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Old 06-03-2016, 05:37 PM
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We're in the very early planning stages of making the move to NJ, all the way from Australia. I searched around some other threads to see if similar advice had been given, but couldn't find much that didn't involve recommendations including school districts. I hope the below isn't too broad, and would appreciate any insights or opinions. This is our situation:

>BF and I are both 35, and plan on not having children, so quality of schools is not important.
>I work in finance, BF is hoping to attend Rutgers in New Brunswick.
>We'd like to keep our commutes as low as possible, but realise any finance related job I might find may be a reasonable distance from New Brunswick (or is that a wrong assumption to make?), and so something in between the college and business districts of either NJ or NY would be ideal. I've been commuting 1.5 hours one way door to door for almost 13 years now, and would like to improve on that.
>Looking to rent for a few years. For the first year we'll probably get a one bedroom apartment so we're not putting ourselves under extra financial stress. Once we've got some experience with the cost of living, we'll likely move to something bigger.
>And continuing on the keeping expenses down theme, we'd like to be able to get by without a car for at least the first year. So, being close to public transport and shopping will be important.
>We'd like to be able to keep the rent budget to under $1500 a month for the first year, if possible, without compromising too much on quality and safety of the area we live in.

Thank you in advance!
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Old 06-03-2016, 07:45 PM
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Finance related jobs are concentrated in Manhattan and Jersey City, so a town with a train station between New Brunswick and Newark (including New Brunswick itself) will likely be your best bet; Midtown Manhattan can be reached directly and Jersey City and downtown Manhattan with one transfer. There's several towns there that are quite different in character.
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Old 06-03-2016, 09:01 PM
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Jersey City (best commute for you, might be tough with budget), New Brunswick (best commute for him, probably approaching 1.5 hr for you) and Rahway (in between) were the first 3 places that came to mind.

Without a car JC is by far the best place to be irrespective of commutes.
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