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Old 02-14-2013, 08:56 PM
 
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Hello,

I'm looking to move to the NYC area sometime over the next year or so, and have been considering some of the areas further away from the city with the hopes to find something a bit more affordable. Here in Louisiana I pay about $850/month in rent but could go $100 more. In all I should probably stay below $1,000. Is this a realistic budget? What are the commuting/transporation options like? Any decent PT or do you have to drive everywhere? I have heard there is rail service into NYC from Stamford. How regular is this and does it run on weekends? What is Stamford itself like? (People & things to do, etc...)

I haven't been to CT yet but have planned some time to check it out in April. Figured the weather up there might be better then.
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:10 PM
 
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Stamford is not affordable. $950 would get you a closet and probably not in the best area. Look at areas of Queens, Hoboken, Jersey City, Yonkers. They're not necessarily much cheaper and some parts aren't at all, but it makes for a much better commute. You also have to consider the price of train tickets.
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Old 02-15-2013, 06:28 AM
 
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I agree with Stylo. A housing budget of less than $1,000 will not get you very far in one of the most expensive metro areas in the country. Public transportation to/from the city is good and reliable every day, including weekends. The commuter rail is called Metro North and their website shows how often trains run out of Stamford into NYC:
mta.info | Metro-North Railroad
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:21 AM
 
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Consider a roommate.
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:33 AM
 
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Consider a roommate.
In an outer borough, Westchester, or NJ.....
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:41 AM
 
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Consider a roommate.
Agreed with the roommate/housemate idea, if it is your cup of tea. I got by with about $800/month in downtown Stamford but that was with two other guys in a small 900 sq ft apartment.

I know a lot of folks who share living space with 3 or more people. The downside is lack of privacy, but the upside is that the shared income typically means having a much nicer place apartment.

OP, is there anything that requires you to be in lower Connecticut? Otherwise, I would certainly heed others' advice about Jersey City, New Rochelle, etc. Also, the exact location of your NYC job will impact your commute; e.g. if you have to be in the financial district, that adds another leg to your commute (30 min subway ride) beyond the Metro-North train ride.

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Old 02-15-2013, 09:02 AM
 
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I would look at Astoria, NY (just across the Queensborough Bridge) and get a roommate.
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:23 AM
 
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If in Financial District, NJ is by far the best bet (Jersey City/Hoboken). Brooklyn is also an option, but more expensive.
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:48 AM
 
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$950/$1000 is a really tight budget for the NYC area. Forget Manhattan entirely - but even in the outer boroughs and suburbs that will be a stretch. As others have said, it'll be much easier if you are willing to live with roomates. Where in the city will you be working? That will make a difference in where you should live.
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Old 02-15-2013, 03:20 PM
 
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With that amount forget Stamford.
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