Where can one find apartment listings?
Available apartments are listed in classified ads in local newspapers, in online websites, and through brokers. However, brokers are likely to charge a fee equivalent to one month’s rent, so be sure you have the funds, if you go that route. Here is a list of some websites to browse.
You should consider the following questions during your apartment search.
- How long will it take me to commute to school?
- Will I be able to rehearse in the apartment?
- Do I feel safe in the neighborhood?
- How close is the nearest subway or bus stop?
- Is there a laundry in the building?
- What is in the neighborhood? (Supermarket, bank, drug store, dry cleaner, etc.)
- Are utilities in included in the rent?
- Can I afford the apartment or do I need roommates?
When viewing apartments, it’s not just about square footage and location. There are many details to take into consideration. Click here for a helpful checklist.
- Signing your lease. Signing a lease is binding contract between you and the landlord. Be sure to thoroughly read and understand the terms of the lease before signing.
- Tips on Negotiating a Lease. If you have problems with your landlord or apartment facilities, consult the following resources which offer useful information about housing in New York City:
New York City Rent Guidelines Board
51 Chambers St., Suite 202
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 385-2934
Hopefully you will find this information helpful in your apartment search. International students should be aware that there are extra steps in the process. Additional resources are available to conservatory students upon enrollment.