Welcome to New York, welcome to New York! Well, maybe only for the summer.
Once the academic year ends, it means beach trips, happy hours, and of course, summer internships. If you’re lucky enough to score one here in NYC, you’re in for a treat – summertime in the city is unlike anywhere else! But once you’ve landed the internship, you’re gonna need a place to crash. And we’re not talking about someone’s couch that was offered up on Craigslist. You’re going to need temporary housing that can be your home away from home this summer, and not to freak you out, but this part can be even harder than securing that dream internship! Good news though, we’ve all been through the housing woes of NYC, and we’re here to offer some “big sister” advice to the city’s newest residents. Check out some of our favorite (and non-sketchy) temp housing options for the summer.
The Webster Apartments
Sorority girls, rejoice! This apartment building is a women’s only institution devoted to providing “safe, affordable, temporary residences, for single women working in New York City,” and we’re getting total chapter room vibes from the gorgeous common spaces. The Webster offers two meals per day included in your rent, so you don’t have to worry about running to catch the subway on an empty stomach. Bonus – the food is actually good, and there are plenty of healthy options to choose from. Perks also include a housekeeping service, rooftop terrace, and a convenient location near Herald Square. A lot of the tenants are international students and interns, so you’ll leave NYC with friends from around the world. The Webster apartments do come with some strict (ish) rules for their tenants – there is no curfew, but guys are not allowed above the ground floor, so don’t expect any midnight romps with that cutie from the bar. This housing option is perfect for a career-minded girl coming to take on the Big Apple this summer.
Gypsy Housing NYC (Facebook Group)
If you’re looking for a more private housing option in the city, the Gypsy Housing NYC Facebook group is a great option for you. This public Facebook group has over 170,000 members, so you’ve got the NYC sublet world at your fingertips. People post listings daily with a range of price options and locations. We recommend having the lister Facetime you, and walk you through the apartment if you’re coming in from outside the NYC area and are unable to see it in person. Also be sure to at least meet your new roomies via Facetime or Skype before agreeing to anything.
NYU Summer Housing
The NYU Summer Housing option is a great choice for short-term housing (bonus if you’re already an NYU student). The range of options and prices offered will give you plenty to choose from, but apply soon! Spots are filling up fast. You can choose from traditional residence hall rooms or apartment style, and there are multiple residences to choose from – you might even be in Union Square or Greenwich Village! These rooms are priced on a week to week basis, perfect for those staying short-term!
Looking for a no-nonsense place to live as a graduate student or intern in the city? Then you need to check out the International House. This community is exclusively for graduate students, scholars, and interns looking for a place to live with other academically focused individuals. The I-House “has challenged our residents to become the next generation of global leaders.” This culturally diverse community is a fantastic place to network and meet others who have the same goals! There are plenty of room packages to choose from and other added amenities like private rooms to practice your instrument and a computer/study lab with plenty of resources (plus it’s open 24/7).
Alumni Association Facebook Groups
You don’t need to be an alumni to use this beneficial group from your college or university. Try posting or browsing the alumni association page from your school to see if any grads now live in NYC and would be open to having you crash! School pride runs deep, so why not take advantage of some mutual connections? And even if you can’t find someone who’s subletting in the group, they might have a lead on someone who does.
By Abby Smith
Abby Smith is a college student and lifestyle blogger for @authenticallyabby. This East Coast native splits her time between NYC and MD, when she’s not blogging she loves exploring the city and all it has to offer.