About to go to NYC for FT and am scouring for places to live. Overall, I'm looking towards "analyst-y" neighborhoods (Midtown East, Kips Bay, Murray Hill, etc.).
First off, how hard would it be to find a "true" 2 BR for under $2k per person? Most suggestions I've heard have been to flex a 1BR for two people or to flex a 2BR into three, but can a legit 2BR be found without jacking up the price? Are there any sq. ft. guidelines for how big a room can be in order to be flexed comfortably?
Second, how much would it cost/how much harder would it be to find a 2BR/2 Bath setup compared to a 2BR/1 Bath? What would the added rent look like, and would it likely push me over the 2k mark?
Finally, what does the market look like in terms of average rent right now compared to a year or two or three ago? I've seen plenty of threads from 2011-2013 saying the midpoint was about 1600-1700, so would it be reasonable to accept that 1700-1900 (or more) is a more common range today?
Thanks in advance for the advice, just want to be as prepared for the rush of housing as possible.