Those who come to CUMC find that New York offers a wide variety of living accommodations. Within 10 to 30 minutes of the Medical Center is a choice of settings ranging from urban to suburban, to small-town environments, while Manhattan is NYC!
Because all of the options offer easy access to the Medical Center, residents can select the living accommodations that are best suited to their particular tastes and requirements.
Within Washington Heights, the region of Manhattan that is home to CUMC, many residents choose to live in the neighborhoods north and south of the hospital and west of Broadway. In recent years, these neighborhoods have seen an influx of young professionals and different ethnic groups. Very much a city neighborhood, it is home to a blend of young and old, families and singles. One-bedroom monthly rentals average $1,000 to $1,500. Condos and co-ops are more affordable than their equivalents downtown.
Housing in this part of Washington Heights is within walking distance or a short bus ride to the Medical Center. Midtown Manhattan is 20 minutes away by subway. Scenic Fort Tryon Park, home of the Cloisters, a part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is just a few minutes north. CUMC has its own subway station with three lines stopping there.
Upper West Side
One of the most appealing living areas in New York City is the Upper West Side, which is located between 60th and 125th streets on the west side of Central Park. This sprawling neighborhood includes many attractive features such as Lincoln Center, the American Museum of Natural History and the campuses of Columbia University, Barnard College, Jewish Theological Seminary and Union Theological Seminary.
Rents are higher than in Washington Heights, with one-bedroom apartments usually costing more than $1,500-$2,000 per month. Residents can easily reach the Medical Center by subway or bus, and most of those who live in this neighborhood prefer public transportation to keeping a car.
A bustling urban area, the Upper West Side contains an incredibly rich diversity of cultural, retail, and gastronomic offerings.
Bergen County is on the other side of the George Washington Bridge (GWB), in New Jersey. Within Bergen County, the towns of Edgewater, Cliffside Park, Fairview, Ridgefield, Fort Lee, Palisades Park, Englewood, Tenafly and Cresskill are particularly accessible to Columbia-Presbyterian.
Living in New Jersey is a typical suburban lifestyle, especially suitable for families. The schools in the areas near the GWB are excellent.
For more information on housing, contact:
Adele R. Selik
Faculty and Postdoctoral Housing
Bard Hall - 50 Haven Ave, Room 105