Many of Bard’s graduate programs are located on the college’s main campus in Annandale-on-Hudson, 90 miles north of New York City. Home to 1,900 undergraduates and 600 graduate students, Bard’s campus facilities include the Charles P. Stevenson Jr. Library, Bard College Conservatory of Music, CCS Bard Center for Curatorial Studies and Hessel Museum of Art, Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, and the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts.
Most graduate students attending programs in Annandale live off campus. Among the information we have provided to assist you in finding off- campus housing is how to search for housing, what to ask before signing a lease, what costs to consider when creating a budget and so on.
Will I rely on the shuttle or do I have my own vehicle? How will shuttle service interruptions in the winter affect my ability to attend class?
Are there ways that living off-campus could impact my academic and cocurricular involvement?
Am I prepared to handle the time commitment of cooking my own meals and taking care of household chores? Would fulfilling these responsibilities be likely to interfere with my ability to complete all of my schoolwork?
Decide if you will live alone or with roommates. If you will have roommates, how many? This will determine the number of bedrooms your apartment should have as well as the price range you can afford.
Determine a budget, consider costs for rent, groceries, utilities (which may include water, trash, heat, electricity, etc.), and transportation.
Talk with friends and peers who live off campus and see how they like the area, their landlord, and if they have any tips for finding a good place to live.
You and your roommate(s) should discuss the price, approximate location and amenities of an apartment before you even start looking. If air conditioning or pets are a must, ask about this before you make an appointment to view the apartment.
Consider transportation challenges. Keep in mind that if you rely on the Bard shuttle, disruptions in service will occur throughout the year due to maintenance and weather. Students should have a back-up plan for getting to campus in the event that the shuttle is not running.
Carefully review your lease and ask questions before you sign. It is often best to have someone with legal experience review the lease prior to committing to it. Remember: once a lease is signed, it is a legal, binding document.
Bard also has graduate programs in New York City, Massachusetts, and California and on the campuses of Al-Quds University in Abu Dis, Palestine; St. Petersburg State University in St. Petersburg, Russia; and the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. For these programs and campuses, please visit the individual graduate program websites for information about housing, other services, and community resources.