Dtackpat75 wrote:I mean if you are looking for value I have friends that live in Washington Heights like 190th who split a 3 bedroom for $1900. But ofcourse the neighborhood isn't as nice and it is a decently long commute.
I second the Washington Heights suggestion for those looking for space and a good deal. I live in a huge (by Manhattan, and even non-Manhattan standards) 1 br for $1,000 a month - a short walk from both the 190th street 1 and A trains. It's also right near two of Manhattan's best parks, Fort Tryon & Inwood Hill Park, so great for a quick green escape from the city. Unfortunately I will be moving out because the significant other, who will not be attending law school, wants to be closer to the downtown action, but I imagine as 1L's this won't be too much of a consideration.
You could get good deals off the 1 train even closer to Columbia, though - areas near the 137th and 145th stations off the 1 are both increasingly populated by Columbia folks and young professionals looking for a good deal.
And yes, there are certain parts of these neighborhoods that could be sketchy, but if you do your research and are considerate you'll be fine. I've never had major issues in 3 years living up here.