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Discussion in 'Medical Students - DO' started by Kat, Apr 28, 1999.

  1. Kat

    Kat

    Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I am moving from Chicago to New York this fall as I enter NYCOM. Where to live? The housing office has been of absolutely no help, as they are gered to their undergreaduate students. The only option they gave me was living in a single in the undergrad dorms, which are half hour away from the campus. Anyone?
     
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  3. Kat

    Kat

    Also, are any future/current NYCOM students interested in getting together before August?
     
  4. DrWBD

    DrWBD Formerly 'wanna_be_do'
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    Hi Kat! Congratulations on getting accepted to NYCOM. I'm a first-year student there.

    Regarding housing, there are no dorms on the Old Westbury campus of NYIT (where NYCOM is located). Did you speak to the Office of Student Affairs at NYCOM? Call them up and ask for Fran Springer or Dr. DiGiovanna, they may be able to help you find an apartment or house to rent in the area.

    If they can't help you, your next best option is to try some of the local newspapers yourself. New York Newsday's website (http://www.newsday.com) has real estate listings in their classified section (follow the links). Look for anything in Nassau County, the closer to Old Westbury, the better.

    Hope you have a car, too. Mass transportation on Long Island really stinks.

    Hope you find all this helpful. E-mail me if you have any more questions, I'd be glad to help.

    -"wanna_be_do"


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  5. Kat

    Kat

    Hi wanna be do!

    Thank you and Pat (who mailed separately) VERY much for responding. Since I got my hands on a first year student here , I think I will abuse you further- I am coming into NYC knowing NOONE under the age of 50 (my parents). Is it advisable to coop myself up into a rented room in someones apartment? Does the school allow the first years a time in which the class develops a herd mentality or is it all on their own there? From my impression during the interview, the students were very friendly. I would like to know what most people do- do they all rent individually in people's homes or do they find more students? Another option given by the housing office was the graduate dorm in the Islip campus. Does anyone do that?
     
  6. why don't you live in Manhattan and commute in. It will be more expensive but the train ride isn't that bad and it sure is exciting to be in Manhattan. That's what I will be doing if I attend.
     
  7. DrWBD

    DrWBD Formerly 'wanna_be_do'
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    Whew, lots of questions...okay here goes [​IMG]

    "Is it advisable to coop myself up into a rented room in someones apartment?"

    That's pretty much what goes on here. Usually the way it works is that people who own houses in the surrounding neighborhoods rent out parts of the house to local students. One of my classmates is sharing a house with someone (not a NYCOM student) in Mineola, a town not too far from the campus. She pretty much just met with the landlord, liked the place, and took it. She gets one half of the house to herself, with kitchen, bath, and bedroom.

    2)Does the school allow the first years a time in which the class develops a herd mentality or is it all on their own there?

    Well, there is an orientation, which is a week before class starts. It's fun, and you get to meet your classmates in a no pressure setting.

    3)"Another option given by the housing office was the graduate dorm in the Islip campus. Does anyone do that?"

    No one that I know of. I live about 20 miles east of the campus, in Suffolk County. The Islip campus is even farther out east on Long Island. I would advise against this, because you have to be in school at 9 AM for class every day, and even on a good day it takes me about 35 minutes to get to class. Long Island is notorious for its rush hour traffic in the mornings and evenings. Save yourself a lot of trouble, just try to get a place close to the campus.

    4) (Dogboy's question)Why don't you live in Manhattan and commute in.

    Bad, bad idea. For a few reasons. Most importantly is that you are pretty much at the mercy of the Long Island Rail Road in the mornings. Since the majority of commuters are coming INTO Manhattan in the morning, the service going out to Long Island is pretty scarce. It's also a long trip from Penn Station to Old Westbury.

    Also, the rent for a NYC apartment is hyperinflated because of high demand. I went to NYU as an undergrad, and shared a small studio apartment in Greenwich Village with one friend for $900/month total. If you want a car in the city, be prepared to spend $400/month for a garage parking space, too. You can't just park it on the curb, it WILL get towed.

