twobitrye wrote:Can't believe I get to check in here, but here I am. Thank you smaller applicant pool.
Thanks to everyone providing housing suggestions. As another midwesterner, apartment hunting in NYC is a daunting process. In general, how much would you budget for a one bedroom apartment in these neighborhoods that have been mentioned? I'm looking up the info online too, but I'm curious what numbers you all would ballpark.
Depending on the apt square footage and the overall quality of the building, anywhere from $800 (CHEAP!) to $2000 a month. It's cheaper out in Brooklyn, especially in the East Williamsburg/Bushwick area.
I've got to second the Bushwick suggestion, especially if you're on a budget. I pay $775/mo for my share of a legitimately large, recently renovated 3BR. Manhattan digs are going to be significantly pricier, as well as more cramped and dingy.
It's an awesome area with tons of great bars and plenty of restaurants. It has a lot of young people, but also a lot of families, which gives it a much nicer laidback neighborhood-y feel compared to the constant intensity of Manhattan. I'm right next to both the L and the M, which will take you pretty much anywhere you want to go.
The major drawback is the commute to NYU, which is about 30 minutes. That being said, the M is an elevated train, which is muuuuch nicer than being underground. Also, remember that a 30 min commute on the train is nothing like a 30 minute commute driving a car because you can read or relax or do whatever you want to do rather than having to focus on the road.
If I end up at NYU, I'll probably go for something in the East Village for 1L just to change things up/be within walking distance of school. However, the western half of Bushwick is definitely a good option, especially for someone who is particularly cost conscious or looking for a more neighborhood type of feeling.