The New School (previously known as the New School University) was first established in 1919 by a group of university professors. The founders, who were sick of the intellectual timidity of traditional colleges, created the New School to be progressive and modern in allowing their students to freely address problems facing the 20th century. Today, the university has seven colleges attended by a diverse group of students with different ages, social backgrounds, and talents. The New School has academic centers in New York City, Paris, Shanghai, and Mumbai. There are around 10,000 students currently attending the university.
Notable alumni of the university include Eleanor Roosevelt, Woody Allen, Tom Ford, and Donna Karan.
Most of the academic buildings are currently located west of Union Square between University Place and 6th Avenue from West 11th Street to West 17th Street. The campus is located by many of the major subway lines such as NQR, 123, and the L train. Several of the buildings located on campus have been certified as historical landmarks in New York City. Students are expected to commute to classes either from the residence halls or from home. Thankfully, the campus is extremely easy to access via public transportation and is located close to neighborhoods that many students opt to live in such as Union Square, East Village, Greenwich Village, etc.
Located around Union Square, Astor Place and Washington Square Park, the New School's four residence halls currently offers housing for over 1,700 students. Most of the residence halls are located within a 15 minutes' walk to main campus with the furthest residence hall located at Stuyvesant Park. Most students will choose to walk or bike to campus. For students first attending the New School, the 13th Street Residence and the Stuyvesant Park residence hall are highly recommended. The other two residence halls: Kerrey Hall and Loeb Hall are usually recommended for returning undergraduate students.
Not planning on living in a residence hall? Don't worry! Many New School students actually don't live in the residence halls provided by the school. Generally, by the time students become an upperclassmen, they'll move out of the residence halls and share an off-campus apartment with a friend or two. Most students will move to locations such as Greenwich Village, Union Square, Stuyvesant Town, or Hell's Kitchen. There are plenty of great options for the New School students to find an apartment in. In fact, due to the fact that the New School is located by so many subway lines, it doesn't really matter where New School students choose to live, it's only a matter of how long you want your commute to be!
For those interested in finding housing near the New School. Check out our Interactive HeatMaps to find more information on average rental prices in each neighborhood.
Similar to students currently attending the New School, we see that many New School alumni will choose to stay in the city. Great neighborhoods for just graduated alumni include Hell's Kitchen, Greenwich Village, Upper East Side, and East Village. For alumni who have a few years of working under their belt, neighborhoods such as Upper West Side, Financial District and West Village are very popular as well.
Are you interested in attending the New School? If it's your first time renting an apartment in New York City, we recommend that you take a look at the RentHop Renter's Guide that we created to help first time renters. It'll take you through the steps of renting in the city and also explain some terminology and concepts unique to New York.
Here are some other useful resources:
Real Estate Firms located physically around The New School main campus:
The New School Site
The New School Admissions
The New School Student Housing & Resident Life
The New School's Off Campus Housing Resources