Back to School on the Upper West Side

The start of the fall semester in September is an energized time in New York City, marking a new beginning for excited students and their families. Whether you’re assisting with a dorm move-in or simply accompanying your child during their return to the city, The Lucerne New York offers an ideal location, luxurious accommodations, and thoughtful services to help make the entire process more enjoyable.

Stay at a Hotel Near Columbia University

Our Upper West Side hotel is located just a short distance from the Columbia University Campus in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. Classes start on September 5, 2017 and the surrounding days and weeks will undoubtedly include a full calendar of student orientations, networking opportunities, and other special events. In a matter of minutes, public transportation can bring you to the beautiful property grounds, classical architecture, and unrivaled research facilities found at this massive Ivy League institution. Simply catch the uptown subway a block away from our hotel on 79th Street or hail a yellow cab for a quick ride up Central Park West.

Nearest subway station: 79 Street Station (263 feet away from the hotel)

Travel time to 116 Street Station – Columbia University: 7 minutes

Find Things to Do in NYC

Beyond being prime “back-to-school season,” the late summer and early fall in New York is also exceptionally picturesque and a great time to explore some of the best sights in Manhattan and beyond. Between academic events, we recommend joining your family on a stroll through the iconic Central Park or scenic Riverside Park, both located within walking distance of our hotel. Additional cultural, shopping, and dining destinations can be enjoyed right here on the Upper West Side; check out our area guide to read more about our top picks for things to do nearby.

Columbia Friends and Family Rate

Family and friends of Columbia students can call The Lucerne directly to take advantage of our special Columbia rate, when available. This preferred rate from The Lucerne Hotel makes it easier for you and your family to have a seamless start to the school year.

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