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Old 10-24-2011, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Hi, first time poster on these forums. I just wanted to get some input from some of you. I'm 25 years old, currently living in Western Canada, and I'm looking at moving to NJ to attend university in NYC for my Master's degree. I'm moving either next summer or within two years, tops. Ideally I'd move to NYC, but I have concerns over the cost of living there, as well as the price of rent. Thus I would prefer to live in an urbanized environment with good transportation to NYC.

So far, I'm really interested in moving into a studio or 1-bedroom apartment in northern Hudson County, north of Jersey City and east of Newark. I have an ex-girlfriend who I'm still good friends with, and she used to live in Weehawken. I've visited her there before, and judging from personal experience, Weehawken (and the parts of Union City I also visited) seemed lively and nice. Hoboken was very appealing too, but from what I hear, the rent there is just as expensive as it is in NYC now.

I'm also Latino in ethnicity, specifically Salvadoran, so the Hispanic nature of the area is also attractive to me.

I just have a few questions I'm hoping some of you would be able to address:

1) Are there any areas of North Hudson that I should avoid due to crime? I'm used to life in the city, so I'm not too worried about crime, but I wouldn't want to live in an area that's known to be notorious for its drug dealers, gangs, muggings, break-ins, etc.

2) Are there any communities that are known for cheap rent in North Hudson? I'm not willing to pay more than $1500 per month in rent, especially since I'm only looking at renting a studio/1-bedroom apartment. From what I've seen so far, Weehawken and Guttenberg are cheap, along with some places in Union City and North Bergen, but you guys probably know better than I do on the subject.

3) How are employment prospects in the area? I plan to attend university, most likely CUNY, so I'd like at least a part-time job in the area to help cover living expenses and/or tuition. I plan to have quite a bit of money saved up by then, but still, a part-time job would help a lot.

4) If you're totally against me moving to Hudson County, do you recommend any other places in NJ or NY where I should live?

Thanks in advance for your help, hopefully I get some solid advice on this.

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Old 10-24-2011, 03:14 PM
 
Location: North Bergen,NJ
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The nicest and safest place would be Weehawken. Car break ins and a lot of other petty and some serious crime happens in Union City and West New York. You could also look into North Bergen but make sure its the upper half, the lower half falls into the same catagory as West New York and Union City.
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Old 10-24-2011, 03:18 PM
 
Location: North Bergen,NJ
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FYI I should clarify West New York and Union City are not that dangerous just not in the same league of "niceness" as Weehawken and defenitly not Hoboken.
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Old 10-24-2011, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Thanks, cf77. Yeah, my ex-girlfriend warned me that Union City can be pretty "ghetto" in terms of appearance or demeanor, but I'm not too concerned about it. From what I know, it's still much better in terms of safety than some parts of JC or Newark.

Weehawken seems to be my top choice so far, as it's also the area of Hudson County I'm most familiar with. I just worry that by the time I'm able to move down there, I won't find any affordable place to rent (since some areas of it seem to be pretty affluent, especially right along the waterfront.)

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Old 10-24-2011, 03:45 PM
 
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Hoboken and the Newport and Paulus Hook sections of Jersey City are the most expensive and desirable. Weehawken also.

The only parts that I would intentionally avoid would be sections of Jersey City.

Union City and North Bergen are largely hispanic and Spanish speaking, which can be a pro or con depending on your language/culture preferences.

The rest of Hudson County is mostly working class families. No super dangerous areas, and besides Hoboken, Newport, Paulus Hook, Weehawken etc, nothing super posh.

I'd imagine for $1,500 you could get a studio in any of these places. Maybe not Newport.
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Old 10-24-2011, 05:15 PM
 
Location: North Bergen,NJ
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Thanks, cf77. Yeah, my ex-girlfriend warned me that Union City can be pretty "ghetto" in terms of appearance or demeanor, but I'm not too concerned about it. From what I know, it's still much better in terms of safety than some parts of JC or Newark.
This is right on the money. As far as finding a place, I think you'll be able to find something that fits your budget in Weehawken just takes some searching time. Also don't rule out WNY and Union City . The parts closer to the water tend to be the better safer parts. Good luck
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