Gavin Paul Koepke

Second Street

Address: 1 E. 2nd St., New York, NY 10003

Cost per semester: $5,305-$10,608

Low cost: Available

Rooms available: Singles, Doubles, Triples

Nearby subways: B, D, F, M, 6

NYU Shuttles:  None

Closest dining hall: None

Walk to campus: 15 minutes to Washington Square Park

Exploration floors: Chinese Culture, Creative Writing

Amenities: Art room, computer lab


Situated right off of Bowery, Second Street Residence Hall is at the crossroads of three of New York’s most vibrant neighborhoods: Chinatown, Little Italy and SoHo. The dorm houses approximately 300 upperclassmen residents, eight resident assistants and three professional staff members. Dispersed throughout the 12 floors, Second Street’s halls are filled with singles, doubles and triples — all stocked with a kitchen, bathroom and most importantly, air-conditioning.

“I like the fact that it is very close to the main campus,” CAS junior Eric Lin said. “Everything on campus is within walking distance, [and there’s a] lovely lounge in the basement. But the rooms are quite small.”

The common lounge areas have a TV and pool table, and the building has two practice rooms, a dance room, an art room, a bike room and a study room complete with computers. On top of that, Second Street has a Chinese Culture exploration floor that holds events celebrating Chinese culture and a Writers’ Room that serves as a creative space for artists to get feedback and inspiration.