Moving to NYC

Congratulations, you scored a job in one of the best cities in the world – New York City!

But, now that that’s done, there’s another roadblock that lies ahead of you. Where are you going to live, and how on earth are you going to afford it?

Those were definitely thoughts that were running through my head in the months leading up to my move to the city. I grew nervous as the college roommate I planned to live with after graduation grew no closer to getting a job in the city. With no roommate and no desire to live on my own, I didn’t know what to do.

(Extremely) luckily, I had an aunt who lived in the city who I was able to crash with for a few months. And eventually, I found a few girls to live with. The apartment search process that followed was long and stressful, but ultimately worth it in the end. Here are a few tips that I’ve learned through my experience:

  • Prioritize being in a better location over having a nicer apartment.

Although everyone naturally has different priorities of what they’re looking for in an apartment, I think it’s more important to be in a good area with cool shops, restaurants, bars, and other attractions – and have to put up with a smaller apartment – than live in a bigger apartment in an area that you hate. Or worse, an area that you feel unsafe in.

  • Recognize that you will not have as much space as you are used to.

Get used to a smaller kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom than you’ve been used to, and don’t move to the city with every earthly possession you’ve acquired over the course of your life. Bringing all the Halloween costumes you’ve accrued throughout the years might not be necessary. Just bring the essentials, and stuff you really think that you’ll actually use on a frequent basis.

  • Be flexible and realize that your apartment isn’t going to be perfect.

Whether it’s bugs, a leaking ceiling, a shower that alternates between ice cold and boiling hot, or living on the fourth story of a walk-up – your first apartment isn’t going to be perfect all the time and you can’t expect it to be. Rather than letting this get to you, just try to shrug it off and roll with the punches.

  • Despite these hitches, living in New York is definitely worth it.

No matter where you end up – whether it’s Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens – living here will be worth it. You have access to so many cool things, like museums, gardens, flea markets, restaurants, theaters, and historic landmarks right at your finger tips. Enjoy them!