Cheap Apartments in NYC: Cheap Options in an Expensive City

Studio, Clinton, $1,800

$1,800, Clinton

Great open layout studio apartment. Living area can accommodate for a full service center & bedroom furniture; sofa bed, cof (...)
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Studio, Upper East Side, $2,000

$2,000, Upper East Side

This apartment has a lot of Character! This gem features a separate kitchen and breakfast bar, exposed brick with a decorative f (...)
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4 agents listing apt.
Studio, Harlem, $1,500

$1,500, Harlem

Massive open layout newly renovated studio apartment. Bright room. The spacious living room / bedroom can easily accommodate for (...)
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Studio, East Harlem, $1,300

$1,300, East Harlem

Super spacious, sun-drenched Studio features new renovation, hardwood flooring, large windows, high ceilings, full separate kitch (...)
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Studio, 520 East  81st Street, Upper East Side, $2,000

$2,000, 520 East 81st Street

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This bright south facing studio is located on a beautiful tree lined street on E 81st Street right next to Carl Shurz Park. Apt (...)
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Studio, Upper East Side, $1,795

$1,795, Upper East Side

This beautiful studio in a great building near the fdr drive must be seenBesides electric and gas included in the rent its been r (...)
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Studio, Upper East Side, $1,895

$1,895, Upper East Side

Large sun filled studio over looking john jay park. Rent includes gas and electricThe apt offers strip wood flooring, recessed li (...)
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Studio, Upper East Side, $1,900

$1,900, Upper East Side

This beautiful studio has exposed bricks with a marble bathroom and a totally renovated kitchenThe building has its own laundry r (...)
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2 agents listing apt.
Studio, Upper East Side, $1,850

$1,850, Upper East Side

THIS RENOVATED STUDIO FEATURES BLEACH-PLANKED HARDWOOD FLOORS, RECESSED LIGHTING, GRANITE COUNTERTOPS, STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES (...)
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Studio, Sutton Place, $1,902

$1,902, Sutton Place

This apartment located on East 58th street features marble bathroom, hardwood floors, and a lovely granite kitchen with stainless (...)
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Studio, East Village, $1,948

$1,948, East Village

Best Deal on this East Village Studio apartment. This unit has gorgeous pre war details and has been renovated with a brand new k (...)
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Studio, Chelsea, $1,850

$1,850, Chelsea

A huge beautiful studio in between 1st ave and york ave with huge windows that lit up the room bright and worm. High ceiling and (...)
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Studio, Upper East Side, $1,850

$1,850, Upper East Side

BUILDING AMENITIES Package Room Laundry Room Gas Included Electric Included Live i (...)
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3 agents listing apt.
Studio, Upper East Side, $1,825

$1,825, Upper East Side

Walk-up building, eat-in kitchen, hardwood floors, tiled bath with full window, park, walkover, and pool near by, M 79 bus, Beaut (...)
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2 agents listing apt.
Studio, Upper East Side, $1,850

$1,850, Upper East Side

Open plan kitchen / living room with stainless steel appliances and breakfast bar. Separate area perfect for desk. Full windowed (...)
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6 agents listing apt.
Studio, 251 West 98 Street, Upper West Side, $1,900

$1,900, 251 West 98 Street

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http://barskayagroup.com/listing/10493 Well maintained pre-wat Condominium, Elevator, Laundry room, Video Intercom APARTM (...)
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Studio, 348 East 110th Street, East Harlem, $1,595

$1,595, 348 East 110th Street

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Please pardon the appearance of the apartment - new photos will come soonStudio, large windows, brand new full kitchen appliances (...)
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Studio, 116 West 131st Street, Harlem, $1,600

$1,600, 116 West 131st Street

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Welcome Home to Central Harlem! Superb studio with newly polished floors, high ceilings, and south-facing sunlight. A large, priv (...)
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Studio, 347 West 55th Street, Clinton, $1,950

$1,950, 347 West 55th Street

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BACK ON THE MARKET WITH REDUCED PRICED ------------- RENT STABILIZED --- RENOVATED STUDIO. The apartment has high ceilings, a r (...)
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Studio, 404 E 88th St, Upper East Side, $1,995

$1,995, 404 E 88th St

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This apartment is located in a beautifully renovated seven story elevator building on East 88th Street. Just steps from Carl Schu (...)
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Studio, Upper East Side, $1,600

$1,600, Upper East Side

*** LOW FEE *** Upper East Side Studio Apartment! Located in the 60s. Area surrounded by shopping, restaurants, and transportatio (...)
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Studio, Upper West Side, $2,000

$2,000, Upper West Side

Nice studio in an elevator building. Marble kitchen with stainless steel appliances with microwave and dishwasher. Tiled bathroom (...)
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Studio, East Village, $1,850

$1,850, East Village

Spacious studio in the East Village. New kitchen features stainless steel appliances with dishwasher and microwave. Decorative fi (...)
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Studio, Roosevelt Island, $1,950

$1,950, Roosevelt Island

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Elevator, voice Intercom, tiled kitchen, patio, laundry in building, heat, hot water, gas and all electric included. Near river w (...)
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Studio, East Harlem, $1,400

$1,400, East Harlem

COZY STUDIO * BRIGHT * RENOVATED KITCHEN & BATHROOM * HARDWOOD * CLOSE TO TRAIN AND PARKS * $1,400 * EAST HARLEMStudio/1Bathr (...)
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5 agents listing apt.
Studio, Lower East Side, $1,995
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2 agents listing apt.
If you have a neighborhood that you really want to live in but just can't afford, one easy way to find cheap apartments in NYC is to look in nearby neighborhoods that are somewhat less desirable but offer apartments at a significant discount. Here are a few examples:

Expensive:Greenwich Village apartments
Alternative/cheap: East Village apartments
Comments: If you want to live in the Greenwich Village area, the East Village is the cheapest neighborhood. It is a bit grungy, further from trains and louder in the evening. Alternatively, this means it has more cool bars and restaurants and a younger vibe.

Expensive: Tribeca apartments
Alternative/cheap: Battery Park City apartments
Comments: Battery Park lacks the charm of Tribeca but offers great views of the Hudson River, more park space and full service buildings. Plus, Tribeca is only a short walk away. This is a great alternative for cheap apartments in NYC.

Expensive: Park Slope apartments
Alternative/cheap: Park Slope South apartments, Prospect Heights apartments
Comments: Park Slope South has great access to the stores and restaurants of 5th and 7th Avenues, but at a lower price than Park Slope as often defined by the 321 school district. If you aren't looking to send kids there, you should think about living just outside of it where you get the benefits of the neighborhood with a little bit less cost. Also, if you want to live north of Union Street, this is also a great neighborhood outside of the 321 school district.

Expensive: Upper East Side apartments, Midtown apartments, Midtown East apartments
Alternative/cheap: Roosevelt Island apartments
Comments: Roosevelt Island is the landmass between Manhattan and Queens in the middle of the East River. Renters can access Manhattan via the subway (F Train), Tram, or car, although it is a long ride from Queens into Manhattan). While a bit removed from Manhattan, Roosevelt Island is a great to find for those adamant about searching cheap apartments in NYC. For those that haven't been to Roosevelt Island, it has the newly built feel of Battery Park City.
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