You finally did it! You landed the summer internship of your dreams in the big city. You were able to compete among the toughest applicants, and now you’re ready to prove yourself. But don’t forget the next (and almost always stressful!) process of finding a place to live over the summer. Unfortunately you aren’t the only one moving this summer for an internship. Thousands of interns will be flooding the major cities, and they all need a place to call home for a few months. If you are interning in New York City, Boston or Washington DC, you are in luck! Her Campus wants to make your summer stress-free with a preview of popular, affordable, and convenient summer housing options for interns.
New York City
New York University Location: 82 Washington Square East New York, NY 10003-6680 (different locations in located in Manhattan’s Union Square, Soho, and Gramercy Park) Dates: May 16-Aug 7 Types of Residencies: The first type of residence includes the traditional halls, located on the main NYU campus. Single, double, or triple rooms are available with a required meal plan. The second type of residence is an apartment style. They include a shared kitchen and optional meal plan. Furnishings for both styles include a twin bed, mattress, desk, chair and dresser. Rates: $165-$355 per week Services: NYU athletic facilities Cable TV Internet Local phone service Laundry services 24-hour security Application: Apply online For more information: http://www.nyu.edu/summer/housing/living.htm “It’s affordable, in a central location, and cost efficient. But you have to sign in and out every time you have a friend over, and there is little privacy in the studio style dorms. But it’s cheaper than an apartment, and you meet new people.” -Ashley Nolan, NYC summer 2009 intern.
School of Visual Arts
Location: 20209 East 23 Street, NY, NY 10010-3994 (different locations in the lower East Side, East Village, and Gramercy Park) Dates: May 23-August 7 Types of Residences: The two traditional style residence halls are furnished with a bed, desk, dresser, desk chair, microwave and refrigerator. One hall has shared bathrooms, while the other has private bathrooms and a communal kitchen. The apartment style residence hall includes one bedroom and two bedroom apartments with private bathrooms, and full kitchen. Rates: $2400-$5400 for entire stay Services: 24-hour security Free Wi-Fi High-speed Internet Free cable Air conditioning Laundry facilities Recreation rooms Student & Professional Staff Special Features in select residence halls: Free laundry facilities, common room with ping-pong table, foosball table, pool table, open rooftop, and outdoor terrace. Application: On a rolling basis, contact through website. For more information: http://www.sva.edu/studentaffairs/index.jsp?sid0=237&sid1=382 “[The School of Visual Arts] is clean, organized, affordable.” -Stephanie Kaplan, NYC summer 2008 intern.
Location: 2960 Broadway New York, NY 10027-6900 (Morningside Heights) Dates: May 30-August 7 Types of Residences: Four to six person suites on campus. The suites include a full kitchen, common room, and bathroom. Each floor has a lounge area. Rates: $2500-$3250 Services: Air conditioning Laundry Full gym membership on campus Computer labs in residence hall Application: Apply online For more information: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/housing/docs/summer-residents/interns.html
Educational Housing Services
Locations: Six different apartment and dorm styles residence halls in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Dates: May 30-August 14 Rates: About $1200-$1400 per month Services: 24-hour security Free high-speed Internet Student activities and discounts Lounges in residence halls Air conditioning Kitchens Free cable television Application: Contact through website For more information: http://www.studenthousing.org/ “I stayed with Educational Housing Services in NYC at The New Yorker. I was interning with Bridal Guide Magazine, located a few blocks away. It was a great location, and there was 24/7 security so I felt really safe.” -Cassandra Potler, NYC summer 2009 intern.
Location: 518 Park Drive, Boston MA 02215 Date: June 1-August 14 Type of Residence: Traditional style dormitory rooms and apartment style residences are offered. A meal plan is required for the dormitory rooms, and is optional for the apartment style residences. All rooms are furnished. Rates: $2244-$3400 Services: Mail service Laundry Ethernet Security Application: Apply online For more information: http://www.bu.edu/housing/summer/internship/
Location: 360 Huntington Ave. Boston, MA 02115 (Fenway/Kenmore) Date: June 1-August 14 Types of Residence: Apartment style accommodations, which includes a private kitchen, bathroom and furnished living room. Rates: $385 per week Services: Air conditioning 24-hour security Application: Apply online For more information: http://www.northeastern.edu/summerhousing/summerintern.html Summer subletting is the more popular, and affordable way to go in Boston. Thousands of students leave Boston for the summer, which means there is plenty of space for incoming Boston interns. Popular sites to find summer sublets include www.sublet.com, and Boston area colleges, including Boston College , for students who list their apartment availability. Here are a few of the college friendly neighborhoods.
