puppylaw wrote:Thanks for answering questions.
I'll probably be moving to New York with my non-law student significant other. We're both about 25. What neighborhoods should we look at? What websites should we use? When should we start looking and try to sign a lease? Any other tips for a couple?
This is late, but I thought I'd offer my opinion. DO NOT use Craigslist. It's a waste of time with shady brokers and misrepresented apartments. Instead, I would use nakedapartments.com They have to be verified (size, availability, etc.) before they can be posted, so you won't see a posting for a non-existent apartment. You may have to pay a broker fee, and if you have the ability to do so, I would HIGHLY recommend it, as it makes the apartment hunting process much more streamlined.
Be prepared to have documentation of your entire financial life history (only a slight exaggeration). If your SO doesn't have a job yet, it will be very difficult to find a reputable place that will rent to you, so you should line up a guarantor if that is available to you. Trust me, getting all your docs in a row before you start the search will make it that much better when you put in an offer. It's been said that renting an apartment in NYC is more difficult than buying a house, and though I've never bought a house, I hope that's true.
Neighborhoods. You can lived around CU. Morningside is ok, but I think it is overpriced for the quality of the apartments because students want to live right on top of their school. Especially since you have an SO, I would recommend expanding your search area a bit. Places on Frederick Douglass (a few blocks east) are nice but also pretty pricey. You can find nice places in Washington Heights (180s-200s on the west side) if you look hard enough. I also would not rule out Queens. If you live on the 7 line, your commute to school should be 30-45 minutes, but you'd be on a train and can read/listen to music/catch up on emails/whatever. I've done that commute and it is not bad at all.
I'll stop here, but as you can see I have a lot of opinions/experience with NYC housing, so if you have any other questions, just PM me! Good luck!
ETA: I didn't see until just now that the post I was responding to was over 3 years old. Ooops.