Room in NY under 500

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Hey, Really need help with finding a room in NY on a budget of around 500 dollars, does any one have any experience or willing to share their apartment?
Maybe someplace around NY will be okay too, like jersey city or edison.

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Jul 1, 2019

is this satire

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Jul 1, 2019

Really need one.

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Jul 1, 2019

search airbnb for places. some guys have tiny spaces, floors, and couches. you might get a tiny room with someone if you are super lucky within a 1 hour subway ride of manhattan

Jul 5, 2019

you can stay in my tribeca SEX DUNGEON for $500 a month but only if you're chained to the walls the whole time

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Jul 1, 2019

I think living in an abandoned subway station under ground with the mole people costs more than $500 in NYC

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Jul 1, 2019

+1

Jul 1, 2019
buggylovesfinance:

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But you didn't :(

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Jul 1, 2019

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Jul 1, 2019

I'd recommend running a quick zillow search in the Soho and Tribeca neighborhoods. I found a 3 bedroom 2 bath for $475 all in.

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Jul 1, 2019

You just got to have the right search settings to find them...

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Jul 1, 2019
xWallStreet:

Hey, Really need help with finding a room in NY on a budget of around 500 dollars, does any one have any experience or willing to share their apartment?

https://newyork.craigslist.org/search/roo?sort=pri...
Jul 1 $500 ROOM FOR RENT - All utilities and wifi included $500 (West Side/Journal Square/ Jersey City) map

Jun 25 King Sized Room Available (Brooklyn) $500 map

Jun 25 Need to get out of new York? $500 120ft2 - (Michigan) pic map

Jun 25 Natural Light Minimalist Bedroom in 2bd/1bath $500 (Crown Heights) map

Jun 25 Huge Furnished Room For Rent ASAp $500 (Jersey City) map

Jun 25 $500 - Room in 4br-2bath Top Floor Apartment (Bedstuy) $500 map

Jul 1 2 weeks in August Furnished bedroom & L/R $500 330ft2 - (Sunnyside LIC) pic map

Jun 24 Single Room for Rent $500 (Maspeth) pic map

Jun 25 Large Room and private bathroom for rent - Utils WiFi incl $500 (Bronx / Pelham Garden) map

Jun 28 Huge room in White Plains available $500 (White Plains) map

Jun 29 Room share $500 map

Jun 26 Beautiful room for caring person $500 (Park Slope) map

Jun 26 room for rent $500 (stapelton staten island) map

Jun 27 Small room for rent! female prefferd! 500 $500 (Chelsea) map

Jun 27 A private room available in an apartments!! $500 (Fairfield) pic map

Jun 28 Room for rent $500 (Bloomfield's newark nj) map

Jun 28 Apartment July-4 to 7 $500 (Upper West Side) pic map

Jun 28 Available Room For Rent $500 (Jamaica NY) pic map

Jun 28 63rd street and Roosevelt Avenue- MALE ONLY- SHARED- all utilities inc $500 (Woodside) pic map

Jun 28 7EMR trains 5mins away-ALL Included/Furnished/Free Wifi $500 (Jackson Heights) pic map

Jun 28 Room for rent in vacant home in Woodlawn Heights $500 map

Jun 29 Furnished, utilities and wifi included $500 70ft2 - (Fresh Meadows/Flushing) pic map

Jun 29 LARGE ROOM/ BRAND NEW APT/ NEAR EXPRESS A&D/ W&D IN-UNIT/ GREAT PLACE $500 (new york) map

Jun 29 Big Room for Rent in two bedroom apt $500 (Fish Av and Boston Rd, Bronx) map

Jun 29 Unfurnished Room for Rent in a 3br APT !!! $500 (Bronx) map

Jun 29 Midtown room for cheap rent for person with EBay account $500 400ft2 - (Midtown East) map

Jun 29 Gorgeous townhouse in East Harlem! $500 (East Harlem) pic map

Jun 29 Room for rent $500 $500 (Naugatuck) pic map

Jun 29 Long or shortbest choice.8min. walk to #2,5 train and BC, Furnished $500 85ft2 - (Midwood, Brooklyn College) pic map

