Located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Columbia University is at the center of the cultural and classical life of the Northeast Corridor, and it offers its students unrivaled resources for the study of Classical Antiquity. Countless universities, libraries, museums, galleries, theaters, and other cultural institutions are a walk, bus, or subway ride away. In addition, Columbia is situated at the travel hub for air and train traffic on the east coast, and is thus within easy distance of many other classics departments in the Northeast Corridor, and frequently hosts classics-related events and countless scholars who teach or travel in the area.
Columbia's neighborhood, Morningside Heights, is bounded by 110th St. to the south, 125th St. to the north, Riverside Park to the west, and Morningside Park to the east, at the top of the Upper West Side. Many academic institutions aside from Columbia and Barnard College call Morningside Heights home—two theological seminaries, the Manhattan School of Music, Teachers College, and others—all of which keep the neighborhood student-centered and affordable. There are several restaurants and bars that cater to students; Riverside and Morningside Parks are just steps from Columbia's campus; and Central Park is only a brief walk away. Morningside Heights also boasts one of the lowest crime rates in the city, and its residential character keeps the streets quiet when students finally decide to call it a night.
Students find that Morningside Heights offers everything that an autonomous college town would, but it is also part of the larger cultural world of New York City. Columbia's position on the 1 Subway line offers quick and easy access to Lincoln Center, the West Village, Times Square, and the vast number of restaurants throughout the city. And since the subway runs 24 hours a day, getting back to Columbia is always easy.
The home of Columbia's Classics department is on the 6th floor of Hamilton Hall. The departmental facilities include a computer room, a dedicated departmental library, a graduate student lounge, and an office for Teaching Assistants and Teaching Fellows. Although the campus libraries maintain limited hours during weekday nights and weekends, Teaching Fellows have access to the Classics department facilities 24 hours a day. In addition, the newly-renovated graduate lounge offers productive space to work and socialize. In sum, the Classics department truly functions as a second (sometimes the primary) happy home for its graduate students.