J-1 Scholars
Student Stories
CUNY Map
Survey
Getting a Student Visa
Attending CUNY
Maintaining Your Immigration Status
Understanding Employment Options
Living in New York
Diversity
Geography
Attractions & Activities
Transportation
Housing
Banking
Health Insurance
Housing
I-20 and DS-2019 fo
	rms
Neighborhoods in New York can vary in their price, atmosphere, and commuting distance from your college.
Housing is one of the biggest concerns for new students. You should try to find a place to live before arriving in New York, or at least before you begin classes, since searching for a place to live while studying can be stressful and can ultimately affect your grades.

It is a good idea to contact family, friends, current CUNY students, international student clubs, your international student office, and your student life/residence office, to help you find a home. You should also ask people about the different neighborhoods (areas) of New York so you can decide where to live, based on your comfort, budget, and commuting time.

There are also companies and online listings that can be helpful in your search for apartments or temporary housing. Some students find the following resources useful:
Craig's List
Educational Housing
One To World
Sara's Homestay
The New York Times
The Village Voice - Backpage
YMCA
Interactive CUNY Map
Frequently Asked Questions
Printable Summary (PDF)