It’s January, a time to turn over a new leaf. And, we’re not just talking about exercise regimes but new living arrangements as well. At this time of year, we meet lots of folks coming to New York either for the spring college semester or for a 6-month job rotation.  With our NYU renters, this can also be the time to find a new apartment if the fall roommate situation was less than successful.  And for young professionals, after months of commuting from home, they are ready to work and live in NYC.   Whatever your reason for starting the new year in a new studio, one-bedroom, two- bedroom, or multi bedroom share, this time of year can work in your favor.

Why this time of year can be very good for finding a rental apartment

  • Less competition – With our large concentration of apartments around NYU — including Greenwich Village, East Village, and West Village – looking for an apartment for January means you are not competing with a lot of returning undergraduates and graduate students or newly minted job hires.
  • More value – OK economics majors, you know all about supply and demand. With fewer students and new job hires coming into Manhattan at the beginning of the calendar year (vs. the academic year), prospective renters are in a position to get more value for their money.
  • More flexibility – And because there fewer people all rushing to look at apartments within the same few weeks, rental offices can be more accommodating about showing times, move-in dates, and other rental requirements.

The new year is a time for new hopes and dreams. If you are dreaming of a new rental apartment in New York City, now may be your time. Visit our No Fee Rentals’ listings at and see what the new year could hold for you! And, when you’ve found the perfect pad, remember the 3 P’s of moving:

  • Parking –Welcome to New York City, where a parking spot is as valuable as sitting behind the Yankee’s dugout. The majority of rental buildings in NYC, including those owned by No Fee Rentals, don’t have parking garages, which means you will need to rely on street parking for your moving van. We recommend that you have at least two people for your move – one for the heavy lifting, the other to stay by your vehicle to avoid parking tickets. Insider tip: Best time to find street parking is Sunday morning. Move-ins are allowed after 11am on weekends, so get your spot and then get a latte, and then get ready to lift and carry. If you prefer to use a moving company, No Fee Rentals can supply you with a list of those in the area.
  • Packing material – Your packing kit should include a tool kit and scissors. Pack essentials separately so you can get to them quickly. Emptied cardboard boxes should be flattened and recycled; everything else can go into the garbage bins. No Fee Rentals adds extra staff for garbage collection at the beginning and end of each month so hallways are kept neat. Save large items for bulk item pick up days, which are posted in the lobby of each building.
  • Politeness – Regardless of whether you are moving into a short-term or long-term rental, you will be neighbors with the people on your floor and your building for months. New York City can be a very friendly place if you are mindful of your fellow tenants. Avoid move-in activity after 8pm, don’t keep the front open unattended for extended periods while bringing in boxes, and keep the hallways clear of debris.

Moving in is exciting. These tips should help to make it a lot easier so that life in NYC in your new apartment rental starts off with another P: painless!