Jun 30 Professional Roommates wanted Cozy cape near Bridgeport hospital $500 (Bridgeport ct) pic map

Jun 30 One Bedroom For Rent !!!! $500 (Bronx) map

Jun 30 Summer Rental/NO DEPOSIT $500 (Bushwick) pic map

Jun 30 Big Room for Rent in two bedroom apt $500 (Fish Av and Boston Rd, Bronx) map

Jul 1 clean room for rent $500 250ft2 - (westbury) pic map

Jul 1 Room for rent asap $500 (Bridgeport) map

Jun 27 Offering a room plus living room $499 (Fairfield) pic map

Jun 30 Roommate needed- Small Room for Rent near subway $490 (Brooklyn College area, Midwood/Flatbush, Brooklyn) map

Jun 27 1 or 2 Bedroom available $485 (Fairfield) pic map

Jun 26 Cozy room for rent ! $475 (Jackson Heights) map

Jun 27 Sharing room available to rent $475 (Woodside, queens) map

Jun 28 Room available to share $475 (Woodside,queens) map

Jun 28 Sunnyside Neighborhood for MALE only- Dorm style all included $475 (sunnyside) pic map

Jul 1 Furnished Room for Rent !!! $475 (East 167 street /Simpson street) map

Jun 30 Light and spacious furnished apartment for rent $470 (Near Jackson Township, New Jersey) pic map

Jun 30 Light and spacious furnished apartment for rent $470 (Near Jackson Township, New Jersey) pic map

Jun 30 Bi weekly Furnished Room for rent Wifi & utilities included $460 (Brooklyn) pic map

Jul 1 Room Share Bunk beds all utilities included $460 (Brooklyn College) pic map

Jun 26 Shared Room Monthly (not a private room) $450 (Midtown) pic map

Jun 28 Shared Room Monthly (not a private room) $450 (Midtown) pic map

Jun 29 Shared Room Monthly (not a private room) $450 (Midtown) pic map

Jun 26 [AVAILABLE NOW] Home for Artists, Yogis and Meditators -- POD LIVING $450 pic map

Jun 25 $15 Daily - Female Only - Everything Included $450 700ft2 - (BROOKLYN) pic map

Jun 24 - Large, sunny room in a quiet 2 BR apt available, 1 block to the C $450 (Clinton Hill) map

Jun 25 - Large Room Available in Park Slope/Boerum Hill Brownstone- $450 135ft2 - (Boerum Hill) map

Jun 29 Shared Room Monthly (not a private room) $450 (Midtown) pic map

Jun 25 One bedroom is Available $450 (Great Neck) map

Jun 25 Furnished Room Brentwood $450 (Brentwood) map

Jun 28 Shared Room Monthly (not a private room) $450 (Midtown) pic map

Jun 25 ROOM FOR RENT $450 (irvington nj) pic map

Jun 30 Mens Shared Room Monthly (not a private room) $450 (Midtown) pic map

Jul 1 Mens Shared Room Monthly (not a private room) $450 (Midtown) pic map

Jun 26 Beautiful, furnished room available July 15 - 22 in $450 (Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn) pic map

Jun 26 1 BR available for rent in 3 BR Apartment $450 (Williamsburg) map

Jun 26 Shared room_Short stay_ July 10st -Sept 1st $450 (Sunnyside/Woodside) map

Jun 29 Apartment/ house share/room $450 (westport) map

Jul 1 3500ft2 - Roommate for 2nd bedroom in 2 bathroom apt $450 (E 55th Street at 1st Avenue) map

Jun 29 Mens Shared Room Monthly (not a private room) $450 (Midtown) pic map

Jun 29 150ft2 - Beautiful financial district penthouse room available August $450 (new york) map

Jun 28 |"|"Beautiful Room With Private Bath! W/D in Unit. Near Forest M T|"|" $425 (new york) map

Jul 1 425 (masterbedroom split)MOVE IN RN $425 pic map

Jun 28 1BR Available in 4BR/2BA Astoria Apt $415 (Astoria) map

Jun 26 Fire ISLAND PINES Studio $400 (Fire ISLAND PINES) pic map

Jun 26 Private Bedroom in Luxury Building Hudson Yards. $400 (Battery Park) map

Jun 24 - Fully Furnished Private Room &Private bath ( with a single bed) $400 (Halsey J train) map

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Jul 1, 2019

in all seriousness, be skeptical of anything under $900/room in NYC (this includes the other boroughs and Jersey, not just Manhattan). my first room in NYC was $875 (this was back in 2016), but I had three roommates. It's possible to find cheap ones, but you won't find anything worth a damn under $900/mo and instead you'll likely just get scammed by people pretending to have a cheap room available.

