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Old 11-13-2011, 05:03 PM
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Where are you coming from? Illinois
Why are you moving? Several reasons. Change of scenery, more opportunity, have always wanted to live near NYC, etc.
Where will you be working ? If NYC, what part of NYC? New Jersey

Will you buy or rent? Rent
What is your budget? 900-1,000 (with roommate - will be sharing a 1BR)
What kind of place are you looking for? Honestly? I just want a place that's not in a horrible neighborhood. I've researched New Jersey apartments for months, and I know that a budget of 900-1,000 will definitely limit my options (where I'm from, that price range would get you a great, multiple BR option). That being said, I'm only 23 and this will be my first apartment. I am not expecting to live in a mansion right off the bat. I'm low maintenance and appreciate the things I have.

Will anyone (spouse, children, pets) be moving with you? I will be sharing the apartment with a roommate who already lives in New Jersey.
Do you need/want good public schools? No.

Briefly describe the kind of neighborhood you'd like to live in
(examples: families with young children, young, mature, artsy, diverse, safe, close-knit, block parties, etc): As I said before, safety is definitely at the top of my list. Moving to a new place, I don't want to have to constantly worry about falling victim to XYZ crime. Being young myself, a young crowd would be nice, though, not imperative. I'm fairly mature for my age, so being around others who are, shall we say, less mature, isn't that important.

List three things that are important to you in order of importance.(examples: nightlife, outdoor activities, rural/urban, safety, downtown area, charming, new construction, proximity to XYZ, family oriented, easy parking, short commute, etc) Safety, easy parking (as I will have a roommate), and a variety of things to do. I am moving from a small town, so I'm looking to see/try/experience new things.

Any advice, town recommendations, suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I've never been to New Jersey, so all the information I know is what I research on the internet.
My main question is, with my limited budget, what areas would you recommend that I look at? As I said before, I have searched for months now, and gathered as much information as I can. It would be nice to hear from people who actually live in the area, though.

Also, to clarify, I am looking for an apartment in North Jersey.
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Old 11-15-2011, 11:11 AM
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Since your roommate already lives in NJ (though you didn't say where) and presuming your roommate has a job, it might also be presumed that you'll live near your roommate's job. If these presumptions are valid, then this will give you a starting point. If you'd like to share more details, I'm sure folks here will be more than willing to give you some feedback.

You did state you'd like to be in North Jersey. Well, that's half of the state. Some suggestions that have been made in the past are: Edison, Clifton, Hoboken, Passaic, Sayverville.

Let us know some more of your thoughts.
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Old 11-16-2011, 08:44 AM
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Sorry, roommate currently lives in Passaic County and goes to college in Bergen County, so that is the general area as far as current living situation, work, and school.
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Old 11-18-2011, 10:06 AM
Location: Clifton, NJ
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Check out Clifton. I'm in a pretty similar situation, 21, first apartment, sharing a 1br with a roommate and it costs us about $1000/mo. My neighborhood is very safe, it's a lot of senior citizens and families with children. I've been here since the beginning of September (I moved from a small town in South Jersey) and I love it.
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Old 11-18-2011, 10:08 AM
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Hackensack would be a good choice. Lots of apartments on Prospect. Close to Bergen CC. Buses and train to NYC...
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Old 11-18-2011, 03:34 PM
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Thanks guys. Re-checking the aforementioned towns.
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Old 11-19-2011, 09:34 PM
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Default Moving to NJ

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