Anonymous User wrote: mvp99 wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:If you are living with a significant other or have many friends in NJ, I would recommend other areas than just Hoboken/Weehawken/Jersey City, which are everyone's knee-jerk go-to's. Areas like Rutherford/East Rutherford are great and very close (9 miles total....30 minute bus ride into port authority or Rutherford train station one stop to secaucus and switch to city). Very nice apartment complexes for cheaper than H/W/JC and bigger too. Lots to do in the area, especially if you have a car. Also plenty of people commute from other areas like Montclair, Ridgewood, Bloomfield, etc. Plenty of nice apartment complexes in these areas, but higher cost of living. But yeah, if you're just a single 25 year old dude not from the area who is looking to save a little money, Jersey City may be best option.
I think this is fine only if youre ok with the commute.
Is there a tangible difference between taking a train to NY (like the PATH) vs. taking the bus? Is the traffic getting into the city a nightmare? And is the PATH the only train that goes into nyc from jersey?
Bus can certainly be quicker some (maybe even a lot) of the time. That said, PATH is a fixed commute time. Barring irregular delays, etc., your commute is going to be the same every day. Bus can be a nightmare if there is bad traffic, weather, etc.
Personally, when I lived in Hoboken prior to law school and commuted to NYC, i preferred PATH because I knew exactly how long it was going to take, even if that meant an extra few minutes commuting. Also, Port Authority Terminal is hell on earth, IMO.
ETA: NJ Transit also has trains into the city - so not just path.