viking138 wrote: kwais wrote: lastch2 wrote:
hey guys! just checking in, decided i'm definitely coming to columbia in the fall
planning on living at the arbor, anyone else??
I am interested because the price is right, but I keep hearing that the commute sucks. What are your thoughts?
Hi guys, I lived there for fall term and half of winter term. The apartments are very nice, the maintenance and front desk guys are very helpful and friendly, but the commute does suck. Someone said somewhere that they had a friend who had issues getting to campus for class -- should not be a problem if you plan ahead, but that means being outside waiting for the shuttle (which is actually a large van with one door) about 5 minutes before its stated leaving time. You also want to plan to take the shuttle at least 40 minutes before classes start because it can take up to 30 minutes if there is traffic on the Henry Hudson Parkway or if someone wants to go to the medical center (there are quite a few med students at the Arbor).
The shuttle drivers are nice enough but OMG most of them drive TERRIBLY. Seriously, there were so many near-accidents, people wrote letters quite often but I do not think Columbia has any plans to get new drivers or anything. It's really bumpy and it's 14 people scrunched into a van.
The shuttle runs infrequently in the evenings (more like once an hour) and stops at 10:45, so it's quite packed throughout the evening. You have to walk a mile to get to the subway and it's in a much less nice area (Bronx rather than Riverdale). The shuttle runs once an hour on Saturdays and stops at 7:30pm, and it doesn't run at all on Sundays. Also, in bad weather, there can be issues getting to class because all the vans are in NJ and they have to get across the GW bridge so if it's closed, the shuttle might not run.
I loved my apartment itself, but the shuttle and commute got to be too much, especially for my boyfriend who was working in midtown, so we moved to the Upper West Side (not Columbia housing) when he got a raise in January. Very happy with our decision, even though the rent is higher.
Final note, I cook a lot so this wasn't an issue for me, but if you plan on getting take out very often, the options around the Arbor are pretty much terrible and are expensive (it's a very old community, tons of rest homes up there). It wasn't an issue for most of the term but come finals when I cooked less it was a bit annoying.
Wow, that's a lot, sorry! Just some stuff I wish I had known before I moved there, though.