We realize searching for an apartment in New York City takes tremendous effort and time. Below, we have compiled a list of websites that will assist you in your apartment search. These websites will help you get acquainted with what type of apartment options are being advertised, as well as information on costs, ammenities, and the local area. These sites also allow you to search for rentals that meet your specific requirements, and to organize your search along the way.
The websites we have provided on this page are provided to assist you with your search based on feedback from other students who found the sites helpful. Please keep in mind that NYU does not have any relationship with these companies, unless otherwise noted, and inclusion on this list does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement. NYU is unable to vet any website or listing, so please conduct your search carefully.
We all know someone or have heard about the scams that take place on websites, so here are some tips for you to consider when searching online:
Trust your gut!
If you read a listing that sounds great, but something just feels off, trust what you feel. If you get an uneasy feeling from emailing a potential landlord or feel that something just isn’t right, do NOT follow through.
If it sounds too good to be true… it is.
If a fully furnished, 2-bedroom apartment is for rent in the West Village in a luxury, high-rise, doorman building for $500, it most likely isn’t real.
Never wire money overseas or send cash.
Many scammers prefer not to meet their victims face to face. Instead, the owner (read: scammer) will “unfortunately” be out of town, or out of the country. You’ll be asked to wire them the funds via Western Union or MoneyGram, and then you’ll never hear from them again. Only hand over money once you’ve physically been to the address and physically been inside the apartment with an agent.
Only deal locally or with people that you can meet in person - follow this one simple rule and you will avoid 99% of the scam attempts. If they cannot meet with you, that should raise a red flag. Make sure you have a phone number and even an office location that you can verify with the person showing you the apartment.
FAKE CASHIER CHECKS & MONEY ORDERS ARE COMMON, and BANKS WILL CASH THEM AND THEN HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE when the fake is discovered weeks later.
Most websites are not accountable.
Unless it is specifically stated on their website, most websites are NOT INVOLVED IN ANY TRANSACTION, and do not handle payments, guarantee transactions, vet properties or listers, provide escrow services, or offer "buyer protection" or "seller certification”. If you are scammed, websites are not likely to reimburse you or take responsibility. They are simply providing a means to which information can be shared.
Never give out financial information.
Never send anyone a bank account number, social security number, eBay/PayPal info, etc. AVOID DEALS INVOLVING SHIPPING OR ESCROW SERVICES and know that ONLY A SCAMMER WILL "GUARANTEE" YOUR TRANSACTION.
Key words in a scam advertisement: inquiry from someone far away, often in another country, Western Union, Money Gram, cashier's check, money order, cash only, shipping, escrow service, or a "guarantee"inability or refusal to meet face-to-face before consumating transaction, no phone number or physical location of an office.
New York City is a much safer place. Be smart about your decision, don't feel pushed or rushed into it, and again, trust your feelings. If by chance you happen to be a victim of a scam, then call the police and report it as soon as possible. If you pulled a listing off a website, notify the website owner as well so others don't become a victim.
The NYU Housing Registry, accessed through your NYUHome account, makes available a listing of available non-NYU apartments and shares, exclusively viewable to the NYU community. It's also a great resource to find other students who are searching for an apartment or those who may be looking to share a space within their current living situation.
Note: The Housing Registry is only accessible to NYU students enrolled in a full-time degree program, faculty, and staff members. If you are currently enrolled and do not have access, please contact ITS (212-998-3333) for assistance.
Please note that NYU does not own properties nor is able to verify information provided in listings.
|1. Go to: NYUHome||2. Click on NYU Life||3. Click on Housing Registry|
The resources below are not affiliated with NYU, however they are provided here as they have indicated an interest in working with college students in their search for accommodations.
Citi Habitats offers NYU students a discount in the broker fee. For more information, please complete the Client Information Form and someone from Citi Habitats will reach out to you. Click here.
This broker specializes in apartment rentals for college students who want to live in Manhattan and offers NYU students a discount in the broker fee. Contact Lucas Chu from the Corcoran Group.
T: 631-901-8907 | Lucas@nycollegerentals.com | NYCollegeRentals.com
Need to find a place to stay while apartment hunting? The following sites provide "short-term" options that tend to be lower than traditional hotels.
Hotels are big business in NYC and depending on the time of the year, can be very pricey. There are a number of local hotels that provide discounts to the NYU community, however, we encourage you to also use some of the travel and hotel search engines to help you in your hotel search.
This list is provided for informational purposes only. While some of these hotels offer discounts for the NYU community, we neither endorse nor seek to promote any particular hotel.