Thursday, May 3, 2007

The Special: A Look at Where Students Live: Collin Bay

Interviews & Photographed by Monica Uszerowicz

Collin Bay
21 years old, Junior at Lang and Jazz

Neighborhood/Train: Historic Hamilton Heights/Sugar Hill, 1,A,B,C,D
Commute Time: Just under 30 minutes

Rent: $1400 a month. Collin pays $775 for the bigger room.
Roommates: 1 roommate
Bedroom/Bathrooms: 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom
Signed a Lease?: Yes.
Average Neighborhood Rent: "Totally cheaper than $1400. $400-600."

Highlights: Has a real neighborhood vibe, quiet, great park, St. Nick's Pub—has its own Sugar Hill Brew, really good food (including a Mexican restaurant that features Mexican pop stars), ability to practice instruments loudly, everything is cheaper.
Drawbacks: There was a break-in and people who were living illegally upstairs were hurt, the commute gets old (but it's not bad), the weather that far north isn't always so great, no elevator, no good grocery store (makes it impossible to eat healthily), apartment is a bit small.

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