-Great for Red Sox fans -Close to T stops -Close to downtown -Many restaurants -Diverse community -Safe
Cons: -The T gets backed up on Red Sox game days
-Quiet -Clean -Family friendly -Many laundry services -Safe -Close to T stations -A fifteen minute walk to Newbury Street (try to refrain from all the amazing shopping!) -Next to the Boston Common
-Expensive for a decent size apartment for only two people -Apartments are small
-Concert venues -Only a T stop away from Harvard Square -Lots of grocery stores -Larger apartment complexes (more people is more affordable!) -Great Indian cuisine
-Need to take the T to get to downtown Boston
Location: 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016 (Spring Valley) Dates: May 9-August 7 Types of Residences: The residence hall is located on campus, and contains furnished, double occupancy rooms. There are a limited number of single rooms. Each floor has equipped kitchenettes, and a lounge with a TV. A meal plan is optional. Rates: $246-$370 per week Services: Cable television Laundry facilities Air conditioning Internet Fitness center Free parking Shuttle service On-campus convenience store Mail service Application: Apply online For more information: http://observer.american.edu/ocl/housing/intern-housing.cfm
The George Washington University
Location: 2129 Eye Street NW, Washington, DC 20052 (Foggy Bottom neighborhood) Dates: May 23-August 7 Types of Residences: All residences are on campus. They range from dormitory style with common rooms on each floor, to studio style rooms with private bathrooms and a kitchen. Rates: $224-$339 per week Services: Cable TV Internet access Phone access Air conditioning Security Application: Apply online For more information: http://summerhousing.gwu.edu/individual/intern/apply/
George Mason University
Location: 4400 University Drive Fairfax, Virginia 22030-4444 Dates: May 23-August 31 Types of Residences: Fully furnished four bedroom apartments (each intern has her own bedroom) with a kitchen, bathroom, and lounge area. Services: Laundry Cable TV Internet Service desk Shuttle and bus system to downtown D.C. Rates: $29 per night Application: Apply online For More Information: http://housing.gmu.edu/contact/
The Catholic University of America
Location: 620 Michigan Ave., N.E. Washington, DC 20064 (Brookland neighborhood) Dates: May 22-August 8 Types of Residences: Traditional style dormitory rooms with lounges and study areas. Services: Laundry Cable TV Local phone service Food court Kitchens Mail services Ethernet Rates: $27-$30 per night Application: Apply online For More Information: http://conferences.cua.edu/summer/summer.cfm Whichever city you are interning in this summer, don’t forget to look beyond summer housing websites. Talk to upperclassmen about their housing experiences, because they were most likely in the same position as you. It is also very important to visit the housing services before applying. You don’t want to be misled, and end up stuck somewhere that is not for you. Once you get your housing figured out, it’s time to enjoy the city! Sources Stephanie Kaplan, NYC Summer Intern 2008 Cassandra Potler, NYC Summer Intern 2009 Ashley Nolan, NYC Summer Intern 2009 Becky White, Resident of Central Square, Boston Emily Holden, Resident of Beacon Hill, Boston Shana Wickett, Resident of Fenway, Boston Lauren Landry, Resident of Fenway, Boston Robin Zlotnick, Resident of Central Square, Boston Miranda Gendel, DC Summer Intern 2010 http://www.nyu.edu/summer/housing/living.htm http://www.sva.edu/studentaffairs/index.jsp?sid0=237&sid1=382 http://www.columbia.edu/cu/housing/docs/summer-residents/interns.html http://www.studenthousing.org/ http://observer.american.edu/ocl/housing/intern-housing.cfm http://summerhousing.gwu.edu/individual/intern/apply/ http://housing.gmu.edu/contact/ http://conferences.cua.edu/summer/summer.cfm http://www.bu.edu/housing/summer/internship/ http://www.northeastern.edu/summerhousing/summerintern.html