest you take a few days and come to the city to find housing as the market flips very quickly here. Many will require a deposit and first months right away so be prepared!

    I hope this answers some questions.
     
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    Hi MinnDasota,

    Thanks for your previous message. I'm going to be in new york in mid-august, how hard it is then to find an apt near the main campus or CUMC? and do you have any ideas about the waitlist for the on-campus housing? do you know anyone who actually get off the list and assigned a place? Thanks!
     
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    The waitlist at CUMC is kinda weird as I know people from Ohio and Tennessee and even as far as California who didn't get housing while people from Jersey and Long Island did. So I'm not sure what they truly look for. I also have seen vacant apts in Bard, Towers, and Georgian for months when I had friends waiting on the housing list. On the other hand, I remember a few people in my class get off the waitlist but don't remember how long that took. I always had housing in the city so I didn't have this problem, but I know many that did. Have any of you tried craigslist (the sublet portion?) Sometimes, you might be able to find a temporary sublet until you actually find your own apt/hear from housing/know the city better, etc.

    Just a thought.
     
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    Hey sissi-

    I just saw your post about waiting until mid-August to look for apts. I wanted to give you a heads-up... I spoke with Adele (the off-campus housing rep) back in March to ask her some questions about apts around CUMC. She conveyed to me that if you need an apt right near CUMC that you need to definitely look in July. Apparently, apt hunting around the medical campus gets competitive just like the on-campus housing did, as students rush to get apt leases. I suppose that there will always be apts becoming available in the area, but she made it sound as though you are competing with all the other students and that you shouldn't wait until August to start looking. Granted, this is just what I was told, but I figured I'd share the info! Hope it helps!

    Good luck with the apt search :)
     
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    Hey jaktpp,

    Thanks! but I guess i'll have to try my luck since i'll be arrive in the city in mid-august!! but now i sort of have something worked out, hopefully i can get the apt before I arrive! and i read your concerns about sharing a room at Georgian residence, but guess it won't be too bad. :D

     
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    Hi guys, a couple of other MPH girls and I found a great apartment 5 minutes away from campus and are in the process of getting it signed. we need a fourth roommate! if any of you are interested send me a message. this is a great place, very safe and convenient.
     
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    So I'm in a similar situation as Lotus1 except another MPH girl and I are looking for a third roommate and we plan to live closer to the city (around 110th to 125th - from what I hear, it's better to stay around there). Anyway, if interested, please reply! I just heard a bunch of people got into the new residence over at Riverdale, it looks fantastic except super far from the city.. anyway, hope that doesn't ruin our luck with this roommate hunt! :)
     
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    hi there lotus1, so plans completely flopped for me... are you still looking for a 5th roommate? if yes, i'm quite interested. do you mind telling me the address of the apartment you guys are getting? thanks! :)

     
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    Hey everyone,
    So I found a 3bd apartment in the Washington Heights area. I found one roommate and are looking for a 3rd. The apartment is of off 177th and Broadway, on the west side. We can see the George Washington Bridge out of our window. Closest metro is 175th and Ft Washington (A), and one stop away from the hospital.
    This unit was renovated with new floors and appliances. Room measures 9 x 11
    $800 + utilities
    If anyone is interested, please feel free to email me at [email protected]

    I will be arriving back in NY on Saturday!
     
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    Hey Everyone!

    I'm a new student entering Columbia's MPH program this fall 2008 and am completely new to the NYC scene (I'm from Guelph Ontario, close to Toronto). I'm planning on making the trip down to NY this Saturday.

    If anyone is interested in a housemate, knows of anyone looking for one, or would like to apartment search together, please feel free to contact me and I'd be happy to tell you more about myself or answer any other questions you may have.

    Looking forward to meeting you all.

    Cheers!

    oliveiap[at]gmail.com
     
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    I've used Pine Management before and they were great. They have No Fee apartments in Manhattan and Brooklyn. www.pinemanagement.com
     

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