FAQ’s

How does your service work?

Upon receipt of your application Student Housing Associates will analyze your specific needs and from our pool of student residential facilities recommend several housing options. This same staff member will work with you from the beginning to the end of the process to ensure complete satisfaction with your housing choice. We assign a specific staff member to each school so that you may likely be housed with students you will be studying with. We can also answer any questions or provide help with other issues related to your stay such as referrals to airport transportation, cell phone purchase, or general questions about New York City.

Why should I use your service?

New York City’s real estate market offers unique challenges to anyone. Trying to find safe, clean and affordable housing from abroad makes this search even more difficult. The idea for Student Housing Associates began at the request of one New York City institution after their students continuously fell victim to fraud, were overcharged by unscrupulous real estate professionals, or arrived in New York City unprepared for their studies because of the amount of time required to find adequate short term housing. Student Housing Associates constantly works with dormitories, realtors, building managers & owners to provide you with the best options for short-term student housing in New York City.

What do you charge for your service?

Student Housing Associates charges a one time $200 fee to connect you with a short term housing option that fits your specific requirements. Should you need additional assistance within one year of your initial request Student Housing Associates will provide referral services at no charge. If we are unable to meet our commitment to provide you with safe, clean and affordable housing we will refund this fee.

What should I expect to pay for housing while attending school in New York City?

You should budget approximately $1100 per month for a shared room and $1600 per month for a private room. Some facilities require complete payment for short term stays (3 months or less.)

Can I find cheaper accommodations?

Student Housing Associates will work with you to find appropriate accommodations to fit your budget. Prices will vary based on many factors including location, size, season, conveniences, and flexibility of your travel dates. While these numbers are estimates we rarely find cheaper accommodations to be safe or clean. We pre-screen our facilities to ensure all students receive safe, clean and comfortable accommodations. Student Housing Associates will not provide referrals to lower priced housing at the cost of safety or hygiene.

Are all of your student housing options located in safe areas?

Yes. Student safety is the most important factor in our screening process. Not only do we consider a facility’s location but we also take into consideration many safety factors such as compliance with New York City’s strict building safety codes, on-site security, video surveillance, doorman, computerized keyed entry, and building & fire equipment maintenance.

Do all of your facilities have on-site resident assistants?

Many of the facilities in our referral pool do have staff on site to assist residents but some do not. If this is a preference you may request that we refer you to only those facilities with on site staff.

Do I need to rent a car?

No, New York City has a world-class public transportation system that runs 24 hours a day. Proximity to public transportation is a major factor when considering a facility. We also provide our students with recommended transportation options for their arrival at all New York City airports.

Is it possible to live with others who speak my native language?

We understand that traveling to a foreign country can be a stressful experience. Our housing coordinators do their best to connect students that have similar backgrounds and educational goals. We encourage students to provide us with as much information about themselves as possible including languages, interests and names of other students you may be traveling with.

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