FWIW, I think anyone who's new to NYC should take a look at the Upper East Side. It's somewhat residential but not nearly as expensive as Midtown or the Village. A one bedroom apt. can be found for $1200 and Fordham even has some graduate housing in the area. Of course, the drawback is that it's somewhat inconveniently located with relation to Fordham but that's a small price to pay for affordable housing IMO.