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Your Questions About Apartments For Cheap In Nyc

December 12, 2012

James asks…

What’s THE LEAST should I expect to pay for a decent 1 bd apt with parking included in NYC?

In the cheaper parts of Queens or Brooklyn
next to subway
I am not asking advice on whether I should ditch my car or not so nobody answered the ACTUAL question so far

Administrator answers:

On Staten Island there are one bedroom apartments available for about $1000 to $1100/per month, with outdoor parking around $50 to 60, and garages for $85-100. These would all be on or very near bus routes to either the ferry or into Brooklyn over the Verrazano Bridge.

Nancy asks…

What are some cheap living options for students in NYC?

i’m looking for a full year and i can’t afford on-campus housing. i tried “educational housing services” but they want 23,000 for the whole year. i’m looking for something cheaper. any suggestions?

Administrator answers:

Well, if you can’t afford on-campus housing or what the school’s housing services department offers you, then I’m afraid you really can’t afford to go to school in New York City!

You could maybe hook up with, like, six roommates on CraigsList (see link, below) and all share an apartment somewhere in a bad neighborhood, but, other than that, there simply is NO affordable housing for students in New York City ANYWHERE, sorry!

John asks…

I’m thinking about leaving when I’m 18 for NYC what is the safest yet cheapest place to live there?

I want to move to NYC to pursue a writing and film career. What is the safest yet cheapest place to live? How much is rent for a decent size apartment? How much money should I have saved up?

Administrator answers:

Don’t give up on your dream.

You should do as much research as possible on NYC, the different areas and neighborhoods, the job situation, cost of living, film opportunities etc.

Brooklyn and Queens should have quite safe and decent areas where you could live. You might have to get a roomie, be sure to check them out carefully.

NYC is expensive, so get a good-size nest egg together. Make a list of contacts in the film production business who might help you to get in the door.

Just make a good plan, do some research, have a bit of savings, and give it a go.

Good luck!

Lisa asks…

What are the good areas of Manhattan?

Ive been looking at possible future apartments in New York, New York, and obviously not being from New York I have no idea what the “good areas” are. I don’t want to move to an area that risks my life everyday.

So what are the good areas, and is the Upper West Side a good area?

Thanks in advance.

Administrator answers:

Yes, UWS is a good area, but beware because realtors will try to convince you that something in Harlem is still the UWS. If it’s really cheap or phrases like “upper upper west side” are used, it’s Harlem. Not that Harlem is all bad, but it really is the sort of place you need to check out before you rent there (of course, ALL places are like that.)
My personal favourite areas in Manhattan are West Village, East Village, and Lower East Side.
And honestly, “good” areas of Manhattan are all over the island, but so are the dodgy areas. They’re mixed in quite well. So before renting something, come to NYC and see the area first.
Also, don’t rule out Brooklyn or Queens–there are some very nice, safe areas there too! I’m sure the Bronx has some nice places as well, though I’ve never been up there and really can’t say.

Susan asks…

How much would it cost to live in NYC?

I’d like to join the NYPD in the next couple of years and I’m wondering how they make it with the salary the earn. It’s very costly and police usually start off around 35k. I don’t think that’ll really cover the cost of rent, food, bills and other expenses. Help?

Administrator answers:

Although I do not have any answers, I too have wondered how the working class, blue-collar folks survive in NYC. There are a list of things I dislike about living in Cincinnati, but the one thing I do like is that you do not need a lot of money to live fairly comfortably here. I know people working in retail jobs that are living relatively well here in Cincinnati. The cost of living is dirt cheap here. What one would pay for a low end apartment in NYC would land another person in a luxury apartment or even a nice condo or townhouse in Cincinnati.

In the back of my mind though, the “you get what you pay for” thought resonates in my head.

I have always contemplated moving to NYC, but then I’m always slapped in the face with the reality of the cost of living there. I’ve heard that you need to be making at least around 60K annually to live “comfortably” in NYC.

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