Tekrul wrote:True. I guess hell for me is squeezing into a subway car like sardines in a can and then feeling the subway door crush my arm ten times before people squeeze in more and I can fit in. And skipping the train to take the next one doesn't work. From van cortlandt park to 72 street will present you with a packed train every time until you're too late for class anyway.
Sorry to people if it came off like you wouldn't be able to make the commute. Oh, if you want to get on that 2/3 train, you CAN fit in...
Riverside*. I just didn't think people would know the name so I meant waterside as in by the water. Also, I don't think that other buildings in the area are cheaper by rule. The Trump option was the best deal I found when looking for an apartment last year. The other appealing vacancy I found, on 70th and West End was slightly cheaper but the difference in quality/amenities is significant. You'd be appalled at some of the things people try to sell you at 2,500. But I guess I see your point. Part of the reason it's on this list with my other two options is I'd have 0 cost of moving.
As a bottom line, I far prefer Jersey City (Newport) and FiDi to it. My list came in the order of preference.
Are you currently actually paying (or did you actually pay) $2500 per month for rent? If you don't mind me asking, was that through your own personal savings, or were you able to increase the rent allotment in your expense budget to take on higher loans?
 Also, as a general question, when requesting a budget increase for anything, is that approved by NYU or is it through the government? I'm just kind of wallowing in confusion while waiting for the financial aid information from NYU to arrive.
I live with a roommate at a Trump. We each pay 1600-1700 a month (it slightly varies) for ~850 sq ft 1br 1ba that we unofficially turned into a flex. This figure includes the fees I mentioned plus commute and utilities. It is our net effective rent. Note: we do not have cable, only internet. We watch Netflix/Hulu Plus. Note that when you find 'deals' in NYC such as 1400 or so rent for a 1br or studio, that is NOT your net effective rent. You are looking at roughly 300 on top of that for fees, utility, and commute.
I resent that my advice was taken as "lawl trump gtfo". I am fairly frugal and embrace the grad student lifestyle. This building is a good deal from any angle.
Every single person I know living in other buildings/walk ups/etc. pay more, get less, and don't know that they can get better deals in the city. Don't let the Trump name fool you, Trump only paid to build these towers to put his name on them. They're owned and operated entirely by condo board, meaning individual unit owners, aka your neighbors. I took advantage of Trulia, StreetEasy, Craiglist and did a LOT of walking, showings, and let brokers take me on wild adventures for MONTHS. My diligence led to a great deal in a great building, period.
That said, take current market prices into account. The rate we currently have is the blessing of a generous contract with option to renew at minimal rent increase. As NYC rents have gone up, I can't say for certain what the market is now. However, at the time of our renting, this was a good deal against the other buildings, and I'm sure rental prices in my building will be competitive with rental prices around the city.
I don't mind you asking at all, I currently live in this situation paying as I earn from my job. I don't have to touch my savings and it is not from NYU - I am a 0L. From a recent e-mail I received from NYU Fin Aid, they said that Graduate Plus loans can be borrowed in the amount fully covering the remaining cost of attendance. Whether or not it's sound to borrow that much is another story.
Edit: btw I noticed your SO will be attending Columbia. I commuted to Columbia College from here and it was great.
Edited again: I still hate the downtown commute and will likely be moving to Jersey City when my lease runs down and not renew. However, Jersey City being so much further south will make commuting to Columbia more difficult.