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How much does NYU REALLY cost?

quag_mirequag_mire Posts: 851Registered User Member
edited March 2011 in New York University
Hi...so NYU's website says that the annual cost for someone attending Stern will be about $52000. I havent applied for aid so I was wondering if current NYU students can tell me the hidden costs NYU kids incur that are NOT mentioned in the school's website? Do the costs go as far as $60000?? Thanks
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  • Bubbly088Bubbly088 Posts: 228Registered User Junior Member
    no..the cost for NYU is around 50,000 with everything included...personal costs would obviously cost most...so yep, NYU is definitely NOT a cheap school!
  • HalieHalie Posts: 575Registered User Member
    ^& NYC is NOT a cheap city, either.
  • Bubbly088Bubbly088 Posts: 228Registered User Junior Member
    amen to that! but it's still an amazing city!!!
  • kezbieskezbies Posts: 97Registered User Junior Member
    ^ 8.5% sales tax, gotta love it! ugh, and everything has tourist tax too... god damn tourists, so obnoxious!
  • Bubbly088Bubbly088 Posts: 228Registered User Junior Member
    oh, ok..so it's 8.5% sales tax? I heard that it was 17% sales tax...
  • quag_mirequag_mire Posts: 851Registered User Member
    Tuition and fees
    (two semesters full-time) $36,516
    Room and board $11,780
    Books and supplies $700
    Personal expenses $1,000
    Total budget $49,996

    This is what the wesbite says, but I find it hard to belive that personal expenses are just $1000...im sure they exceed atleast $5000...so how much does it REALLY cost in the end of the year?
  • JJim1919JJim1919 Posts: 37Registered User Junior Member
    Dont forget about textbooks either. You could easily spend 1k a year on textbooks. Then add in all the personal expenses....
  • quag_mirequag_mire Posts: 851Registered User Member
    i need feedback from CURRENT NYU students? if you had'nt asked for aid, how much do you think your annual costs would be? close to $60k?
  • wing2871xwing2871x Posts: 284Registered User Junior Member
    upwards of 55k for the cost per year.
  • quag_mirequag_mire Posts: 851Registered User Member
    wing, so I'm assuming its the personal expenses that result in the additional 5k not mentioned on the website correct? if I live frugally, is it possible to limit expenditures to somewhere about 51-52k? like im ready to skip meals and just have lunch and dinner every day lol....i can forgo breakfast and other snacks
  • futurenyustudentfuturenyustudent Posts: 5,366Registered User Senior Member
    Stern kids pay about 10% more than CAS and everyone else. As for living expense, shoot for $100 a week, and even that's going to be a little tight. NYC is an expensive place to live. Go to a movie and dinner and you're looking at spending a good $25.

    I to go NYU. CAS Econ major, law and society minor. I usually spend about $400-$600 a month on incidentals. I spent $600 on books this semester. I spent $350 on books last semester. Plane tickets back and forth (~$400 per round trip, cross country), and you're looking at $6k-$8k in incidentals and books. If you're in a technical major like engineering or something, 1.5x the cost of books. We paid $49k total. Plus about $7k incidentals, $56k.

    As far as meals go, I find that I skip lunch more than I skip breakfast. Usually, I'll have a pretty nice breakfast, then skip lunch and then have a nice dinner. Or I'll have breakfast and then have "lunch" at like 4 in the afternoon. In that case, I end up getting food at like 1AM.

    17%? That's absurd. That's the sales tax rate in, like, Montreal. GST+PST was 15% last time I was there. It's 8.5% here.
  • quag_mirequag_mire Posts: 851Registered User Member
    what if I buy the books secondhand from some of those online bookstores, such as amazon etc? Then would I save significantly on books if they're all second hand? and if you spend $100 a week, can you give me examples of what require that much spending? cuz room and board take care of food, so additional expenditure on food should be pretty less right?
  • kezbieskezbies Posts: 97Registered User Junior Member
    futurenyustudent, thank you! i knew it was 8.5%, haha, i only live in NYC as a second home and all.
  • futurenyustudentfuturenyustudent Posts: 5,366Registered User Senior Member
    Every time you go out for food, it's about $15. An occasional move will run you a good $12 (plus the obligatory popcorn/candy/chocolate/nachos/hot dog and soda, which is $10-$20, depending on what you get). When it's cold, and you have someplace to go, you'll find yourself taking a cab. Those run you a good $6-7 including tips for shorter distances, $15+ for longer distances, but I only take short distances. If you go anywhere that requires a subway ride, it's $4 roundtrip. The only reason I know how much I spend is because I put literally EVERYTHING on my Amex.

    If you go out for food or order in about twice a week, that's $30, tax and tip included. I spend $4 a week on laundry. There's those incidentals, you go out and buy gum or a coke or something. That's $1-$2 each. Trust me, this will happen A LOT. I'd say an average of about $10 on untrackable incidentals. Then there's the occasional shopping trip, movie, play, club, whatever, and you'll find your expenses adding up to $100 a week VERY QUICKLY. I eat out an average of 4 times a week, but I don't have a kitchen.

    And if you're like my roommate who goes home every month or so, that's $400 a month on plane tickets.

    Of course, if you buy books at secondhand stores or online, sure, you'll save a bunch. But this semester, my book list wasn't finalized until the second day of classes, and by then it was too late. I went to the bookstore and bought $350 worth of books. My wallet actually hurt when I handed the cashier my Amex. Then I spent another $100 on another book that didn't come out until later. Then another $75 on an online course thingy for econ (the bookstore wanted $210). And I also spent about $85 on books that came out on the list before the end of last semester. So all told, about $610.

    You might be able to save some money buying books at Barnes & Noble and paying $25 for their book club thing, and get a 10% discount on everything you buy, and still save a good bit, but it's inevitable.
  • CollectivSynergyCollectivSynergy Posts: 982Registered User Member
    Like I've said elsewhere, if you don't really drink, you can survive on $60 a week (without a mealplan). Of course, that's assuming little (paid) entertainment. But there's plenty of things to do for free. I have to admit I've loosened a bit spending-wise so I'm more around 100/week, but keep in mind 80 or so is for food. Not too bad when that's 14 meals a week (rarely eat breakfast). Just know where the good, cheap dives are. And alternate them with some healthy places to eat.

    Get some S-video and composite to RCA cables and you can watch movies from your laptop on TV. Huge savings right there if you're into movies. Then there's miscellaneous expenses like a mousepad, or a lightbulb, ice cream, crap like that.
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