Living in New York City

Finding a Home

With a diverse range of neighborhoods throughout the city, it's important to look around and find a neighborhood that feels right for you. While searching, consider factors such as proximity to your school, public transportation, necessities like grocers, laundromats, parks, and cultural attractions.

Temporary Housing

When you first move to New York City, you might consider temporary housing to help you get settled and learn more about the neighborhoods where you'll be  teaching and living. If staying with friends or family is not an option, websites such as Craigslist often list available short-term sublets and other housing opportunities.

Housing Costs

The cost of housing varies greatly throughout the city. You could easily spend much more than the following ranges depending on the neighborhood you choose, but these average amounts should give you an idea of what many teachers find.

  • Single: $1,100 - $2,200 per month, depending on neighborhood.
  • Shared: $750 - $1,500 per month, depending on neighborhood.

Finding an Apartment

Finding an apartment in the city often takes some time and dedication. When you’re ready to begin your search, check out the City’s ten tips for finding an apartment. Landlords often require specific documentation before they’ll rent an apartment to you, so be prepared with the following:

  • Letter of employment
  • Bank statements for your checking and savings accounts
  • Funds for a partial deposit and/or credit check fee
  • Contact information for previous landlords and references
  • Tax returns and recent pay stubs (be prepared to prove your income for the previous 12-16 months)
  • Money to cover two month’s rent (first month and security deposit) and if you use a broker, enough to pay the fee