New School student documents chaotic journey of displacement after gas leak in dorm: ‘I live in the most expensive dorm in the country’

One TikTok user is documenting their housing search after a gas leak forced them to move out of “the most expensive dorm in the country.”

Creator and college student Ellis (@turb0bitch), who attends The New School in New York City, recently took to the digital platform to share their housing woes.

“So, basically, I live in the most expensive dorm in the country,” Ellis says. Per The New School website, the 301 Residence Hall and Kerry Hall dormitories are the cheapest the university offers for a single, which is $26,977 a year. “Last week, there was a flood, there was a fire, and this week there is a gas leak. So all 700 of us in the dorm, which is by Union Square in New York, have to move out, like, in 24 hours.”

@turb0bitch reveals they skipped all of their classes in anticipation of needing to pack up and move at any moment. Unfortunately, they received no word that entire day.

“I skip all of my classes thinking I’m going to move yesterday to — I don’t know where. So, I’m waiting and waiting, and waiting, and by, like, 9:30 p.m., which is 24 hours after I got the gas leak email, I still didn’t hear anything, so I was like, ‘OK, I’m gonna go to bed,'” they explain. “So, I thought I was gonna go to, like, a different dorm building close to school or whatever. They sent me, mind you, I’m on 14th Street — they sent me to 85th Street, to this, like, Drama Academy dormitory.”

“…I’m not on any of these lists. I don’t know where I’m sleeping tonight.”

That morning, they traveled 40 minutes to get out there, only to be told there was no space available for them.

“I go on 85th Street, to the place that they sent in the email, and they were like, ‘You’re not on the list. You’re supposed to be at Stratford’ or whatever,” they explain. “So I have to walk 25 minutes to this place that I’m supposed to sleep … They check the entire list of who’s supposed to be there, 805 is taken. And so, I’m not on any of these lists. I don’t know where I’m sleeping tonight.”

Luckily, amidst this housing fiasco, Ellis managed to secure an apartment in a different building.

“I was gonna get a hotel, but I knew I wasn’t gonna get reimbursed for it,” they say. “And now I have to pack up all my s***, like toilet paper, all of this s*** and go across the city to where all my classes are, all my s***, for two to three weeks. Come back here for another week, pack up all my s***, then go home for the summer.”

“And I’m not getting reimbursed for this? That’s what it’s like to live in the most expensive dorm in the country,” they add.

“It’s not expensive because it’s nice it’s expensive bc it’s exclusive”

Commenters are shocked by Ellis’s hectic, disorganized experience, especially given the price of these dorms.

“Been deciding between fit and parsons… now I know,” someone revealed.

“This is the type of stuff that makes me glad I chose Pratt over New School…” another wrote.

“It’s not expensive because it’s nice it’s expensive bc it’s exclusive,” one TikToker replied.

In a follow-up video entitled “move out of my gas leaked dorm with me!” @turb0bitch records a quick look into packing up and moving across town for seemingly the remainder of the semester.

“Wait vibes are the end tho,” one commenter wrote, referencing the bleak-looking toilet and shower situation.


move out of my gas leaked dorm with me! #thenewschool #AMDA


The New School has since provided an update on the housing debacle.

“A gas leak was discovered in a mechanical area in the lower level of the university’s residence hall located at 301 First Avenue. This area was promptly sealed off and no health hazards have been detected, either before or after the leak was discovered,” a spokesperson from The New School told In The Know by Yahoo via email.

Students can expect to be back in their original dorms within two weeks’ time.

“Providing a safe environment for our community is the university’s highest priority, and students have been temporarily relocated to on- and off-campus locations while repairs take place,” they continue. “Con Edison estimates completing this work in approximately 1-2 weeks, and we are working to ensure students have the support and resources they need during this time period. We look forward to welcoming them back to the 301 residence hall as soon as possible.”

In any event, it appears Ellis has managed to make the best of a less-than-ideal situation.

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