March 27, 2012 9:36 AM Subscribe
Give me your advice for renting (for one person) in the nyc area.
posted by anonymous to work & money (43 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I (late 20's, female) am moving to the nyc area for a new job in two months, and need to quickly figure out the living situation. Having never lived on the east coast of the US and being sorely unfamiliar with the nyc metropolitan area, I'm turning to AskMefi for some housing advice.
I am planning on renting in the foreseeable future, and will be living by myself. I prefer not having roommates. I have heard a lot of my colleagues are living in Jersey and commuting by train everyday - however, they have kids and cars, which is quite different from my situation. I have also heard that rent in Manhattan can be quite expensive.
The things that I need to consider, in order of most important to least important are:
- convenience. The office that I'm working at is in the thick of Manhattan. I have to be there everyday from 8 to 6. I would prefer the commute not being a struggle to cross fiery lakes and snow-peaked mountains everyday if possible. I will not have access to a car for the first few months, so accessibility to public transportation is a must. My preferred commuting time would be less than one hour, from door to door.
- safety. Would like to live in a relatively safe neighborhood. Preferably safe enough to jog outside everyday, but this is not a must.
- price. I have no hard limit for rent, but would like to go with the most economical solution. I am considering aggregate cost of living - rent, transportation, food, etc.
- food/entertainment. This is not really an issue. I am quite flexible with respect to social life. While it would be nice to have the opportunity to join some sort of group activity, I am perfectly content staying at home working on my own projects. I am not very much into city night life, and in general have no preference between suburbia and urban environments. Nearness to a large/academic library would be a plus.
Given these, should I try to rent in Manhattan? In one of the boroughs? In Jersey? Would any savings in rent be worth it compared with the huge increase in commuting time? Would it make sense to invest in a car sooner? Any specific and general advice about location, where to find places to rent, tips and tricks for an nyc first-timer welcomed!