The Big Apple is intimidating, what with the looming skyscrapers and race-walking residents that roam the streets below. Post-graduation, you may think New York City isn’t a place for former students. Finding an apartment for rent that’s not only affordable, but livable, and close to work and play is as daunting as landing your dream job.
But not so fast. Before you hightail it to the next train home, consider refining your search a bit. It all starts with the right neighborhood. Read on to learn about the top four NYC neighborhoods for college grads, and find out what they have to offer.

1. Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Greenpoint is just shy of Williamsburg on the Brooklyn hipster scale. A one-bedroom Greenpoint apartment starts at around $1,600, according to the New York Daily News’ survey of the neighborhood. Do residents enjoy easy access to most train lines for work commutes, including the G and the L. Best of all? You’ll be among friends and plenty of things to do.

Time Out Magazine reports, “Young, wealthy residents are moving into the neighborhood in droves: According to 2010 census data, the population of 30-year-olds in the area has doubled since 2000.” The demographic change has created quite a shift toward trendy bars and boutiques.

2. East Village, Manhattan

Is living in Manhattan is a must? Stick with the East Village. If you’re an NYU or Cooper Union grad, you won’t have to wander far to find an apartment. Rent in the East Village is approximately $1,650 for a person sharing a two bedroom apartment. It’s the perfect neighborhood for work and play because it’s local to most major NYC corporations.

Furthermore, New York Magazine calls the East Village, “The neighborhood with the highest concentration of bars in the city (if not the world).” What better way to wind down from a hard day at work?

3. Bushwick, Brooklyn

On average, Bushwick offers substantially cheaper rent than most Manhattan neighborhoods – an ideal distinction for a recent grad. Expect to pay around $1,500 ($3,000 total) for a two bedroom apartment with a roommate.
Are you drawn to Bushwick based on the cheaper rent, but concerned about the nightlife and the commute? Pick a spot close to the L train. The L runs straight to Williamsburg and downtown, offering a suitable shuttle to all the trendy bars and restaurants, as well as your cool Manhattan job.

4. Astoria, Queens

Astoria has morphed into an unexpectedly cozy place for Millennials. The New York Times reports,“Astoria has been rapidly gaining popularity with young professionals first lured across the river by Long Island City, its trendier and pricier next-door neighbor.” With beer gardens galore and a cultural melting pot of food, Astoria has a lot to offer in terms of entertainment. But that’s not all. It’s possible to find a one bedroom apartment in Astoria for around $1,600. The local economy isn’t so bad either, which makes it an excellent choice if you’re looking for a short commute.

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