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Life and Learning in the City

Studying 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.

NYFA students sit in director chairs in Times Square 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 Campuses

The New York Film Academy has two campuses in New York City: Union Square and Battery Place. Our Union Square facility is located in the historic Tammany Hall building on the northeast corner of the Square at 100 E17th Street. The Academy's other New York campus is a modern, new facility of 72,000 square feet on two floors at 17 Battery Place. This spectacular location offers breathtaking views of Battery Park and the Statue of Liberty. Each classroom was uniquely designed to meet the specific needs of the hands-on programs.

A NYFA film school student films a motorcycle in NYC


An 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.

Housing Services

NYFA Accommodation
The New York Film Academy maintains dorm-style residences where students may reserve a bed. Each room has a private bathroom and a full-sized refrigerator. The building has full-time security, laundry facilities, a fitness center, lounges and elevators. Board in the NYFA residence includes Internet, premium cable, and all utilities. In the New Yorker Residence (34th St and 8th Ave) we have single rooms as well as shared double rooms. In the St George Residence (Clark Street in Brooklyn Heights) we have all shared rooms. For further information please contact our Housing Coordinator at or 212.674.4300.

Private Accommodation
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,, 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,,,,, and

For more information, email or call 212.674.4300 to speak to the housing coordinator.

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New York Film Academy New York City

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Tel. +1 (212) 674-4300 | F. +1 (212) 477-1414

Battery Place Location:
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Tel. +1 (212) 966-3488

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