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28 Mar 2018

Going to school in New York City can be a thrill for international students. Not only is NYC one of America’s greatest metro areas and an exciting introduction to the country, it’s also a mecca of blended cultures, cultural experiences and rich history — a great place to learn from your life outside the classroom (as well as the classes you take within). If you are planning to move to New York to go to school, the process may feel daunting. However, by doing some of the legwork in advance, you can ensure you find an apartment that suits your needs — and be certain that you end up living in an area you like. Learn more about how here.

Choosing a Neighborhood

New York City is a big place! Even though Manhattan itself is only 22.82 square miles, it has countless neighborhoods — and that doesn’t even include the rest of the boroughs. So how do you choose a neighborhood in a city that you’ve never even spent time in?

One of the best ways is to do research about the city. Our Leasing Agents can provide information about the flavor and vibe of the neighborhoods our buildings are in, what amenities they offer, and how easy it is to get around. Ask friends and family who live in the city what they like and dislike most about their neighborhood. Take to social media and ask your network – you’re sure to get some honest answers.

While you do research about different areas in New York, consider your own priorities. Do you have important classes and/or a job that you have to get to quickly and easily? If so, you’ll want to consider choosing a neighborhood near your work or school, or one that offers easy access to public transportation. Do you love trying new foods, checking out new restaurants or having fun nights out with your friends? If so, look at what restaurants, bars and entertainment options are located in each area.

Looking at Apartments

When you’re across the world and you still need to rent an apartment, you might feel daunted. After all, how can you make sure that the home really suits your needs? Luckily, technology can help with that. Find a friend in town who is willing to go look at apartments for you, and have that friend call you on Skype or FaceTime while they tour the apartment. This will give you a live, real look at what the space looks and feels like, and ensure that you don’t end up living somewhere that doesn’t feel right to you. Also, ask for pictures of the apartment (including closets, bathrooms, entryways and more) so you can think about your decision after your conversation is over.

RELATED: 5 Tips for Renting an Apartment Sight Unseen

If you don’t have a friend living in the city, consider getting in touch with a real estate agent who can also lead you on a FaceTime tour of potential apartments.

Finding a Roommate

If you are moving to New York as an international student, there’s a good chance you’ll want a roommate. Housing in New York City is expensive but becomes much more affordable when you can share the costs. The best option for finding a roommate is to tap into your network and ask whether anyone has a friend or family member looking for a roommate. Ask your parents to get social and talk to their friends. Other options for finding roommates in NYC include tools like Symbi or SpareRoom.

RELATED: 5 Tips for Living with Roommates Successfully in New York

We understand that moving to New York City as an international student is as exciting as it is daunting and we’re here to help. Let us find you the perfect apartment and answer all your questions about life in the greatest city on earth.

14 Jun 2017

Whether you work in an industry that thrives in New York or you’re simply looking for a fresh start in one of the most iconic cities in the world, the prospect of paying for an apartment in a desirable neighborhood like Greenwich Village or Murray Hill can seem daunting. Luckily, there’s an easy solution, and No Fee Rentals will help you take advantage of it.

 The Buddy System: Not Just for Field Trips Anymore

There are so many great reasons to live in New York. The culture, the career prospects, the people, the history…it’s no wonder millions of people proudly call this city their home. This is especially true for people in their 20s and 30s who are building a career path and looking for a way to really make their lives worthwhile. But the high desirability of life in New York means that apartment rentals can be astronomical, well beyond the reach of the salary of an entry-level or junior employee in most industries.

That’s why living with roommates has become such a standard practice in NYC. Rent for a 2-bedroom apartment can be less expensive than that of a 1-bedroom when you split the cost in two, and that’s driving more and more people to opt for multi-bedroom living situations with roommates. Having roommates can be great not only from a financial standpoint but also from a practical and social standpoint as well. Roommates can help you if you get locked out of the apartment or water your plants if you’re going for a weekend getaway upstate. Plus, lots of young New Yorkers luck out and find roommates who end up becoming friends, which helps combat the sense of loneliness that often comes with making a big move to a bustling new city.

 Finding a Good Roommate to Share Your Space

Finding good roommates really can feel like a luck-of-the-draw process, but before you break out the rabbit’s foot and start wishing for success, keep in mind that the growing trend of living with roommates has brought about some handy solutions for finding good people to buddy up with. Roommate finding services like are like dating apps for roommates, giving you the chance to review profiles and find the people you think you’d like to live with. offers some Multi-Room Share apartments, meaning you won’t necessarily have to do a lot of legwork and research to find an affordable place to live.  These larger units are available furnished or unfurnished,  in a range of prices depending on location, amenities, and time frame – from short-term leases of just a few months to long-term rentals. They enable tenants to share the cost of utilities and common areas, while retaining the privacy of individual bedrooms.

Interested? Grab a few friends and begin your New York story here.