International Student Center
Address38 West 88th Street Manhattan NY 10024 New YorkSee nearby area
For rates, enter dates/guests
Lonely Planet review
Set in a converted brownstone just a short stroll from Central Park, ISC has simple dorm rooms and basic facilities, with a cozy, if well-worn, lounge on the ground floor. The hosts are friendly, but the rules can be annoying: you can't bring bags up to the rooms, and only guests aged 18 to 35 are accepted. Lack of wi-fi is a big minus. The location, however, is outstanding.
Our independent authors have visited International Student Center and selected this as one of our recommended hostels in Upper West Side & Central Park.
Description provided by property
Welcome to the International Student Center youth hostel. Located in Manhattan, in the beautiful and safe neighborhood of the Upper West Side, 1/2 block from Central Park and the subway, we serve young people and students (between the ages of 18 and 35) traveling through New York City.
*~* We are a youth hostel! You must be between the ages of 18-35 to make a reservation.*~*
We are a non-profit organization, so we do not charge extra taxes or fees on our listed bed prices.
The youth hostel offers 40 beds in dormitory style (bunk beds) accommodation, both single sex and co-ed rooms.
Office Hours: 8am-11pm
If you are arriving after 10pm you will be unable to enter the building and check-in.
If your flight is delayed, please call ahead.
!!! If you do not show up for your reservation, you will be charged for your first night of stay !!!
Students, non-students, and US residents (not from NYC) accepted.
Note: a valid passport is needed to check-in.
NOTE: We do not have wi-fi because we want to promote an environment of social interaction and city adventuring!
Guest Facilities Include . . .
Internet PC from 8am to 11pm $1/10min (please understand that we DO NOT HAVE WIFI); full kitchen with stove, microwave, fridges; lounge with TV/DVD.
Please note that only small backpacks and tote bags are allowed upstairs in the dorm rooms. Suitcases and travel backpacks must be left in the office due to fire safety regulations. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation!
We offer free linen (sheets/blankets). Guests must bring their own towels.
We have A.C. units in each dorm room!
There is no curfew. You will be given a key ($10 cash only deposit, refunded upon checkout) so you can come and go as you please!
We do close the rooms for cleaning from 11am-3pm and require all guests to leave their bedrooms.
When making reservations for more than 2 persons, please understand that you may be in different dormitories. We will try our best to accommodate guests traveling together in the same room.
There are no lockers in most bedrooms. Some are located downstairs in the common lounge area. A safe is available for any documents or electronic items you wish to leave in a safe place at the reception. We cannot offer storage for items such a Bicycles.
We are located in an old brownstone building. We do not have an elevator. The guest rooms are located on the upper floors.
Cancellation Policies: All cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance. Any cancellations made less than 48 hours of the arrival date will be charged for the first night. No shows will be charged first night's rate and the remaining days of their reservation will be canceled. Also, no same day refunds after check-in.
Duration Of Stay:
May through September- there is a maximum stay of 7 nights.
October - April there is a maximum stay of 14 nights.
Advance reservations made for more than 7 nights between May-Sept or 14 nights Oct-April will not be accepted and will be canceled.
There must be 30 calendar days between every maximum length stay.
Payment: credit cards (Visa and Mastercard); traveler's checks and cash accepted.
The 12% deposit that is paid is applied per day per person to your reservation.
We look forward to seeing you at our youth hostel soon!
Services & facilities
- Board games
- Cable TV
- Common Room
- Linen Included
- Internet Access
- Luggage Storage
Like the city’s subway system, the vast and majestic Central Park, an 843-acre rectangle of open space in the middle of Manhattan, is a...
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir
Don’t miss your chance to run or walk around this 1.58-mile track, which draws a slew of joggers in the warmer months. The 106-acre body...
Children's Museum of Manhattan
This small museum features interactive exhibits scaled down for the little ones. This includes toddler discovery programs and exhibits...
This buzzing drinking den features a live band almost every night up front, but decibel levels are low enough that your ears won't...
Momofuku Milk Bar
Two words: pork buns. And not just any pork buns, but David Chang’s slow-braised-pork-on-a-puffy-steamed-bun concoction, which will make...