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Jul 1, 2019
buggylovesfinance:

in all seriousness, be skeptical of anything under $900/room in NYC (this includes the other boroughs and Jersey, not just Manhattan). my first room in NYC was $875 (this was back in 2016), but I had three roommates. It's possible to find cheap ones, but you won't find anything worth a damn under $900/mo and instead you'll likely just get scammed by people pretending to have a cheap room available.

Agree completely. Anything under $1000 seems far fetched. Under $700 and you're in a triple bunk with six in the room or some shit and $500 will probably get you one of those pullout coffin Japanese style pods. The unicorn $500 apartment may exist, but it will take some work finding it.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Jul 1, 2019

Years ago I moved into a 'true' 4BR in the East Village with two chicks; this one British chick had been in a NYC 7BR previously out of the LES. I asked her about it, I was really curious.

Seven people with small ass rooms she said - and only 2 bathrooms. Imagine 7 people and 2 bathrooms. She said it was $600 a month. That's the kind of shit NYC comes up with for $600 a month. Fake walls and few bathrooms. The place was likely a $4200 2BR/2BA with a large living room, originally.

Fucking NYC. Gotta love it.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Jul 1, 2019

No shot in hell... Unless you rent a room in the projects up in Spanish Harlem by someone who currently lives there, but I guarantee you'll be living with roaches and rats because... Yes, I visited there once because I went there to visit my girl's family and it was absolutely horrendous. Your best bet... living in Jersey City nearby journal square... Rooms typically 500-550... Won't be the greatest but it will be a better standard of living. Walk to the path station and you'll be at WTC in 15 minutes, door to door.

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Jul 1, 2019

Guys, I'm serious.

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Jul 1, 2019

Go on craigslist and filter your rent max to 500... You're not going to find it unless you want to find something in the bronx. I'm telling you this because I've tried. Many years ago when I first got my finance gig in back office, I got paid shit and I've tried and tried and I couldn't find anything but Jersey City. Why do you HAVE to be in New York? Why not NJ? I moved to Rutherford and from bus, it took me literally 30 minutes in the morning to get to the city because the bus have it's own roads to the city and the bus comes every 15 minutes.

Evidently you're not in front office, unless you're just really frugal with your money. All the middle office/back offices guys that I've worked with lived either in brooklyn, queens or jersey. Unless you're a VP or something with no kids. Is it because you want to experience the city life and go out? You can do that living in Jersey dude.

You can't keep forcing for an answer when there isn't one. You're literally asking 500 bucks in NYC... really think about that for a second.

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Jul 1, 2019

Even 500 is on the low end, even for Jersey... 550 at the LOWEST... this is from experience.

Jul 1, 2019

He is trolling. His account is labeled as HF CEO

Jul 1, 2019
mswoonc:

You're literally asking 500 bucks in NYC... really think about that for a second.

Yeah forreal. There are parking spots for 500 a month. OP wants a whole room! :P

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Jul 1, 2019

Did you ignore the craigslist link above? Thats the best advice you'll get.

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Jul 1, 2019

Found good rooms through craigslist.
Thanks everyone, though not for 500

Jul 1, 2019

Don't settle for more than $350, and that's only if you have a Swedish model for a roommate.

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Jul 2, 2019

I would recommend looking for a sublet outside of NYC. For 500 in NYC near wall street will be difficult if not impossible.

Jul 2, 2019

There is a movement of people living out of Vans. You can buy a used van for cheap and live out of it. Just buy a gym membership to use their facilities (shower, gym, etc), and a wireless internet hub with unlimited data. If you search youtube for "living out of van" you will find many videos. You can convert a van for pretty cheap, and after a few months, you save a lot of money. As an added bonus, to try out a different neighborhood, all you have to do is drive.

