Graduate Residence Life
The Office of Graduate Studies publishes a guide to graduate housing in the spring of each year, which addresses the finer points of finding housing in the area and includes miscellaneous advice and lists of the more common area resources. During the summer months, a Graduate Housing Coordinator is available to assist students and provide information about housing resources available in Westchester County and New York City. The coordinator, in cooperation with the undergraduate housing office, maintains housing listings for graduate students, composed primarily of notices from landlords and individuals looking for roommates. The coordinator also facilitates housing "matches" within the graduate student community, and sends a questionnaire to students interested in being put in touch with potential Sarah Lawrence roommates.
The majority of graduate students live off campus. Lower Westchester has a great variety of housing options, from large apartment complexes to rooms in houses where rent may be free in exchange for child care. Rents can be high in Lower Westchester, though they can vary sharply within a few miles of Sarah Lawrence. A small apartment in Yonkers or Mount Vernon may be $800 per month, while studio apartments in Bronxville start at around $1,100 per month.
Many students opt to live in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Woodlawn and Riverdale sections of the Bronx. Manhattan rents are generally very high, but you can certainly find something, especially if you are willing to share an apartment. Brooklyn and Queens typically have cheaper rents than Manhattan, though the commute on public transportation from these boroughs will take an hour or longer. Woodlawn and Riverdale often have lower rents than Manhattan and Westchester and are only a 10-to 15-minute drive from Sarah Lawrence.
The student populations of each of Sarah Lawrence’s graduate programs have different concerns and preferences when it comes to housing. The amount of on-campus time demanded by each program varies, and is something to consider when looking for housing. Students unfamiliar with Lower Westchester County are strongly advised to visit the area before beginning their housing search.