tartugas wrote:It sounds like both of you are already familiar with the city, but for those who don't know it as well it's important to understand that the locations of the 2 schools (Cardozo and SJU) are radically different. I'm already an NYC resident, so I can tell you that Cardozo is much easier to get to logistically than SJU (think city center vs. outlying suburban campus). There is no direct train service to get to St. John's either so unless you are within walking distance of campus, a car is almost a necessity (unless you like studying on the bus). QOL is such a subjective issue, it's difficult to say that one location is better than the other across the board, but if you prefer being on the outskirts of the city, then SJU is likely going to be a better envioronment.
Also, anyone who has the opportunity to live rent-free in NYC is waaaay ahead of the game COL-wise. Personally I'm leaning towards Cardozo for a few reasons, but I do have to say that I was more impressed by the students I met at SJU on a recent visit and their thoughts about the school than I thought I would be. I know a lot of people around here will tend to automatically discount schools based on rankings, but there are some interesting opportunities and resources available at SJU that merit attention.
This. St. John's is in Jamaica Queens which is not near any type of subway/rail service. If you were to attend SJU you'd have to either own a car and drive in or take a bus. Although the COL might be reduced somewhat, tartugas is exactly right - it is in a completely different area than that of Cardozo