New York is a city of diverse neighborhoods. While there are nearly endless options for eating, sightseeing and shopping throughout the five boroughs—Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island—the City’s personality is in the hundreds of small communities whose cultures make them feel like cities of their own.

While many Postdoctoral trainees choose to live in off-campus housing within these communities, full-time Postdoctoral trainees who hold the title of Postdoctoral Associate may apply for Weill Cornell Medicine housing on Roosevelt Island. There, Weill Cornell affiliates form a vibrant intellectual and social community.

Housing Options

Weill Cornell Medicine Housing 

Weill Cornell Medicine maintains a limited number of apartments for eligible postdoctoral associates and their families in residences on Roosevelt Island. Roosevelt Island is accessible by subway or tram and is a 35-minute commute to/from the college. The college sponsors a free shuttle bus from the college to the Southtown residence in the evening. Please see the Transportation section of this site for additional information.

Generally, single postdocs may be placed in studios or shared apartments, while qualifying families are placed in apartments depending on family size.

For a full overview of postdoc housing options, policies, and the application process, please visit the Postdoctoral Housing page. It is strongly recommended that you apply for housing as soon as you receive your formal offer letter as availability is limited.

Off-Campus Housing 

Renting an apartment outside of Weill Cornell Medicine housing is also an option. Find out about off-campus housing resources. Their Pathways to the Private Market brochure provides a detailed overview of the New York City rental market and typical financial requirements for renters.

If you are an international scholar without a credit history in the United States and plan to live off-campus, we recommend contacting the Housing Office for more details on how this might affect your apartment search.

Temporary Housing 

Temporary housing is a viable option which allows you time to explore New York’s neighborhoods and identify more permanent accommodations. Rooms often range in availability from two weeks to one year. One such student-run site with temporary sublets can be found at Rotating Room.