I'm moving to New York in September as I won the green card lottery last year. I need to find a place to stay. I've searched some rental websites but was unable to find something good for a reasonable price ($650 cmp).

Could you share some tips I perhaps haven't considered to find nice, peaceful place to live in New York? I can't pay more than mentioned above, because it will take some time to find a job.

Also if you can give me advice which part of the city is better? I mean not too expensive, finding jobs easily, etc....

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    Why New York? It is a very expensive area. Aug 5, 2016 at 12:01
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    Given you're a programmer: North Carolina(RTP), Texas(Dallas, Austin), Washington(Seattle), Oregon, Chicago, etc. If you have the skills it's easy to get a job almost everywhere. The problem is that pay in most areas doesn't match NYC because the cost of living is lower.
    – Karlson
    Aug 5, 2016 at 12:54
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    I would suggest starting to look for a job rather than looking for a place first.
    – Karlson
    Aug 5, 2016 at 12:56
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    @GeorgeGarchagudashvili Post your resume on Monster, Dice, HotJobs, stackoverflow.com/jobs, recruiters will find you if you're worth finding.
    – Karlson
    Aug 5, 2016 at 13:15
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    Note: OP has a hard deadline to enter the US, so he may not be able to get a job before he has to move.
    – mkennedy
    Aug 5, 2016 at 18:45

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You're going about it backwards. You need to find a place to work and then look for a place to live.

You could probably start by looking at the job sites like Monster, Hotjobs, Stackoverflow Jobs, or Dice to see where positions that you might be interested in are and then start looking for a place to live.

There are sites like Apartments.com, Rent.com, or Zillow that could get you started in looking for a place to live.

Now as far as NY is concerned there are very few places that would meet your price range criteria but if you want to find a place like that you are better off having someone local who can look for a place for you because not everything would be listed online.

  • You should look at job ads and apartment ads together. In the USA the same salary can mean a dramatically different standard of living depending on location. Aug 5, 2016 at 17:36
  • @PatriciaShanahan You should start looking for a job first. Once the job is found you can get recommendations for a place to live from future coworkers.
    – Karlson
    Aug 5, 2016 at 17:41
  • I looked, several times, at moving from San Diego to the San Francisco area. I could have got a substantially larger salary, but a reduced standard of living because of the housing cost difference. You may have a general idea which areas are expensive - the OP may not. Aug 5, 2016 at 18:00
  • @PatriciaShanahan That's what sites like this are for. And besides OP is not moving from one place in the US to another. The expectations are completely different.
    – Karlson
    Aug 5, 2016 at 18:01

A good place to start is Craig's List and look for a roommate. The roommate page is here, but there are other options on this website also.

While Craig's List is a decent place to find a place to live in New York - and other cities - beware of scams. Do a reasonable amount of research about the place, and don't wire money; wait until you meet the other flatmates before you contribute even one cent.

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