New York City, one of the world’s great art capitals, promises an endless stream of inspiring places, people, events and stories for artists. No other city offers as many renowned galleries and museums, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where the Academy has permission to conduct painting classes. Students of the Academy, coming from all over the world, find their own niche here.

If you’re looking for housing in New York City, remember that Manhattan is just the beginning. Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island, and New Jersey each have their own, unique neighborhoods and lifestyles to offer. Manhattan is the borough most associate with “the city.” Most affordable housing can be found in the other four boroughs as well as New Jersey (Jersey City or Hoboken). The Academy is located in Tribeca, a neighborhood located in lower west Manhattan. Below are useful URLs for NYC boroughs and maps:






Two important factors to keep in mind when looking for an apartment are safety and travel time. Below is a list of some neighborhoods outside of Manhattan that are safe and have a reasonable commute to the Academy (45 minutes or less):

Brooklyn: Park Slope, Bay Ridge, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Greenpoint, and Williamsburg.

Queens: Astoria, Flushing, Forest Hills, Long Island City, Rego Park, and Woodside.

New Jersey: Hoboken and Jersey City.

Check the “Neighborhood search” with the New York Citysearch page ( http://newyork.citysearch.com/) for areas of interest, activities, restaurants, and shopping in a specified neighborhood.

Apartment Searching

Houseingnyc.com explains the most common ways people find apartments throughout the city here. The website also provides helpful information about estimated apartment prices, tenant rights, signing a lease, and broker information. Tip: you and/or your guarantor should have the following documents prepared (this list is not exhaustive and does not always apply):

  1. Last 2-3 employment stubs
  2. Last 2-3 years of tax returns
  3. Last 2-3 bank statements
  4. Copy of your state ID, passport, and Social Security card
  5. Letter from the Academy verifying your enrollment

Useful links for apartment searching


Listings Project

International House

ABODO Apartments

NY Times Classifieds






Village Voice

My Cheap Apartments

Gypsy Housing

Find Rent To Own


Trulia New York

Zillow New York