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Old 11-02-2009, 03:04 PM
 
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Hi there,

I'm thinking about moving to New York and my job would be located at 55th and Madison.
The question is where to find the cheapest room (preferably furnished and access to bath/kitchen) as close to work as possible.

Are the mass room rental sites littered on craigslist legitimate? Or not worth my time?

My next question is how to find roommates or if it's appropriate to ask around for rooms for rent on this particular website.

Thanks!
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Old 11-02-2009, 04:55 PM
 
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I would steer clear of Craigs List --- way too many scammers on there.
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Old 11-03-2009, 08:10 AM
 
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Craigslist is great for roommates, it's the stand-alone apartments that are sketchy.

If you do get a roommate through Craigslist, I've personally done it three times, it's a very quick thing. You have to be already in the city because the apartments move fast. I usually sent an email, had an answer within and day, met the potential roommate, and if we clicked, moved in a few days later.

In a city like Minneapolis, for example, people would plan their moves months in advance. It was very hard to find an apartment without 3 months notice there. New York is completely different. People move all the time. People lose roommates for all sorts of reasons and have to find a quick replacement.

The trick is don't bring a lot of stuff with you initially. Just clothes and a laptop if possible. If it doesn't work out, you can move on without much fuss.
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Old 11-03-2009, 03:37 PM
 
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So it sounds like anything with a company or multi-room offer situation is to be avoided on Craigslist. I'll just have to wade thru the junk then.

Thanks!
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