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Your Questions About Cheap Apartments In New York

January 16, 2013

Richard asks…

are there nice but affordable apartments in new york coty?

ive always wanted to live in a big city like new york. i know they have apartments that are so expensive, but are there any that are nice and are cheap?

Administrator answers:

In Manhattan probably just the city projects – and there’s probably about a 10 year waiting list for them or section 8. Staten Island, Brooklyn, The Bronx, and Queens are much more reasonable than Manhattan and are still part of New York City.

James asks…

Where are some cheap, safe places to live in New York?

I’m planning on moving there soon and I am wondering where some cheap but safe apartments are. I am considering Brooklyn but I don’t know what neighborhoods to look at. Thanks!

I’m not willing to spend over $950 on an apartment, that’s excluding gas and stuff.

Administrator answers:

The further out you go, the more value you should get for your money. Try Gravesend, Midwood, and Sheepshead Bay. You could easily find a studio for $950 or maybe even a 1-bedroom.

There are also many areas on Staten Island where you can find a 1-bedroom for $950 in a safe area, but keep in mind that the commute would be more unpredictable (though not necessarily longer than parts of Brooklyn). To keep the commute down, you’d have to spend $200 per month for the express bus (rather than $100 per month for the subway), but you’ll likely save the extra $100 in rent. Look in the Arrochar/South Beach/Grasmere area.

I hope this information was very helpful.

Susan asks…

Where could I get a cheap but nice apartment to rent in New York?

I am a college student and I also work…

Administrator answers:

Cheap and nice aren’t found in the same sentence in new york!!!!

Linda asks…

What are some cheap places to stay in New York for two weeks?

I’m going to New York for two weeks in June with someone, and I need to find a cheap place to stay (a hostel, apartment, anything)….Any suggestions?

Administrator answers:

There’s a great Hostel there.


Lizzie asks…

Is it realistic to become an author in New York?

I am 14 years old and currently living in Michigan. My plans for after I graduate in 2014 (I’m a sophomore) I want to work really hard the next three years and get a few scholarships to a college in the city and major in English (I don’t know which one yet) Since it’s really hard to find a decent and cheap apartment in New York I figured I would either find a room mate or live on campus of the college that I choose. My best friend also wants to live in New York when she graduates,but she’s younger than I am. When she graduates we can get a different apartment together. She wants to sing and act (she has in all the nine years thar I’ve known her) I know making a living entirely off of being an author isn’t possible, so I would find a fall back job. I know it’s a long shot, and it’s so far away from now, but I can see myself doing this for the rest of my life. Since I live in a small city it would be a nice change of scenery. Is there any advice from New Yorkers?

Administrator answers:

I’m not from NY, but I am in college currently and I guess I have some advice for you. I’m glad you’re starting to plan this sort of thing out now, but there’s some stuff to warn you about:

1) Working really hard will not guarantee that you get scholarships. Especially if you are planning on going to a more “prestigious” type of school. It really depends on the general pool of students at that college; you’ll get scholarships for being the best of THEM, not the best of your high school class.

2) College is freakin’ expensive. Scholarships probably won’t cover all of your needs even if you’re a fantastic student. I have about 80% of my education costs covered by scholarships and grants, but there’s still that 20% I’m responsible for. And I’ve got a 3.93 average GPA, and I’m going to a small, relatively unknown, albeit private, school. So far, I’ve had to take out loans to cover what I owe; if you do the same, remember that interest on loans, if not paid off, compounds. You can end up paying much more than you needed in the first place. The exception to all of this is if you go to an in-state public school; these schools are usually pretty inexpensive and you can get some good scholarships (at least here in PA). However, you’re planning on leaving Michigan, and attending an out-of-state public school is about the same cost as a private school. (If you set up permanent residence in the state your school is in, you won’t have this problem, but you have to be living there for a period of time before you even apply to that school.)

3) Living in New York – actually, just living on your own – is freakin’ expensive. I go to school in Pittsburgh and even here, with a much lower cost of living than you’d find in NY, my roommate and I couldn’t afford even a small apartment this summer. And we both would have been working near full-time (think around 35 hrs/week at $7.50/hr). Don’t forget that there’s utilities as well as rent, and you’d need to buy things like groceries and toilet paper. While you’re in college, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to get a job that pays much more than $8/hr. Living on campus may or may not be cheaper.

4) Singing and acting is a very unreliable job. Maybe a lot of people think your friend is talented, but it takes more than just talent to “make it,” so to speak. She’ll definitely need to be working a regular job and doing the singing/acting in her spare time. And don’t forget – you might not even be close friends by then. It’ll be around 7 years (at least) until you graduate from college.

5) Same as #4 but with the author bit. If you’re dead set on majoring in English, see if you can specialize in journalism or education, something where you can easily find a job. On the other hand, you don’t have to major in English to be a writer. I’m all for doing what you love, but if you want to live in a city, you need to be able to afford it.

6) Trust me when I say that just because you “can see [yourself] doing this for the rest of [your] life” doesn’t mean that it’s really something you’ll like for the rest of your life. Many of my friends as well as myself have changed our minds about our majors/future careers so many times! I think when I was 14, I wanted to be a journalist…. And trust me, I am so far from journalism right now it’s unreal. I’m also pretty sure I’d hate journalism. Anyways, just be prepared to change your mind and don’t feel guilty or ashamed about it.

Yikes, that was a lot! Sorry if I got off on any tangents. You don’t need to be worrying about this stuff too much just yet, but these are just some ideas to keep in mind as you start visiting and applying to schools.

Laura asks…

Cheap and cheerful accomodation in New York in March?

3 Irish girls looking for accomodation in New York for a week from March 12th, covering St. Patricks Day. We are looking for a hotel or apartment in a central area. Our budget would be no more than $100 per person per night, less if possible, so we are looking for somewhere clean, cheap and cheerful. We would appreciate any tips as we are a bit boggled as to where to start looking. Thanks in advance!

Administrator answers:

Check the link below for hotels in you price range. There are some that are in Midtown.

Good luck and happy travels
Native New Yorker

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