February 25, 2016
Estimated yearly cost: $15,884 – $18,494
Low-cost rooms available: No
Commute to class: 25 minutes
Nearby subways: 4, 6, N, Q, R
It’s common knowledge that this dorm has some of the nicest amenities on campus. With hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances and laundry on every other floor, Gramercy feels more like the luxury apartment building it was originally built to be than college housing.
But that doesn’t mean that life at 310 3rd. Ave. is all roses, as Gram is a solid 25-minute walk from campus. While the NYU shuttles do stop at the dorm, they can get so packed during the morning commute that you might not make it on the first bus. The dorm’s few elevators also get crowded, so plan an extra five minutes to your travel time if you live on a higher floor.
If you do want to live in Gramercy, make sure you choose your room wisely. More than 95 percent of the spaces are shared, so don’t count on getting one of the few private rooms. The best rooms are the corners, since they have the floor-to-ceiling windows that make for those famous Gramercy views.
If you don’t want to use your amazing kitchen, the area around Gram has a few good options. Shake Shack fans will enjoy the short walk to the chain’s Madison Square Park location, or you can get great Indian food in the nearby Murray Hill neighborhood.