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Renting in New York


Finding an apartment to rent in New York when you've lived in the city for years is daunting - when you're new to town it can feel impossible.

Here's a simple guide to renting in New York from SpareRoom, the roommate site you can trust.

Renting in New York

Right to have a roommate

Did you know, if you rent an apartment in New York and only your name is on the lease you have the legal right to take in a roommate?

Subletting or sharing

Subletting is common in New York, yet there are certain rules you should know about for your own protection. What is a sublet? What isn't? What about sharing? Here's our full guide. To find out more download our free Guide to Subletting and Sharing in New York

Useful info

New York is a unique city so there are a few things you might not know about renting here.

Living in New York

New to New York? We've put together a great guide to the world's greatest city to help you decide where to live. The SpareRoom team have been running roommate websites since 1999, so we know what it is you need to know (even if you're not sure what that is yet!).

New York - An Introduction

SpareRoom's New York Crib Sheet

Now it's time to look at New York in a little more depth. What you need is SpareRoom's New York Crib Sheet. It looks at the best known areas of New York City and lets you know what's great (and not so great) about living there along with our top tips on where to get the best coffee, where to eat out and where you can pick up your groceries. if you read one thing, read this! New York crib sheet

Getting around

Wherever you need to get to in New York city you'll need to get to grips with the subway system. Here's the SpareRoom guide to get you headed in the right direction. The New York subway guide.

Where to live

OK, so now you're getting to know New York it's time to start thinking about where you want to live. We've got some great tips on where to start, why you should look beyond Manhattan and how to pick an area based on the kind of person you are. There's also a great guide on cheaper alternatives to the most popular areas in NYC.

When you've lived in New York for a while you'll start to notice yourself behaving...well...differently. There are plenty of sure signs you've become a New Yorker - here are our top 25. How many can you say yes to? 25 ways to tell you've become a New Yorker