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January 7, 2013

Betty asks…

Where is the cheapest place to live in new york city?

I’m will be 18 and I’m moving there after graduation I will be a certified nurses aide and would like to find the cheapest place to live in new york city!.

Administrator answers:

As much as folks are amazed by the rents of NYC, I’m frankly amazed at the costs of owning a car. Car payments, insurance, gas, maintenance, repairs. If you can do without a car and are willing to live in the boroughs, you can swing it without needing a fortune (the vast, vast majority of folks I know do not make even close to $60,000).

Queens is the best bet for something like that. Trace your finger along the 7 train. The farther out you go, the cheaper the rents, bottoming out in Corona, though after passing by 90th street, it can be a bit dodgy. Astoria is great, though over the past few years, the yuppies moved in, the greeks moved out and the rents moved up.

If I was in your shoes, I’d get a room in an apartment (flatmate). Folks will be renting a 2, 3, or 4 bedroom apartment and then offer up a room for rent (craigslist is a good source). You can get a good room in a nice apartment in a good neighborhood for 600, 700 a month. It will also give you entree to folks who can turn into friends (or atleast people who can show you the ropes of your new city)

Good luck and welcome to our city!

Helen asks…

How to move to America (New York vs LA vs London)?

Are NY or LA better places to live than in London?
I like meeting new people, like nice sites, like busy places etc and from what I see of America in films, it looks amazing!!
How would you go about moving to America from England?

Administrator answers:

Egads why NYC and LA? These are two of the most expensive cities in the US to live in.
Traffic is horrid in both, smog in LA is nasty. Apartment rent is sky high.

Honestly there are so many nicer and cheaper big cities to move to in the US.

You would need to find a job first. Unemployment is high across the US.

Maria asks…

Can a resident of nyc tell me how much they spend a month on bills?

except for manhatteners. Waay outta my price range. & not including car note,car insurance.
Rent for a one bdrm in a so-so neighborhood?
Rent for one bedroom in a good neighborhood?
Going out? not a big partyer so I could care less really but still tell me

Administrator answers:

Rent (Brooklyn Heights)-I pay 1560$ per month. Water-From the tap. Lights-40$. Grocery- Since I dont eat at home alot, 100$. Cable- Also 40$. Going Out- Really depends on where you go, but for me around 30$. Clothes-25$. Shoes-Rarely buy any, but a year i pay like 45$. And that resturant bill, roughly 300$ for me. Of course, there are cheaper parts, but in all, a total average of 2,140 Dollars. That means I pay an average of 25,680 a year. Even though I make 40,000. (I have a guarantor, hence the reason 1560$x40 is 62,400)
Welcome to New York. The best place to spend money :) . Oh and my apartment is 750 Sq. Ft. 1br, just to let you know

William asks…

hey for some one that lived in N.Y for 30 years what would it be like to move to San diego?

hey for some one that lived in N.Y for 30 years what would it be like to move to San diego? would it be too much of a culture shock? what is the quality of life there? and how does that city rate in the top cities to move to?

Administrator answers:

Many times you will be able to send out xmas cards of you in your bathing suit to your friends freezing in NY.

The cost of living is way cheaper. You can get a one bedroom apartment in SD for half the price of a studio in NY.

Culture in NY is awesome. In SD it’s naturally confined more to Mexican/American influences.
San Diego has better Mexican food than NY. SD’s pizza will be a disappointment.

Watching MNF that is over by 9PM is better than having to stay up until midnight and then go to work the next morning.

In SD there are more outside things to do year round. New York has more indoor attractions.

A culture shock? Not really. I was born in NYC and absolutely love SD. You adapt.

People in SD are nicer and life moves at a slightly slower pace. If NY is 100mph, then SD would be running at 92mph as compared to Buckeye, AZ pace of 65mph.

People will always ask, “Are you from New York?” when you talk. Develop a witty reply and you can have fun with that.

Get a slight tan before beach season so you don’t blind people.

Most of all enjoy the area and welcome!

Michael asks…

Are student housing rooms a lot cheaper then just renting a room privately in nyc?

and what are the chances of finding one compared to student housing?

Administrator answers:

Housing is a big decision to make, and make sure you think it through before committing. There is this great website for finding affordable rooms/apartments:
If you get lucky, you might find a great deal there, but you have to move fast, good apartments/rooms go in one day…
And if you want to study, student housing is not exactly the best place :-)
If you get a room somewhere, you will feel that that’s “your own place” – and trust me, it’s a great feeling.. And doesn’t have to cost you extra money.
If you have any specific questions, feel free to email :)

Charles asks…

I am moving to New York (Brooklyn) in October with 2 friends, how much does it cost to store a vehicle there?

Does anyone have any advice about completely relocating? I am moving from the armpit of America (Louisiana), to New York and I would like to get some advice about the move. I am currently researching apartment rentals and employment. I am apprehensive about the move because of the financial difference between here and New York. I am going at the end of August to actually look at apartments and get a job. I just really need some advice. What would be the ideal amount of money to bring with me to live on between paychecks,(I will have roughly $5500.00 to bring, will that be enough) and any other advice that I would need. Thank you so much for your help. NYC Bound!

Administrator answers:

Welcome! Well, one can write a book on advice for relocating to NY, but here’s some tips:

First thing: Culture shock! Get ready for the crowds & the ridiculous prices. You can find cheap things, but it takes some work to find them. I’m talking about everyday things like meals, transportation, groceries & such. Shop around. Eat at home, bag breakfast & lunch!

