You can rent President Obama's New York apartment for only $1,900 a month

The 'Obama apartment' near Columbia University on New York's Upper West Side is a steal at $1,900 a month.The future president shared it with a roommate in 1981 while studying political science.

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    A Google Street View shot of 42 West 109th Street in New York, the location of the 'Obama apartment' that the president rented while a student at Columbia University in 1981.
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Apartment 3E at 42 West 109th Street in New York's Upper West Side is up for rent.

It's a one-bedroom third-floor walk-up with a windowless office/bedroom, exposed brick walls, and wooden floors. Rent: $1,900 per month.

Oh yeah, President Obama once lived there. Obama shared it with a roommate in 1981 when he was a junior at Columbia University majoring in political science.

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He's come a long way.

Old digs: Modest one-bedroom, no interior doors, a sliver of a kitchen, a heating system that broke down all the time, according to his memoirs.

New crib: Stately 132-room mansion, 35 bathrooms, six levels. This gem's got 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, eight staircases, and three elevators (buh-bye third-floor walk-up). It comes with five full-time chefs, a tennis court, jogging track, swimming pool, movie theater, and bowling lane.

But that one's not for rent.

It's not 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., but Apartment 3E at 42 West 109th Street is still available, it's a steal for the area, and it's just a couple blocks to the subway.

Who knows where the next fortunate occupant might land 30 years later? At the very least, he or she might discover some of Obama's class notes hidden beneath a floorboard.

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