Morningside Heights is right above the UWS proper, although many people consider it just to be an extension of the UWS. It stretches from about 110 or so to the mid 120s. I think it's a great neighborhood. It takes me about 15-20 minutes to get to school door to door and I get on the 1 line at 125th.
I know more people who live off campus than I do in the dorms. The people in the dorms seemed relatively satisfied although I don't know anyone who isn't moving off campus. It might be a better environment for someone right out of college rather than someone who has been on their own for a number of years. As for meeting people, I would say it depends on what kind of person you are. If are a social and outgoing I think you will be able to meet friends regardless of where you live. If you live alone and don't know people in the city and aren't a social butterfly, I could imagine it would be harder. If I were just moving here and was concerned about establishing a social network, I would probably look for an off campus place with a few roommates. When I started law school I had already been living in the city for four years so I felt less pressure to make friends right off the bat.
Studios on the upper west side start around 1200. I have a one bedroom in Morningside Heights for $1425.
Hmm interesting. Morningside heights is right next to UWS, right? How far is your commute to fordham? One line the whole way?
Do you think living in a one bedroom your first year will prevent us from making friends to go out with on weekends? I know absolutely no one in NYC so I'm trying to figure out what is more important to me in law school: living comfortably or making friends and being social.