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381 Cheap Apartments for rent in New York, NY

Finding cheap apartments in New York takes some ingenuity and effort, as well as quick action. Before you head out on your search, bring along pay stubs, bank statements, letter... Read Guide >
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The Heritage by Common
335 Madison Avenue, Suite 6A
New York, NY | East Harlem
Studio
$1,286
5 Bedrooms
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Last updated July 27 at 9:07 AM
At The Heritage by Common, Harlem is your neighborhood and Central Park, only a block away, is your backyard. Take a morning stroll, host a weekend picnic, or explore the park’s unique features, like the Harlem Meer or Lasker Rink, which offer seasonal ice skating or swimming, or the Conservatory Garden, a lush and vibrant formal garden perfect for a romantic afternoon. If nature’s not your thing, The Heritage by Common is only blocks away from some of Harlem’s cultural institutions like El Museo de Barrio and the Museum of the City of New York. You’re also nearby delicious restaurants like Seasoned Vegan, Maxwell’s Central Park, and Amy & Ruth’s, a local favorite well-known for serving up some of the city’s best soul food.
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Gracie Court
920 Riverside Dr
New York, NY | Washington Heights
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1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,800
Last updated July 26 at 11:04 PM
Excellent location, just steps from the Hudson River and Fort Washington Park. Building has on-site laundry, parking, and elevator. Units include refrigerator, bathtub, oven, and range.
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Common Clark
125 W 138th St
New York, NY | Harlem
Studio
$1,117
4 Bedrooms
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Last updated July 27 at 9:05 AM
Everything you need at your fingertips and right outside your door. Living in Common means comfort, convenience, and value. Access to first-rate amenities and services mean you save every month over a traditional studio apartment. From spontaneous get-togethers with your suitemates to curated events, Common makes it easy to build friendships and discover the best the city has to offer. Your laundry, utilities, household essentials, professional cleanings, and WiFi are covered under one all-inclusive rate. Say goodbye to last-minute runs to the store, fighting with your roommates about who cleaned last, and hours spent at the laundromat. Common Clark provides easy access to everything thats great about New York City. The subway at 135th st is only 10 minutes away from Central Park, and the 2, 3, and C lines offer express routes into downtown Manhattan. If youre looking for a quick escape, hop on the MetroNorth for a weekend trip to the citys surrounding peaceful New York and Connecticut towns. If youd rather stay uptown, you can walk through Harlem and find countless cultural, artistic, religious, and education landmarks. St. Nicholas Park and the Riverside Park are also nearby for a nice run or just a breathtaking view.
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The River Cliff
628 West 151 Street
New York, NY | Harlem
1 Bedroom
$1,800
2 Bedrooms
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3 Bedrooms
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Last updated July 23 at 9:04 AM
Building has pristine lobby, bronze statues, and elegant decor. Units feature hardwood floors, spacious kitchens, and tons of sunlight. Located just minutes from the one-train and the River Cliff.
1 Unit Available
263 West 70th Street
263 West 70th Street
New York, NY | Upper West Side
Studio
$1,775
300 sqft
Last updated July 27 at 5:38 PM
Lincoln CenterPrime Location Lovely Cozy Studio located 1st floor Decorative fire place separate kitchen and bath
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251 West 93rd Street
251 West 93rd Street
New York, NY | Upper West Side
Studio
$1,700
300 sqft
Last updated July 27 at 5:38 PM
We are offering for rent a nice and cozy studio on the Upper West Side. The apartment has been just renovated and it looks very nice and clean. The apartment is offering a high ceilings, hardwood floor and Southern exposure. The apartment is conveniently located, just a few steps to the subway station to 1, 2 and 3 trains; it is a short walk to Central Park or Riverside Park. This is a great price. Don't miss it.
1 Unit Available
134 W 111 Street
134 West 111th Street
New York, NY | Harlem
Studio
$1,400
600 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated July 27 at 5:38 PM
Beautiful Studio apartment with lovely exposed brick detail. A must see.
1 Unit Available
315 West 77th Street
315 West 77th Street
New York, NY | Upper West Side
Studio
$1,750
375 sqft
1 Bedroom
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Last updated July 27 at 5:38 PM
Flex Move In JULY 1st Furnished Sublet 3-12 Months Virtual Tour Avail / Video Avail Avail ASAP flex Just bring Your Toothbrush.High ceilings Sky Light Very Very bright .Great Furnished Home Wont Last Avail NOW
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150 E 27th Street
150 East 27th Street
New York, NY | Kips Bay
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$1,995
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
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Last updated July 27 at 5:38 PM
