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Life and Learning in the CityStudying at the Film Academy's campuses in New York City is like living and working at the crossroads of the world. New York City has a way of thrilling the senses that is as constant as the subways rumbling beneath its surface. For its size and diversity of landscape, people and culture, the city is unparalleled. One can hear dozens of different languages, choose from the cuisine of six continents and rub shoulders with diplomats, designers, machinists and musicians on any given day.
New York is a city of distinct pieces: the bustling shops of Chinatown and Spanish Harlem, the stately museums, the neighborhood brownstones. New York is about neon lights, taxi horns, street music, bookstores, landscaped parks and ten millions inhabitants working together - each as unique as the next.
Our students shoot in virtually every neighborhood in the city - from Soho lofts to East Village bars, Brooklyn delis to Times Square at rush hour. Student, commercial and studio film shoots abound in New York. The support system of production offices, supply houses, actors, theaters, editing labs and people is enormous.
By volume alone, New York is indisputably the greatest center of independent film production in the world. Like many filmmakers, novelists, playwrights and painters, our students find that New York itself helps to shape their artistic vision. The city is not only a setting for their stories, but also an active element in the lives of their characters.
All told, New York City is the perfect training ground for filmmaking and the related arts. The city challenges and stimulates students on every shoot, every step of the way.
Our CampusesThe New York Film Academy has two campuses in New York City: Union Square and Soho. Our Union Square building, the home of all of our film and editing programs, is located at the northeast corner of the Square at 100 E17th Street. NYFA's Soho location houses the NYC acting and musical theatre school. It is situated at 568 Broadway at Prince Street in the heart of New York's trendy shopping Mecca.
TransportationAn empowering aspect of New York City life is the public transportation. This is no need to own a car in New York. All five boroughs, (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island), are accessible with your metro card. New Jersey and Long Island, NY, are also just a train ride away. The trains run 24/7, and though there are sometimes service changes, the entire city is more or less accessible at all times.
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Housing ServicesNYFA Accommodation
The New York Film Academy maintains a residence where students may reserve a bed. This is a dorm-style residence. Students are placed in rooms together. Each room has a private bathroom and a full-sized refrigerator. The building has full-time security and elevators. Board in the NYFA residence includes Internet, premium cable, a fitness center membership and all utilities. The building's name is 1760, and pictures of the residence and further details are available on www.studenthousing.org. Please, be advised that the prices listed on the site are difference from the prices tailored for our students.
The New York Film Academy can recommend a couple private dorm options in addition to providing advice during students' private apartment search. The Amsterdam Residence is a dormitory residence on the Upper West Side that caters to short-term stays of 4 weeks or more. They have single and double rooms that start at $300/week. More information is available on their website, www.sarahomestay.com, or students may call them directly at 212.564.5979 and mention they were referred by the New York Film Academy.
There is also a dorm residence at the 92nd Street Y. The rates at the Y are $1150-1450/month. Each room is fully furnished with bed linen service. Students use communal bathrooms and kitchens on each floor. A room at the residence comes with access to the facilities at the Y as well.
Our NYC Housing Coordinator helps students find safe and convenient private accommodations within walking distance of the New York Film Academy or a short ride away on mass transit. Average cost for a furnished, shared apartment in New York City ranges from around $900-1600 a month per person. Furnished studio apartments can start at around $2000 per month. It is possible to find less expensive options if you are willing to live further away and can arrive a week or two early to visit places. Students can find other housing options on www.collegerentals.com, www.NYhabitat.com, www.roomorama.com, www.homeaway.com, www.loftstel.com, www.nylofthostel.com and www.craiglist.com.
For more information, email housingNY@nyfa.edu or call 212.674.4300 to speak to the housing coordinator.
The New York Film Academy is licensed as a Private Career School by the New York State Education Department Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision.