The most crucial component of apartment hunting in New York City is going into the rental market prepared with what it will cost and knowing what you can spend.
The newer the apartment, the appliances, the facilities and conveniences - like proximity to a subway or even NYU, means a higher price. Elevators and a doorman add to the price as well. Be open to the possibility of having to live in Brooklyn, Queens or even New Jersey to get a better price and more space. Know your wants from your must haves -- more than one bathroom or bedroom, quiet neighborhood, closet space, safety of the neighborhood, building amenities.
Begin your search knowing what you can live with and what you can't live without! Once you've figured that out, begin by exploring what's currently on the market. Helpful data by neighborhood is also available by real estate broker, CitiHabitats.
One of the questions you should always ask is "what utilities are included" in the rent. For many places, it's usually heat, but you always want to ask. Other utilities to think about are electric, phone, cable, internet and sometimes security systems. If any of these items are not included in the monthly rent, then that's additional costs you will have to incur each month and will likely have to set up on your own.
There are numerious fees that you need to consider as a part of the housing search process - application fees, deposits, credit checks, and more. Take a look at Naked Apartments listing of fees to consider.
Landlords generally approve applicants based on the strength and/or balance of an individual's income, credit, assets, and guarantor. The following are commonly required information and details that will help you prepare for completing an application for an apartment:
*A note for international students: Landlords may ask for three or more months' deposit on an apartment if you do not have a guarantor who is employed in the United States.