    And, as for it being exciting in Manhattan...I don't know what you think med school is like, but for me it's a ton of work. NYCOM has exams scheduled pretty much every Monday morning. I actually have a Pharmacology exam coming up on the 10th, and I'm stressing like crazy [​IMG] You honestly will not have much time to do lots of things once you start here. If you want to visit Manhattan, do it before school starts. It is a really great place [​IMG]

    Kat (and Dogboy),I hope that you find this info helpful!

    wanna_be_DO

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  8. Kat

    Kat

    Another question: I heard that NYCOM has a dress code students have to abide by- is this true? And what is it? I s it just lab coats or are jeans considered inappropriate?
     
  9. DrWBD

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    The dress code is simply to wear your lab coat during school hours, AFAIK. Some people I know have gotten "warning letters" from the Office of Student Affairs, but that's pretty much died down now.
     
  10. websurfer

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    hi there,

    i was looking through the site to see who was going to be attending next year and if anybody was trying to organize some gatherings this summer. i will be starting nycom too this august and i'm curently living in NYC. so if there is anyone around, or anyone that will be coming soon and wants to get a head start at meeting other students, let me know.

    and if anyone knows of a list of students looking for housing, or shared apartments or something, please let me know.

    thanks and hope to hear/see you all soon.

    fred b.

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  11. Kat

    Kat

    Wannna be DO, I have another question for you.... I am currently agonizing over the purchase of a PC. Assuming, of course, the school is not in the Mac world. Are there any machines that are recommended? Have you found the ownership/lack of computer worthwhile/miserable?

    Websurfer- there is a housing office, believe it or not. It is ran by a little old lady called Dean Singer and her phone number is (516)686-7640. I do not live in the city and I have so far found her of very little help. But, she might hook you up with housing in someones home, which typically sounds like a decent idea, from what I have gathered aobut the prices and such. However, this seems to be what she specializes in- I brought up the idea of giving out the names of future students to other entering students for roommate arrangements, and she seems to have beeen completely puzzled and shocked by the idea. So go ib there and be specific of what you want. May the force be with you.
     
  12. Kat

    Kat

    Another issue.... I just found out that NYCOM requires entering students to obtain laptops!!!!!!!!!!!
    And although this was not news to the admissions lady;" oh yeah , we heard something about that", she couldnt tell me any of the specs on the machines we are supposed to purchase. I have been accepted there since October last year, and this is the first I have heard of it. Does anyone know what we are supposed to get?
     
  13. Kat

    Kat

    Just to dispel any rumors I may have started here: the laptops are not required. You may have either a PC or a laptop, but the requirements seem to be pretty specific: 366 MHz celeron, 0r 300MHz PII or
    PIII, at least 64Meg RAM, 15" monitor, CD-ROM, ZIP, min 4 gig hard drive (10 recommended),
    56k Modem, Microsoft word, powerpoint, acrobat reader, netscape, realaudio player ...... judging from these, the laptop is out of the question unless you have about $3000 sitting around.
     
  14. Kat

    Kat

    Another question: does anyone entering this year need a roommate? There seem to be some apartments in GlenCove on Brewster St. that look like a good deal.................... ?????????
     
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    I am going to be starting in august and have found an apartment and there is still a room available so i wanted to post this up. The land lord is really nice and the house is 10 min from school in a quite neighborhood.
    ROSLYN HEIGHTS: 2 BDRMS in PRIVATE HOUSE: $750/Mnth INCLUDES UTILITIES
    (Fully Furnished) Bed, Desk, Dresser, Cable, Wireless Internet. One bedroom has a Double sized bed, plus a large screen TV. AC in each room and Kitchen use.
    (Public transportation within walking distance and available if necessary)
    $750.00 a month/ willing to negotiate
    CONTACT CAROL at (cell) 516 382-4299 or (home) 516 484-2013
     
  16. PlasticMan

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    This probably would be better posted under "Osteopathic/osteopathic class threads/NYCOM class of 2010" rather than reviving a 7 year old thread. :rolleyes:
     
  17. DrWBD

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    holy old thread Batman! It's been a long time...
    :laugh:
     

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