I lived here for a few months. Overall, I would say it was a good experience. Pros are that it's very safe and clean. Where else in NYC are you going to get a place to stay for under $900/mo that's completely safe? On most floors, the cleaning staff are very sweet and do an excellent job. The nuns live on the 2nd floor and are very nice. While there are religious objects around, there isn't any preaching or anything like that. It's a lie that you can't get internet service in your room. Almost everyone I knew had it. You just order Verizon DSL service, they send you a kit, and you plug the modem into the wall jack. Verizon suggested that an installer come out to "optimize" the line, but I found that wasn't necessary. (Aside: You have to be careful when dealing w/ Verizon in NYC b/c many of the calls are outsourced and they often give you wrong information.) The residence will let the installer in as long as you are actually living in the room at the time and you accompany the person.
The cons are that the building has a lot of Hunter College undergrads. Some can be loud and obnoxious. Also, if you don't go to Hunter or work nearby, this place can be out of the way. No male or child guests allowed off the 1st floor. If you don't like sharing (kitchen, laundry facilities, etc), this isn't the place for you.
Generally, rooms facing the back of the building are quieter and warmer. The view of the surrounding buildings on that side of the building is actually nice because of the rooftop gardens. Rooms near the lounge, bathrooms, and elevators are obviously noisier.
Lisa (current residence director) is nice and tries hard to help people.
Would definitely recommend this place if you are a young woman trying to establish herself in NYC.
It was a great hotel, I stayed there a few nights. I paid for most of it with a free gift card that I got from ESPN. I think they're still giving them out at nflgiftcards.info, hurry before they run out!
The best unadvertised place for young women moving to NYC. It's safe, quiet, and a bargain for what you get. I've met great people from around the world here at St. Mary's. There is a chapel on the first floor and it's so peaceful, quiet, and always open. There is a roof top deck that has amazing views of the city. The nuns are friendly the staff is pleasant. I've accomplished so much here because of how great the energy is. Also, you can get internet access in your room just about everyone on my floor has it.
This place was on the suggested residence list if a student is unable to get a dorm room at Hunter. After several discussions with them, and arranging the move in date, I moved my daughter in to a room there. Only AFTER we had fully moved in did we discover that the building was not wired for internet access....something which definitely should have been told to us BEFORE moving in and giving them almost $800! Additionally, they did not allow a Verizon installer to extend wiring into my daughter's room so that she could do her schoolwork and have access to internet in her room. They suggested she go to someone else's room that installed the wiring or go to a coffee shop!! They refused to return my money. I had to move her out after only 3 weeks (of which she only spent 3 nights there due to no access to internet and unable to do her work). Very very upsetting. Very unethical people.
I lived here between college and grad school and could not have asked for a safer, more welcoming and nurturing (but not suffocating, and not at all religiously overbearing) environment. I loved getting to know the other women on my floor and the floors above and below mine. The common rooms provide the perfect venue for making friends, which is unusual in NYC apartment buildings (from what I hear). Also, the rule against having men upstairs eliminated a whole host of anxieties and potential awkward situations that I remember not having enjoyed while living in coed dorms in college. The building is clean and quiet, the nuns are delightful, and the private rooms are truly a bargain, especially considering the location on the UES right by the subway. I cannot recommend St. Mary's highly enough. It's a hidden gem!
I had a blast living at St. Mary's amongst some of the most talented and kindest people I've ever known! The nuns were generally very spunky and I know a few of the tenants who actually say they managed to have a guest (male) in their room. Yes, the rooms are small and cozy, but NYC is right outside your door. When I lived there we had a common area/kitchen and t.v. room on each floor. We often cooked together and watched movies together. I was only 18 back then. What great memories! I'm so glad to see that it still offers a safe haven for young women brave enough to explore the world! Enjoy.
people who want a quiet place, this is not for you. it is a noisy building. some people are ok with that but I was not.
you will meet nice and horrible people.
Location is good but I have suffered in that place most of the time.
You haven’t lived until you’ve shared your refrigerator with 16 other people. Until you’ve put your brand new carton of unopened orange juice in the fridge, only to find it empty and written on with smeared red lipstick the next morning. Until you’ve watched the self-proclaimed “psychology professor,” perpetually clad in scrubs, drinking wine in a plastic cup while talking to a cardboard box containing her friend’s ashes. Until the new “girl” with the big Adam’s apple, unusually deep voice, and thick layers of make-up leaves a bottle of perfume outside your door for no reason. Sound a little like Bellevue? Well, despite the similarities, it isn’t! It all happened at St. Mary’s Residence, a female-only residence run by nuns where I lived from July 1998 to August 1999. So next time you’re on East 72nd Street (b/w 2nd and 3rd Aves) and you see that seemingly quiet building decorated with a stone Virgin Mary and topped with a large cross—you’ll know that it’s home for, by far, some of the most eccentric women in the city. Too bad they don’t give tours.
i lived here for 1 1/2 yrs. the nuns own and live in the building, so no men are allowed beyond the 1st floor. it was great but 800/month for a room on a student beget is just too much money. the cleaning lady Justine is a doll if you happen to get on her floor. it's wonderful to live in the upper east side of new york - a very rich and trendy area with tons of retail shopping and art places. you'll be near central park but there isn't any place close to food shop that's of reasonable price unless you're willing to travel a bit on the bus. they have a roof top sitting arae and a roof top lounge, they supply beds and ther is plenty of storage in the rooms ( 10 x14 ) but hey if you're new to nyc and need a place this is a good start. each floor has it's own laundry,kitchen, toilets and shower/baths that are cleaned 6 days a week.
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