Veronica Liow

Coral Tower

Address: 129 Third Ave., New York, NY 10003

Cost per semester: $6,622-$9,386

Low cost: Available

Rooms available: Singles, Doubles

Nearby subways: L, N, Q, R, W, 4, 5, 6

NYU Shuttles: Route C, Route F

Closest dining hall: Palladium

Walk to campus: 15 minutes to Washington Square Park

Exploration floors: Greek NYC, For the Love of the Game!

Amenities: TV lounge, practice rooms, study rooms


Coral Tower is easy to miss. Nuzzled between construction and a pharmacy, and further concealed by scaffolding, Coral doesn’t exactly standout. Most suites house five people in three rooms with residents divided into two doubles and a single.

The dorm is exceptionally close to Trader Joe’s and Palladium Residence Hall and is a stone’s throw away from Union Square. Additionally, Coral is stacked on top of a Duane Reade making late-night snack runs very easy.

Inside, the walls are incredibly thin, and there are only two elevators for 17 floors and over 400 residents, but every suite in Coral is equipped with an honest-to-god full kitchen — beware, counter space is still limited.

Tisch sophomore Ian Tai likes how adult Coral makes him feel.

“The rooms actually feel like an apartment as opposed to dorm,” Tai said. “It’s far away enough from campus to feel like you’re not living on top of NYU, but close enough for convenience.”