The low-down of apartment hunting in NY

Kids, this isn’t the apartment hunting we’re used to in Oregon.

It’s much different. Drastically different. And expensive.

Brokers = Broke:
Brokers (people you solicit to find you an apartment) are extremely helpful being that they’re so well connected. But they’re expensive. The fee they charge can equal 15% of your yearly rent or about 2 months worth of rent.

So now for a little math:
Rent for a studio = $1,300 x 12 = $15,600 per year x 15% brokers fee = $2,340

That’s $2,340 due UP FRONT. And that doesn’t even include 1st month’s rent and the security deposit (equal to 1 month’s rent).

[Insert explicative here] [Multiple]

This totals out to $4,940 and factoring in the application fee, we’re talking over $5,000 due by the time you even sign the dotted line. I don’t know about you, but I don’t just have that kind of money laying around.

Back to College:
Ask anyone who has lived here or has experience the apartment hunting process first-hand knows that if you want to find an apartment in Manhattan, most likely it’s going to be small. I’m talking dorm-room style small. And don’t let the pictures on websites deceive you: they look a lot bigger than they actually are.

Checking out a place in person is a must to know what you’re actually dealing with. One place I looked at appeared to be a decent size but when I checked it out in person, it could barely fit a twin bed. A twin. I may be a small and fun-sized person, but the last time I had a twin sized bed my room was painted like a jungle and I was in middle school. I mean, its doable, and I would if I had to. But that leads me to my other point…

Trade-offs – Choose You Own Adventure:
It is going to be damn near impossible to find an apartment that has all of the features that you want. So, you have to choose what apartment features are more important to you. Basically, you have to mix and match:

  • Location
  • Cost
  • Size
  • Laundry
  • Utilities included?
  • Elevator vs. Walk-Up
  • Doorman
All-in-all, apartment hunting can be exhausting. But definitely worth the relief once you finally do. Today I was fortunate enough to have my offer for a studio in Greenwich approved. Thank ***** god. TGIF.

About Kailee Crawford

I'm an Oregon-born travel addict living in New York making the most of my vacation days. I started this travel blog to keep track of my bucket list and it's morphed into a journal of my adventures and recommendations for things to see, do, eat and drink. My hope is that I can help other travelers find their way. I want to try everything once and to live a life without regrets or missed opportunities. I call my philosophy on life the "the death bed philosophy" - I want to be laying in my death bed reflecting on all of the things I've done and seen in this world, not the things I wished I had done. It's not meant to be morbid, just a reminder to take risks, go out of your comfort zone and live life to the fullest. ♫♫♫♫♫ "You were only waiting for this moment to be free" --- "Blackbird" by The Beatles This quote is undoubtedly my favorite quote because it's a reminder of the infinite opportunities available to us. That in each moment there is an opportunity to find true happiness, and a sense of freedom when you're doing what you love. Freedom to explore, to create, to improve oneself, and to find fulfillment even during the 9 to 5 grind. ♫♫♫♫♫ I'm an incredibly pensive person with a wide variety of interests. In addition to traveling, my guilty pleasures include wine, food, music, art, languages and history. I grew up a nerd, watching The History Channel and reading The Lord of the Rings with my Dad. I'm driven by my pursuit of knowledge and growth and most passionate when I'm able to be creative. ♫♫♫♫♫
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