Cheap Apartments in NYC: Cheap Options in an Expensive City

Studio, Upper West Side, $1,870

$1,870, Upper West Side

Bright and spacious studio has renovated bath and separate kitchen w dishwasher, and is wonderfully located just ONE BLOCK from C (...)
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Studio, Hell's Kitchen, $1,830

$1,830, Hell's Kitchen

Specious Great Studio , Hardwood Floors, Great Kitchen , Good Closet Space , Bright , Very Clean. Steps from Subway from Time Sq (...)
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Studio, Clinton, $1,750

$1,750, Clinton

White kitchen cabinets, Subway tiled bathroomPre-war elevator buildingPrivate landscaped gardenCLOSE to Times Square, Broadway an (...)
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Verified listing
31 agents listing apt.
Studio, Upper East Side, $1,950

$1,950, Upper East Side

BEAUTIFUL studio in the heart of LENOX HILL !JUST RENOVATED ! Pets Allowed, Elevator, Laundry in Building, Live-in Super, Heat/H (...)
Studio
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3 agents listing apt.
Studio, 531 East 13th Street, East Village, $1,795

$1,795, East Village

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Spacious East Village Studio Apartment! Live On Charming East 13th Street! Bright Top Floor Apartment, Hardwood Floors, Very High (...)
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Studio, Hamilton Heights, $1,325

$1,325, Hamilton Heights

WELCOME TO THE UPTOWN BOOGIE DOWN! Call today to see this amazing apartment, I have access to everything listed by Bohemia and w (...)
Studio
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Studio, Upper East Side, $1,925

$1,925, Upper East Side

FABULOUS Studio in UES with beautiful street views through Bay Window . Hardwood floors throughout, Air Conditioning, Pre War el (...)
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12 agents listing apt.
Studio, Upper West Side, $1,995
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4 agents listing apt.
Studio, Upper East Side, $1,850

$1,850, Upper East Side

2 room studio. pictures are real. 81st street between york and east end avenue. 1 flight walk up. apartments get good (...)
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2 agents listing apt.
Studio, Upper East Side, $2,000

$2,000, Upper East Side

Massive and Gorgeous Studio w/a Prime Upper East Side Location, steps from the 4/5/6 Trains ~ Expansive Living Space, All New Kit (...)
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Studio, Upper East Side, $1,700

$1,700, Upper East Side

Large Alcove Studio * High Ceilings, Pristine Plan Wood Floors * Sunlight Drenched from Oversized Windows * Beautiful UES Locatio (...)
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Studio, Upper East Side, $1,900

$1,900, Upper East Side

No fee
Fantastic StudioNewly RenovatedGreat LocationAll apartments are newly renovated featuring: bleached-plank hardwood floors, recess (...)
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Studio, East Harlem, $1,650

$1,650, East Harlem

FANTASTIC STUDIONEWLY RENOVATED WITH CONDO-STYLE FINISHESAPARTMENT FEATURES-HARDWOOD FLOORS, GRANITE COUNTERTOPS, CUSTOM CABINETS (...)
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Verified listing
2 agents listing apt.
Studio, Harlem, $1,550

$1,550, Harlem

OVERSIZED STUDIOIN 24/7 LUXURY DOORMAN BUILDINGNEWLY RENOVATED APARTMENTS FEATURE CONDO-STYLE FINISHESHARDWOOD FLOORSGRANITE COUN (...)
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~ 1 Hour since update
2 agents listing apt.
Studio, Washington Heights, $1,400

$1,400, Washington Heights

This lovely studio apartment is only one block away from the subway (1 train). It is in Pre-War elevator building and has lots of (...)
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Verified listing
2 agents listing apt.
Studio, 526 E.85th, Upper East Side, $1,695

$1,695, Upper East Side

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UNBELIEVABLE DEAL! Beautiful street facing studio, hi ceilings, hardwood floors and exposed white brick. Sunny room has a corner (...)
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Studio, Upper West Side, $2,000

$2,000, Upper West Side

This beautiful sun drenched UWS studio apartment features gleaming hardwood floors, exposed brick,
Studio
~ 14 Hours since update
2 agents listing apt.
Studio, Upper East Side, $1,550

$1,550, Upper East Side

Huge 2 room studio with a very spacious living area, a separate large Eat-In Kitchen, big closets, exposed brick walls, a ceiling (...)
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Studio, Washington Heights, $1,800
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3 agents listing apt.
Studio, Upper East Side, $1,950

$1,950, Upper East Side

This building is the quintessential Upper East Side residence. From your elegantly appointed home, you are steps from the best of (...)
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Studio, Upper East Side, $1,925

$1,925, Upper East Side

This building is the quintessential Upper East Side residence. From your elegantly appointed home, you are steps from the best of (...)
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Studio, Upper East Side, $1,885

$1,885, Upper East Side

This building is the quintessential Upper East Side residence. From your elegantly appointed home, you are steps from the best of (...)
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Studio, Upper East Side, $1,875

$1,875, Upper East Side

This building is the quintessential Upper East Side residence. From your elegantly appointed home, you are steps from the best of (...)
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~ 17 Hours since update
Studio, Upper East Side, $1,850

$1,850, Upper East Side

This building is the quintessential Upper East Side residence. From your elegantly appointed home, you are steps from the best of (...)
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~ 17 Hours since update
Studio, Upper East Side, $1,825
Studio
~ 17 Hours since update
Verified listing
2 agents listing apt.
Studio, Upper East Side, $1,800

$1,800, Upper East Side

This apartment is situated in a luxury elevator building with redone lobby. Huge bright and airy studio with a private balcony, s (...)
Studio
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Studio, Upper East Side, $1,900

$1,900, Upper East Side

No fee
This apartment is situated in a luxury elevator building with laundry and live-in super. Brand new kitchen with granite counterto (...)
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~ 17 Hours since update
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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