Between graduating from college and matriculating at NYU Law, I lived in the same Manhattan apartment. I appreciated the reprieve from moving, which had been an annual occurrence for me in college. However, toward the end of my tenancy, the elevator was frequently out of order, the hot water became unreliable, and I found evidence, shall we say, that I was co-habitating with small, furry creatures. So I began to think about moving into campus housing.
It’s no secret that NYU Law is located in arguably the best neighborhood in New York City. Finding virtually any cuisine you crave is a simple matter of walking a block or two, and the Village is littered with shops of many sorts, a diverse array of bars, and all the necessary stuff like supermarkets and drugstores too.
To recap: my current abode was succumbing to entropy, and I had a chance to live in the Village. Resistance was futile.
I was assigned to a two-bedroom apartment in Mercer, with a 1L roommate. I don’t know how they did it, but from a brief housing questionnaire, NYU Law Housing matched me with a roommate with whom I get along famously. And the apartment! It’s splendid. As a Manhattanite, floor space was such a novelty to me.
Full disclosure: I initially balked at the cost. However, I quickly realized that it’s a great value. Rent includes cable, internet, and all other utilities, so there are no monthly bills. Major time-saver! Also, security guards are vigilantly on duty twenty-four hours a day. They will make you show your ID, even if they know you – but it makes me feel safe.
If anything goes awry in your Mercer or D’Ag apartment, you need only submit an online work request and it will be attended to in 24 hours or less. (Once, I had my problem fixed within half an hour!) Mercer, like D’Agostino, has computer labs, study lounges, washers and dryers, a recreation room, and even a terrace that is a lovely place to read or socialize. What’s more, the elevators and hot water work brilliantly, and I have yet to see a small furry creature.
Living in NYU Law housing was so nice, I had to do it twice – I’ll be in Mercer next year, too!