Cheap Apartments in NYC: Cheap Options in an Expensive City

Studio, Upper East Side, $1,750

$1,750, Upper East Side

Fully renovated studio in Prime Lenox Hill/Midtown location. Just blocks to the 59th Street subways, this apartment is a must-see (...)
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Studio, Upper East Side, $1,875

$1,875, Upper East Side

SPACIOUS AND BRIGHT STUDIO APARTMENT SEPARATED KITCHEN HARDWOOD FLOORS HIGH CEILINGS IMMEDIATE MOVE IN
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Studio, Harlem, $1,350

$1,350, Harlem

+++UNDER PRICED+++ +++GOURMET KITCHEN, PLENTY OF CABINET SPACE WITH DISHWASHER+++ +++SPACIOUS STUDIO+++ +++BRIGHT PLENTY OF NA (...)
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Studio, Midtown East, $1,849

$1,849, Midtown East

IN THIS HIGH PEAK RENTALS SEASON,  THIS SPACIOUS STUDIO YOU CANNOT BEAT THE PRICE FOR THIS LOVELY STUDIO FEATURING AN EAT-IN-KITC (...)
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Studio, Upper West Side, $1,995

$1,995, Upper West Side

Amazingly upgraded studio in upperwest side area. All new appliances newly renovated everything!If this apartment is not exactly (...)
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Studio, Upper East Side, $1,795

$1,795, Upper East Side

NICELY RENOVATED KITCHEN WITH A BREAKFAST BAR SPACIOUS STUDIO PLENTY OF SPACE FOR YOUR FURNITURE LARGE WINDOW PLENTY OF NATURAL (...)
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Studio, Upper East Side, $1,825

$1,825, Upper East Side

JUST HIT THE MARKET! PRIME Upper East Side location on First Ave between 80s. This MASSIVE studio features XL living space, WINDO (...)
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Studio, East Village, $1,990

$1,990, East Village

Gorgeous 2 room studio apartment with hardwood floors lots of closet space, eat-in kitchen, full bathroom, and lots of natural su (...)
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Studio, Upper East Side, $1,795

$1,795, Upper East Side

$1795 Studio/1Ba Upper East Side Gem! hardwood floors, tile kitchen/bathroom, spacious and MORE!Apartment features great natural (...)
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4 agents listing apt.
Studio, Upper East Side, $1,795

$1,795, Upper East Side

Upper East Side, this sleek and chic neighborhood could be your new playground. This studio apartment nestled in between 1st and (...)
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Studio, Upper East Side, $1,849

$1,849, Upper East Side

Very spacious studio apartment with a separate kitchen with stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, high ceilings and large (...)
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3 agents listing apt.
Studio, Upper East Side, $1,900

$1,900, Upper East Side

Great pre-war apartment. There are also plenty of restaurants, stores, and services to meet your needs. Transportation is just a (...)
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Studio, Upper East Side, $1,950

$1,950, Upper East Side

Great pre-war apartment. There are also plenty of restaurants, stores, and services to meet your needs. Transportation is just a (...)
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2 agents listing apt.
Studio, Upper East Side, $1,900

$1,900, Upper East Side

WOWOWOWOW!!!!! Incredible Deal. This awesome studio features harwood floors, light filled space, plenty of closet space, updated (...)
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Studio, Upper East Side, $1,850

$1,850, Upper East Side

Charming pre-war building, located near the East River, as well as being situated near a school, a playground, and the IM Park. T (...)
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Studio, Upper East Side, $1,825

$1,825, Upper East Side

Charming pre-war building, located near the East River, as well as being situated near a school, a playground, and the IM Park. T (...)
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4 agents listing apt.
Studio, Upper East Side, $1,800

$1,800, Upper East Side

Adorable studio in a PRIME Upper East Side location, close to the subway. Nice newly renovated apartment with a great layout. H (...)
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Studio, Upper East Side, $1,850

$1,850, Upper East Side

This wonderful Upper East Side studio features an exposed brick wall and an open kitchen. Hardwood floors thorughout the apartmen (...)
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3 agents listing apt.
Studio, Upper West Side, $1,800

$1,800, Upper West Side

studio oversize windows stainless steel kitchen appliances fully tiled new bathroom
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Studio, Hell's Kitchen, $1,995

$1,995, Hell's Kitchen

This is a BRAND NEW BUILDING - BRAND NEW STUDIO - MIDTOWN WEST !! Call TODAY before someone else gets this.Includes everything yo (...)
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Studio, Upper East Side, $1,850

$1,850, Upper East Side

Charming pre-war building, located near the East River, as well as being situated near a school, a playground, and the IM Park. T (...)
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Studio, Upper East Side, $1,880

$1,880, Upper East Side

Charming pre-war building, located near the East River, as well as being situated near a school, a playground, and the IM Park. T (...)
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Studio, Upper East Side, $1,800

$1,800, Upper East Side

Charming pre-war building, located near the East River, as well as being situated near a school, a playground, and the IM Park. T (...)
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Studio, Hell's Kitchen, $1,900

$1,900, Hell's Kitchen

HOT spacious STUDIO in a FANTASTIC Hell's Kitchen doorman building. Newly renovated unit with lots of light, and high ceilings. (...)
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Studio, Hell's Kitchen, $1,950

$1,950, Hell's Kitchen

Gorgeous under market value studio in adorable gated elevator building, in the heart of Hell's Kitchen. This unit is flooded wit (...)
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Studio, Murray Hill, $2,000

$2,000, Murray Hill

Awesomely spacious studio in a great Murray Hill elevator building. Nicely renovated unit with hardwood floors, high ceilings, l (...)
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Studio, Upper East Side, $2,000

$2,000, Upper East Side

New to market STUDIO in an amazing Upper East Side location, around the corner from East Side express trains! Lovely, newly reno (...)
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Studio, Upper West Side, $1,995

$1,995, Upper West Side

Very high ceilings, walk in closets, decorative fireplace with exposed brick and living next to central park. If this sounds like (...)
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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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