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A Guide to Finding Your House in NYC

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As the increasing number of international students in NYC, the matter of renting has caused some troubles for people. Especially in the situation of shortage of housing. Today, uhomes brings you some knowledge about various aspects of house rent NYC. Hope it can bring you some help.

The House Types of rent NYC

1. Studio Types

  • Studio – living room, bedroom & kitchen all in one space with one bathroom. I believe it is suitable for the person who like to live alone.
  • Alcove studio – similar to studio, but there is an extra small room without windows, which is equivalent to separating the living room from the bedroom. This type of room is not equipped with every building, the New York City area buildings rarely have this type of household. However, New Jersey will have a lot of this type of household.

2. Other Room Types

  • 1B1B- It include a bedroom  with a bathroom. The international students prefer to rent a 1B1B. One of them living in the living room and one person living in the bedroom, sharing a bathroom. For the living room, you will need to have a wall built to separate the kitchen from the living room. There are many companies that can build walls in New York.
  • 2B2B – I think this is the most cost-effective type of apartment for international students. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, with a living room and a kitchen. This type of room usually accommodates 3 people. One master bedroom, one second bedroom and one living room. The master bedroom comes with a bathroom by default. The second bedroom shares a bathroom with the living room.
  • 3B2B – 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with a living room and a kitchen by default. This type of room can have 4 people living together. One of the bathrooms is used exclusively in the master bedroom. The tenants of the living room and the two second bedrooms need to share a bathroom with 3 people, which I think is sometimes crowded.

Building Facilities

1. Facilities in the building

  • The relatively new apartment buildings, generally will have some additional servic. For example, they will have doorman 24-hour registration building in and out of people, and to help people collect packages.
  • Other necessary amenities include gym, elevator, study lounge, business center, game room (equipped with table games, billiards, etc.). Barbecue yard, dog park is also standard. More luxurious buildings have their with swimming pools, basketball courts, tennis courts, squash courts, libraries, movie theaters, and so on. Usually more luxurious building, they will also charge an additional amenity fee, a month of 100 dollars. If you choose not to pay amenity fee, you cannnot use all of the facilities in the rooms.
  • Some luxury apartment buildings also tend to organize 1-2 times a month building activities. The staff will provide some free food and drink, arrange some themes, for everyone to socialize. I used to live in a building which have these activities. The activities include wine tasting, chocolate cake making, oil painting, pumpkin making for Halloween and other activities. For these events, you can usually invite your own friends from outside the building to join you as well.

2. Room Amenities

  • These rental buildings in the United States are not provided with any furniture, but microwave, refrigerator, oven, induction/gas stove, fire alarm these are standard.
  • In unit laundry (washer/dryer). Newer buildings will provide in unit laundry (washer/dryer). The United States is not happy with the balcony to dry clothes, most of the high-rise buildings live in the 40th and 50th floors do not have a balcony to dry clothes. So a dryer is very important. It should be mentioned here that many buildings in Manhattan were built very early, so not every room has a special washer and dryer. Therefore, some buildings will set aside a floor for the laundry room, and people will have to go to the laundry room to wash their clothes, charging a certain amount of money each time. Needless to say, buildings with indoor washing and drying facilities are few, new and expensive.

Location and House Rent NYC

1. NYU main campus, Parsons, New School, SVA, FIT students

These schools/campuses are mainly located in the east village/union square neighborhood, which is one of the busiest areas in Manhattan. This location is approach to the subway, so you will have a lot of options for renting an apartment. If you walk for 15 minutes, you will find Chelsea in the west, East Village in the east, Korean Town in the north, and Soho in the south. Studio: At least $3000 and even $3500\$4000 are common; 1B $4000+ is more common; 2B is common to $6000+. If you sacrifice the indoor washing and drying equipment, or if there is no subway line nearby, it will be a little cheaper.

-Manhattan, depend on the different extent of old and new houses. The studios have to be in net $2500 or more. In the peak season rush $3000 is very common. 1B in $3500+; 2B in $4000+.Roosevelt Island: Studio can be rented within $2000 net, 1B $2500; 2B $3500 to $4000.
-Long Island City: studios usually start at $2200, 1B at $3000, and 2B at $4000+. The LIC area near the river is a bit further away from the geo walk. However, the environment is better and the price can be about $200 lower.
-New Jersey: Rent can be controlled at around $2,000. 1B can be rented at $2,500; 2B can be rented at $3,500.

2. Fordham

Fordham’s graduate campus. It is close to Central Park, so the rent is not cheap. Older buildings are cheaper, but most likely the elevator and indoor laundry, in-building laundry, gym are not available. Even without a doorman. Some newer buildings may be more on the west side, if the facilities are fully equipped, with indoor laundry, walking distance to the subway should be 10 minutes or so, the price of the studio in $2500 or more, 1b in $3500 or more, 2b in $4500 or more

3. Columbia University

Usually the houses nearby the Columbia University are older. Only the Enclave is the newest luxury apartment building. The price can be comparable to a slightly older building in midtown. There are some people who would like to live in the Fordham neighborhood of hell’s kitchen. Also, there are some students who live in NJ and take the path + a subway line to get to class. You can also live in an area of Brooklyn where you can take the red line to Columbia.

The Channels for house rent NYC


    • Use websites like Streeteasy and June Homes to find listings and subleases from various buildings. Be cautious as information may not always be up-to-date. And there’s a risk of dealing with private individuals without legal protection.
    • Directly rent from the official websites of the interested buildings. Similar to the first option, drawbacks include delayed updates on listings. As well as the slow responses from building management, especially during busy seasons.
    • Explore university bulletin boards or online forums like NYU and Columbia BBS for roommate opportunities and experiences. Columbia has a dedicated rent portal with ads from verified alumni or staff, offering a reliable avenue for finding housing.

Some Tips for House Rent NYC

  1. Students renting in New York often sign a guarantee company contract, ensuring timely rent payment with a one-month fee if needed.

  2. When students share housing with working individuals, they can usually skip the guarantee company fee by ensuring the working roommate’s salary is over 40 times the monthly rent.

  3. The contract distinguishes between “lease holder” and “occupant.” The former pays rent and may impact credit, while the latter doesn’t need income proof.

  4. Subleasing or renting out, use a lease agreement for protection, employing a New York rental contract template for clarity.

  5. Buildings differentiate between “gross rent” and “net rent,” the former being total rent, the latter averaging out after gifted months.

  6. Rent increases, if through a reputable agency, follow rent control. No such protection exists with private individuals.

FAQ about house rent nyc

Amenity fees in NYC vary widely, covering shared facilities like gyms and rooftop decks. These fees, ranging from a few hundred to several thousand dollars per year, depend on the building and its location. It’s advisable to check with the specific property management for accurate and negotiable details.

NYU students live in diverse neighborhoods such as Greenwich Village and the East Village, known for their proximity to campus and vibrant atmospheres. Some opt for central locations like Union Square, while others explore Brooklyn neighborhoods for different vibes. The Washington Square Park area remains a popular choice due to its proximity to campus facilities and the iconic park.

Yes, subletting a room in NYC is generally allowed with landlord approval. Ensure your lease permits subletting and follow legal procedures. Check for any specific rules from the building or co-op/condo board.

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