Finding a Home
With diverse and unique neighborhoods throughout the city, you should take your time to look around and find a neighborhood that feels right for you. Consider how close it is to your school, public transportation, necessities like grocers, laundromats, parks, and cultural attractions.
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 sublets and other housing opportunities.
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: $900 - $2,000 per month, depending on neighborhood.
- Shared: $800 - $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
Buying an Apartment
If you are certified in math, science, special education, or bilingual education and have two years of full-time teaching experience, you likely qualify for our Housing Support incentive program.