Charming studio on tree lined Street in Kips Bay. This lovely home features hard wood floors, sunny southern exposure, renovated kitchen, with stainless steel appliances, updated bathroom, separate dressing area and tons of storage. Building amenities include; parking garage, laundry facility and live in super. Sorry no short tern rentals allowed.
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340 Haven Avenue
340 Haven Avenue
New York, NY | Washington Heights
1 Bedroom
$2,000
Last updated July 27 at 5:38 PM
Sun splashed, spacious and peacefully quiet! Basking in afternoon light by day and views of the softly lit G.W. Bridge by night. The N line is one of the buildings most sought-after one bedroom lines. Shaker-style cherry cabinetry with quartz counters, Fisher & Paykel appliances and a breakfast bar open to the large living room. The generous foyer is large enough to be a home office or dining room. The windowed bathroom is done in a warm palate of slate tiles from a local quarry with handcrafted vanity. The bedroom boasts two exposures and easily accommodates a king-sized bed and more. Throughout are lovely hardwood floors and 4 closets. Gas and Electric is included.The apartment overlooks two expansive and blossoming courtyards with new outdoor teak furniture for your morning coffee, dinner with friends, a glass of wine or occasional Move Night with your neighbors.This well-run Co-op in Hudson Heights has a resident Super, P/T DM (4pm-12am), parking garage, storage units, bike storage and two central laundry facilities. Live a stone's throw from the entrance to the west side bike path, and to both the GWB (new northside bike/pedestrian walkway) and Henry Hudson Pkwy. Nearby is Fort Tryon Park, The Cloisters and a variety of other parks and playgrounds. The express ”A“ express train gets you into midtown Manhattan in just 20 minutes.Shown By Appointment Only.Aprile 15th or May 1st Move-in date pending Board Approval.
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116 Stanton Street
116 Stanton Street
New York, NY | Lower East Side
2 Bedrooms
$1,800
600 sqft
Last updated July 27 at 5:38 PM
Renovated and Prime LES apartment on Stanton Street & Essex Street. This 2nd floor walk-up faces south! Just minutes to the F,J,Z subway! The living room and kitchen are the same room measuring 10' x 10'. Bedrooms are both southern facing and measure 8' x 14' and 11' x 15'. Only Cold water is included. Tenant must pay for heat, hot water, cooking gas, electricity.
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12 W 122 Street
12 West 122nd Street
New York, NY | Harlem
1 Bedroom
$1,800
600 sqft
Last updated July 27 at 5:38 PM
Cozy one bedroom walk up in Historic Harlem Brownstone, close to Schools, Parks, Restaurants and Transportation. A convenient 15 minute ride to Midtown from The Subway and Metro North.
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35 Hillside Avenue
35 Hillside Ave
New York, NY | Washington Heights
1 Bedroom
$1,699
750 sqft
Last updated July 27 at 5:38 PM
1 Bedroom 1 Bath apartment located in Inwood Manhattan, high quality with great features. Hardwood floors with neatly painted walls that compliments the large, spacious and comfortable unit. The building provides an elevator and a laundry room for its tenants. Building is pet friendly. Close to all forms of transportation including MTA and highways. Applicants must have good credit score and make 40x the rent.
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245 W 115th Street
245 West 115th Street
New York, NY | Harlem
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1 Bedroom
$2,000
400 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated July 27 at 5:38 PM
Beautiful One Bedroom CONDO for rent in hot and trendy South Harlem neighborhood! This unit does not disappoint. Yes, it is on the 5th floor, but that also gives you the best light and views and no neighbors above you! When you enter you will see the stainless steel appliances and open kitchen layout which blend seamlessly into your living room. The hallway leading to the bedroom boasts an extra large hall closet before walking into the windowed bathroom finished with Durango limestone tile, Kohler pedestal sink, full tub, and stainless fixtures. Now onto the bedroom, with open unobstructed views this room features a built-in-writing desk, which can easily be converted into an additional closet. Enjoy peace and quiet and a ton of natural light which pours in from the north and west. This building has laundry and a common garden area for your enjoyment. Close to shops, restaurants, and transportation. NO PETS OR SMOKING ALLOWED
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68 Bayard Street
68 Bayard Street
New York, NY | Chinatown
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,800
Last updated July 27 at 5:38 PM
Bright & clean walk up 2beds/one shower bath apartment for rent located at center Chinatown . walk distance to shops restaurants , close to public transportation. Must see
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252 E 89 Street
252 E 89th St
New York, NY | Upper East Side
Studio
$1,550
375 sqft
Last updated July 27 at 5:38 PM
NICE STUDIO, 4TH FLOOR OF WALKUP, HARDWOOD FLOORS, STREET VIEW, LAUNDRY IN THE BUILDING
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502 W 167 Street
502 West 167th Street
New York, NY | Washington Heights
2 Bedrooms
$1,995
750 sqft
Last updated July 27 at 5:38 PM
LOVELY 2BR, UPDATED, FIRST FLOOR, STEPS TO SUBWAY, STEPS TO COLUMBIA PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL, TONS OF SHOPPING AND HIGHBRIDGE PARK-POOL-SOCCER, COFFEE SHOP IN LOBBY :)