As a start, you could take an air mattress, add a memory foam topper, and its decent to sleep on. Then add a mini-fridge and a hot-plate and you have a basic kitchen. Go to a laundromat to clean your clothes. Its sortof like camping. What else do you really need?

You could also install a solar panel, converter and battery, so you don't have to run the engine for electricity. Videos on youtube walk you thru it...will cost around $500.

Things to consider when choosing a van
1) privacy windows / curtains
2) ventilation / install a small fan and vent
3) ceiling height so you can stand

just google it...you're welcome

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Jul 3, 2019

good comment, i feel like this could be awesome

Jul 3, 2019

A very practical and considerate post, offering actual solution. Very good.

Jul 3, 2019
faceslappingcompilation:

There is a movement of people living out of Vans. You can buy a used van for cheap and live out of it. Just buy a gym membership to use their facilities (shower, gym, etc), and a wireless internet hub with unlimited data. If you search youtube for "living out of van" you will find many videos. You can convert a van for pretty cheap, and after a few months, you save a lot of money. As an added bonus, to try out a different neighborhood, all you have to do is drive.

As a start, you could take an air mattress, add a memory foam topper, and its decent to sleep on. Then add a mini-fridge and a hot-plate and you have a basic kitchen. Go to a laundromat to clean your clothes. Its sortof like camping. What else do you really need?

You could also install a solar panel, converter and battery, so you don't have to run the engine for electricity. Videos on youtube walk you thru it...will cost around $500.

Things to consider when choosing a van
1) privacy windows / curtains
2) ventilation / install a small fan and vent
3) ceiling height so you can stand

Pretty sick / could work

Marco Polo Camper Van by Mercedes
https://youtu.be/wEAN1Y5IKeY
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Of course, to make the Marco Polo even more habitable, the roof pops up to give more than enough headroom to be able to stand up inside the Mercedes. Come the evening, a padded section drops down to make a second double bed and it comes with a safety net so the kids don't risk rolling out.

Test Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo V-Class 2018

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Jul 3, 2019

There are options if you look hard enough, but anything at that price point will have very high hidden costs that you should consider (e.g. dangerous, very difficult and costly to get into the city). If at all possible, raising your budget to $700 would open up a lot more decent options in Queens and the Bronx that are in alright, reasonably safe neighborhoods and a 40 minute train ride from midtown. Craigslist will be your best bet, but some neighborhoods also post room vacancies in public on handwritten advertisements. Might be helpful if you speak spanish or chinese for those ones though...

Jul 4, 2019
MiserlyGrandpa:

neighborhoods also post room vacancies in public on handwritten advertisements. Might be helpful if you speak spanish or chinese for those ones though...

What good does speaking Chinese have to do with handwritten advertisements in Chinese?

You do realize they are completely unrelated... yes?

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Jul 5, 2019
Isaiah_53_5:
MiserlyGrandpa:

neighborhoods also post room vacancies in public on handwritten advertisements. Might be helpful if you speak spanish or chinese for those ones though...

What good does speaking Chinese have to do with handwritten advertisements in Chinese?

You do realize they are completely unrelated... yes?

You do realize that if an advertisement is written in a foreign language, you can damn well expect the person it tells you to call will answer in that language too...yes?

...Christ, man, is this really how you spend your day?

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Jul 4, 2019

I live in manhattan. 95% of these responses are trash. There is no way in hell you can get something for 500$. anyone telling you otherwise is most likely a scammer, or exploitative. NEVER trust craigslist. One of my bartender buddies and is his girlfriend were scammed on the site through an apartment in Brooklyn. They get you to sign a 1000 dollar downpayment than charge low rent then raise the rent astronomically within a few days. This is commonly done in immigrant neighborhoods where tenants cannot read english and do not have knowledge of the legal system. NYC is not a sex and the city episode, people here are cruel and unforgiving and if they sense any weakness they will spit you out.

Jul 4, 2019
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"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Jul 5, 2019
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just google it...you're welcome