Lodging: Ideally, you’d find a job before you find housing. Then you can narrow down preferred neighborhoods & cut your commuting expenses dramatically. If you can stay with friends for a while it would be ideal. At least try to do a short-time lease if you have to rent a place in a rush. Since you’re moving with 2 pals, I’m assuming you are all coming here together, that makes things more difficult because you have all 3 to coordinate. We locals spend most of our time commuting, so even though the distances are short, allow for that. In the city “1-hour-away” can mean anything from 6 blocks on. Traffic can be a nightmare.

Employment: Well, the good news is that you’ll almost certainly find a good job, paying a whole lot more than it would in Louisiana (why do you think the rest of us stay here?). It will probably be in Manhattan, so I see crowds & subways in your future. You won’t *need* the car, but it does come in handy anyway.

Typical Minimum Expenses: Normal commute 1 back & forth trip = $4. Avoid taxis unless you’re late for a job interview, the prices are a joke. We have the best public transportation in the world, regardless of the crowds & the long waits for the next bus. Breakfast = $5, Lunch = $10 (all eating out). Newspapers = $0.50 each (you need the classifieds). Monthly phone bill = $50 (local). Gas/electric = $100/150 (it’s summer). Laundromat = $2 per washer or about 25 minutes in dryer. That’s it, the rest is luxuries, at least until you settle down.

Now, what to do with a car. When you say “store”, that usually means place the car in a garage indefinitely. It’s more expensive & less safe. You *will* want your car once in a while, especially if you get a job interview away from Manhattan (yes, there are jobs elsewhere in NY). In Brooklyn, it depends on where you live. It’s crowded by suburban standards, but it’s possible to find spots right on the street, free; or at least with alternate side (once or twice a week you have to clear a street for the broom trucks), or meters that are free in the evenings. If you want a permanent space, some modern buildings have their own parking (anything from $100 to $300/month), some even rent to non-tenants that live nearby or commute from further away. If you end up living in an area a bit far from the subways (& you have to come to Manhattan), you can always drive yourself closer & use day parking, that can be as little as $7 per day in the outer boroughs, up to $20 per day in the city itself. This day parking assumes you drop your car before 9am & pick it up before 7pm. If you stay longer they charge you a lot more. Gas — last time I looked — was about $3.50 premium.

OK, that’s all I can think for now. Good luck!

Susan asks…

What is the minimum cost of living in NYC per year?

Thinking of moving to the city without a job.

Administrator answers:

I moved here without a job a few years ago, and I spent almost all of the $7,000 I had saved before I got my first paycheck. Moving into a place in New York costs a lot more than it does most places, especially if you want to find a place on your own- you’ll almost certainly have to use a broker, and they’ll charge you 12-15% of the annual rent just for showing you an apartment you found on Craigs List. And that’s before the security deposit and first/last month’s rent.
There are plenty of cheap neighborhoods, but they are cheap for a reason. I stayed in Bushwick, Brooklyn when I first got here, which is supposed to be very “up and coming”. It cost me about $500/month to rent a room in a very sketchy area. I was itching to move away as soon as I got there. I live in a much nicer part of Brooklyn now (Park Slope) and pay about $900 a month with utilities for a small bedroom in a nice apartment. Living expenses vary a lot from neighborhood to neighborhood. My rent now is on the higher end for Brooklyn, but I live in one of the nicest areas outside of Manhattan. To live in a decent neighborhood in Brooklyn or Queens, you should plan on spending at least $700 a month for rent. To live in Manhattan, that will be more like at least $1000. If you’re not picky and don’t mind the sketch factor/long commute in the rougher neighborhoods, you can pay as little as $500.
As for other expenses, that depends a lot on you. If you cook and don’t go out a lot, you’ll find that there are plenty of free fun things to do in this city. But going out in New York is very expensive and difficult to avoid if you have any sort of social life.
Plenty of poor people survive in New York, but I doubt that’s the experience you’d move here to have. To afford to do fun things and live in a fun neighborhood, you’ll want to make at least $40,000 a year- and that’s if you don’t mind living with roommates in Brooklyn or Queens and you know how to cook and stick to a budget. To live in the heart of a trendy neighborhood like the East Village or the Meat Packing District, double that number.
Good luck! New York is a wonderful place to live in spite of the expense.

Carol asks…

Can a family of 3 survive living in Brooklyn in a nice area 60K a year?

How much are utilities and food for 3 over there we are relocating from Orlando Florida are monthly expenses are about 2k a month including food mortgage and utilities. We will be renting over there

Administrator answers:

Hmm. Probably. It will depend a lot on what you mean by “nice area,” how well you tolerate living in a tiny space, and how many other lifestyle compromises you’re willing to make.

You can find a decent 2-bedroom apartment for $1400/mo in some safe areas of the borough — such as Midwood or Gravesend. You can find places even cheaper in Canarsie, Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and a few other areas, but you should come visit before you commit to living in any of those neighborhoods.
Utilities depend on the size of your space and the setup of the building (oil v. Gas heat, new and well-insulated v. Old and drafty, etc.)
Bear in mind that state/city income taxes are higher than what you’re used to Also, in terms of transportation, you will have to decide between finding really conveniently located housing (where you can get to work, school, grocery store, laundromat without driving) and paying for a car; car insurance is much more expensive here than in other parts of the country, gas is somewhat more expensive, and street parking is difficult in most neighborhoods.

You will qualify for “middle income” subsidized housing…learn more about that at .

Good luck!

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