Rent Obama's Old Apartment for $2.4K a Month NYC 2-bedroom went up in price By Matt Cantor, Newser User Posted Jul 20, 2012 12:31 PM CDT 14 comments Comments In this personal photo combo released by Phil Boerner is shown Boerner, right, and his college roommate, Barack Obama, in their New York City apartment in the early 1980s. (AP Photo/Phil Boerner) (Newser) – Barack Obama's old New York apartment needs new tenants. For $2,400 a month, you can live like—well, if not a king, then at least a future president. The two-bedroom Upper West Side abode was last available two years ago, Daily Intel notes, for just $1,900 a month. Obama lived there in 1981, as a junior at Columbia. Interesting tidbit: He reportedly couldn't get in during his first night, so he slept on the street and washed at a fire hydrant with a homeless man. See the listing and photos here.