New York, the United States

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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 24, 2021

Summary: New York, United States: Everything you need to know about living in New York, United States: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

Is the cost of living in New York high?

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We asked people about the cost of living in New York, they wrote:

"The cost of living in New York City varies widely. I lived in the city with roomates after college, ate out often (but always cheaply) and it didn't break the bank. But, an expat family whose kids need to go to a bi-lingual school, may find that the cost of living can quickly get out of hand. Affordable NYC rents are as low as $1,900 for a basic studio on the Lower East Side to $4,800 for a "cozy" 2-bedroom on the Upper West Side with a small patio. Of course, if you're company has given you a higher housing allowance or you're not on a tight budget, you can spend, spend, spend. Groceries are affordable (they are not much higher than groceries in other places in the US) and restaurant prices are all over the map -- with many cheap but delicious meals to be had. Currently the cost of a subway or bus ride is $2.75 and cars are not needed in NYC (in fact, in many neighborhoods, locals would tell you that having a car is a hassle). And, of course, healthcare can be a huge expense in New York (this is a universal problem in the United States). ," explained one expat living in New York.

Why do people move to New York?

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When we asked people why foreigners move to New York, they responded:

" New York City is inarguably the most fast-paced city in the United States. Los Angeles often fights for the US title of biggest and best, but the two cities really don't need to compete. They're two completely different worlds with opposite climates, urban density vs. urban sprawl, Hollywood vs. Wall Street, etc. New York's energy is infectious and its diversity is impressive -- and, in my opinion, those are the main reasons that so many people love this city. That being said, the city is not always an easy place to live -- the high cost of living, dreary winter weather (which sometimes lasts through much of spring) and non-stop, run-you-over attitude of some New Yorkers can wear you down. New York is made up of five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island and Queens. Every neighborhood in each of the 5 boroughs has its own unique vibe. Spend the morning in the West Village (Manhattan), the afternoon in Fordham (the Bronx) and the evening in Williamsburg (Brooklyn) and you'll understand. Expats find themselves landing in New York for different reasons. Many people come to New York City to study at one of the cities many universities (New York University (NYU), Fordham University, Brooklyn College, Columbia University, Julliard, Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), Cooper Union and the list goes on. Others move to NYC for career opportunities and job transfers. The financial, fashion and publishing industries are based in New York. And, many of the largest corporations in the US are headquartered or have offices here as well. Additionally, there are jobs in healthcare, IT, hotel industry, restaurants, education, visual arts, theater, TV and film and many other industries. ," remarked another expat in New York.

What do I need to know about living in New York?

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When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to New York, they said:

"Be patient, don't get overwhelmed. Learn the subway system. Use Hopstop. Call 311 for all kinds of advice on city services, directions, complaints. Police is 911. Ask other New Yorkers...everyone loves to give advice! Can be very friendly, especially Brooklyn," explained one expat living in New York.

"Don't do it! Its a horrible city, one big concrete jungle (exception in a city of c.8m people is Central Park which is grotty and dangerous). People are aggressive, although you get used to that. Overall, only reason to come here is to make money," said another expat in New York.

How do I meet people in New York?

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When we asked people living in New York about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:

"Church groups, Choirs, Volunteer organizations, Bars, cafes, library. So many options to choose," said another person in New York.

Will I be able to find a job in New York?

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When we asked people about industries and career opportunities in New York, they reponded:

"Internet, networking to find jobs. All types of wrk available...tech, financial, teaching, hotels, restaurants, etc," remarked another in New York.

"Too many to list, but main ones are publishing, finance (Wall St), fashion, advertising (Madison Ave), retail, tourism," explained one expat.

What are the schools in New York like?

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"I would 100% recommend the British School for International or British people looking for a great place to send their kids. It is so welcoming and pleasant, and I know my daughter has grown leaps and bounds since we have been here," explained one expat living in New York, US.

"We moved to New York in February with a five year old and an eight year old, and this was the only Private School that would consider taking both our children. The rest had long waiting lists and required you to pass the ERB (NY Educational Records Bureau) a year before. ARS was the most flexible in listening to our situation and trying to accomodate us. If you are moving to New York from the UK we would recommend considering ARS," said another parent with children at Alexander Robertson School in New York.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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