Help! Moving to NYC and lost!
- 0Mar 4, '13 by Rebecca, RNHi!
I applied to grad schools in NYC, and have gotten a job offer at NYP for the SICU. I don't know what my salary is going to be yet, but I was wondering if anyone knew good, affordable areas that I might be able to rent on a nursing salary?
- 0Mar 4, '13 by Meriwhen, BSN, RN Senior ModeratorMoving to NY Nursing Forum. Congratulations and best of luck with the new job and grad school!
Oh yeah, as far as where to live...most of Manhattan is very expensive: think living in a shoebox for 2-3K/month and that's without utilities. This is particularly true near most of NYP. Some parts of Manhattan are more affordable, but you may end up with a longer commute.
Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx are cheaper but they are definitely a longer commute...though depending on where you live, it may not be too bad.
In your case, forget Staten Island: it is its own isolated world accessible only by car or ferry.
Definitely talk to NYP and see if/what they can hook you up with.Last edit by Meriwhen on Mar 4, '13
- 2Mar 4, '13 by DoGoodThenGoWhich campus are you going to be working at?
If it is the Upper East Side (East 60's and York Avenue) location you can probably find "affordable" housing (read a studio apartment) anywhere from East 60's through East 90's from York Avenue to Third for between $1600 to $2500 more or less.
We live near that area and there are plenty of "apartments for rent" signs in front of apartment buildings. Indeed the local news media has reported recently that persons are moving back to the Far Upper East Side and Yorkville from trendy places such as parts of Brooklyn because the rents are cheaper.
Part of reason rents are cheaper is that many seeking to live in this area prefer to buy instead of rent and that includes young families who need something more than a studio or even one bedroom.
Given the number of hospitals on the Upper East Side there are plenty of nurses who live in the area. One can see them walking back and forth to duty at around shift change time.
NYP does offer some housing options so you can also check with them as well. While many nurses prefer to have their own living arrangements independent of their employment it might not be a bad option for your first year or so in NYC until you settle in.
Great thing about Manhattan is the subway and bus system can get you most anywhere you need to go. You can also consider living on the Westside as the numerous cross town buses will take you from one side of Manattan to the other. Have met several NYP nurses over the years going to and from duty on the "72nd" street cross town bus.
Citi Habitats is one of the larger and better brokers in NYC, but there are others. You can also try Craigslist but use *EXTREME* caution as there are plenty of scammers who try and rent apartments they have no connection with. Persons have paid thousands in "deposits" only to find out later either the apartment never was for rent or the person who took the funds has totally nothing to do with the building.
- 0Mar 8, '13 by mystoryWelcome to New York!!
The Upper East Side has some relatively affordable deals that are doable on a nurse's salary. My boyfriend pays $1,500 a month for a studio in the 80s East of 2nd Avenue. It is extremely safe and quite peaceful, with a park and the river down the street.
I also recommend Citi Habitats for broker services. Heads up though..they take 20% of your yearly rent as a fee! It's pretty steep, so if you can avoid by all means do so, but real estate in New York is such a gem and many of us resort to these professionals after our own research doesn't yield promising leads.
The "rule of thumb" for most landlords is that you must make 40X the rent in a year. The standard landlord in the city also requires thousands of dollars up front...first month's rent, last month's rent, and another month's rent for a security deposit.
Good luck, and congrats on the job, move, and grad school!!
- 0Mar 8, '13 by SherluckyRNYou can also look into the surrounding boroughs for housing. Rent will be cheaper but you will ave to commute with public transportation. It's not bad. I live in Brooklyn and to get to NYP it takes me an hour. 50 minute train ride ad 10 min walk to hospital the max. Consider surrounding areas