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Old 12-04-2012, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Oxnard, CA
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I'm a twenty one year old female who is looking to move to New York in the fall of 2013, given, of course, that I am accepted to one of the many universities I'm applying to. I come from a suburban area north of LA that is known for its crime rate and gang violence, so I'm not naive. I know how to exercise common sense and how to keep my wits about me. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm not some starry-eyed girl from the middle of nowheresville who has no idea about the dangers of living in a city. I expect that everywhere is going to have its good parts and bad parts.

This is my question. I'm applying to NYU and Eugene Lang in Manhattan, and Brooklyn College and Pratt in Brooklyn. I would love to attend NYU or Lang, but all I have heard about these areas is how EXPENSIVE they are! Not to mention the tuition seems to be pretty high, even with the help of financial aid. Pratt also seems to have high tuition, but I'm thinking that the living costs might be lower because it's in Brooklyn. Brooklyn College is the most affordable option, and seems to be my best bet right now.


So I have a few questions. Are there any reasonably priced (and reasonably safe) areas to live around Lang and NYU? I am willing to commute, but I would be new to the city and I would prefer something that has an easy commute. What areas with the aforementioned features are there around Pratt and BC? For me, price and safety, as well as a short and easy commute are more important to me than how hip the place is. But for a 21-year old college student who is new to NYC, it would help a bit if it had a good scene for young people.

Last, what do you think is the best option for a new-to-the-city journalism student? Brooklyn or Manhattan? I feel that the most ideal is Manhattan, but I'm not a trust fund kid with tons of money to throw around. Hope you guys can give me some insight, since I don't know much about the city at all, and to be honest, I'm a little intimidated and extremely confused!
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:06 PM
 
Location: New York State
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NYU area is safe. Great college and friendly neighborhood.
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NYC
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In short; you'd have to decide which school would fit best for you. We can only give opinions from our perspectives which may not be the case for you. Meaning it'll be pointless for us to help in that category.

As far as the whole affordable/lower cost Brooklyn thing goes. . . Tell us your budget and then we could discuss from there. I highly doubt the areas you'd like in Brooklyn would be doable without a roommate or 2, or if you'd even be able to do that. Lol.

Brooklyn Is the Second Most Expensive Place to Live in the U.S. | Observer
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Oxnard, CA
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In short; you'd have to decide which school would fit best for you. We can only give opinions from our perspectives which may not be the case for you. Meaning it'll be pointless for us to help in that category.

As far as the whole affordable/lower cost Brooklyn thing goes. . . Tell us your budget and then we could discuss from there. I highly doubt the areas you'd like in Brooklyn would be doable without a roommate or 2, or if you'd even be able to do that. Lol.

Brooklyn Is the Second Most Expensive Place to Live in the U.S. | Observer



Ok I'm going to sound pretty dumb right now, because this is the first time I would have ever lived away from home and my parents are going to be helping me out a lot with this...so...I'm not really exactly sure what my price range is. I know that $1000 is really expensive, and $500-600 is doable...so I'm going to say I would be willing to go up to $800. I know I'll be paying some as well, and I'll have to hold a job through college. Taking on a room mate is fine, I actually expected that would be the case. I guess I haven't really done my research when it comes to how much rent is around these colleges, I have just heard that the area around NYU and Lang are some of the most expensive in the country, and that scares the crap out of me!!!
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:50 PM
 
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No, you will not be able to have your own room around nyu for 800. I don't even think you will be able to find a studio to rent that is suitable for 2 beds for 1600 in that neighborhood. Also, you will likely have to pay a brokers fee which will cost you at least one months rent.
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Upper East, NY
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How come you didn't mention 2 of the top 10 graduate schools of journalism- CUNY and Columbia?

and you don't have to live near the schools- tons of money-lacking grad students live a long subway ride away
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:07 PM
 
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Is the OP a graduate or undergraduate student? If an undergrad, might as well stay at the dorm in NYU. They are quite nice
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