mirroroferised7 wrote:My wife and I have a cat, and though I'm still waiting to hear back from NYU and Columbia, CLS is my first choice. Is it possible to find a one bedroom apartment within 30 minutes of Columbia for under $1500 a month? I'm coming from Chicago, and we have a two bedroom place for $1,000, so I'm trying to figure out what the exact difference in rent is...
My couples 1BDR is around $2000, but I'm very close to campus. That will be standard for a couples in law school housing. Cats aren't a problem there. You can find as low as $1600ish in UAH (normal graduate columbia housing), I'd check out 119th, 121st and 117th street.
FYI on couples housing ~ My SO and I have two dogs and are paying around $1,600. We live on 119th and Amsterdam at Butler Hall. We also have a 24 hour doorman, which is nice. I highly, highly recommend it.
Also about commuting, in our experience, we found that it's typically better if one person bites the bullet than both parties commute (we've lived together for 4 years in three different cities). The other will have to make up for it by contributing more around the house of course (i.e. picking up our new puppy's poop).
Lastly, if you are engaged and haven't had your ceremony yet, it might be advisable to just get married on paper. Makes a lot of things easier (insurance, taxes, Columbia gym membership for your SO, and etc.).
And you might as well get a nice tax return while you can (thanks Obama!)