New York City has long been a popular destination for new graduate jobs. NYC is a hub or center for many industries. Throw in an endless stream of things to do and it’s not hard to see why many new graduates flock to New York. Here’s what you should know about the city if you are thinking about moving to NYC for work.
The city never sleeps
NYC is known as the city that never sleeps. Depending on your perspective, this may be a good thing or a not-so-good thing. Living in New York means you will never lack for entertainment options, choices about places to eat, or any other cultural or social activity. New York is also known for not being very quiet which, if you come from a small town or rural area, may be somewhat shocking.
Cost of living
The cost of living in NYC is consistently ranked as the highest in the country – and one of the highest in the world. Rent, particularly in a decent area, can be staggeringly high even for a tiny apartment. It’s not uncommon to find apartments that are only a few hundred square feet in size. Then there is everything else, which is also more expensive than in many other cities.
Housing is difficult
The rental market in NYC is difficult. Not only is housing very expensive, the city also maintains a very low vacancy rate. Renting an apartment will cost a lot of money, but will be even more difficult if your credit is less than perfect or you do not yet have a job.
Leave your car
New Yorkers are famous for walking or using public transportation to get around the city. Parking is beyond limited, and is expensive when you can find a parking spot. A monthly garage spot within walking distance of your apartment will cost more than you would pay for rent most anywhere else. The traffic alone is enough to make most people not want to drive in any case.
Moving to NYC can be an exciting opportunity to pursue new graduate jobs and launch your career. You can read more about jobs in different cities at the FirstJob blog.