View Full Version : Relatively cheap housing in New York? - i need some!

Table 5
March 27th, 2003, 03:28 PM
hey there americanos.

I just got accepted to grad school in nyc, and therefore will be living there in a few months. *What i was hoping for is if somebody could give me some advice in finding some fairly cheap residence, or atleat pointing me in a direction where i could find things out.

My school has a residence, but since I want a bit of a "quieter" solution, I though maybe i should check out some apartments first. My school is in Gramercy, and I definitely prefer to stay on the island and fairly close to the school.

Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated....

March 27th, 2003, 05:13 PM
What school are you attending (if you don't mind me asking)?

I tell you, you'll have to look around. *Of course, in and around the financial district, there seems to be some decent deals (especially with the gov't $ kicked in). *Ummm, maybe Alphabet City, or the far west side of midtown (near Hell's Kitchen). *Also, if you go up north, like Morningside Heights (by Columbia U) and all points north it's not that bad.

Of course you have Queens (Astoria, LIC, Sunnyside, Woodside, Jackson Hts) that are all along a train line, close to the city that is still pretty cheap.

Brooklyn may have some, but that door seems to be closing. *

I wish I had some more specifics. *I'd say check the net - www.nytimes.com, places like that. *It's better to find it yourself than pay 1 1/2 mo. rent to a broker (in my opinion).

Congrats on grad school and good luck.

March 27th, 2003, 05:13 PM
How much are you willing to spend on rent?

Table 5
March 27th, 2003, 07:17 PM
thanks for help guys....

the school residence is around $8000 for the two semesters, so I guess something around that price would be my goal.

Btw, Im attending The School of Visual Arts.

March 27th, 2003, 09:05 PM
In Manhattan, for $700/month you can get only a share. Studios start at $1,200/month.

March 28th, 2003, 10:00 AM
Yeah, you'll be in a nice area w/ a roomie, or a nice, but more out of the way area w/o I guess. Even then $700/mo. might be tough.

Table 5
March 30th, 2003, 05:21 PM
what I think might do is get my friend to share a one bedroom with me, and have one of us sleeping in the living room and the other in the bedroom. that way it seems to be more reasonable price wise, and has quite a bit more space than the rez apartments.

btw, what are the usual utility fees for a smaller apartment anyway?

I have also come across these brokers, who find apartments for you. i would assume there is a charge for this, does anybody know how much they usually want? Are they worth it?

sorry for all the dumb questions, but i have no idea of these things so far from where i am now.

March 31st, 2003, 10:58 PM
Brokers usually want 1-2 mo rent as a fee, but they may work with you since the economy is so sh**ty.