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Old 04-16-2015, 12:45 PM
 
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Check out Wilmington DE, specifically the North Wilmington area just across the river from downtown Wilmington. Wilmington is a small city but has a decent bus system, taxis and easy access to NYC via Amtrak or even SEPTA to NJ Transit connections which while longer are a good bit cheaper. There's also BoltBus or MegaBus service out of Philly's 30th Street Station (easily accessible via train from Wilmington) with frequent very inexpensive service to NYC (around $13). You'll find a good selection of desirable apartments around $800 a month as well. Wilmington does have a high crime rate but it's largely isolated to southside neighborhoods you'll not want to spend any time in or have reason to go to.
Good one, kyle and another Delaware community that may work is Newark. It is a college town, but generally such communities offer quite a bit for their size. It is 131 miles from NYC.
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Old 04-16-2015, 07:00 PM
 
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Maybe Hartford, CT?

Honestly, if that's your budget then I would just recommend renting a nice room and having a house share. It could be really fun
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Old 04-17-2015, 01:24 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Try the less expensive areas of Philadelphia. It's better than New York's outer boroughs or Jersey suburbs for a fraction of the price and fewer undesirable elements.
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Old 04-17-2015, 05:37 AM
 
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Try the less expensive areas of Philadelphia. It's better than New York's outer boroughs or Jersey suburbs for a fraction of the price and fewer undesirable elements.
The undesirables in Killadelphia are 10x worse than the undesirables in NYC. I would definitely not recommend the less-expensive areas of Philly

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Old 04-17-2015, 05:41 AM
 
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Try the less expensive areas of Philadelphia. It's better than New York's outer boroughs or Jersey suburbs for a fraction of the price and fewer undesirable elements.
You are kidding, right? Fewer undesirables than the Jersey suburbs of NYC in the less expensive areas of Philly....
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Old 04-17-2015, 02:34 PM
 
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Like what was mentioned before look into Hartford, Connecticut. It has many downtown apartments. There are probably close to a thousand being built and about to be completed right now. There's Union Train Station in downtown Hartford that brings you almost everywhere. Hartford has all of the things youve mentioned but there are some issues. Unfortunately every area around NYC is expensive. The Northeast is expensive and there's no way to dodge that. The COL in Connecticut is considerably high. Its not as high as NYC though. If you drive then i wouldnt recommend Hartford itself because car tax is extremely high. Look into the suburbs. West Hartford, Newington and Farmington are pretty good choices. They just built a $540,000,000 busway from New Britain to Hartford. Its quite impressive actually. Grocery prices aren't too high. Housing is still expensive but it lowered a few percent over the past couple of years. Its 2 and a half hours from NYC so thats a con. If youre commuting to NYC from Hartford, it's not worth it at all. Too long and too much traffic. I dont even think thats an option. If commuting is a big deal then look into Norwalk, CT or East Haven, CT. All are within an hour and a half from NYC. Again, high COL is gonna hit you regardless if youre north, south, and east of NYC. If you dont find that CT isn't a good option for you then look down south. South Jersey and Wilmington, DE are good choices as well.
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Old 04-17-2015, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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Poughkeepsie ( and more specifically the village areas to the north, RedHook, Rhinebeck, Hyde Park)
All the amenities of a large city neighborhood, without the hassles. Most of these villages are walkable (no need for buses or taxis) and the train from Poughkeepsie to NYC takes less than 2 hours.
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