Living in New York City is a unique experience in any borough, but Manhattan is so central to the New York lifestyle that locals refer to it simply as “the city.” New York City is full of great food, beautiful sights, and endless things to do, and New York is also one of the safest cities in the world! Moving to NYC can be an overwhelming experience, so we created this page to provide you with some useful resources for your time here.

Learning the Area
Geographically, New York is a city with 5 boroughs, 59 community districts and hundreds of neighborhoods. You can get a better sense of your surroundings by exploring the neighborhoods online at For a more detailed breakdown click here.

Finding A Place to Stay
On occasion, dormitory style rooms in the New York Presbyterian Annex may be available for rent at a rate of $800/month. Each small room includes a bed and a desk. Once you have received an invitation letter to join our Fellowship program, you can fill out an Annex Residence Application and submit it to Vesna Lopusinathe at [email protected]. Please include “Annex Dormitory Room Request” in the subject line of your e-mail. Please also indicate in the body of the e-mail that you will be a visiting fellow under Dr. Antonio Bernardo in the Department of Neurological Surgery. Availability is very limited and is not guaranteed. If a room is available, you will be required to submit a month and a half security deposit of $1,200 one week before your move in date. This deposit must be provided as a certified bank check or money order in US dollars. To obtain a money order visit the U.S. Post Office near the hospital and purchase one using cash (bring cash with you as banks and ATM’s usually have a $1,000 per day withdrawal limit). For more information about the Annex Dormitory, please see the Annex Resident Handbook. If you have any questions, please contact the real estate office at the e-mail address above or by phone at (212) 746-1950.

On rare occasions, small apartments may be available on-campus in Olin Hall for approximately $2,325 per month (90 day maximum stay, paid in full before arrival). To inquire about Olin Hall apartment availability, contact Joseph Vece at [email protected].

Dormitory style rooms may also be available at the 92nd Street Y.

We also suggest checking or for shot-term housing options.

While you may find what seem like good options on Craiglist, be very careful of scams. Never give money before seeing a place in person. For more tips on avoiding scams visit

Getting Around
The easiest ways to get around Manhattan are public transportation (subway and bus) and ride hailing apps like Uber and Lyft (where you can input your exact destination).

Eating and Drinking
New York City is the cultural capital of the United States and one of the greatest food cities in the world. Be sure to check out Alex’s comprehensive curated list of the top restaurants in New York at

Local restaurant reviews can also be found on Yelp and The Infatuation.

Another quintessential component of the NY food scene is the ability to get pretty much anything delivered to your home at any time, from nearly any place. We recommend the following apps and websites for delivery,

  • DoorDash (Get $30 off your first 3 orders by following this link)
  • UberEats (Get $30 off your first order by using code eats-mvjgp at checkout)
  • Seamless (Get $10 off your first order by following this link)
  • Postmates (Use code H5TT to get a $10 delivery credit)

We also recommend FreshDirect for delivery of groceries and household items. Click here to get $25 off your first order.

Seeing the Sights
We have access to discounted tickets to shows and attractions, as well as discounted car rental, please don’t hesitate to ask once you arrive.

For those looking to do serious discounted clothes shopping, we recommend Woodbury Common Premium Outlets in Central Valley, NY.

Planning to travel within the Northeast? If so, check out Alex’s guide to the Northeast Corridor for restaurants and attractions in Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington D.C.