TLSNYC wrote: How late do people typically stay? If I'm going to be in the library till 11 PM regularly, I don't know if I'd be comfortable taking the subway that late in which case I'd need a closer place.
Do you live in / are you from New York? It probably depends where you're going to, but in my experience the people on the subway at 11 p.m. are kids out partying and workers going home. I've never really felt nervous, like I would in a bad neighborhood.
Lsathalon pretty much covered the housing issue, but just to add: as someone who lives off campus, I definitely don't make it back to campus for every social event. But I also wouldn't go to most of them if I did live in D'Ag. For the evening happenings that I actually want to attend, it's not a huge effort to come back to campus, and if I were single and liked loud bars, I could see myself doing it a lot more often. Alternately, I think what would usually happen is that I would just study on campus until the event began. (My one caution about doing this is that, unless your backpack/whatever smushes up a little, it may not fit in your locker. But you could always have a friend in D'Ag who would let you leave it there and some nights the coat check is open pretty late.) I think the only thing you definitely miss out on living off campus is whatever informal socializing goes on in the common spaces of the residence halls.