1 Unit Available
413 E 82 Street
413 E 82nd St
New York, NY | Upper East Side
Studio
$1,695
500 sqft
Last updated July 27 at 5:38 PM
PRIME UES !! - RENOVATED & SUNNY STUDIO WITH BEAUTIFUL HARDWOOD FLOORS 2 FLIGHTS UP IN A WALKUP. CLOSE TO THE NEW 2ND AVENUE SUBWAY, Laundry on corner of York
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701 West 189th Street
701 West 189th Street
New York, NY | Washington Heights
1 Bedroom
$1,950
Last updated July 27 at 5:42 PM
1 Unit Available
25 West 126th Street
25 West 126th Street
New York, NY | Harlem
Studio
$1,790
Last updated July 27 at 5:38 PM
Shown by Virtual Showing!Bright Huge Studio in Prime Harlem, one of the most convenient areas in Manhattan!Huge, over 500 sqft on the parlor floor of the brownstone building. South facing unit will bring plenty of sun during the day, treeline, a quiet street at night. The apartment has Super high (14 ft) Ceiling, big closet and separate large kitchen. You can put queen/king size bed and living room/bedroom furniture comfortably. Due to the 14 ft ceiling and large open space, past tenants successfully put loft space or divider to make one bedroom successfully. The neighborhood is truly amazing, tons of great new restaurants such as Red Rooster, shake Shack, Sylvia's, Michelin star rated Sushi Inoue all just blocks away, all transportation (2,3,4,5,6,A,B,C,D, Metro-North, and M60) will take you literally everywhere in NYC including La Guardia Airport. and Columbia University. Countless shopping options include Victoria's Secret, Bed Bath and Beyond, Whole food, TJ Maxx, Shake shack, everything you ever need just a half-block away.Available immediately and showing by appointment only!
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226 E 95th St
226 East 95th Street
New York, NY | Upper East Side
Studio
$1,850
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
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Last updated July 27 at 5:38 PM
Available 9/1 furnished or unfurnished! Bright studio with lovely treetop views. Fantastic opportunity to rent a spacious prewar studio with its very own wood burning fireplace! The space is well proportioned with ample space for designated living, dining, and sleeping areas. There is also a separate windowed kitchen. The apartment features original hardwood floors, updated fixtures throughout, through wall AC, and a dishwasher. The Fireside at 226 East 95th Street is a lovingly maintained prewar cooperative with an elevator and central laundry room. A location that can't be beat with close proximity to the Q and 6 as well an abundance of restaurants and shops quintessential to Upper East Side living. Sorry, No dogs permitted.
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318 Lexington Ave
318 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY | Murray Hill
1 Bedroom
$1,695
Last updated July 27 at 5:38 PM
LOW FEE: Brokers Collect your our Own Fee. Please EMAIL only, no calls for appointments. Whether used as your full-time primary residence or a place to crash when you want to live, work or play in New York City, apartment 4F at the intimate 318 Lexington Avenue is just perfect for all scenarios. This quiet and charming one-bedroom offers high ceilings, rich cherry wood floors, tasteful moldings, and large windows on eastern exposure. Relax solo or host friends in the spacious living room with a decorative fireplace. The efficiency kitchen has all you need with a half fridge, 2-burner gas stove and sink. Also off the living space is a full bathroom with shower, and a queen-size bedroom where you can relax and unwind. There's even a window air conditioning unit for keeping cool in summer. 318 Lexington Avenue between 38th and 39th Streets is a well-maintained 5-story, 8-unit brownstone walk-up building close to Grand Central Terminal transportation hub, great shopping and dining, plus other attractions and conveniences in prime Murray Hill. Pets are allowed, and there's a super nearby only a few blocks away! Nearby Transportation.
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220 E 36th St
220 East 36th Street
New York, NY | Murray Hill
Studio
$1,795
1 Bedroom
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Last updated July 27 at 5:38 PM
Renovated charming oversized studio apartment offers an updated kitchen with DISHWASHER, large living space, ample closet space and beautifully tiled windowed bathroom. Add to this hardwood floors, high ceilings and charming prewar details throughout. Building amenities include laundry, outdoor courtyard and live in super. In the center of Murray Hill next to major transportation, restaurants and shopping. 3D Tour and Approximate measurements are available upon request.
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167 East 33rd Street
167 East 33rd Street
New York, NY | Kips Bay
Studio
$1,995
1 Bedroom
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Last updated July 27 at 5:38 PM
Renovated studio. Murray Hill prime.
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What is the typical rent for a studio apartment in New York?
The average rent for a studio apartment in New York is $2,969.
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The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment rental in New York is $3,804.
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The average monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment in New York is $5,658.
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City Guide for New York, NY

