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Additional Terms and Conditions

Guests check-in time is 8pm on the first day.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Holiday with Friends, Junior / Primary School, High / Secondary School, College / University, Business Trip, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party, Sports Group, Cultural Group If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

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Guests making reservations on hostel world for the INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CENTER must make sure that they check-in before 8pm on the first day. We cannot hold hostel worls reservations on the first night after 8pm.

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.


International Student Center

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  • Perfect Location
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Awesome Cleanliness
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Property Description

Welcome to ISC ~ International Student Center youth hostel ~ your home away from home! We are happy to welcome guests from all cultures and ethnicities, and look forward to the warmth and unique perspectives you will share with us. We affirm a progressive youth culture and strive to foster a diverse and inclusive community...facilitating a safe space for guests to engage in conversations and nurture friendships. We serve young people and students traveling through New York City.

•The ISC youth hostel is located in a historical brownstone building and in a beautiful and safe residential neighborhood of the Upper West Side in Manhattan, New York City.
•We are just a 1/2 block from Central Park and the nearest subway station.
•And if you walk five blocks west of our building you will be in a breath taking area along the Hudson River flowing close to Riverside Park.
•A nice diverse range of supermarkets and restaurants are a quick stroll from us.
•Great museums are in walking distance too! The world famous Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Guggenheim; the Museum of Natural History and The New York Historical Society and Library are an easy stroll from us. And many more of the museums and art galleries are a quick hop on the subway.
•A convenient subway ride will easily take you to:
o down town areas by the West and East Village, China Town, Little Italy, and Wall Street and World Trade Center locations;
omidtown areas around Times Square and Chelsea neighborhoods;
ouptown areas around historical Harlem neighborhoods, besides the Bronx.

- FREE guest computer
- FREE linens, sheets, duvets and pillows
- FREE use of kitchen (fully equipped)
- FREE maps & tour information
- FREE use of umbrellas
- FREE outlets for charging your devices
- FREE books to read in our library
- FREE board games View House Rules


Rest your head at our fun and friendly International Student Center in the Upper West Side of New York’s buzzing Manhattan. We’ve got a cosy lounge area where you can relax with a DVD after a hectic day exploring, or chat to fellow travellers about your Big Apple experience. We’ve got a guest kitchen with stove, microwaves and fridges, so it's easy to keep empty stomachs happy. There's free Wi-Fi throughout our hostel, meaning you can Skype your friends or plan your activities in the city from your bunk.


We’re in one of the safest and friendliest neighbourhoods of New York, less than a 5-minute walk from Central Park and the nearest subway station, 86th Street. From there you can easily reach some of New York’s best sights, with the Rockefeller Centre just 17 minutes away, and the famous shopping along 5th Avenue just 25 minutes on foot. From JFK Airport, take the Airtrain to Howard Beach subway station, then hop on the A train towards Manhattan, change to the C or B train at 59th Street, and get off at 86th. It'll take you about 90-120 minutes altogether.

Rooms and Dorms

We’ve got female-only and mixed dorms, some of which have en-suites for that little extra privacy. We provide free linen, and you can rent towels from the front desk, so no need to stuff one into your already-bursting backpack. There's air con in every room, perfect for hot NYC summer nights. If you need a locker, they’re downstairs in the common area and good news – they'll fit a large backpack.

Extras and activities

Don’t forget to take one of our free maps so you can get around with ease (without the roaming charges!). We’re youth-focused, so you’ll only find other 18-35-year-olds to hang with here. There’s no curfew in the city that never sleeps, so once you’ve got your key for a $10 deposit, you can come and go as you like.

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 7.9

  • Security 8.1

  • Location 9.4

  • Staff 8.4

  • Atmosphere 7.7

  • Cleanliness 7.6

  • Facilities 7.1

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    30 Jan 2020
    Really recommendable.
    India, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0


    13 Dec 2019
    Very great staff and facilities, hostelmates were also very nice. Would DEFINITELY choose this place again if I needed to go to New York City. Location is safe and close to whatever you need :)
    USA, All Female Group, 18-24
  • 9.7


    26 Dec 2019
    I love staying here. The staff is so helpful. I always feel at home here!
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 9.4


    30 Nov 2019
    Perfect location for hiking around the Upper West Side to shop at Zabars or Fairway or to see things at Lincoln Center. It's also just around the corner from the subway for a quick trip to theaters or Rockefeller Center. The staff member who greeted me, Wei Min (I'm afraid I have misspelled it) is multilingual and studied international affairs, very interesting to talk with. The fourth floor walk-up was not for the faint-hearted, but the room was comfortable, clean, and quiet.
    USA, Female, 41+
  • 9.1


    27 Dec 2019
    Awesome location, close to Central Park and if you’re okay with a bit of a walk you don’t even need to catch public transport to get into midtown. Very chill vibe and easy to meet people. There aren’t lockers in the rooms or locks on the dorm doors but there are lockers available in the kitchen area. One of the guys working there made a fruit salad for those of us in the communal area, so it felt very welcoming and friendly. Would definitely come back!
    Australia, Female, 18-24
  • 8.9


    23 Dec 2019
    I actually really enjoyed my stay at ISC, not because of one amazing instance that made me fall in love with the place but just because of everything it silently offers, and having lived in other hostels in New York, those small things are extremely valuable. The biggest being safety - its in an amazing, quiet neighbourhood and 3 minutes from the subway station. The fact that I felt safe returning even at 3am is a testament to the location. The people are great as well. Overall, would recommend.
    India, Male, 18-24
  • 6.3


    14 Feb 2020
    The showers were incredibly dirty, the bedding smelt, no WiFi in the bedroom. I ended up checking out a day early because I couldn't stand the thought of sleeping there again.
    England, Male, 18-24
  • 6.3


    10 Jan 2020
    I spent a weekend here on a solo trip to NY. The reviews were deceptively good. To keep it short: the staff was wonderful, the problem is with the hostel itself. The girls rooms have dilapidated floors, squeaky doors that don't close, no locks on the door. The bathroom (on the 4th floor) is equally in bad shape. The whole place just looks really old and poorly maintained. The floors were clean, the linens were questionable but nothing unbearable, there are fans in the rooms which work well
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 5.7


    28 Dec 2019
    A dirty old hostel, I was literally afraid of getting an infection. There is also no vibe, so it definitely doesn't worth the money. Look for other hostels if you have the option. The only good thing about this place was its helpful and lovely staff. Thanks a lot to them!
    Turkey, Male, 18-24
  • 2.0


    26 Dec 2019
    When I arrived to the place they doesn’t open the door that’s why I couldn’t stay at the place ! I hope my money back! I stayed at the HI international
    Mexico, Male, 25-30
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  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Air Conditioning
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Cable TV
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Common Room
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hot Showers
  • Microwave
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Towels Not Included
  • Utensils
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Towels for hire
  • Board Games
  • DVD's
  • Wi-Fi


  • 2020

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