February 25, 2016
Estimated yearly cost: $13,048 – $15,884
Low-cost rooms available: Yes
Commute to class: 15 minutes
Nearby subways: A, C, E, L, N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6, Path
The Senior House at West 13th Street is the only dorm at NYU whose residency is completely comprised of undergraduate seniors. Consequently, the Senior House does not feel so much like a dorm as it does a cozy Greenwich apartment complex where all 180 residents are racing towards commencement.
The Senior House is divided into North and South towers. North Tower residents must traverse an underground tunnel every time they wish to leave the building, which can be inconvenient. However, North Tower does have the bigger loft of the two towers, complete with a kitchen, mini-library and full-length windows.
Don’t be fooled by the dorm’s industrially lit, ominous hallways — bedrooms are bright and spacious, though common spaces aren’t. All rooms, shared or efficiency, suite or studio, have hardwood floors, a dishwasher and decently-sized closets.
Once outside, city life is a mixture of West Village charm and Union Square chaos. A 10-minute walk down Fifth Avenue will take students directly to Washington Square Park. Subway stations surround the dorm in one to two-block radiuses. But it doesn’t always take a subway ride for residents to find fun: the Rubin Museum is four blocks away and provides free admission with NYU ID — a perk which will soon expire for graduating seniors. Additionally, foodies can graduate happy thanks to the proximity of Murray’s Bagels, Umami Burger and Hu Kitchen. And if Bobst is ever too crowded, students have access to study in the New School building next door.
Senior House provides a transitory space for seniors, where residents can enjoy the amenities of dorm life while being treated like adults before finally leaving NYU’s dorms.