The Great Apartment Debate

Several months ago, I outlined the reality of NYC living. A few weeks ago I was struck in the face by reality when I received a notice that my landlord was raising my rent by $250. Yikes! After thinking I would stay in my one bedroom on the Upper East Side for years to come, I came to the realization that I was going to have to either move into a studio or find a roommate to live with. I absolutely love living alone and have been hesitant to live with a roommate after some rough experiences in college, but it seems to be the best option in order to stay financially stable and live in a larger place.

The view I dream of

I’ve also been thinking hard about where to live. Though I love the Upper East Side and it’s one of the most affordable areas of the city, I could definitely find a place in Hoboken, New Jersey that has many more amenities (washer/dryer, dishwasher, parking) for the same price. But do I really want to leave the convenience of the city? Stay tuned to find out where I end up…

Should you be in a similar position as me and are thinking about looking for a roommate or new apartment yourself, below are some of the best ways to find a great place to live.

Facebook Marketplace – Who knew you could search for apartments and potential roommates?!

Craigslist – Make sure you search under both apartments and rooms/shares.

Broker – Though you may encounter a broker fee, find one that’s trustworthy and it can be worth the fee for them to find you the perfect apartment (this is how I found my place on the UES!).

Friends, friends & more friends – Don’t be hesitant to reach out to as many friends as you can to see if they know of anyone else looking for a roommate.

Whether you’re thinking about moving to the city or have been in a similar situation, how did you decide what to do?

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