“Concrete jungle where dreams are made of. There's nothing you can't do. Now you're in New York. These streets will make you feel brand new. Big lights will inspire you. Let's hear it for New York.” (Jay-Z, 'Empire State of Mind')

When you think of New York City, a lot of things come to mind: Concrete Jungle, Skyscraper National Park, The Big Apple. When you think of apartment hunting in New York City, one thing comes to mind: Pounding Headache! Have no fear; we've outlined all the information you’ll need to make the search as quick and painless as possible! So get into your Empire State of Mind, grab your MetroCard, and let’s go!

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The Bare Essentials to Call NYC Home What's it Gonna Cost? No matter where your apartment hunt takes you, there are a few things we recommend you have handy. Of them, the most important has to be some cold, hard, cash. New Yorkers should expect to spend ¼ of their annual income on rent. Landlords like to see that your annual salary is at least 40 to 50 times the cost of your monthly rent.

Be Prepared: To get into just about any place, you’ll need at least first month’s rent and security deposit in the form of a cashier’s or bank check. (New Yorker's aren't very trusting when it comes to personal checks!) A letter from your current employer stating your salary and time of employment as well as a reference from your previous landlord don’t hurt, either. If you don’t make a certain amount of money, you may need to call in a guarantor. However, this varies building to building. A credit check will also be required, but those obtained on your own will not be accepted. Be prepared to spend between $25 and $100 getting one.

Getting Your Priorities Straight: Chances are that you, like most New Yorkers, probably won’t have everything you desire in your immediate vicinity. Are you most concerned with the size of your new space? Commute? Prioritize the things that are most important to you before you set about your hunt.

Do I Need a Broker? Using a broker or an apartment locator is often recommended when renting in New York City (especially in summer and early fall – NYC’s most difficult times to rent) and while brokers can charge a fee ranging from one month’s rent to 15% of one’s annual rent, in certain circumstances it may save you both time and money in the long run. Many brokers have access to rentals that aren't listed elsewhere, so if you've hit a dead end in your apartment search, it’s probably worth a phone call. Just keep in mind that the shorter the lease, the more expensive they come. Most brokers deal in long leases, so make sure you really want to live in your selected spot before committing.

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What to keep in mind when looking for cheap apartments in New York, NY

Finding cheap apartments in New York takes some ingenuity and effort, as well as quick action. Before you head out on your search, bring along pay stubs, bank statements, letters of recommendations from landlords or employers, and identification. The more proactive you are about your search, the easier it will be to score a deal.

Look for cheap apartments in New York by regularly scouring listings and looking during slower renting seasons, like winter. You can still find a deal if you move during the summer months when apartment hunting is more competitive.

You may be able to find cheap apartments in New York in neighborhoods that are located away from attractions, restaurants, and entertainment. You may need to look farther out than you would prefer, but access to highways or public transportation can get you into the heart of New York.

The building you choose can also make a difference in finding a cheap apartment in New York. Older buildings that need some updating are more likely to have better deals. Walk-up apartments without elevators, on-street parking and few amenities like on-site fitness centers can also signal affordable rents in New York.