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City Living: Get To Know SVA's Residence Halls

SVA's residence halls give students the opportunity to live in Manhattan among other artists within a safe, supportive environment with full amenities as well as fantastic communal spaces to meet and forge friendships with students across all disciplines at the College.

Our Dazzling Newest Space

We opened the doors to our latest residence hall in 2016. The serene and modern interiors host double and triple rooms in a micro-apartment format. All rooms have climate control and an HDTV—free cable included. And it’s a stop on the SVA Shuttle. Outdoor communal space includes an expansive terrace with tables, lounge chairs, grills and grilling equipment, and even a projector and screening area.

Each room has a full bathroom and a kitchenette with a mini-fridge, a microwave and a sink. A larger dining space with a dishwasher, a convection oven, and an ice maker is located on every floor, and there’s a communal kitchen for group cooking on the seventh floor. And to work off some stress from class, visit the fully equipped fitness center, with cardio machines, weights and even a yoga room. The student lounge offers comfortable seating and places to study or just relax or challenge your friends to Ping-Pong.

Pre-War Charm on the Park

This most charming housing option among SVA’s residences is for women only (sorry, guys). The lovely town house is just outside the noteworthy and beautiful Gramercy Park (and, yes, all residents have access to this private park) and provides apartment-style living in studio and two-bedroom apartments.

The red-brick building was built in 1938 and boasts pre-war details, including parquet floors and crown molding. But the apartments have all the modern conveniences, including full kitchens, WiFi and Ethernet as well as free cable for television. A roof deck is also available for respite and gorgeous views of the NYC skyline.

Lower East Side Cool

This residence is located in a super-hip and famed neighborhood surrounded by new trendy shops, restaurants, galleries, museums and more. It offers suite-style single and double rooms with adjoined bathrooms. The high-rise building in an otherwise low-rise part of town means many of the rooms have killer city views.

An outdoor terrace boasts a grill and plenty of tables to gather with friends and watch the sunset over Manhattan. And a community room has foosball, pool tables, and a TV lounge. It’s a little far from campus, but trains and buses are nearby 24/7—and we’ll throw in a monthly MetroCard.

Prime Spot for First-Year Students

This residence is next door to the main campus building, within walking distance of most of the campus buildings and on the SVA Shuttle route if you don’t want to hoof it to the west side. This apartment-style residence, with two- and three-bedroom options, is for freshmen only. It’s also connected to the Student Center, where many gather for special events, club meetings and to do homework.

Each apartment has a full kitchen with a gas stove, a microwave, a refrigerator and a dishwasher, as well as a full bath with a shower and a tub. A community room features a TV lounge and Ping-Pong and foosball tables, as well as easels.

A version of this article appears in the 2019-20 issue of the SVA Viewbook.

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