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Your Questions About Cheapest Apartments In Manhattan

May 21, 2013

Mary asks…

Are there any hostels or affordable short-term lease apartments in midtown Manhattan?

I’m trying to find a hostel or an affordable short term-lease apartment at a walking distance from this address:

NY 10010

Thank you for your help.
preferably under 2000 for a month

Administrator answers:

My friend, how much are you willing to spend per night. The cheapest rate they have is around $50 per night for a share room.

The map at the link below show the location of every hostel with in walking distance to the address in question. Just simply, click on their website, which can be found on the left panel of the page.

Good luck
Native New Yorker

John asks…

How much would would it cost to rent a room in new york?

I was planning to move alone next year and trying to figure out

Administrator answers:

Actually. If you are talking about Manhattan, as the previous answer assumes, you’d have trouble finding anything as cheap as $1,000 a month, at least in any part of Manhattan close enough to anything interesting. Perhaps you might find something that inexpensive in Washington Heights or Inwood (though I’ll bet even there, $1,000 isn’t enough) but if you’re going to be that far uptown, you’d be far better off in western Queens or northern Brooklyn. (And even there, $1,000 would not be enough.)

Truthfully, you’d need at least $1,500 for even a crummy apartment in the outer boroughs and at least $2,000 in any part of Manhattan where you’d be close to anything.

Now, if you are willing to have a roommates. You might manage less, but figure at least $1,500 a month.

Richard asks…


I am Italian and I am thinking to come to USA. Which amount is good to live in a good way? I would prefer NY but any suggestion is appreciated.

Administrator answers:

It depends mainly on the area where you’re going to be living. Cost of living varies widely by region – in general, larger cities have a higher cost of living.

Just to give you an example, I live in Springfield, Missouri (the third largest city in Missouri but the city population is only 150,000 or so with a ~1 million metro area surrounding) — you could live fairly well on a salary of $50,000 per year here. Rents average around $500-$700/month. Nice houses are $100,000-$200,000 and smaller, decent houses can be had for $80,000-$90,000.

Conversely, in Seattle, WA a nice house would cost $400,000 or more. All large metro areas have higher costs like this. Rent for a decent apartment would be $1,000 or higher. A salary needed to live well there would be over $60,000 and probably more like $70,000-$80,000/year.

In New York you can pretty much multiply this by 2 or more. I don’t have much specific info about New York but this page has a few tidbits of info including a cost of living index you can use to compare cities (you will probably find New York is higher than most):

The good news is that you tend to be make a lot more in salary with jobs in large cities. In New York I’d say to live well you’d need to make $80,000 or more. Preferably 6 figures. Some people prefer large city living/urban living (Apartment rent can be $4000 a month in Manhattan or higher!) or commute to the city (which is probably time consuming and stressful, but you can purchase a larger house for a cheaper price). As with most things the value is built into the cost – smaller cities in more remote areas have less amenities and culture, but are cheaper to live in.

I hope this information helps!

Lisa asks…

What is the cheapest, yet still decent, town/city to live in around so.california?

Me and my friend have saved $5000 a peice and we currently live in Rapid City, SD and we are up and moving to california, sounds awkward but it is happening, we have both found decent jobs in about 6 socal towns, but give me your opinion.

Administrator answers:

We see this every day in this forum: Everyone wants to move here, and is looking for “cheap/affordable and safe”. However, such a place just doesn’t exist; the two terms are mutually exclusive. It’s all about supply and demand: If it’s in SoCal, then it’s not going to be cheap to begin with. If it’s a safe area, then it’s more expensive. If you need good schools, add a couple hundred bucks a month on top of it.

If you want to live here and enjoy the weather, then you have to pay for it. You put up with the smog and the traffic, enjoy the weather and pay your rent or mortgage. My advice is to start checking out craigslist,, and if you are looking to rent. You’ll quickly see that the minimum rent for a non-war zone is about $1,000-$1,200 per month for a studio or 1BR. Really nice areas (like the West LA area) easily run $3,000 or more. Want to live near the beach? Expect to pay a premium.

“LA” is such a big place, there are so many neighborhoods/cities where you can live. Of course, even within a city or neighborhood, there are safer sections and less-safe sections.
In Los Angeles, some nice sections are West LA, Brentwood, Westwood, Marina Del Rey, Playa Del Rey, Los Feliz, Silverlake, Eagle Rock, Encino, Tarzana, Studio City, Toluca Lake, Granada Hills, Woodland Hills, Sherman Oaks, West Hills, Chatsworth.

To the east: South Pasadena, parts of Pasadena, Altadena, Arcadia, Monrovia, Glendora, San Dimas, Laverne, Azusa, Rancho Cucamonga.

Along the beach: Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey, Playa Del Rey, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Torrance, Palos Verdes, Rancho PV.

In Orange County aka “The OC”: Seal Beach , Huntington Beach , Newport Beach , Corona Del Mar , Laguna Beach , Dana Point , Capistrano Beach , San Clemente , Brea, Yorba Linda, Orange, Tustin, Irvine, Laguna Hills, Rancho Santa Margarita, Lake Forest

To the west: Agoura, Calabasas, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Simi Valley, Moorpark.

This is not an all-inclusive list, but it’s a start.

We get this question multiple times a day when it’s 80 here and it’s snowing in the midwest and east.

George asks…

What is the safest place to live in NY?

What is the safest place to live in New York preferably close to New York City? And btw, is New York City just Manhattan or is it a separate city? I am also thinking about moving to New York, so should I be concerned with the crime rates? And for any of you locals, are there any cool places I should go see or any place I should never go visit or anything I should be aware of?
Thank you soo much

Administrator answers:

Manhattan is just one of the five boroughs of New York City. Of all of those, I would say Queens or Staten Island are the safest, but of course they also have dangerous areas as well. Just living in a safe area isn’t going to necessarily protect you, however. What’s going to protect you is keeping a good head on your shoulders– not acting like a tourist, not acting like you don’t know your way around (NEVER check a map or GPS out on the street where others can see you. Duck into a store or something), walking too slowly, etc (You’ll notice that a lot of New Yorkers walk with purpose, and quickly. Do the same). New York is a great place, but like any city, it can turn ugly pretty quickly if you make it obvious that you don’t know what you’re doing.

Now, if you’re looking to live close to New York but not actually in the city, I actually would suggest NJ over upstate NY or Connecticut. This is the tri-state area, which is all the NY metro area, but gas is cheapest in NJ and public transportation is easiest from there with the most options. My friend actually just moved to Hoboken, where she has a great view of the city from her apartment on the Hudson. She’s now actually closer to her job in Manhattan than from where she used to live in Brooklyn.

Places you should definitely go see, the list is endless! Rockefeller Center, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty and the Liberty Science Center (technically in NJ though, but it’s all the same area), Central Park, Coney Island, Lincoln Center, Empire State Building, Broadway (go see a show!), Time Square, Yankee Stadium, Madison Square Garden and endless amounts of museums, etc.

Good luck! If you do move here, welcome!

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