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Hobnob with Academia on Manhattan's Upper West Side

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DoubleTree by Hilton Metropolitan - New York City
from $119
Wellington Hotel
Wellington Hotel
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3.6
871 Seventh Ave, New York
from $99
Lotte New York Palace
Lotte New York Palace
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4.5
455 Madison Ave, New York
from $239
New York Marriott Marquis
New York Marriott Marquis
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4.1
1535 Broadway, New York
from $195
DoubleTree by Hilton New York City - Financial District
from $119
Hotel Newton
Hotel Newton
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3.8
2528 Broadway, New York
from $99
Hilton Times Square
Hilton Times Square
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4.4
234 W 42nd St, New York
from $112
NYLO New York City
NYLO New York City
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4.1
2178 Broadway at W 77th St, New York
from $119
Courtyard by Marriott New York City Manhattan Midtown East
from $159
The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City
The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City
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3.4
45 E 45th Street, New York
from $160
More About Hotels near Columbia University...

The bustling Upper West Side neighborhood known as Morningside Heights could be considered "off the beaten path" when it comes to visiting New York. Though it boasts Grant's Tomb and Riverside Park, it's sometimes called the "Academic Acropolis" since ost of the area serves as the campus of Columbia University. A large amount of the non-campus real estate is also owned by the school. Though Manhattan is not the most cost-effective city to visit, there are many great lodging options and hotels near Columbia University that won't bust your student-sized budget.

Getting Around the Upper West Side

There's no better way to soak up New York's atmosphere than by foot. But if the weather doesn't cooperate, you're not relegated to taxis, although cabs in New York are relatively inexpensive compared to other major cities. Public transit on the Manhattan Transit Authority is an easy way to get to Morningside Heights. The M4 bus will take you downtown to Penn Station via Broadway, and the M5 runs all the way between Washington Heights and the South Ferry. The #1 subway line is your best and fastest bet for travel underground. 

Cheap Hotels in Morningside Heights

Since you're outside of the major tourist zones, prices for hotels near Columbia University are comparatively affordable. The nearby Hotel Newton at West 95th St. and Broadway is close to Children's Museum of Manhattan and Central Park and has some rooms for under $200 per night. The Aloft Harlem offers compact but sleek rooms with pillowtop beds at an average nightly rate of under $200 per night.

Consider Alternate Accommodation Options

Savings are available for those willing to forgo the traditional hotel experience. At W. 101st and Broadway, the Broadway Hotel is more of a hopping hostel environment, with dorm room availability for as low as $130 per night. A newly-renovated Upper West Side 2-bedroom apartment that can sleep up to nine people, just steps from both Central Park and Riverside Park, is available via HomeAway for just $250 per night.

Airbnb in NYC

Airbnb is a great way to save money on accommodations and also experience NYC like a local. In Morningside Heights, Airbnb options range from private rooms (some with private baths) for as low as $52 per night to a luxury 2-bedroom apartment that's right across from Riverside Park -- still surprisingly affordable at under $300 per night.

Some cities, New York included, question the legality of Airbnb, but as the company explained to The New York Post, "More than 700,000 people stayed in a New York Airbnb over the last year, and almost every visitor acted responsibly and enriched the city."

Your best bet for booking Airbnb for New York City is to book early because the best places fill up fast. Just in case, you should consider having a back-up plan -- take note of the affordable hotels near Columbia University mentioned above.

Sightseeing in Morningside Heights

Morningside Heights is nothing if not eclectic. If you're taking a break from studying, you can explore Grant's Tomb, the final resting place of President Ulysses S. Grant and his wife Julia. The historic white marble monument soars above Riverside Park and is open to visitors between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m, but it's closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. A few blocks south, at Broadway and W. 114th St., you can grab a coffee in the spirit of Seinfeld at the famed Tom's Restaurant, also immortalized in the 1987 Suzanne Vega hit, "Tom's Diner."

Students attending Columbia have the best of both worlds: an Ivy League education in one of the world's most exciting cities. The diverse selection of affordable accommodations and hotels near Columbia University means one less distraction from homework.

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