I am new to NYC. I am currently in NYC looking for housing. I have been searching for a week for a studio. I have learned that studio apartments in NYC and even Jersey City, NJ are going for about $1700-$2000 per month. I am in shock!
Am I being unrealistic to try to get something around $700-$900 per month Is that price range possible with 1 or 2 roommates and if so, where? I have heard parts of Brooklyn, Jersey City, and Queens to have those rates. Is a 45 to 1 hour train ride to Manhattan worth the extra savinngs?
I have lived in NYC for the past 3 yrs...it is possible to live here for 900 a month but you would have to find a good deal and DEF have at least one if not 2 roomates....alot depends on where you would like to live....my gf lives on the upper east side and pays 1375 for a studio....nice area...close to all transportation...i used to live in a loft in the financial district (which has little to no night life/character the place is a ghost town after 8pm and on weekends)with 5 guys in an enormous loft and i paid 660 a month....craigslist.org is a decent way to look for aprtments in the city(be wary of brokers and their fees), but if you are looking for a studio in manhattan it is going to be 1250 minimum...as for brookkyn/jersey city/queens...most desireable places in brooklyn cost almost as much as manhattan...i really dont know about jersey city...and queens is not a place i would want to live w/o a car...the 1 hr commute might be doable but the commute coupled with not living somewhere i wanted to live would not be worth the extra 300 a month savings to me..
i would advise contacting the school to see if they have a some type of forum/website for students looking for hosing in the area...maybe hook up with 1 or 2 incoming students and look to get a converted 3 br apt on the upper east/west side...you can def get something decent for $1000/month....again craigslist might be something you could search to find students in a similar situation...good luck