How to Find a Room for Rent in NYC Just for A Month

 So, you eventually got that new job you have been longing for in the city that never sleeps? Or you've got some business deals to do there? Whatever your reasons are, we believe they are of good ones and we say a very big congratulation to you on that! While being excited and getting prepared for your journey to the most populated city in the United States, have you already secured at least a room for yourself? 

 SharedEasy provides rooms for rent in NYC, and you may be interested in checking out their services.

You must have heard or read about how expensive it is to live in this part of the United States and already thinking if your new salary will be able to sustain you. You don't want to consider the option of buying or owning a house unless you have already saved up an enormous amount of money before moving in. If not, you are more likely to go for a rented apartment. Well, you're not alone since 3 out of 5 New Yorkers are renters.

If you will be visiting for the first time and need proper guidance on how to secure a cozy yet affordable apartment or room in NYC, read on!

Your Budget Says a Lot

When it comes to finding yourself a good rental apartment, it is reasonable to think that the size of your budget determines the kind of apartment you will get. Well, this might not be wholly true, as you can still obtain affordable housing with virtually everything you want.

Let's start from here. The average cost of a one-bedroom apartment in NYC is $3,000 per month, which sums up to $36,000 yearly. This compared to the average income in NYC is quite much! It's funny some landlords require renters to earn an income of at least 40 times their monthly rent to qualify. Some might even expect you to have a guarantor.

As opposed to the above cost ($3000), you can still save about 60% monthly with flexible terms from landlords if you consider the coliving housing option. The average cost for coliving housing is about $1,200 per month. About $1,800 is a whole lot of money to save and can be used to cover other expenses!

Get Acquainted with The Boroughs 

If you're new to NYC's environs, you might be confused about the five boroughs, which include Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island. Getting yourself acquainted with these boroughs could be a good step to knowing more about the city's neighborhoods. If you don't already know, boroughs apart from Manhattan are referred to as an "outer borough." 

How accessible your interested borough to transportation should be one of your major concerns unless you can easily trek to your place of work. However, most districts are accessible by the subway, while buses cover other areas not accessible by it. Apart from accessibility, you should know the cost of transport from your interested borough to your place of work. 

Another thing is to know the cost of feeding, housing, and other things of great importance in the area you're interested in. Knowing all these prepare you ahead of what is before you. We suggest you start your research at least two months before moving in so there won't be any shocker!

No Need for Extended Search 

Now that you've known more about your interested borough, you should start searching for the apartment of your interest. While doing this, you can make a list of your preferences and write down the price range of what you're looking for. You should, however, note that your rent won't cover utilities and some other basic amenities, hence, you have to pay for them separately. Well, if you consider the coliving housing option, you will be relieved of your burden. 

Sites such as Zumper, Craiglist, StreetEasy allow you to narrow down your search according to your taste. But, why do you need to stress yourself when you can easily get a comfortable room at SharedEasy, a coliving company. 

A Visit Isn't Bad

You don't want to pay for what doesn't worth it. Do you? Not every house displayed online is as it is physically. Seeing the apartment you intend to rent in person is actually the best thing to do. This should be done for a lot of reasons that are probably running through your mind right now.

You don't just visit for fun – you want to make sure that all the housing items are in good shape; the cabinet, closets, good running water, etc. You might even ask questions from the residents if some are already occupied. In the case whereby the house is not already occupied, you can ask questions from random people within the neighborhood. If you notice anything odd during the visit, follow your mind. Just be patient, there are still many other apartments to consider ou there.

Now The Paperwork

Wouldn't it be nice if you secure that house of your interest on your first visit? Whenever you are going to visit, it's cool to have the necessary documents handy. These documents include;
  • Government-issued ID card – Driver's license or Passport.
  • If you are already working, go with your employment letter, which should include your salary and start date. In case you are still studying, go with your acceptance letter.
  • At most, a 3-month old bank statement.
  • Go with some reference letters.
  • For a self-employed individual, go with your tax returns (last two years).
Well, most of these wouldn't be necessary if you consider the coliving housing option. SharedEasy only runs a criminal check on potential residents, and this is quite reasonable for the safety of other occupants. The minimum stay in a coliving housing is usually a month, and if this is what you are looking for, renting a one-bedroom apartment will not provide you with that option. This guide, if followed accordingly, finding a room for rent in NYC for a month wouldn't be a problem. 
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