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[NYC-L] Fwd: In need of an apartment???

Flora Kelmendi florakelmendi at
Mon Jul 18 13:39:30 EDT 2005

XA (!), 

I'm not advocating for Columbia housing, I'm merely speaking from my 
experience with them. I think it's an option worth looking into considering 
that's the first option for most Columbia students. It's not cheap but it is 
reasonable since there are a number of advantages that come with it. 
In any case, Valon, again good luck and hope you find something soon! Let me 
know once you're settled. We can go out for a coffee or something - it's 
always fun to meet fellow Albanians!


On 7/14/05, ms. xa <jetkoti at> wrote: 
>  Flora,
>  University housing is NEVER cheap. Even their off-campus alternatives are 
> not cheap (unless you can afford to pay 800+ to share). On the other hand, 
> International House at Columbia sucks! You pay 500 or 600 for a hole, 
> literally a hole without even a private bathroom or kitchen—just enough 
> space for a bed. Those rooms are uninhabitable and without Air conditioning 
> (from what I've seen), and you can hardly even study there. I would merely 
> suggest Valon to find housing in the Bronx, specifically in the Riverdale 
> Area, where he can find something both affordable and spacious and 
> comfortable. If Valon is interested, I can look up some phone numbers of 
> Albanians who are in the real estate business in the Bronx.
>  XA
>   ------------------------------
> *From:* nyc-l-bounces at [mailto:nyc-l-bounces at] *On 
> Behalf Of *Flora Kelmendi
> *Sent:* Tuesday, July 12, 2005 12:36 PM
> *To:* vxharra at
> *Cc:* nyc-l at
> *Subject:* [NYC-L] Fwd: In need of an apartment???
>  Tung Valon,
> I would suggest contacting Columbia housing as that's one of the best 
> options around here. The application deadline is probably long due but it's 
> still worth trying. They usually give housing priority to international 
> students so emphasise that in your correspondence with them ( i.e. if you 
> are an international student). You can find their info on the Columbia 
> website. 
>  Another option is the International House located on 123rd st and 
> Riverside Drive. The rent is reasonable and it's not too far from the 
> campus. Friends of mine who live there seem to like it. Hope this 
> information helps! 
>  Good luck with you search!
> Flora
> ----- Forwarded message from Valon Xharra <vxharra at>
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> Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2005 15:37:58 +0000
> From: Valon Xharra < vxharra at>
> Reply-To: "Albanians in New York City Discussion Forum (New York
> City, USA)" <nyc-l at>
> Subject: [NYC-L] In need of an apartment??? 
> To: nyc-l at
> === NYC-L: New York City Discussion Forum ===
> Hi there,
> I will be starting my graduate degree at Columbia University this
> fall and
> was wondering if any of you would have suggestions about finding a
> nice
> cheap flat in NYC. I know there aren't any nice cheap places in NYC
> but if
> you know someone who rents places or needs a roomate I would really 
> appreciate it. And if you are in NY I will buy you coffee.
> Thanks
> Valon
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