It’s something of a cliché that there’s nowhere else in the world like New York. And it’s true. It’s one of the most iconic cities in the world and many people dream of moving there. Thing is though you can’t have the good without the bad. New York can be a tough place to live. Not everyone can hack it. But for those who can, it can be a heck of a place to live. If you dream of one day making a life in NYC, it’s important that you keep your expectations in proportion. There are pros and cons to living here so weight them carefully before you start looking for an apartment.

Pros

  • The Food is amazing – Hands down. The food is one of the best things about living in NYC. The diversity of it means there’s always something there for someone. Whether it’s the Neapolitan pizza at Motorino Pizza in East Village, the Black Label Burger in Minetta Tavern, the ramen noodles in Ivan Ramen or just one of those monster cookies at LeVain Bakery you’re sure to find many things to love.
  • There’s always something to do – People move to New York to find something new. There’s always something to do, even just walking through Lower Manhattan which always has surprises in store. There are museums to almost everything, most of which offer student discounts. And let’s not forget shows on Broadway, the bustling nightlife in East village or the numerous annual events held every year.
  • You don’t have to drive anywhere – You sure can if you want to but why go through the stress. The subway can take you all over the city and a taxi or Uber is never far away. It’s also easy to walk everywhere and it’s when walking that you learn what the city is all about.
  • There are plenty of career opportunities – Whatever your career path, you’ll find endless opportunities in NYC. This is the place to come if you’re looking to make a career in finance, fashion, modeling, advertising, PR, and marketing.

Cons

  • It’s an expensive place to live – renting and buying an apartment is pricy and that goes for a lot of things in NYC. Whether it’s the morning coffee, taxi ride or evening meal, the cost of living in NYC can eat up your funds fast. it’s always money, money, money.
  • There’s a serious lack of quiet and personal space – NYC can be very noisy with aggressive traffic and personal space is something of a premium. For new arrivals, it can take a while to get used to so be ready for the subways during rush hour, the crowded streets and be sharing living space with people.
  • It can be draining – You’ll need a thick skin to live in New York. New Yorker’s have a reputation for being rude and aggressive. The sheer act of living there absorbs your energy as you’re always walking somewhere, being aware of your surroundings and working most of the day. If you don’t learn how to deal with the stress or develop a thick skin, you won’t make it.
  • The winters are cold – While the summers can be hot and humid, the winters are bitterly cold. Also, rain and the city don’t go well together so if you see dark clouds on the horizon make sure to bring that umbrella.

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